Thorbjarn

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  1. Thorbjarn

    Aki 2022 discussion (results)

    I'm pretty convinced Tamawashi is winning this. Were there many Rikishi winning their first Yusho in their mid-thirties and a second one in their late thirties?
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    Promotion/Demotion and Yusho Talk, Nagoya 2022

    I can totally see Kiribayama staying at M1E, aswell as Hoshoryu staying Komusubi while Ichinojo takes a third Sekiwake slot and them freezing the Covid induced MKs. Mitakeumi will be kadoban again, but regular kadoban. Right now, everything seems possible, nothing seems likely to me.
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    Nagoya 2022

    Takakeisho performed so much as if there never were any injury troubles, the guy on the PA got confused and declared Terunofuji the winner just because he didn't trust his own eyes.
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    Nagoya 2022

    I like this new Ozeki Shodai, not sure if he will show up in Aki, though.
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    Nagoya 2022

    Did anyone expect Ura to go straight up into a belt battle with Ichinojo? Ichinojo had no trouble with this situation and handled it well, let's see if Takakeisho can make him the champion without a playoff.
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    Nagoya 2022

    It's the first time this Basho I've been watching live. The audible reaction towards Okinoumi's kyujo announcement caught me off guard... Was this the norm? Yutakayama really destroyed Tochinoshin, which was quite the surprise to me given the lopsided head to head.
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    Nagoya 2022

    It was a great catch by Shodai, though.
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    Nagoya 2022

    Match and rematch between Kiribayama and Wakamotuharu were fantastic. I'm not quite sure if I'd want a 11-4 three men playoff or a 12-3 playoff more, but it's always fun to see the final days of the Basho escalate like crazy.
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    Nagoya 2022

    Hoshoryu needs power. He looked really good today, just those last few percent were missing. It's a shame so many guys are out with that shitty virus. There are many good fights and fun techniques, but in the end the talk will be a lot about Covid protocols and etiquettes. Hope we are done with infections for Nagoya.
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    Nagoya 2022

    At this point, I am just convinced Shodai is actually Sumo's best practical joker. That's it.
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    Nagoya 2022

    While it is true that Sumo can be a little behind, there may also be huge differences in accommodation both during and between tournaments to a lot of other sports. If cyclists stay in their own hotel room while being outside during the competition, it's different than guys hanging out in very close quarters indoors basically all the time during competition. I think, football / soccer is a horrible example. The idea of those in charge of most professional leagues was that they deserve privileges and rules that apply to society in general should not apply to clubs and players. In Germany the clubs of the top tiered leagues where very quickly trying to pressure politicians into allowing to resume play. And they succeeded almost as quickly.
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    Nagoya 2022

    I think I have this Sumo thing figured out, suddenly a wild Shodai appears. I hope Mitakeumi won't get demoted, he's had some really bad luck, and now Covid on top. There were some good bouts imo, but the results distract from those.
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    Nagoya 2022

    It's like groundhog day, every Basho the Ozeki have me worried from day one. Basho needed exactly one day to get wild in Makuuchi...
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    Natsu 2022 Discussion Thread - here be spoilers

    That went exactly like expected... unlike a lot of other things this tournament.
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    Natsu 2022 Discussion Thread - here be spoilers

    All tawara, but very close. Understandable they wanted to check. Only two Ozeki kadoban, but a combined makekoshi for the rank. Not a good Basho. After all that weirdness it would be fitting to get a Yokozuna Yusho.