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That loose mawashi on Meisei. How can it stand? No rules against that?

Probably was Asanoyama's fault too cause he didn't grip on all the strands. Still... 

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33 minutes ago, Genjurooo said:

That loose mawashi on Meisei. How can it stand? No rules against that?

Probably was Asanoyama's fault too cause he didn't grip on all the strands. Still... 

No regulations AFAIK, just don't show the audience too much. I wouldn't be surprised if it was intentionally loose. Not the first time a rikishi resorted to this strategy.

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7 hours ago, robnplunder said:

I noticed  in this basho that many are going for Shodai's vulnerable neck, even Kotoyuki.   He really needs to get his head down at Tachi-hai.   

When Shodai stands up straight and tilts his head back (as is his wont) he might as well have a sign round his neck saying "please insert nodowa here".

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Fun fact: Out of 16 foreign-born sekitori, only two were able to achieve KK this basho (Kaisei 9-6, Sokokurai 8-7 in Juryo). Probably one of the worst scores ever, I assume ...

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2 hours ago, Genjurooo said:

That loose mawashi on Meisei. How can it stand? No rules against that?

Probably was Asanoyama's fault too cause he didn't grip on all the strands. Still... 

You can wrap it as tightly as you please. A tight mawashi is harder to grab, but affords a solid grip once it is grabbed. A loose mawashi is easy to grab, but you can do less with it. So it's a trade-off. (Also, too loose and it risks falling off, which is an instant disqualification.)

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Mita showed his best sumo exactly when it counts: in the last two bouts overwhelming Endo and Taka. Winner attitude. 
Taka was wise to jump two tournaments and fight almost at his best here, even knowing he was putting his Ozeki rank in danger.

However… I hope that the big bosses will come healthy and strong in November. I do hope….

 

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6 hours ago, Otokonoyama said:

It's also being reported he said that he felt the pain when he pushed at tachiai in the playoff bout. He had a pained expression when returning to the shitakubeya, along with labored breathing, so they iced the area and he gradually felt better. Says he'll gambarize back at ozeki.

Could be rupture of left pec major ......

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Mitakeumi!! So happy for his second yusho. He and Takekeisho always seemed the class of the basho, with the strongest sumo of the remaining healthly players. Both gave up a couple of winnable matches, but when it came to the clutch time, gave it their all and had some really entertaining matches.

Hoping this momentum can lead to a successful Ozeki run. He didn't seem quite ready the first time around. Time will tell if he can put together the consistency needed for sumo's second highest rank.

Just great to see Tochinoshin congratulate Mita in the tunnel, the two have developed a great respect for each other and both seem about as nice and classy as it gets.

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I have to say that I ended up really enjoying this tournament. Initially, I was disappointing that top rikishi withdrew from it and the quality of sumo was not that great. But somewhere in the middle of the tournament, it turned into a nail-biter. And the fact that it ended with a play-off was very satisfying. Of course I am also very happy for Mitakeumi for his sencond yusho hoping he can make an ozeki run, and for Takakeisho for regaining his ozeki rank. I was also happy to see that Asanoyama has done well again. I like his brand of sumo, especially at the time where most of up-and-coming rikishi are oshi-zumo specialists. Too bad that Tochinoshin got demoted; he seemed far from the form that earned him the ozeki title...

I am really looking forward to the next tournament. Only month and a half left...

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8 hours ago, Otokonoyama said:

It's also being reported he said that he felt the pain when he pushed at tachiai in the playoff bout. He had a pained expression when returning to the shitakubeya, along with labored breathing, so they iced the area and he gradually felt better. Says he'll gambarize back at ozeki.

Not what I hear.. He couldn't move his left arm at all backstage. "It's torn, " he was heard telling a tsukebito. He was also groaning quite loudly. "It happened when I pushed.. The pain.. so-so," he said. Then he apparently went to the hospital. "I haven't spoken to him on the phone. It is very worrisome. It's not something that heals in a week," said Chiganoura Oyakata, hinting at a probable kyujo from the jungyo. So, yes, it's serious. And this, from a secretive society that doesn't talk about injuries, so I'm guessing it may be even worse.

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That would suck. I saw taka as rejuvenated, fresh out of new Ozeki rank, young and strong with the 2 yokos on their way out, I thought he could start a slow bid for Yokozuna himself. I hope he isn’t out again 

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I had a Kisenosato flashback when Takakeisho looked down at his chest after he lost.

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10 hours ago, Genjurooo said:

That loose mawashi on Meisei. How can it stand? No rules against that?

Probably was Asanoyama's fault too cause he didn't grip on all the strands. Still... 

Not all that unusual. It’s a tactic as old as sumo itself. It even has a name: yurufun (short for ‘yurui fundoshi’ or ‘loose loincloth’). It’s often employed against yotsu specialists to deny them their advantage in a belt battle.

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Despite Yokozuna-less basho, this has been a satisfying one with Mitakeumi taking his second yusho, and not the last I hope.   We saw Takakeisho's well deserved return to Ozeki.   Ikioi's juryo yusho was also sweet.   I am also encouraged by the future besides the two playoff contestants.  They being  Hokutofuji, Asanoyama, Abi, Tomokaze, even Meisei.   

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4 hours ago, sekitori said:

Unlike Kisenosato's injury where absolutely nothing was done to promote complete recovery

Exactly. Takakeisho isn't going to be sent out to fight three times in the next 2 days.

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59 minutes ago, Tigerboy1966 said:

Exactly. Takakeisho isn't going to be sent out to fight three times in the next 2 days.

Makes you wonder though, if he’d hurt himself in his final regulation bout, would he have gone back for the playoff? I suspect very strongly that he would have. He wouldn’t forfeit a yusho chance. Basically, he’s “lucked out” getting hurt in his final fight.

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Underrated moment of senshuraku for me: Kotoshogiku's dameoshi on Tochiozan. Even the most gentle man has enough at some point.

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1 hour ago, Eikokurai said:

Makes you wonder though, if he’d hurt himself in his final regulation bout, would he have gone back for the playoff? I suspect very strongly that he would have. He wouldn’t forfeit a yusho chance. Basically, he’s “lucked out” getting hurt in his final fight.

Or lucky it didn't happen before his tenth win or before he'd earnt the playoff. If it was going to happen it could have been worse.

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12 hours ago, Konrad said:

Dear god. Please don't do that.

Do what? Who?

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17 hours ago, Raishu said:

Fun fact: Out of 16 foreign-born sekitori, only two were able to achieve KK this basho (Kaisei 9-6, Sokokurai 8-7 in Juryo). Probably one of the worst scores ever, I assume ...

Ironically every single Mongolian non-sekitori rikishi (except kyujo Arawashi) made KK.

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