Kaninoyama

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  1. Kaninoyama

    Haru Basho 2019 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    Ounomatsu Oyakata and Hakkaku Rijicho both confirmed Takakeisho's Ozeki promotion. Well deserved! And here's hoping Tochinoshin can fight his way back to the Ozeki ranks next basho.
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    Haru Basho 2019 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    They are both the real deal.
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    Haru Basho 2019 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    Something I'm NOT surprised about: Terutsuyoshi struggling mightily in his Makuuchi debut. I do believe that long term he'll be back and find some extended success at this level, but for now, it's back to Juryo for next basho.
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    Haru Basho 2019 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    Can't argue with that reasoning, but my dream scenario at this point would be: Takayasu wins today, and everything falls in place for him to get his first yusho. Takakeisho loses to Takayasu, but then wins his last 2 and that's enough to gain Ozeki promotion. Tochinoshin somehow wins 2 of the last 3 to hang on to his Ozeki status. Based on the remaining match-ups, is all of that even possible?
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    Haru Basho 2019 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    Today's Takayasu v. Takakeisho Torikumi has some serious implications. Both desperately need this win: one for a chance to secure Ozeki promotion, the other to stay in the Yusho race and secure his first tournament victory. As fans of both, I feel very conflicted.
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    Haru Basho 2019 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    I expected him to be only a brief visitor to Makuuchi but he has continued to exceed my expectations and if quickly becoming a favorite. This time around, he lost against the joi ranked above him, but he fought gamely, so I expect him to learn from this basho and come back a better, stronger rikishi. I hope he continues to surprise.
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    Haru Basho 2019 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    Authoritative win by Takayasu over Kakuryu to remain in the yusho hunt.
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    Haru Basho 2019 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    Ozeki Takakeisho now looking like far from a sure thing.
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    Haru Basho 2019 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    Ichinojo casually swatting a fly on his way to win number 11.
  10. Kaninoyama

    Haru Basho 2019 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    This absolutely. His stature and build are his strengths, not his weaknesses.
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    Haru Basho 2019 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    He's just the worst: can't put a complete sentence together in his native tongue. In contrast, ex-Musoyama delivers the explanation flawlessly and concisely every time.
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    Haru Basho 2019 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    Tamawashi with his best Tochiozan vs. Hakuho impression.
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    Haru Basho 2019 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    Already a thread for this
  14. Kaninoyama

    Haru Basho 2019 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    Very true. Given their respective track records, I could have just as easily have written: "The only thing more believable about how Hakuho managed to win from that position was how Tochiozan managed to lose from it.
  15. Kaninoyama

    "Olympic Ojisan" Passed Away

    Televised sumo will never be the same. "Olympic Ojisan" Naotoshi Yamada (he of the top hat, white & red jacket, and fan), a fixture for many years in the center of the TV screen during NHK broadcasts of sumo events at the Kokugikan, has passed away. He was 92. Article in Japanese