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  1. Tiger Tanaka

    Kyushu Basho 2018 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    Only two tournaments ago in July we had a Nokozuna situation. Kise sat out and Hak n Kak pulled out in week 1.
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    Rikishi Status Kyushu 2018 - D7 Withdraws

    NHK - https://www3.nhk.or.jp/news/html/20181115/k10011711281000.html
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    Kyushu Basho 2018 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    Ugh Kise :(. 10-5 in his returning basho and now 0-3 in a tournament where the conditions were setting up perfect with the other 2 Yokozuna sitting out. He needs to figure out how to react to the oshi rikishi without the full use of his left side or it's going to be game over very very soon.
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    Kyushu Basho 2018 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    Thrilled sumo is back and this is a special basho for me. First time watching live since my visit to Tokyo last May because I have a new son and am up at odd hours of the night now! Mitakeumi tends to have 1 or 2 of these losses per basho against opponents he is soundly better than. Of course the opponent has a say in the matter, and in this case Tochiozan came with a good game plan to stall and counterattack Mita's neck thrusts. A good Ozeki should handle these opponents at a high clip with losses being rare. Mita is gaining and the question is can he get to that next level of consistency or plateau at the S/K slots. My opinion is that it will be a matter of time before he is an Ozeki. He is still only 3.5 years removed from his sumo debut and has been a Sanyaku regular for nearly 2 of those years. With a meteoric rise the tendency of public opinion is to question the potential after a quick rise hits a temporary plateau. The only way I see him not making it is if there is a new young crop Y/O hopefuls that develop quickly and become rival barriers to his quest. Hope Tochi is okay. He offered little resistence to Tamawashi and I hope it's because he focused too much on getting a mawashi grip instead of stifling the initial momentum of Tom Belt. But I fear it might be the accumulating injuries.
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    Aki Basho 2018 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    Mitakeumi is getting closer. Last basho he faced his biggest pressure and rose to the challenge, taking the yusho. This time with Ozekiship on the line, he faltered. He was closer than it seems, as he did take down two ozeki. However, two big missteps: He underestimated Ikioi's strength, who after a blistering tachiai was able to finish off Mita with ease. And then the very ill-advised HNH attempt against Kaisei, which just isn't Mita's style of sumo and very disappointing given that he was able to beat Kaisei handily the previous basho. He has the talent, now he just needs to maintain the focus and confidence for all 15 days.
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    Aki Basho 2018 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    That was a masterclass in sumo by Hakuho & Mitakeumi. Tremendous footwork by both and Hakuho showed his elite defense in stifling two very strong pulling attacks by Mitakeumi to swing Hakuho to the tawara. Mitakeumi's Ozeki bid is still very much alive. When saying he needed to go 11-4 or 12-3, if you were to ask where one of those losses came from, most would say Hakuho. The Ikioi loss was killer and he clearly didn't expect such a strong initial charge and following surge from Ikioi, who's strength can be underrated. However, if 11-4 is the goal, winning 2 of 3 against Kise, Kakuryu, and Takayasu is the key before taking care of the three remaining Maegashira opponents. I would consider him a favorite against Kisenosato given how much difficulty he is having with oshi sumo. Kakuryu will be difficult, but he is 3-4 against Kak in his career. Mita struggles against Takayasu, but he has some extra motivation after the "loss" he had last basho to him. He needs to get his emotions in check though, Kakuryu will absolutely exploit an overzealous attack if Mitakeumi comes out too hot.
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    Aki Basho 2018 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    7 rikishi at 5-0! Mitakeumi off to a great start trying to cap his Ozeki run. Tochi trying to pile up week 1 wins and clear kadoban before the tough week 2 schedule, all three Yokozuna undefeated including the make or break basho for Kise. What a great start. Looking ahead to day 6, all 7 undefeated rikishi have very winnable match-ups, with Mitakeumi having the toughest task against Goeido. I like that the schedulers have Mitakeumi getting some of the tough matchups in week 1, might ease the mounting pressure instead of having him go through the gauntlet all at once. He gets Takekeisho day 7.
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    Aki Basho 2018 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    I'm not sure 11 does it unless he has 2 wins against Y/O (unless there is a mass kyujo of the top ranks again). 12 should do it though. Personally, even though Mitakeumi has been my favorite since following the sport during the beginning of 2017, I don't want to see him promoted too soon. The purpose of the 33 win guideline is that you very likely have to be challenging and beating Y/O rikishi regularly to amount that win total consistently. Mita has shown the ability to hang with that crop, but I want to see it again to cap off the run. Last thing I'd want is to see him get promoted with 11 weak wins (Y/O go kyujo in mass again), and then Mita struggles and goes on the kadoban carousel because he wasn't ready. I do think he's on the brink though and week 2 should be very interesting. First thing's first, take care of all the maegashira and get off to a 7-1, 8-1 start.
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    Aki Basho 2018 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    Great first day of action. Yoshikaze with a truly remarkable maneuver, Mitakeumi with a steady effort to begin his quest for Ozeki, Hakuho & Kakuryu looking very genki, an upset in the Y/O ranks with Kaisei defeating Goeido (after a 4-14 career record against him, losing his last 5), and most importantly Kisenosato looking confident and showing a solid effort to hopefully help calm the nerves with all eyes on him. And I got to enjoy it all while making Chanko in front of my TV. Cheers sumo fans, it looks like we're in for a great basho!
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    Preparations of the masses- Aki 2018

    If it means he stays healthy and doesn't effect his performance in the basho, then it is a perfectly reasonable approach. If he puts up a dud MK, then it might be a sign he needs to adjust is training regimen. There's a delicate balance between training to become the strongest rikishi one can be and preserving one's health and longevity in the sport, which can be overdone in either direction.
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    GTB- Aki (nomaki) Basho 2018- Results!

    Had a reminder for myself and completely fell asleep early last night, oh no. My first missed basho since joining, good luck everyone!
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    Ikioi marries pro golfer Mamiko Higa

    Mamiko is tied for 4th entering the final round of the Women's British Open, which has just begun. Ganbatte!!
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    Nagoya Basho 2018 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    Hanakaze shared a banzuke with Oshio Kenji when he debuted in 1986. Oshio debuted in 1962. Someone in sumo today nearly shared a banzuke with someone from the pre-6 basho era. Tonight is going to be one of those nights where I spend hours exploring the Sumo DB
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    Nagoya Basho 2018 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    Great fight by Yutakayama, he has shown great resolve off his hard fought 2-13 Natsu basho. Wanted Mita to get 14-1 and have the near perfect basho after the controversial Takayasu bout. I think 11 is now guaranteed needed for Ozeki consideration and 12 to force the issue. A win against a Y and an O would also help if they are standing by week 2 when Mita would be matched up against the, I thought I saw this earlier, but can't find it. Is Mitakeumi's 21 ozumo tournaments the quickest progression to winning a yusho? I can't imagine there being too many faster progressions!
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    Nagoya Basho 2018 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    Congratulations to my favorite rikishi Mitakeumi! Have always enjoyed his style of sumo, as well as his great sportsmanship, it seems that his peers all respect and like him a lot. Always offering to help a fallen rikishi and bracing those he's pushed out from falling off when he can, Mita is one for Japan to be very proud of. Hope he can stay focused in the face of all the emotion he is going through to get win #14. Every win counts on his next goal to get to Ozeki!