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  1. Thorbjarn

    September (Aki) Basho- offical thread (yay..)

    You might be onto something here, this tends to happen in sport. I had a co-worker at one of my Jobs years back who also coached the Under 19 team of a local football Club (round ball football, not the handegg version). The senior squad had blown numerous near-promotions to higher (professional) divisions through inexplicable collapses of form in prior years. Said co-worker was pretty adamant to clarify that the team tried to get the best possible result without getting promoted, because most were not cut out for higher divisions and that way they roughly know they would keep the team together and had secured, a certain paycheque. Of course, Sumo is quite different in many regards, but I can totally see some Rikishi being content with a certain level they feel sure about maintaining instead of overextending themselves to a level they aren't sure about.
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    September (Aki) Basho- offical thread (yay..)

    I thought so aswell at first, but thinking about it, I find M1e more likely. Terunofuji and Takanosho seem likely promotees.
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    September (Aki) Basho- offical thread (yay..)

    Did I dream or did we actually get two guest-rikishi from Juryo on one day? Has this happened a lot in the past?
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    September (Aki) Basho- offical thread (yay..)

    I think what causes so much disappointment regarding Mitakeumi is that he looks to have the talent, but lacks in other areas. It can be really frustrating to see collapses like Aki 2018 or Kyushu 2019 where he ruins his Basho in week 2 after winning a Yusho the tournament before. It just seems as if his potential exceeds the results, and occasional Yushos or Yusho contentions seem like proof for this. There hasn't been a progression in the last two years though. Shodai seems to have found a stride after dropping out of joi a year ago with an abysmal 3-12 record. His sumo and his demeanor seem to have changed, as if he took the demotion to lower Makuuchi as a chance to regroup. While I don't know about looming Ozekihood just yet, (at least) 55 wins out of 75 sounds really impressive, as does being in real contention for three out five. He also was in contention while being in joi and is at the very least 43 out of 60 in the joi tournaments. It just seems as if he has taken the step Mitakeumi has been aiming at to take since grabbing that first Yusho, albeit without taking a cup.
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    September (Aki) Basho- offical thread (yay..)

    You are right, but I'm just happy to see he is doing good at this level. He didn't seem to be back in the shape and health he needed to be when he Re-injured himself, it's good to see him doing well so close to goal that seemed un-obtainable.
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    September (Aki) Basho- offical thread (yay..)

    Guys, the most important thing is that Ura has a spotless record and is on his way to Juryo.
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    This IS the July 2020 Basho thread!! Spoilers!!

    I was afraid of a henka, at least it was more of a submarine followed by a very exciting technique. Still disappointed by Asanoyama walking into a Tachiai the way he did, lack of experience probably.
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    This IS the July 2020 Basho thread!! Spoilers!!

    Well put for the most part. Mitakeumi seemed quite consistant for the longest time, going for something like 15 consecutive sanyaku tournaments. He lacks top performance consistancy (10+ wins), but still hovers around the upper ranks for the most part and earns mostly Kachikoshi.
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    This IS the July 2020 Basho thread!! Spoilers!!

    Good win for Shodai, looked more in control today. Takakeisho's loss on the other hand... Oof
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    This IS the July 2020 Basho thread!! Spoilers!!

    Saddens me to see Takayasu the way he is now. A year and a half back he seemed on the verge of winning that elusive yusho. Now he seems to lack all the explosiveness and power he used to have.
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    This IS the July 2020 Basho thread!! Spoilers!!

    Not disagreeing here at all, but there a few who are as or similiarly as powerful as Aoiyama and better at keeping their balance. It's also not the first time during the last few days that Shodai looked shaky. He is still doing very well and I'm quite happy to see succesful Shodai, and on the positive side he is very agile and never seems to be letting up, which is a huge plus. And he definetly is getting Ws.
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    This IS the July 2020 Basho thread!! Spoilers!!

    Shodai channeling his inner escape artist yet again, but not everyone is as flat footed as Aoiyama. Luck will run out eventually.
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    This IS the July 2020 Basho thread!! Spoilers!!

    It looked very much like Hokutofuji in real time, I am - as often - amazed at how different it looked in the replay.
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    This IS the July 2020 Basho thread!! Spoilers!!

    I think Abi has an endearing charisma to him, but that's so incredibly stupid. So Mitakeumi will move to 7-0 by default, right? Abi is probably going to get tested I assume? Edit: Enho's Sumo actually looked like a gameplan, still great job keeping the balance.
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    This IS the July 2020 Basho thread!! Spoilers!!

    Surprised to see Takayasu pulling out a performance like that. I'm really impressed with Kotoshoho, winning is one thing, but he's beating capable opponents with good Sumo imo.