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  1. since_94

    Asahifuji kanreki dohyo-iri

    Seeing Harumafuji on the dohyo again almost brings a tear to the eye. Time is reversed. I even see Ama. This is the magic of reminiscence.
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    Aki Basho 2021 - Discussion Thread (Spoilers!)

    Well that was sure an exciting tournament. Not. All those playoffs in the lower divisions. Oh, wait...there were none. The one contender for the Emperor's Cup, Miyogiryu, falling down on senshuraku, thereby eliminating the playoff possibility. I watched every day, all day in many cases (while multitasking, work from home). I prefer any sumo to no sumo, but still calling this a huge yawn fest with the exception of some scattered bouts, especially by Ura and Hoshoryu. Overall, anticlimax meter is redlining. Cue the Green Day, "Wake Me Up when September Ends"
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    Aki Basho 2021 - Discussion Thread (Spoilers!)

    I expect him to be pilloried in exactly 5...4...3...2...1...
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    Aki Basho 2021 - Discussion Thread (Spoilers!)

    That's partly my point though---that we're witnessing the dawn of the kinder, gentler Terunofuji. He was certainly never one to show mercy on his march up to Makuuchi the first time around, and seemed to relish playing the role of the scowling heel. But I honestly feel his injury, long tumble down through the ranks, rehabilitation, and eventual redemption made him more compassionate. It's classic hero cycle stuff, right out of Joseph Campbell's Power of myth. Anyway, he knows Ura has been through a lot of the same struggle, so there's a camaraderie and some empathy there. Plus, now as Yokozuna, he's doubtless very aware of the need to do what's good for "the business", even if it might mean not winning at all costs. I'm not suggesting he'd ever throw a match, but he knows Ura is a star that puts punters in seats and gets them tuning in to NHK's broadcasts. He's aware there's already a whole raft of big names sitting out with injuries and COVID-related withdrawals. He has reasons to not want to hurt Ura while defeating him. I think he was confident in his ability to do so and showed some mercy today.
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    Aki Basho 2021 - Discussion Thread (Spoilers!)

    Anyone else think Terunofuji very sportingly gave Ura a chance by releasing that arm bar he had on him right after the tachiai? Ura's arm was at a very bad angle, and they both knew it. Looked to me like Terunofuji could have used his height and mass to keep exerting pressure on it and bend it back and basically march Ura out, but knew there would have been a very real risk of a serious arm injury to Ura. So he didn't, and instead let Ura wriggle out and re-set by getting himself square to Terunofuji to avoid this from happening. Looked like it to me.
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    Aki Basho 2021 - Discussion Thread (Spoilers!)

    That THROW, though! Holy smokes. Explosive.
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    Aki Basho 2021 - Discussion Thread (Spoilers!)

    I think Takakeisho is injured. His “wave” pushing attack just isn’t there. It’s his stock in trade. His more or less a one trick pony, although his sidestep parry is also effective. Somethings up.
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    Aki Basho 2021 - Discussion Thread (Spoilers!)

    Hidenoumi’s bewilderment continues on day 6 when he falls victim to ashitoshi by Terutsuyoshi who just disappeared into thin air in front of the hapless one before hooking his leg and pushing him off balance and back. It was actually recorded, correctly I might add, as a last minute yorikiri. Either way, the look on Hidenoumi’s face was his usual “WTF?”
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    Aki Basho 2021 - Discussion Thread (Spoilers!)

    I’m not sure any of Hidenoumi’s bouts have been anything remotely resembling the usual outcomes this basho. Seems like everything that happens is unintentional, with nothing going to plan. He always looks utterly bewildered by the outcomes, win or lose. It’s like he’s in a daze on the dohyo , stumbling around in some kind of waking dream. Has he been hanging out with Takagenji?
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    Aki Basho 2021 - Discussion Thread (Spoilers!)

    Ouch. Akua is not going to want to land throws like THAT too often going forward. Assuming he wants to keep going forward, that is. Without a wheelchair and attendants. That could have been very, very, bad. His trapezius looked like it was bulging afterwards, but maybe it's always like that. (This post is in no way meant to disparage individuals with permanent physical disability or make light of their plight )
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    Aki Basho 2021 - Discussion Thread (Spoilers!)

    Speaking of former Ozeki, shin-Yokozuna Terunofuji really stamping the clay with audible conviction in today's dohyo-iri. There has been a lot of concern/speculation about how his longsuffering knees would affect his ability to deliver the goods and perform his ring entering duties in an aesthetically pleasing way. I have a theory: he looks like he's getting stronger in that department every day. I think the ritual might be acting as a kind of therapy, and not diminishing the grand champion, but rather rejuvenating and strengthening those busted knees every time he does it. Terunofuji is actually charging his battery as he goes. This is not good news for those who must oppose him.
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    Aki Basho 2021 - Discussion Thread (Spoilers!)

    I like my Ozeki to be consistently DOMINANT, dammit. When was the last time we had one who fit the bill? Back to the Baruto and Kotooshu days? Maybe Kisenosato in his prime?
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    Aki Basho 2021 - Discussion Thread (Spoilers!)

    Ooh, what a scintillating prospect for fans. Not.
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    Aki Basho 2021 - Discussion Thread (Spoilers!)

    I knew Bushozan was going to cause trouble for Abi. He will likely continue to do so in the future. Very similar styles, but Bushozan has a much lower center of gravity, despite the reach disadvantage. I really like his fighting style and hope he does well.
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    Aki Basho 2021 - Discussion Thread (Spoilers!)

    I find it amazing that most of the time the yumitorishiki is considered disposable fodder by many people in attendance at the Kokugikan, too, who stand up to leave as soon as it starts a couple of minutes before 6pm. I personally find it disrespectful, but whatever.I understand people have their schedules and priorities, trains to catch, etc. Whenever I’ve paid for my ticket, however, I make sure to wring every drop of value out of the experience, which means savoring every minute of every ritual inside and outside the Mecca of Sumo. It’s a privilege to be on hallowed Sumo ground, breathing the rarified, bintsuke scented air IMO.
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    Aki Basho 2021 - Discussion Thread (Spoilers!)

    I thought that was him! I though he had retired, to be honest. Guy is older than the dirt, but he has that bow-twirling routine locked down TIGHT!
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    Aki Basho 2021 - Discussion Thread (Spoilers!)

    There was a lot of slip and fall in Makuuchi on day 1. I think 3 or 4 bouts ended with a rikishi losing his footing, which is always sort of an anticlimax. There were some good fights, like Chiyonokuni, Hoshoryu, Terunofuji’s dominance, and a few others, but yeah, kind of lackluster overall because of all the “slippiotoshi”.
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    Aki Basho 2021 - Discussion Thread (Spoilers!)

    Yes, he looked good today and it feels like forever since he’s got off to a 1-0 start. He does look heavy, though. Is it just me or do others think he’s packed on a lot of weight around the middle?
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    Aki Basho 2021 - Discussion Thread (Spoilers!)

    He’s certainly put together. Putting some serious time in at the gym is he.
  20. I blame the bad back rather than lack of fighting spirit per se
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    Hattorizakura (Shounanzakura)-intai

    That's one way of looking at it. I'm sure there are many other equally valid viewpoints out there.
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    Hattorizakura (Shounanzakura)-intai

    He's 22. I give him a week's grace for loafing while mommy washes his laundry, then it's down to the employment office with him.
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    Hattorizakura (Shounanzakura)-intai

    Yes, he should definitely rest and take things easy at his parents’ house. Because that is what a young man in his prime should do. Fear not, fair youth; the Universe will provide.
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    Terunofuji is the 73rd Yokozuna.

    Shinto religious ceremonies aren't exactly made-for-TV spectacles, are they? A little slow, but I was killing time waiting for an appointment anyway, so grateful for the diversion (and the free wifi). Almost had a tear in my eye when Terunofuji took his rope from Hokutoumi. It really is a comeback story for the ages. Felt privileged to be watching history.
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    Hakuhou caught watching Judo

    As a testament to its short, ineffectual turd life, it passed alone and unloved. Well, almost alone. Only Shibatayama was there to hold its limp, clammy hand when it flatlined and was (fortunately) not resuscitated.