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  1. Katsunorifuji

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

    Aoiyama’s attempted foot sweep of Takarafuji today looked more like a kick when watching it on tv, but kudos to him for trying something. And kudos to him for winning a match that lasted more than a few seconds. Usually if he doesn’t win right away I expect to see him pushed out of the ring. But he surprised me today and we got an entertaining bout out of it as well.
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    September (Aki) Basho- offical thread (yay..)

    I had the same thought after watching his match today. He seems to be getting his confidence back. Hopefully he keeps up the momentum and salvages what looked to be a lost basho two days ago.
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    September (Aki) Basho- offical thread (yay..)

    With Asanoyama’s early struggles the talk about a Yokozuna run went away. But let’s think more general about this, what are the chances we don’t see a new Yokozuna for several years? We talk about the inconsistency among the top rankers but maybe parity is a better word. These guys are evenly matched enough that it’s really difficult for someone to dominate and win two yusho in a row. Common sense seems to indicate that one of the guys in the top 5 should be able to pull it off at some point, and someone could always break out, but given what we’ve seen I wouldn’t be shocked if Ozeki was the top rank on the banzuke for a while once Hakuho and Kakuryu retire.
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    September (Aki) Basho- offical thread (yay..)

    Hokutofuji off to a rough start. No shame in losing to either of the guys he’s faced so far, but if he is going to reach his potential then he’s got to start winning these matches. I still think he’ll pull out a KK like he so often does with a strong second week. But I’d really like to see him consistently staying up in the ranks and joining our next Ozeki speculations.
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    September (Aki) Basho- offical thread (yay..)

    I was wondering if anyone else noticed that or if it was just me. Definitely didn’t hurt him to not be all bandaged up in day 1. Hope the rest of the basho goes like today, lots of great sumo.
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    Aki Predictions (Only as ridiculous as you like)

    Asanoyama is the safest bet for yusho so I’ll predict he wins it all this month. He’s getting better and better and I see him joining the Yokozuna ranks before next summer. Shodai and Mitakeumi both have good, double digit win tournaments and tie for runner up. Both are Ozeki by the end of the year. Terunofuji has a good tournament but fighting against higher rank opponents from day one combined with a shorter turnaround time from the last basho slows him down just enough that he doesn’t repeat the yusho. Takakeisho I really hope has a good tournament or at least gets his KK. I wasn’t a big fan a year or so back when he looked poised to dominate sumo, but now that he is struggling I really want to see him back in that old form. I’ll guess 8-7. Predictions aside it’s going to be an exciting basho with an interesting story line behind whoever does win in the end.
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    21 Aki 20, The Results

    1. X 2. B 3. A 4. A 5. A 6. B 7. A 8. B 9. A 10. A 11. B 12. A 13. A 14. B 15. A 16. B 17. B 18. A 19. A 20. A 21. X
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    This IS the July 2020 Basho thread!! Spoilers!!

    With the time zone differences and my schedule I don’t usually get to see the days matches until really late and by then it’s too late to come here and review. But the last two days I cheated and watched the matches in the app so I had time to see everyone’s comments. Here’s mine: Impressed by Kotoshogiku, he is really hanging in there and is having a great basho for someone who looked to be on his way to retirement not that long ago. When did Takakeisho get injured? He didn’t seem all that on this basho but I was surprised when he withdrew. If I had posted this a couple hours earlier I would have guessed Hakuho to win the yusho. Now I’ll pick Asanoyama, he just seems like he’s more ready for it. But sumo surprises us all.
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    21 July 20, The Results

    Not my best work. Better luck in September.
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    21 July 20, The Results

    1. A 2. B 3. A 4. B 5. A 6. B 7. A 8. A 9. A 10. A 11. B 12. A 13. A 14. A 15. B 16. B 17. A 18. A 19. B 20. B 21. A
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    Corona and sumo

    Admittedly I haven’t been as in the loop as much as I’de to have been over the last few weeks, but how confident are we that we’ll see a basho in the coming weeks now? It seems like the likelihood is high based on what I see but what’s the consensus here?
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    Just the thing to ask at a place dedicated to sumo

    I was going to vote yes because a few years ago I remember doing one. But just for fun I tried one at home. The gravity in Michigan must be stronger than where I used to live because I could not pull myself up at all! So I voted no.
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    When Is A Rikishi’s Prime?

    Injury seems to be the big wildcard. It’s like every rikishi has some tape on them somewhere and whether it’s minor or major its gotta be slowing them down. If we could eliminate injuries if seems late 20’s would be prime in my opinion, though there would definitely be some variation.
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    Sumo monuments and statues

    That looks pretty cool. But it’s also pretty far off from where most tourists would go so I doubt we’ll get many photos of it. Still something I’d like to see.
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    Favorite Yokozuna? Past And Present

    If I limit it to Yokozuna I’ve actually seen and who’ve been active while I followed sumo (since 2005) I’d say Kisenosato. I wasn’t a huge fan but I appreciate that he helped rebuild sumo’s popularity inside Japan. And I wish he could have hung around longer and challenged Hakuho’s dominance. Second choice is Asashoryu. A controversial guy which is probably why he wasn’t my number 1, but he was fun to watch.