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    Natsu basho 2019 discussions [SPOILERS]

    That was an absolutely wrong call on Tochinoshin. Everyone including Asanoyama knew whose win it was. Everyone but the shimpan. That being said, bad calls do happen. I really hope this one isn't tragic. Hopefully, Toch will beat Kakuryu tomorrow. And hell, let Goeido beat Asanoyama. We can get an insane scenario with four rikishi plus entering with a shot at the Yusho on senshuraku!
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    New Ozeki Takakeisho

    I feel kind of bad, but I'd like photo / video evidence of this...
  3. Yeah, I got this mixed up. My bad. I don't think it's actually wrong for them to look at the existing top-rankers and point out (what they consider) un-yokozunesk behaviour. Which is not to say I agree with all their assertions.
  4. I totally interpreted it as him doing sth special to signify the end of the Heisei era. With the knowledge about the meaning of the gesture it makes even more sense to me. It IS the job of the YDC to judge / point out even the slightest thing they consider out of norm... so I guess they did what they had to do. I don't really agree with it, though.
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    Haru Basho 2019 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    Hakuho better get to a hospital quickly after this. He had trouble picking up the kensho with his right. That ceremony has to be pure torture. The fans seemed pretty much on edge aswell when they put together Hakuho's troubles and the size of the trophies. I really hope he takes his time to heal up. It would be tragic for him to miss out on a possible Olympic dohyo iri because of rushing back from an injury and going kyujo or worse before it. That final bout between the Yokozunae was fantastic btw. Tochinoshin losing his rank... What a different a year makes. He got really unlucky with injuries, but I'm not sure if anyone will remember this at the end. Takakeisho bounced back nicely, it is up to the powers that be now. Mitakeumi might keep his rank. Tamawashi with 5-10 will drop father down the Banzuke, Ichinojo is a given to join Tochinoshin at Sekiwake. Aoiyama has a great record, but it's very far down the banzuke. I don't think any of the 8-7 scores between M#5 and M#6 SHOULD leapfrog Mitakeumi, but I'm really no expert on Banzuke-making.
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    Haru Basho 2019 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    Since I said before that I am conviced he might not get the nod, let me elaborate for a bit: I totally think Takakeisho should become Ozeki with ten wins. I think the revisionists history on Takakeisho's performances at the top of the banzuke needs to stop. He is by far the youngest dude among the top 10 rikishi and has put in strong performances after he got smoked in his initial run. If my math is correct, a win over Tochinoshin would put him at 7 out of 12 against Ozeki and Yokozuna in his last three tournaments AND at 34 out of three. Those would be Ozeki numbers in my mind.
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    Haru Basho 2019 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    I'm among those who think this might have been it for Takakeisho's Ozeki chances this basho. Just like vs Goeido, another Bad loss. Yes, he had some good wins, but 13-11-10 might not be enough. I still don't totally rule out the possibility that Tochinoshin vs Takakeisho is going to be a direct matchup for the Ozeki rank, though.
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    Haru Basho 2019 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    To be fair, he beat two Ozeki and two Yokozunae before he started losing in the last Basho. I'm firmly in the Camp with those who thought he did surprisingly well in Hatsu. I am also in the "Takakeisho needs to win out" camp. Most interesting scenario would be him facing Tochinoshin at 7-7 on senshuraku. Relegation/Promotion Playoff. If Takakeisho beats Tochinoshin, the powers that be may very well consider ten wins enough and the match might be their change-of-the-guard-moment. For that one rank, not for the entire generation.
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    Haru Basho 2019 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    I'm very worried for Tochinoshin. He looks really unfit. He gets pushed back so easily. It will be interesting to see if Mitakeumi can handle Takakeisho once again. Mitakeumi didn't fight like an injured man so far, I'll say.
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    Terunofuji's health problems

    I really shouldn't laugh. It is truly sad how far Terunofuji has fallen. Two years ago he lost a final day playoff... I can't even deny the intrigue in that match tbh.
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    Banzuke for Haru 2019

    Is Tomokaze still Yoshikaze's tsukebito? There is no way he can uphold his duties with both of them being banzuke neighbours, right?
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    Kisenosato intai

    I think he was asking @Kintamayama if you, by any chance, could provide the source / primary text your translation is based on. Thank you for the translation, btw. I truly hope Araiso Oyakata has learnt from Yokozuna Kisenosato's mistakes regarding injury treatment. His statements make me hope so.
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    Takakeishou injured

    A bruise is a type of internal bleeding, or is it? Just not what we generally mean when using the term. Whatever it is, I appreciate the way Chiganoura Oyakata is going about it.
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    YDC convenes-Hatsu 2019

    I was about to say, chances aren't that slim considering Hakuho maybe had half a leg left at this point. I think the discussion itself is interesting, but while I won't deny the fix might be in at times Sumo is a sport were a little lapse of concentration, a hidden injury, a wrong or wrongly timed decision can make a world's difference. Some people are quick to make conspiracies out of one or a combination of the above. Also, Holocaust denial is despicable. One of the rare points where I have no tolerance for other "opinions".
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    Hatsu Basho 2019 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    I think Takayasu won way too lucky against Takakeisho during the last two basho to see him as without trouble. He was decisively beaten by Goeido today, but their record has been a seesaw battle over the last few encounters. Mitakeumi seems to handle him very well, I can't really recall his matches with Kakuryu I admit. Hakuho had lots of problems with him during the last matches. It often looked as if Takakeisho lost because he was overeager. I'm actually kind of okay with the kyokai wanting another strong showing, and I'd be happy if he'd be a little stronger at Yotsu. But I think he provides a lot of work for almost everyone in almost every match. Easy losses like the one to Goeido are an exception to the rule. I think it is fine to say he had a good follow up basho to a "maiden-yusho", and if he earns another Double digit score it would be strange to deny him promotion.