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  1. Yatagarasu

    Ura Kyushu 2019

    He looks a bit leaner since last basho, so I think he's on better form this time around, not just in terms of dusting off the cobwebs, but also physically. Hopefully he'll be buoyed by his last performance. I'd like to think he's capable of 7-0 but will hedge my bets and say 6-1 because you never know.
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    Have a go at a Haiku!

    Strong wings are for naught; White Phoenix needs both his knees To take off in flight.
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    Harumafuji danpatsushiki

    Perhaps a danpatsu shiki was a bit too real for him in light of his own troubles. I, however, thought he was just expressing the solemnity of the ceremonial aspect of the event as befitting a fellow yokozuna.
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    Takanohana resigns

    My [very basic] understanding of this article is that Chiganoura has now countersigned the transfer form and accepted the deshi: https://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20180926-00000064-dal-spo Will gladly defer to more skilled Japanese speakers on the details.
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    Takanohana resigns

    While I agree with you, I can't help but imagine the NSK to be so anally bureaucratic that one of their number probably raised this in earnest!
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    Takanohana resigns

    Would they want to? If he is telling the truth and there was an ultimatum for him to recant his earlier complaint, isn't the genie pretty much out of the bottle now? Would they rather have him within the ranks or just get shot of him? Whether he's in or out, he'll do his own thing and say what he wants just as he has been for the last 12 months. I'm sure there are some within the NSK who would prefer to be spared the headache of effectively having it at the office on a daily basis. Apparently the forms are not the correct ones - the form transferring his deshi apparently was not countersigned by Chiganoura and therefore cannot officially be considered. Considering his behaviour in recent times (which was frankly nothing short of insubordination concerning his failure to clock in properly to the office of the basho during which the Takayoshitoshi incident occurred and IIRC he also gave an interview that wasn't pre-authorised by the NSK, so the press conference or its timing should come as absolutely no surprise) he doesn't seem to care much for the strict letter of regulation or expected formality. Far from being a publicity stunt, I think he's off and customarily he's doing it in his own way, NSK regulations be damned. For me, the weird part is I still can't decide whether I like him or not after all this time. I have absolutely no idea who is telling the truth in all of this and am not terribly fond of his deshi, so feel oddly dispassionate about the whole thing.
  7. Yatagarasu

    Aki Basho 2018 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    I was very disappointed with Hakuhou's tachiai today. It didn't seem respectful of his opponent's standing or worthy of his own rank. But Kisenosato may as well be fighting with one arm tied behind his back. That left side has absolutely no power. :( I was also surprised that this was not the musubi no ichiban for today. I would have thought that match would have been fairly high profile. I am also getting fearful that Tochinoshin may not scrape his KK together. I hope he does though. It would be a shame for him to lose it this way and so soon.
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    Aki Basho 2018 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    That's reassuring re the YDC. For my part, I hope he won't retire just because he feels he hasn't fulfilled a (frankly unrealistic) self-imposed goal. While he will never return to pre-injury fitness, there is still much improvement to be made on what he's currently showing, but this will only come with a few tournaments back in the saddle. Hope he won't decide prematurely. But I suppose any decision may boil down to whether he wants to simply participate in sumo or truly be competitive and if he concludes that yushos are now firmly beyond his grasp (even if he manages to get respectable scores), I could understand to some extent a decision to retire.
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    Aki Basho 2018 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    Kisenosato actually looked like he was crying after that bout. He was definitely kicking himself. On his current form he's lucky to have KK'd at all in my view, and I have doubts now that he won't make 10. Nobody was expecting him to take the yusho with the rest of the pack present and after such a long hiatus, but he's just imploded after a fairly strong start. It wasn't anything amazing in terms of the sumo (forgiveable on this occasion) but he was getting the job done. I think he's run out of stamina now. He really needs 10 or I fear he'll get criticised by the YDC. Hopefully Tochinoshin can hold on to his rank. I think that facial injury set him back a bit and he's been taking his tachiais gingerly as a result, but he got a good grip early on and finished the job. What on earth was that Takayasu-Hakuhou bout all about? I just.... I have no words.
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    Aki Basho 2018 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    Can someone please explain the Kagayaki-Chiyonokuni call to me? I thought that was a clear-cut Chiyonokuni win for sure. No shinitai as far as I was concerned. Not so much as a mono-ii.
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    Itai death

    There's something very poignant about the fact that his tsukebito was still taking care of him.
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    Nagoya Basho 2018 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    Because Mitakeumi had won his first yusho with that victory. It was nothing to do with Tochiozan himself.
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    Nagoya Basho 2018 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    Yoshikaze had a fire under him today. It was so good to see. He does still look ill, but I’m glad to hear he is taking strength from his supporters. I hope he can recover from whatever injury he has. Mitakeumi’s bout with Yutakayama was far better than the ozeki clash. Yutakayama clearly wanted to make the point that he was also a force to be reckoned with. His determination last basho has translated into good victories this time. I think both he and Asanoyama will return strong in Aki, having been within touching distance (as far as the numbers go) of the winning yusho score. Hokutofuji also had another good day and has more than returned to form I concur with the other comments about this being a changing of guard basho. It has given us a glimpse of the future, which has an array of strong and diverse rikishi. I think it will be interesting to see it play out. Given this was a nokozuna basho, there are question marks for me over the current ozeki (Tochi excepted due to his kyujo). Takayasu has yet to yusho and Goeidou’s zensho feels like a century ago. They just don’t seem Yokozuna material in the long run, and the younger ones seem to have brighter long terms prospects to my mind.
  14. Yatagarasu

    Nagoya Basho 2018 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    Congratulations to Mitakeumi. A well deserved yusho. Nice to see Yoshikaze finally break the duck. It’s also good to see the fans being so supportive of him. I realise Takayasu is injured but on the whole we should have seen a stronger performance from the two remaining ozeki during the tournament.
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    Nagoya Basho 2018 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    Trouble is, it really isn’t that sudden. There has been a very steady decline in the last three basho. I really hope that it isn’t some sort of concussive condition but wouldn’t be at all surprised if he goes that way eventually. Hopefully nothing more sinister than some sort of virus or flu coupled with the heat. The careful handling by other rikishi suggests that they know what’s up even if the heya is saying nothing.