Sumo_da

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  1. Sumo_da

    Haru 2020 Basho Discussion (SPOILERS)

    Is this yusho-mode Mitakeumi or am I mistaken? Also did he lose some weight? I thought he was at around 180 last basho and now he's at 175 kg if the numbers are correct. Anyway, very strong sumo so far.
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    44th Fuji TV Grand Sumo Tournament

    It's what you usually get when you put some old geezers in the "ring" again. They want to proof that they're still big though guys.
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    44th Fuji TV Grand Sumo Tournament

    That Hakuho - Enho bout was a joy to watch. Like a father play fighting with his son and letting him win so he can have a moment of pride. Some entertaining bouts altogether.
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    Hatsu 2020 Basho Discussion (SPOILERS)

    Three things: Shodai looked so strong against Mitakeumi and to me he was the strongest of all contenders this basho. Let's hope he can show similar performances in the months to come. Takakeisho lost again today but it looks to me like he is really going for the belt or throws in some matches. He is clearly trying to show that he can win in other ways than Oshi dashi and I think he is on a good way. And lastly, I almost cried with Tokushoryu today... I don't think any rikishi in history could have beaten him today. For him this title win is the ultimate achievement and I think it's impossible to describe how much it means to him. He was going to be just another rikishi who's name will be forgotten in a few years but today he made is mark on sumo history.
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    Hatsu 2020 Basho Discussion (SPOILERS)

    One principle of top division sumo seems to be: Stick to what you're good at... at all costs. So why should Abi for example change his style of sumo if it got him into San'Yaku? I'm also fairly certain Takakeisho would be a decent yotsu wrestler if that was his preference. However he is one of the most dominant Oshi specialists I have seen in a while and of course it suits him way better than yotsu sumo. After all Sumo is about winning 15 bouts 6 times a year, that's the goal of every rikishi... And how you do it really isn't the most important question for them I believe.
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    Hatsu 2020 Basho Discussion (SPOILERS)

    Great bout by Terutsuyoshi. It's fascinating how he manages to fight rather conventional sumo despite being only a few pounds heavier than Enho. I'm not gonna join the Shodai hype train just now but it really makes you wonder what happened to that guy. It feels like he's been fighting on 50% power this whole time up until now.
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    Hatsu 2020 Basho Discussion (SPOILERS)

    Hakuho has been playing this "on-and-off" game since 2017, I would be surprised if they suddenly decide it's an issue. He will cruise his way to Olympia and the retire, maybe even snag a yusho along the way.
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    Hatsu 2020 Basho Discussion (SPOILERS)

    While Asanoyama looks dominant when he can execute his sumo he often still looks helpless when it comes to defensive sumo. And the one thing about Abi is that if you underestimate his sumo you are almost sure to lose. Even Hakuho learned that the hard way. (Natsu 2018)
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    Banzuke for Hatsu 2020

    To me it's still crazy to see Terunofuji back in Juryo and so close to makuuchi. Just months ago there were doubts his knees would even hold up in makushita joi competition but he's gotten stronger with every basho and I think he might even be able to get his wins in Juryo.
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    2019 Kyushu Basho Discussion (spoiler alert)

    Let's not forget that in the 12 tournaments of 2018/2019 he fully competed in only 6 of them, realistically getting his KK 6 times out 12. So while the likes of Takayasu and Tochinoshin have to destroy their bodies to keep their career going, Hakuho can atleast modestly heal up and not aggravate existing injuries. And I'm not arguing that he's older, weaker and more fragile now, but he's using what he's got to the best effect and makes good use of his status. On a personal note I didn't like his sumo this basho at all. It was efficient and brutal but made the musubi no ichiban a chore to watch. I'm glad Asanoyama and the other Komusubi have shown exciting and spectacular Sumo this basho.
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    2019 Kyushu Basho Discussion (spoiler alert)

    I'm very happy for both Teru's, the big one in makushita and the small one in makuuchi. And Hakuho got this, the only one who could have stopped him was Asanoyama. Would have been great if he won against him in their bout early this tournament but Hakuho is determined to win this Yusho no matter what.
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    2019 Kyushu Basho Discussion (spoiler alert)

    This is typical Mitakeumi again, his sumo being mostly a mess and suddenly he beats one of the best yotsu wrestlers (currently) by yorikiri.
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    2019 Kyushu Basho Discussion (spoiler alert)

    Mitakeumi really annoys me... you always start rooting for this guy to make Ozeki and then he just crumbles. I don't think he will ever achieve greatness even if he has the skills for Ozeki. He doesn't have the mentality or mindset to take his career to the next level.
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    Takakeisho injury update

    So tired of the speculation... I understand that people want to know what's going on but even if someone had a medical degree and was expert on muscle injuries I wouldn't 100% trust their diagnosis just by looking at a couple of pictures on twitter. Time will tell if he can fully regain his power, for the time being we can only wait and hope he and his oyakata make the right decisions.
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    Promotion/Demotion and Yusho discussion Aki 2019

    I would love it if they promote Abi to Sekiwake. And honestly I wouldn't be surprised if he keeps winning. Also in the current constellation it's just unfair to well-performing M1-M2 if they keep them out of San'yaku because those guys keep getting KK. But that's just my opinion.
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    2019 Aki Basho Discussion (spoiler alert!)

    Poor suspension on that Benz, having Mitakeumi and Aoiyama sitting in the rear like that...
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    2019 Aki Basho Discussion (spoiler alert!)

    Congrats to Mitakeumi. I was hoping for Takakeisho to claim the yusho but Mitakeumi brought his best Sumo today and I had the gut feeling that he'd win in a play-off. I hope he can get his Ozeki promotion next basho, but I don't think a 11-4 performance will suffice. Maybe with 12 (quality) wins he can make it. We will see... To me one of the standouts this basho is Daieisho and I'm happy for him getting his KK. He faced most of the top guys of this basho and even beat Kakuryu, overall a great performance.
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    2019 Aki Basho Discussion (spoiler alert!)

    I thought Takakeisho would struggle to get 7-8 wins, now he's almost certain to get his required 10 and might even win the yusho... I mean who else is there to grab it?
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    2019 Aki Basho Discussion (spoiler alert!)

    Hard to make out a favourite at this point but to me Asanoyama looks even better now than in his championship basho. And I'm already glad he got his kachikoshi. I know he is hardly at his level at the moment, but I would really like to see Yutakayama up there too and have a little rivalry going between those two.
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    2019 Aki Basho Discussion (spoiler alert!)

    Even if Taka leads 9-0 as the sole leader I will still not be joining the yusho talk. To me the only thing that matters is that he gets 10 wins, everything else will be the cherry on top. Goeido and Kakuryu have slipped once but they still look very sharp so far, the latter is still the one I'd put my money on.
  21. Kakuryu got moves... and he's a probably better free throw shooter now than Shaq ever was.
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    What rikishi do you miss the most?

    He just seems like a very playful and happy person. I hope he can get his weight down to a more healthy level and enjoy his life after Sumo. Maybe not the most charismatic or loved Yokozuna but I would love to see someone like him again. Interesting story about a foreigners entry into Sumo.
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    How will this era end?

    I just very much hope he does. His losses in the recent basho and his overall performance really make me doubt his ability to perform at Yokozuna for much longer. It does seem a bit weird to write this about someone who just finished the last tournament as runner-up with a 12-3 record, but well, that's Hakuho. I expect Hakuho to retire first and Kakuryu to battle it out a few basho more. However I would be suprised if he ever reaches the 10 yusho mark.
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    Nagoya 2019 Discussion (here be spoilers)

    Kotoshōgiku really is a straight forward rikishi with a very simplistic approach to Sumo. You could watch every match of him against Hakuho and he pretty much loses the same way every time, of course by some kind of throw. I don't blame Abi either, he knew he would make some people angry but a 8-7 KK in his first san'yaku showing is certainly a reason "to play it safe" and get the easy win.
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    Nagoya 2019 Discussion (here be spoilers)

    Could Terutsuyoshi be the better Enho in the end? What really surprised me today were Ichinojos face slaps and it seems Takarafuji was surprised as well. To me it looked like he was told to use them. Ichinojo just doesn't strike me as the sort of rikishi who goes "today I'm just gonna slap the **** out of my opponent!"