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  1. Rainoyama

    Hakuhou injured-Kyushu crisis looms

    That's not a good news for him indeed, he'll miss Kyushu for sure and probably a few more after too. He is in no rush to come back and knee injuries are nothing to mess around with, especially at his age. Hakuhou is not young anymore so he has to be careful and let it heal completely and properly if he doesn't want it to end his career in a way he didn't chose to. In his Yusho speach he talked about injuries being a factor for the rest of his career so I think he knows.
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    Promotion/Demotion and Yusho discussion Aki 2018

    Nishikigi, Ryuden, Takanoiwa will be up quite a lot yoshi is just behind
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    Promotion/Demotion and Yusho discussion Aki 2018

    With so many MK in the Jo-i zone, they'll have to go quite deep down the ranks to find guys to promote. Myogiryu M5E (8-7) is the first obvious choice but then it's Tochiozan M7w (8-7), Hokutofuji M9e (9-6) and they would need to go even deeper than that to find more so maybe they'll be kind to some of the guys with bad records at the top though I can't really see to who. In addition to Ishiura, and Kyokutaisei, Kotoyuki (6-9) with a loss today is going down to Juryo it seems, Arawashi J1e (8-7) is the obvious replacement, Meisei and Daiamami are going up with him. I think Chiyomaru despite being Kyujo today is going to be safe with 6 wins as Yago lost today and 8-7 doesn't seem enough to force the promotion. Yago and Daishoho are likely going to be J1e and J1w.
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    Aki Basho 2018 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    This basho has been amazing I am so sad to see it end tomorow. Hakuhou's 41 yusho, 1000th makuuchi win enough is said, he might even get another zenshou with a win tomorow. He was not even sure to enter and didn't train much. There are certain things I dislike about him but he is the GOAT no doubt. Kisenosato incredible, this guy is incredible. Got injured badly came back to get his second yusho, and now he managed to get 10 wins (11 if he wins tomorow) for his come back with his back against the wall. Not always great sumo but he fought with all his heart and that his Yokozuna's sumo too ! Tochinoshin saved his rank, Kakuryu crumbled in the end. Good basho from Goeido and Takayasu. Mitakeumi is close but not there yet, he still have a bit of hope. He needs to improve a bit more and a bit of luck too. maybe next year ? Ichinojo is settling in sanyaku with Mitakeumi. Takakeisho had a very good basho, this kid is amazing, all the top guys back and he is kk at K1
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    Aki Basho 2018 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    Had to check his notes for Hokutofuji though
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    Spirited rikishi Aki 2018

    I just noticed Takagenji must be quite popular, he is been on the list five days already with a 7-5 record so far.
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    Aki Basho 2018 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    Ichinojo is the best young mongolian talent now that Terunofuji is out of the picture, I think Hakuhou always tries make a point to teach him not to give up easily and literally "push" him to do more. Ichinojo not improving like he should must be frustrating him. Hakuhou is still dominant but he knows he is nearing to the end of his career, he's going to be around until the olympics if he can, but is going to miss a few bashos every year, Kakuryu has never been this good at age 33 is going to dominate for a bit I think but is not going to last forever either. Ichinojo is the best guy from Mongolia after they are gone ( Chiyoshoma is not as good, Daishoho and Mitoryu are promising but I don't know if they'll ever be even Ozeki, Asashoryu's nephew seems pretty good but it's too early to tell just how much). Still there's the word dame which basicallly means "not good' in dame oshi so whatever the reason it's not something he should do.
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    Aki Basho 2018 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    Nakabi literally means middle day, since a basho lasts for 15 days it refers to day 8
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    Aki Basho 2018 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    Kisenosato Kk, first time in 9 bashos, but that matta nonsense is just going to feed the haters and conspiracy guys... Dame oshi by the Dai Yokozuna Hakuhou again today...
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    Aki Basho 2018 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    What a basho and what a day of sumo ! Kisenosato just won one of the most important bouts of his career, 7-2 record one win away from a kk and to be saved for at least another basho, he has the momentum back and a favourable match up tomorow against M3e Endo (1-8). It's Kise's easiest aite to come and his best shot to get a win, he knows it and hopefully he can get it to finish the basho with less pressure. Mitakeumi lost his 3rd bout in four days after a good 5-0 start. Losing against Hakuhou after a good bout like he had is nothing to be ashamed off but he knows he now needs to win 5 of his next 6 to get the 11 wins he needs and he was right to be angry with himself. The loss against Ikoi was a costly one. Very difficult match up against 9-0 Kakuryu tomorow but Kakuryu is just 4-3 against Mitakeumi and didn't look as solid today against a struggling endo so we never know. A win tomorow would put Mitakeumi back in a more confortable position and give him back some momentum to face Takayasu and Kisenosato later. Tochinoshin was the one with the most chance to reach his goal, but lost two in a row doesn't look good at all and still needs to produce 3 wins. His match up tomorow is against M1e Kaisei who won again (4-5) and is aving a good basho so far at this difficult rank. Tochi is 9-7 against Kaisei and is yet to face Kakuryu, Hakuhou and Takayasu.
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    Aki Basho 2018 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    He is just and understandably dissapointed with himself, nothing to do with Hakuhou, he undertands his promotion is going away from him for now. He is just human. Speaking of attitude, Hakuhou, the "dai Yokozuna" may be the greatest of all time, but is also a dame oshi specialist, and even tried to called his own monoi, refusing to step back on the ring to bow for several minutes, even inviting the crowd to cheer for a monoi last year. You may call it bold, he won 40 bashos but that doesn't give him the right to do that, thawas not the attitude a dai Yokozuna should have and it was much worse that what Mitakeumi did today...
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    Aki Basho 2018 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    First win for Yutakayama, showed good sumo this basho despite losing.
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    Aki Basho 2018 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    Mm not sure a champion like Hakuhou is going to take the risk to get too drunk when he has an important match tomorow. He is still in the race but Kakuryu looks really good so he knows he cannot afford to lose because he partied too much.Why would he risk it when he can celebrate after the basho ?
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    Aki Basho 2018 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    I also want to talk about a few other guys today namely Takakeisho, Shodai and Asanoyama. K1w Takakeisho : at this rank, with all top guys being back it was going to be a tough basho for the little guy, yet he showed good sumo and with a 3-5 record after the first week, he is not in such a bad spot after all. He lost to Yokozunae Hakuhou, Kakuryu and Kisenosato, to Ozeki Takayasu and to Sekiwake Mitakeumi after a great battle. His wins came against kadoban ozeki Tochinoshin and and giants Ichinojo (S1w) and Kaisei (M1e). He faces a strong looking Goeido tomorow in what should be a very interesting match up (2-4 for Goeido) and should have easier bouts for the rest of the second week which gives him the chance to get a few more wins. Will it be enough to get a kk though ? Not sure about that but maybe he'll get enough to stay close to the top next basho. M3e Shodai : Same situation as Takakeisho, it was going to be a stuggle for the former "next ozeki" who's lost the nickname a while ago. Shodai struggled for sure and started with two losses to start (Sekiwake Mitakeumi on day one, M4e Chiyonokuni on day 2) stopped the bleeding with an unconvincing win against M3w Endo's ghost and a more convincing one against M4w Abi. He then lost to all three Yokuzunae but showed some good things against Hakuhou and Kisenosato. He got his last win today beating the actual "next ozeki" Takayasu after a nice battle. 3-5 very good win for him and not so bad after such a tough first week. He gets M5e Myogiryu (5-3) tomorow a guy he can beat in theory and didn't face Ozeki Goeido and Tochinoshin yet but can get a few more wins next week. KK seems unlikely though. M5w Asanoyama : 6-2 at his highest rank ever showing great sumo, technically in the early race for a sanyaku spot next basho, he is really exciting to watch. He gets Kotoshogiku tomorow, should be a nice battle. I expect him to face a few guys from Jo-I next week but I think he'll get a KK and and hopefuly one or two more !
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    Aki Basho 2018 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    Since my post about Kisenosato, Mitakeumi and Tochinoshin yesterday was somewhat a success, let's continue with it today. Kisenosato : Lost to Tamawashi today, didn't show anything 6-2 isn't that bad on paper but he needs to produce let's say 3 more wins to be safe and it's hard to tell who he can actually beat to get them. He faces Tochinoshin tomorow who doesn't look good either but still better than him. Mitakeumi: Took a major major blow today, 6-2 still needing five wins losing to to a 0-7 Ikioi who he beat 6-0 before. He needs to beat a few of the top guys more than ever now. If he fails this basho, and gets let's say 10, he'll "only" need ten next basho which seems more doable, let's see how it turns out. He get Hakuhou tomorow so not the best Aite to bounce back. Tochinoshin : 5-3 lost to Goeido without showing anything so quite worrying, he still needs 3 more win but has a few more easier bouts coming next so there's still hope for him. Facing struggling Kisenosato in a must win bout for both.