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  1. Thorbjarn

    2021 "Kozumo" Hatsu Basho discussion thread

    I'd say Walrussians. Days fly by, lots of work, almost no time to watch let alone comment. Today I watched on phone while cooking after working long hours and doing some excersises and I can't recall much. I'm worried for Hoshoryu. Kotoshoho doesn't have any wins, but he's paying dues, everything else would be weird. Daeisho doesn't seem to be a bad pick after going through all three Ozeki, but everyone seems close in skill and he has Terunofuji tomorrow, so yeah... Only 5/15 done...
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    2021 "Kozumo" Hatsu Basho discussion thread

    Takakeisho is in deep trouble, he lacks almost all of his usual explosiveness. Shame, really... While I don't really like his style, I really enjoy seeing him succeed. Takayasu for some reason has had Terunofuji's number since the Mongolian returned. Whether Teru looks shaky or like a world beater, Takayasu stops him. It's rather amazing, since Takayasu does not seem to be his former self while Terunofuji looked commanding quite often since his return. Shodai looked convincing today.
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    2021 "Kozumo" Hatsu Basho discussion thread

    Kiribayama had two makekoshi with a 3-12 to conclude his 2020, unlike Kotoshoho. I fail to see the compelling argument here.
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    2021 "Kozumo" Hatsu Basho discussion thread

    Bad start to the Yokozuna run, it will be interesting to see how Takakeisho deals with the early setback. It feels kind of weird watching tbh.
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    2021 "Kozumo" Hatsu Basho discussion thread

    I was really looking forward to some distraction from the sheer crazyness in this pandemic world, but now I'm not even sure sumo can provide this. It seems way to real and way to irresponsible. I know I will watch if they start it, but I highly question the value of the tournament from a "sports" perspective. I know sumo is more than "just a sport", but this also means you don't necessarily have to crown a tournament winner every two month no matter what. It's probably not in the genes, but I just wish they'd go the route of asking fans explicitly for help right now, gofund me or something. It's a bad situation financially, but this is not their fault, and the level of risk involved just just seems so high. I think a lot of people, even internationally, would be willing to help.
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    2021 "Kozumo" Hatsu Basho discussion thread

    I think it is pretty much curtains for Kakuryu, and it's a good thing. I like him a lot and I was really happy when he experienced somewhat of a resurgence in 2018 and partly 2019, I'm also happy he got everything in order. I would love for him to have one more good tournament before he rides into the sunset, I just can't see it.
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    Corona and sumo

    I know Chris Gould is somewhat frowned upon for at lot of his views and I understand he (unjustifiably, to me at least) attacked certain members of the Sumo fandom, but I'm very much of the opinion that having a Basho at all atm is questionable at best. Hakuho is NOT the only Makuuchi Rikishi to catch Covid 19 within the last days.
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    Non-K-November basho 2020 Discussion (spoiler space)

    Even Hakuho didn't win a Yusho as shin Yokozuna, as long as you come back in January, all is well. I would say your post is equivalent to 11-4, no kinboshi, but losses in week 2 meant you were mathematically out once Day 13 concluded.
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    Non-K-November basho 2020 Discussion (spoiler space)

    I will co-sign all of this, very well put. I wasn't a huge fan of either, Terunofuji and Takakeisho, going into 2020. As the year went on, they managed to change a big portion of my mind. Same for Shodai btw. Maybe 2021 Mitakeumi will manage the same feat?
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    Non-K-November basho 2020 Discussion (spoiler space)

    Great Basho by both, Takakeisho and Terunofuji. Entertaining aswell. It's great to have an Ozeki Yusho for the first time in three years. January will be interesting.
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    Non-K-November basho 2020 Discussion (spoiler space)

    Takakeisho with overwhelming force, Mitakeumi looses to his biggest foe, the week 2 trend of his. That will be a tense final tomorrow!
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    Non-K-November basho 2020 Discussion (spoiler space)

    That NHK Twitter graphic was straight from the 70ies, I'm mesmerized.
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    Non-K-November basho 2020 Discussion (spoiler space)

    What a henka by Ichinojo. In my mind he was already makekoshi. I was wrong...
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    Non-K-November basho 2020 Discussion (spoiler space)

    ... which is not something one should go for... Poor Enho... I'm also happy for Akiseyama, he just seems to be a likeable dude
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    Non-K-November basho 2020 Discussion (spoiler space)

    I really like Chiyotairyus Kinnikuman kesho mawashi. Stoked for today's bouts. I think the flag Takakeisho catches is a little unfair and unwarranted. I strongly prefer Yotsu to Oshi, but he is still very young and when healthy seems to be able to get double digit kks, so his accomplishments should not be diminishes. His bad results as Ozeki came when he was injured, it seemed. I don't see him as a future Yokozuna, but a) time will tell and b) not every Ozeki is. If Takakeisho can be a contender who is in the Yusho race during the last two days, that is also a great feat. I don't have the knowledge a lot of you do, but I do have a feeling looking for the "next Hakuho" would be a futile task. There will be no one with the same aura ever in sumo (going out on a limp here).