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  1. Ura - Yokozuna Bandwagon

    Well, our boy missed KK by one bout, but he acquitted himself well enough, particularly considering that knee injury from the Takayasu bout (one of my personal favorites from the basho, despite it not being "normal" sumo) Ura is not a normal wrestler, generally. We'll see if he can regroup and maybe tag another KK in September. Does anyone know the status of his injury, how he's doing, etc? Is he on tour with the traveling makuuchi contingent?
  2. Basho Talk - Nagoya 2017 (SPOILERS)

    There were some great performances aside from Hakuho, who pretty much dominated again. (not bad for an old man) Onosho was really on, and I agree with others that Ura did pretty well, considering he was joi-jin and only on his third makuushi basho. He was wrestling a bit better the last couple of days, so I'm hoping the injury isn't too severe. I know it's a brutal schedule, six tournaments a year. But, it seems so long til the next basho!
  3. Basho Talk - Nagoya 2017 (SPOILERS)

    Ah, yes, an excellent basho. I too, was grieved by Ura's injury, and just missing KK, but he did very well at M-4, including a first kinboshi! I'm looking for a prize for our boy in September. I have to say, I was very excited to see Ura get to joi-jin, even if by a couple of withdrawals, but I won't be dissappointed if he down't have to wrestle the yokozuna and ozeik in the next basho. Even if it wasn't classic sumo, my favorite bout was Ura losing to Takayasu. He may have injured himself, but he was giving it everything he had. No doubt there. Hakuho is a beast, definitely my favorite for # 40 next time around, but as we all know it could go in many directions. Hopefully, the upper level wounded all come back mended and readyfor battle. Only five or six weeks to go til the return to the Kokugikan. And, I watched Mitakeumi's post match interview. I have to agree, he seems like a good kid. I'd onlyseen his truly dour (not neutral) disposition on the dohyo. His sumo was most impressive, although I'll be looking for Ura to take him down in September.
  4. Promo and Videos - Nagoya 2017-Days 1-15

    Hoot! Hoot!
  5. Basho Talk - Nagoya 2017 (SPOILERS)

    Excuse me, but injury notwithstanding, Ura still has two matches left and could still go KK. Gambatte Ura! Kagayaki was clearly robbed, although I'm good with the four judge monoii system. We get enough video delays in other sports now (college basketball particularly irritating). Sometimes you just have to live with the bad breaks. Tradition has validity, too, and no system is perfect. I can't speak to the big question of who's the greatest, as I've only been watching for a year or so. Hakuho is a truly extraordinary athlete, however, and I think he's short changed on the public image. It only takes a glance at his record to know that he's the greatest in recent history.
  6. Basho Talk - Nagoya 2017 (SPOILERS)

    This is a little off topic, but I have to tell you folks that I'm very grateful to have found Sumo Forum. Not many folks I know have much interest in sumo, even among my Japanese friends (although I have a travel buddy who's into it and I'm winning some interest from a few friends. Three of us are going to try to get tickets one day for Fukuoka in November). I don't see hardly anything in English on interviews or analysis, and I'm learning things here that I really wanted to know. My Japanese is still awfully thin, although I am studying. Domo arigato gozaimasu.
  7. Basho Talk - Nagoya 2017 (SPOILERS)

    Tochinoshin should have given up the slap happy bit after 20 seconds or so and gone for the belt, IMO, and a shame Ura didn't finish that one when he had the chance. I think Ura is suffering a bit from the 4 straight yokozuna/ozeki matches. I guess I shouldn't be surprised at that. Still pulling for a kachikoshi, but he needs to win 2 of his last 3 now. Tamawashi is fortunate to have hit the wrong side of the rice hulls when he did, as it looked like Hkuhou was taking no prisoners today. I still think he takes this one, but Takayasu and Harumafuji will always be tough competition. A shame he didn't have one of them today when he was truly cranked. Mitakeumi, despite being handled by Harumafuji, is looking like the strongest of the young guns to me. He always looks so dour though. I'll try to cut the kid some slack. His sumo is so good, but he's such a sad sack. Maybe it's just me...
  8. Basho Talk - Nagoya 2017 (SPOILERS)

    Will they adjust the final day's bouts so that Hakuho would face Onoushou or Aioyama if they are within one win of him? Or, if they were tied? Or, does that only happen with an additional play-off bout after the fifteenth if there is a tie?
  9. Basho Talk - Nagoya 2017 (SPOILERS)

    Only sporadically. Today it looked like his concentration actually lapsed. Wife probably gave him a hard time this morning...
  10. Spirited rikishi Nagoya 2017

    Seems reasonable to me, as spirit is not evidenced by winning, but rather by giving everything one has in the effort to win.
  11. Basho Talk - Nagoya 2017 (SPOILERS)

    Takayasu's strategy was sound, but I think he got all he wanted of Ura for the moment.
  12. Basho Talk - Nagoya 2017 (SPOILERS)

    I'll need to look into the construction process during the inter-basho lull. Somebody had said "all is well" earlier in the basho talk thread, but without reinforcements, ceramic materials tend toward less than optimum crack propagation properties. I'd think if someone throws Gagamaru in the wrong place, the tournament could come to an unexpected stand still. ...or, if Hakuho throws anyone in the wrong spot.
  13. Basho Talk - Nagoya 2017 (SPOILERS)

    I agree. Hakuho is amazing, and he's completely on at the moment."Awesome" is an over used word, but it's an adjective that fits here. When he crushed Ura to the doyho on Sunday, I thought I saw a glint in his eye that said, "Not bad, this kid may someday take me down." Probably just my imagination, but I'll make another prediction: some day he shall. I'll bet it won't be in September, though. Although there was a debate on this thread last week, I think Harumafuji is also a truly great wrestler. He's simply been over shadowed by a phenom, and today he was taken down by a spectacularly executed surprise attack. Next time will be another story.
  14. Ura - Yokozuna Bandwagon

    The mind's technique? My Japanese is thin and Google translate's not much better.
  15. Basho Talk - Nagoya 2017 (SPOILERS)

    Raises hand. :) I grant you it was mostly optimism, but I called the kinboshi on Saturday after Ura got slammed by Hakuho. It's on the record in the Ura - Yokozuna bandwagon thread. Of course, I suspect he's going to get steam rolled by Takayasu tomorrow, but the tournament has had some wonderful surprises. Maybe there are a few left.