Eikokurai

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  1. Eikokurai

    Natsu 2022 Discussion Thread - here be spoilers

    Great stuff from Wakatakakage and Mitakeumi. WTK walks himself back off the bales knowing he had a belt grip worth defending and then used it to eke out the win. 6-5 and the double digits remain on track. Mita drops to 5-6. Edit: I tell a lie. He'd actually surrendered the original belt grip when pushed back, but got another. RE: his Ozeki run. Though the best WTK can hope for now is 10-5, he has beaten all three of the Ozeki in a row which pads out those numbers a bit (their own bad performances notwithstanding).
  2. Eikokurai

    Natsu 2022 Discussion Thread - here be spoilers

    Takanosho will be the sole leader then on 9-2. No mass pack of leaders on 8-3.
  3. Eikokurai

    Natsu 2022 Discussion Thread - here be spoilers

    He's obviously the favourite but Abi will have noticed his vulnerability to rapid thrusts earlier in the basho and be aiming to upset his balance from the tachiai. If he can avoid overextending, which he is prone to do, he can upset Teru.
  4. Eikokurai

    Natsu 2022 Discussion Thread - here be spoilers

    They really are being overly cautious with the mono-ii now, eh? Takayasu won that by a mile. No need for the check.
  5. Eikokurai

    Natsu 2022 Discussion Thread - here be spoilers

    If Takanosho loses to Hoshoryu and Terunofuji beats Abi, we'll have a leading pack of six after today, all on only 8 wins. That said, if Abi brings his A-game, his oshi attack might be too much for Teru this basho.
  6. Eikokurai

    Natsu 2022 Discussion Thread - here be spoilers

    Actually, I did just mean in terms of putting some credit in the bank re: demotion or promotion. If he ends 7-8, let’s say, they could note that as a false makekoshi and be more generous in how far he falls (same idea for promotion but obviously there’s not much space for him to go upwards).
  7. Eikokurai

    Natsu 2022 Discussion Thread - here be spoilers

    I wonder if there’s some unspoken adjustment for belatedly recognized bad calls, so perhaps Hoshoryu won’t be penalized too much for being robbed of his win over Shodai (who should be makekoshi and kadoban by now, let’s remember).
  8. Eikokurai

    Natsu 2022 Discussion Thread - here be spoilers

    He already has a Juryo yusho to his name, tbf.
  9. Eikokurai

    Trivia bits

    Forced to retire not by injury but by the Kyokai for costing them too much
  10. Eikokurai

    Natsu 2022 Discussion Thread - here be spoilers

    Shodai drops to 3-7 and within one of kadoban. Takaeisho loses to go to 5-5; Mitakeumi goes up to 5-5 with a win. The last time we had three Ozeki with 5+ losses by day 10 was July 1971 as far as I can tell. http://sumodb.sumogames.de/Query_bout.aspx?show_form=0&group_by=basho&day=10&rank1=O&wins1=0-5 Wakatakakage keeps his Ozeki run alive by beating Shodai, though he will need to be perfect until Sunday to hit 10 wins.
  11. Eikokurai

    Natsu 2022 Discussion Thread - here be spoilers

    Flashbacks to last basho's playoff for Takayasu as he snatches defeat from the jaws of victory with his aite sidestepping him on the bales.
  12. Eikokurai

    Natsu 2022 Discussion Thread - here be spoilers

    Just reminding himself of the day of the week: Sunday.
  13. Eikokurai

    Natsu 2022 Discussion Thread - here be spoilers

    Being in China, when I see “study sessions”, I imagine the Kyokai sat around diligently studying Xi Jinping’s latest directives on how to run a honbasho that serves the People and stays true to the spirit of the Party.
  14. Eikokurai

    Natsu 2022 Discussion Thread - here be spoilers

    Yet last basho was one of the best in years both for drama and quality.
  15. Eikokurai

    Natsu 2022 Discussion Thread - here be spoilers

    He fought Wakatakakage. Daieisho faced Takakeisho.
  16. Eikokurai

    Natsu 2022 Discussion Thread - here be spoilers

    Kotonowaka was given the win by the gyoji, correctly. Mono-ii just confirmed it.
  17. Eikokurai

    Natsu 2022 Discussion Thread - here be spoilers

    Shodai wins ... just. A mono-ii wouldn't have been unreasonable there. In fact ... judging from the replay, I think a mono-ii should have happened. Shodai appeared to touch down first. Hoshoryu robbed?
  18. Eikokurai

    Natsu 2022 Discussion Thread - here be spoilers

    Takarafuji starts 0-8. That’s his third career nakabi makekoshi and first since 2014. All three have come in May.
  19. Eikokurai

    Natsu 2022 Discussion Thread - here be spoilers

    Was I the only one worried Hakuho would rip his suit when demoing some of the moves that got him perilously close to kneeling or squatting? That would have been awkward.
  20. Eikokurai

    Natsu 2022 Discussion Thread - here be spoilers

    Haha. I actually like Shodai—he’s just letting me down!
  21. Eikokurai

    Natsu 2022 Discussion Thread - here be spoilers

    Shodai is just cashing his paychecks and doing none of the work.
  22. Eikokurai

    Natsu 2022 Discussion Thread - here be spoilers

    Not this basho but 10 wins keeps his run alive for next time, so let's not write him off just yet.
  23. Eikokurai

    Natsu 2022 Discussion Thread - here be spoilers

    Kotonowaka's wheels have come off. From 3-0 against the Ozeki to 3-4 after facing Terunofuji and the joi hiramaku.
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    Natsu 2022 Discussion Thread - here be spoilers

    A clear sign that lots of salt displeases the gods. The 21st century deities are environmentally conscious and concerned with sustainability.