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  1. Shio-kago

    Aki Basho 2018 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    I've heard said confidently, several times during the last 2-3 tournaments, that the other guys are going to "figure out" Takakeisho. Any day now...any day....it's gonna happen......any day.........
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    Aki Basho 2018 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    Although I have always respected Kisenosato, and admired his sumo, I've never really been a fan. I'm on record as saying that I would be cheering for him ahead of everyone else in this basho though, because I did not want to see him forced into retirement. It seems to me now, that I'm going to walk away from Aki '18 with a little bit more. I think that maybe I'm beginning to look on Kisenosato in a new light, and starting to feel that he's a bit of a hero. Although a couple of his matches were stillborn, blunders where he set himself up for failure; the bouts where he delivered a decent tachiai, and gave himself a fighting chance, have been nothing short of inspiring to me. Mighty effort from a might man!
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    Live Streaming - Aki 18

    Thank you for keeping up with it for so long. It has been very helpful and much appreciated.
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    Aki Basho 2018 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    Takarafuji steps a little to the left each time, just as Abi thrusts, diffusing his power, and wins comfortably. Made it look easy. Nice. Kakuryu pushed to the tawara, but without his posture or balance breaking. I don't think he was in any trouble at all. Yokozuna sumo. Goeido...just...I despair. I remind myself that none of this is about me. These men train so hard and all have the right to win each match based on their efforts. I must struggle to love justice, and good sumo, more than I do my favorite rikishi.
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    Aki Basho 2018 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    I really enjoyed Kakuryu's bout with Endo. Specifically, Kakuryu's discipline. An impetuous fighter would have over-pursued at the edge, gotten sidestepped, and ended up on his face or in a shimpan's lap. Kakuryu, on the other hand, dots his "I"s and crosses his "T"s.
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    Aki Basho 2018 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    Those people have a difficult time counting. Kisenosato averaged over ten wins per tournament throughout his years as an ozeki, which is very unusual. There's a word for Ozeki who consistently score double-digit wins and routinely compete for the yusho-- Yokozuna! He's also far from the first Yokozuna to be promoted without back to back tournament victories. Kitanoumi was promoted without back-to- back wins and I'd like to hear someone argue that he wasn't a worthy yokozuna! Kakuryu was promoted in that way also, and while I feel that it was a questionable decision at the time, he has been fully vindicated. Nobody wins the emperor's cup five times by accident. Yet, I heard him insulted several times tonight too. Disgusting. While I'm talking about this I want to take a moment, for personal reasons, to address another man who suffers a great deal of scorn and disrespect: Goeido. I will continue to believe in Goeido, even though he doesn't believe in himself. As a person who lacks confidence and is given to depression and fatalism, Goeido's stubborn defense of his Ozeki rank, when he has faced the edge of the cliff so many times, has meant a great deal to me. When he fails, as he so often has, to reach his potential and achieve his goals-- I see myself in him. When he digs deep and finds the guts to hold on, and not fall from the edge-- I feel that there may be second chances for me as well! Perhaps this time around he will show the resolve to match his excellent skillset, as he did once before; though it seems long ago...
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    Another from Oregon, USA

    Cheers, neighbor! Everyone here has been very nice to me so far and I'm sure you'll get the same generous welcome. It's comforting to have evidence of another human being liking sumo within 500 miles of me.
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    Aki Basho 2018 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    Is there anyone who doesn't like Hokutofuji? The man is just sincerity and respect right down to his toes!
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    Aki Basho 2018 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    I hope I don't live to see Enho become a Henka machine. The second part of your post, the part about running into guys who can handle that, leads to my reasons for wanting Enho to hang around in Juryo. The way I see it-- Not all of these guys can handle that, and having to train to deal with, and then wrestle against, a squirmy little fella like Enho, they might learn some things they might otherwise not, which will help them be better Rikishi all-around. If even a few wrestlers improve their skills learning to deal with Enho's tactics and techniques, I think it would help to raise the standard of competition. So Enho may turn out to be a valuable contributor in the upper divisions, even if he personally enjoys limited success.
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    Aki Basho 2018 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    Ichinojo showing some intensity and, very importantly, able to resist at the edge! If Ichinojo could be both aggressive and stubborn at the same time, he'd be awfully hard to beat. Kakuryu kept moving forward after missing his grip; a good sign that his confidence is high. Kisenosato looked kinda scared to me(who's to blame him?) but charged hard anyway. Great! I'll be watching closely tonight for more signs of nerves. Even if he's strong enough to pull it off, it won't be enough if he's vulnerable mentally. I'm so excited for this Basho! I think that was a great day of competition .
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    Preparations of the Y/O- Aki 2018

    I really like seeing a little love for Kakuryu. Since his return this year he's become one of my favorite active wrestlers. The thing that I admire about him so much is that he's just this quiet, hardworking man; with a very savvy approach to his training and performance. It seems to me that he's built himself into this formidable wrestler like a bricklayer builds a wall: Slap on the mortar and set 'em in place, one block at a time. It's been a very gradual process, but the project seems finally to be nearing completion-- "Where did this sturdy wall come from?" I ask myself. "How wonderful..."
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    Preparations of the Y/O- Aki 2018

    I will be cheering for Kisenosato above all other rikishi this tournament, even my usual favorites. I think the man returning to competition in solid Yokozuna form would be great for sumo, and it would make me personally very happy. I can't help but feel though, that KK is not adequate. I think ten wins should be his ticket to Fukuoka in November. I think that he needs to deliver the kind of results we expect to see from someone making an Ozeki run in order for his comeback attempt to be a success. With this exception: 12 wins, either now, or in November instantly settles the matter and should be regarded as a successful return. Should he fail to score double digit wins in any of the next three tournaments, I think retirement should be considered. Of course, now that I think on it some more, I'm talking nonsense. I don't really believe that the YDC will recommend Intai if he can get through 15 days, no matter what his score is. They'll say that it's a step in the right direction and that we must all be patient.
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    Banzuke for Aki 2018

    I agree with you. But if he was already doomed by his physical vulnerability to have a short career, we weren't likely to enjoy him for long in the upper division anyway, and haven't lost much as sumo fans. The point I was trying to make was sort of discounting injuries. Which is probably unrealistic, you're right.
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    Terunofuji's health problems

    Earlier today, I watched a Terunofuji bout from Aki '13, when he'd only recently arrived in Juryo, and almost teared up. I'm not even a Terunofuji fan, but I do think he had Yokozuna potential, and what's happened to him in recent months is upsetting. The worst part is, I'm now convinced that he will never recover his ability to resist when pushed back. If his leg was ever going to accept that pressure again, it would have shown at least some small signs of recovery by now. I think his career ended last spring, he didn't recognize it at the time, and still hasn't admitted it to himself.
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    Banzuke for Aki 2018

    I think if Ura's recovery is complete, and he's still good enough to be an upper Maegashira guy, then he soon will be. A wrestler with both the talent and experience to reach Maegashira 4 should pretty well crush everyone in Sandanme and Makushita. Juryo, might take a little more work, but he'll get there. If, on the other hand, his knee is wrecked and he can't compete on that level anymore-- it'll be that, and not the demotion, that prevents his return to his former rank. A few tournaments working back into shape against weaker competition may be very beneficial in getting his form, conditioning, and confidence back. The remarkable thing about Tochinoshin wasn't overcoming the competition he faced on the road back to the upper division; it was the catastrophic nature of the injury he suffered in the first place that made his comeback unlikely.