Eikokurai

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    Natsu 2022 Discussion Thread - here be spoilers

    Ah, sumo returns. I need this: I’ve been stuck in lockdown for five weeks (and working from home for another four before that, going out once a week for groceries, so effectively nine weeks inside). Though I couldn’t catch today’s action live, I shall be sure to have it on screen Mon-Fri while working (one of the few perks). It will help with routine, as Haru did for me in March. Anyway, some intriguing results today. Takakeisho looked powerless in his loss, as did Terunofuji obviously. Daieisho has a great record against him now. Doesn’t bode too well for the too guys lasting 15 days, but Ozeki-chasing Wakatakakage could benefit from a weakened sanyaku corps. Good start from him, and his brother. Both Waka beat a Fuji by yorikiri.
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    Sumo ABC help required

    Nice idea but the names are Japanese which doesn’t use all 26 letters. ‘L’ doesn’t exist at all, for example, which is why it’s so notoriously hard for Japanese speakers to pronounce.
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    The young generation (japanese rikishi only)

    Guess this thread needs an update.
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    Podcast

    Thank god for VPNs and the decent streams this gives me access to.
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    Podcast

    I've thought of doing a sumo podcast of my own ramblings, but then I'd have to reveal what I sound like to you all.
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    Haru 2022 Discussion Thread (SPOILERS!)

    Waka-Waka is what they’ll call the era when both Waka brothers are Yokozuna.
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    Haru 2022 Discussion Thread (SPOILERS!)

    What are you guys on about? Wakatakakage is easy to say. But then I used to get on a train at Nishinakajima-Minamigata station every day, so I got pretty used to wrapping my mouth around Japanese words pretty early.
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    Haru 2022 Discussion Thread (SPOILERS!)

    Perfectly timed for my football-related post!
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    Haru 2022 Discussion Thread (SPOILERS!)

    Off topic, but the World Cup, and all FIFA/UEFA/etc tournaments are organized in such a way that the highest-ranked teams are kept apart as long as possible so that the best teams get as far as possible, which is better for TV ratings and the quality of matches. Nobody wants the top-four ranked sides ending up drawn in a group together and four rubbish teams together, so that two good teams are eliminated in round one and two bad teams progress. Thus it's always the case that teams get easier schedules in the early rounds and harder schedules later, whoever they are. The media likes to talk of 'Groups of Death', and there is usually one that has strong teams outside of the top 8, but ultimately it's all based on rankings at the time of the draw, so no team gets a schedule that on paper is that much harder or easier than another.
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    Haru 2022 Discussion Thread (SPOILERS!)

    No, the doten counts as the jun-yusho in these circumstances.
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    Haru 2022 Discussion Thread (SPOILERS!)

    Good point. The loss against Shodai yesterday wasn’t terminal because it was still in Takayasu’s own hands, but yes, he could have wrapped it up with a day to spare and turned up today and chilled. Instead he lost and then failed to take two more opportunities to seize the title. Great scriptwriting, btw, to have Shodai be the guy who handed Takayasu the chance to redeem himself in the playoff. As far as a tightly woven narratives go, this basho’s ending has been one of the best in years.
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    Haru 2022 Discussion Thread (SPOILERS!)

    And next basho he’ll be right back up top fighting the joi schedule so it won’t get any easier.
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    Haru 2022 Discussion Thread (SPOILERS!)

    History making. A basho to remember.
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    Haru 2022 Discussion Thread (SPOILERS!)

    Takayasu’s tsukebito is backstage consoling him with, “It’s a yusho equivalent. It’s the same thing.”
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    Haru 2022 Discussion Thread (SPOILERS!)

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but does that make Wakatakakage the first shin-Sekiwake to win a yusho in the six-basho era?
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    Haru 2022 Discussion Thread (SPOILERS!)

    Numerically, he’s had 9-6 and 12-3 now, so he’s on 21/30. 12 for a promotion by the numbers, but I’m sure we’ll have plenty of arguments about that in coming days and weeks!
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    Haru 2022 Discussion Thread (SPOILERS!)

    Updated my meme. It's never too soon. https://ibb.co/QvNTHs8
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    Haru 2022 Discussion Thread (SPOILERS!)

    To my mind, Wakatakakage deserved that for that superb escape on the bails. What athleticism to withstand the attack, move to the side and turn the tables. A fantastic bit of skill and as worthy a championship-deciding move as I've ever seen. That didn't disappoint.
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    Haru 2022 Discussion Thread (SPOILERS!)

    My god ...what a finale! That lived up to its billing. Commiserations to Takayasu, yet again, but fair play to Wakatakakage. Star in the making.
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    Haru 2022 Discussion Thread (SPOILERS!)

    Given this has gone to a playoff, the yusho condition for the sansho seems a bit mean. This is a yusho equivalent. Same same.
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    Haru 2022 Discussion Thread (SPOILERS!)

    Shodai throws Takayasu a bone!
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    Haru 2022 Discussion Thread (SPOILERS!)

    My my ... Kotonowaka falls, and then Takayasu follows. Wakatakakage on the brink of a shin-sekiwake yusho. Incredible.
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    Sansho Haru 2022

    Kotonowaka’s second kanto-sho in succession and third overall in just nine Makuuchi appearances. Quite the record. Also Wakatakakage’s third gino-sho in 12 basho.
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    Haru 2022 Discussion Thread (SPOILERS!)

    Superb from WTK! He looked done for for a second, but kept his composure and counter-attacked brilliantly. What a final day we have in store. 9-6 at M1 > 12-2* at S = 21/29
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    Haru 2022 Discussion Thread (SPOILERS!)

    If Hoshoryu and Abi win tomorrow, we have only one vacant komusubi slot. Even if Abi loses, he'll drop one rank leaving only a Sekiwake slot open. Will Kotonowaka pip Ichinojo to it? 11-3 at M6 compared to 9-5 at M2. It could end up 12-3 and 9-6, which would give KNW the edge (three wins more overcomes that rank differential), but could also be 11-4 and 10-5, which is much closer.