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2019 Aki Basho Discussion (spoiler alert!)

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41 minutes ago, ALAKTORN said:

Is it me or was Takakeishō limping after his win? I hope he’s alright…

I've noticed that a couple of times. I'm hoping he's just checking his leg to see if he feels any damage.

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2 hours ago, sekitori said:

When you have to face rikishis who weigh from 20 kg to 125 kg. more than you do, you have to use uncoventional techniques to stay competitive.  If what you do looks more like judo than sumo and you stay within the rules of sumo, use of such techniques is perfectly okay.  I even came up with a name to describe them--"jumo". Enho seems to be performing them  quite well. 

Jumo? That would literally mean “gentle slapping” (柔撲) 

Sounds like my style of martial art. 

 

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20 hours ago, kuroimori said:

Escaping or delaying almost certain defeat from a very disadvantageous position is something I would surely see being honored in the same way as any attacking maneuver. I think a lot of people are thrilled by such amazing body control and sense of balance. 

It is a bit like those defense specialists in table tennis that just keep on returning the smashes by their opponent, standing 5 meters behind the plate just patiently waiting for the smasher to make a mistake (or getting exhausted). 

Just my 2 yen... 

I absolutely appreciate what you’re saying, but it’s not the way I like to see a rikishi winning bouts consistently, relying on this style. I thought day 10 featured some good old fashioned power sumo

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13 hours ago, Eikokurai said:

As opposed to all those which start out with, say, two blokes smashing into each other’s chests? :-P

Touché. But at least with the other rikishi, we can see their straining faces when they do it. Ura used that “submarine” style too, but I always enjoyed watching him win more than I do Enho. Hope his comeback will be successful, but if I recall correctly he has reinjured his knee, has he not?

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So it looks like the makushita yusho will be Terunofuji vs Chiyonokuni. Who would have thought this type of match would ever happen.

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17 minutes ago, WAKATAKE said:

So it looks like the makushita yusho will be Terunofuji vs Chiyonokuni. Who would have thought this type of match would ever happen.

I’m imagining the start of some bad manga comic, in which two former sekitori, fallen on hard times, smash into one another at the tachiai, merge into one and combine their powers, becoming ... “Chiyonofuji”. He goes on to become one of the greatest Yokozuna of all time.

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37 minutes ago, Eikokurai said:

I’m imagining the start of some bad manga comic, in which two former sekitori, fallen on hard times, smash into one another at the tachiai, merge into one and combine their powers, becoming ... “Chiyonofuji”. He goes on to become one of the greatest Yokozuna of all time.

They merge then split into two, the other one becoming Terunokuni who becomes jealous of his other half's success.  He plots to stop Chiyonofuji's success by stealing his mawashi, poisoning his chanko, .....      But it is Terunofuji who keeps falling apart, all the way to Jonokuchi where he finally manages to beat no other than Hattorizakura.   

 

Terunofuji for Makushita yusho! 

Ikioi for Juryo!

Mitakeumi for Makuuchi!

If I get all three right, I will go to Las Vegas to be a bookmaker.  

 

 

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1 minute ago, Eikokurai said:

Am I reading that right? Enho yorikiri’d Kotoshogiku? Eh?

Big sumo from the small man.

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Down go both Asanoyama and Mitakeumi. A Meisei yusho is looking more and more possible.

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3 minutes ago, Kaninoyama said:

A Meisei yusho is looking more and more possible.

Watch out for Okinoumi to start winning again! (Neener,neener...)

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Just now, Benihana said:

DOUBLE KILL (Laughing...)

It's the worst basho for the gyojis.   I expect them to start going kyujo.  LOL.

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That was pretty close to an official headnut. The gyoji having lots of fun this basho.

Albeit my favourite Mitakeumi lost, this basho is getting better and better. Day 11 over and the race is still far from decided. 

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13 minutes ago, Benihana said:

Day 11 over and the race is still far from decided. 

My money is firmly on Takakeisho now. Would be the first yusho by a freshly fallen Ozeki.

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8 minutes ago, Jakusotsu said:

My money is firmly on Takakeisho now. Would be the first yusho by a freshly fallen Ozeki.

And it would seriously vindicate the decision to sit out two basho and heal up, which is the message sumo needs.

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8 minutes ago, Eikokurai said:

And it would seriously vindicate the decision to sit out two basho and heal up, which is the message sumo needs.

Two basho?

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14 minutes ago, Jakusotsu said:

Two basho?

One and two thirds. That’s why he’s a Sekiwake and not just a kadoban Ozeki. He missed ten of the 15 days in May and all of July.

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14 minutes ago, Jakusotsu said:

Two basho?

Basho and a half.  

Match of the day, IMO, was Enho vs Kotoshogiku.     The latter's bump and push didn't work on Enho.   

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30 minutes ago, Eikokurai said:

Tsurugisho for the yusho on his Makuuchi debut. 

That would be a first since Ryugoku. Not only for debut yusho but of course back-to-back yusho as well.

 

1 minute ago, Eikokurai said:

One and two thirds. That’s why he’s a Sekiwake and not just a kadoban Ozeki. He missed ten of the 15 days in May and all of July.

Returning on day 8 for another loss isn't a prime example of "sitting out", though.

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3 minutes ago, Jakusotsu said:

That would be a first since Ryugoku. Not only for debut yusho but of course back-to-back yusho as well.

 

Returning on day 8 for another loss isn't a prime example of "sitting out", though.

Perhaps not, but he quickly withdrew and then his Oyakata prevented him from coming back for July. That’s the key takeaway for me. If he wins a yusho to boot, it will show others that a short term rankings hit could be worth it for long term career benefit.

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Enho's yorikiri on Kotoshogiku is a much bigger reflection of the latter's physical deterioration than the former's skill.

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