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44th Fuji TV Grand Sumo Tournament

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At least Aminishiki vs. Satoyama did look quite serious. They should introduce old boy grudge matches :-D

Enho vs. Hakuho (well, the whole basho) had some priceless scenes. Hakuho looked like the proudest dad EVER.

 

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Posted about the 2019 edition two weeks ago:

On 29/01/2020 at 09:07, Asashosakari said:

A sad reminder of when Takayasu was still flying high.

Hey, what do I know.

First winner to retain the title in 12 years. Congrats!

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Endou was kyujo due to right elbow osteoarthritis, and will undergo surgery. In the hospital today, surgery tomorrow.  "Endoscope cleaning of bone fragments. No big deal. 2-3 days in the hospital," said his Oyakata. "Probably will be doing shiko next week or the week after. We shall see.." summed the Oyakata.

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2 hours ago, Kintamayama said:

Endou was kyujo due to right elbow osteoarthritis, and will undergo surgery. In the hospital today, surgery tomorrow.  "Endoscope cleaning of bone fragments. No big deal. 2-3 days in the hospital," said his Oyakata. "Probably will be doing shiko next week or the week after. We shall see.." summed the Oyakata.

So, once more the scope is on Endou, this time due to endouscopy. 

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Always enjoy Araiso's insightful commentary in the broadcast booth. If not for the fact that he'll likely have his hands full with his own heya at some point, he'd make a great replacement for Kitanofuji whenever the latter retires. 

Ex-Goeido's commentary debut unfortunately was as bland as his sumo. Since it was his first time I'll give him a pass. Hopefully he'll do better when he makes an obligatory guest appearance during the March basho. 

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Where was this Takayasu during the honbasho?! So powerful. Maybe he is one of those guys who can't handle the pressure during a tournament? Hope he can turn this into a yusho win in the near future.

 

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2 minutes ago, Yokozuna Hattorizakura said:

Where was this Takayasu during the honbasho?! So powerful. Maybe he is one of those guys who can't handle the pressure during a tournament? Hope he can turn this into a yusho win in the near future.

 

This was garbage showboat sumo.  It has nothing to do with legitimate competition.

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6 hours ago, Asojima said:

This was garbage showboat sumo.  It has nothing to do with legitimate competition.

Watching it for the first time, I am having doubts about that. Enhou was probably, but the rest seemed serious enough, till one guy was surely losing.

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12 hours ago, Asojima said:

This was garbage showboat sumo.  It has nothing to do with legitimate competition.

I was expecting to see a series of pre-ordained exhibition bouts such as one might see on jungyo. I didn't. Sure, the rikishi aren't as invested in the result when their rank is not at stake (evidenced by the lack of resistance at the tawara in many bouts), but the winners looked like they were trying to win, as did most of the losers until it was clear they weren't going to. I was surprised by the vehemence of the OBs in their bouts, too.

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6 hours ago, Kintamayama said:

Watching it for the first time, I am having doubts about that. Enhou was probably, but the rest seemed serious enough, till one guy was surely losing.

It's the same every year.  The rikishi show up with minimal tape and bracing.  Every match immediately goes to the mawashi.  There is no tsuppari. There are no nages.  A little bit of pushing, and then someone steps out.  The yokozuna lose out early. It is all ticky tacky.

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The guys for whom the prize money is a bigger deal compared to their normal earnings will give it their all or most of it.  Those that earn (or have earned) amounts such that the prize isn't all that significant don't care and just don't want to get injured.

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On 09/02/2020 at 05:00, Otokonoyama said:

 

Well, indeed, not a honbasho, but the Hakuho-Enho match was priceless. Thanks for posting the vide highlights, Kintamayama!

Something has to get us to the Haru basho, banzuke still an infinity away...

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3 hours ago, Asojima said:

It's the same every year.  The rikishi show up with minimal tape and bracing.  Every match immediately goes to the mawashi.  There is no tsuppari. There are no nages.  A little bit of pushing, and then someone steps out.  The yokozuna lose out early. It is all ticky tacky.

I'm not sure you watched the whole video. Yes, it wasn't do or die, but it surely was far from throwing cotton balls.

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4 hours ago, Asojima said:

It's the same every year.  The rikishi show up with minimal tape and bracing.  Every match immediately goes to the mawashi.  There is no tsuppari. There are no nages.  A little bit of pushing, and then someone steps out.  The yokozuna lose out early. It is all ticky tacky.

Hakuhou holds the record of winning these tournaments, so it’s not that clear cut concerning the stepping out early.. Maybe it's a little tamer, but there is some prize money and some pride involved. The slightly injured guys show up hoping not to aggravate their injuries, but the likes of Kagayaki, Myougiryuu, Shoudai, Ryuuden and others seemed to me dead serious for some limelight, not to mention Takayasu who is at his lowest low right now. I always thought it was what you say it was, but I am rethinking the blanket theory of that lately after watching some of the matches.

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5 hours ago, RabidJohn said:

I was expecting to see a series of pre-ordained exhibition bouts such as one might see on jungyo. I didn't. Sure, the rikishi aren't as invested in the result when their rank is not at stake (evidenced by the lack of resistance at the tawara in many bouts), but the winners looked like they were trying to win, as did most of the losers until it was clear they weren't going to. I was surprised by the vehemence of the OBs in their bouts, too.

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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44 minutes ago, Benihana said:

I'm not sure you watched the whole video. Yes, it wasn't do or die, but it surely was far from throwing cotton balls.

Ooh, nice subtle signature.. How did you find it?

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Just now, Kintamayama said:

Ooh, nice subtle signature.. How did you find it?

That was far quicker than expected. On weekends i'm responsible for the "song of the day" in another forums shoutbox and therefore i like to browse yt for good, not-so-mainstream music.

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1 minute ago, Benihana said:

That was far quicker than expected. On weekends i'm responsible for the "song of the day" in another forums shoutbox and therefore i like to browse yt for good, not-so-mainstream music.

The Beatles were pretty mainstream..

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1 minute ago, Kintamayama said:

The Beatles were pretty mainstream..

Well, i didn't say i picked you ;-) But in the past i featured IZ's Tengoku Kara Kaminari and Konishiki's Dosukoi Dancing (love that songs!).

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Although they skipped Myogiryu-Azumaryu and Kakuryu-Shohozan while they switched from Fuji One to Fuji; the Kakuryu match got an ultra-quick showing in a recap later on, the other one wasn't seen at all I believe.

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18 hours ago, Asojima said:

It's the same every year.[1]  The rikishi show up with minimal tape and bracing.[2]  Every match immediately goes to the mawashi.[3]  There is no tsuppari.[4] There are no nages.[5]  A little bit of pushing, and then someone steps out.[6]  The yokozuna lose out early.[7] It is all ticky tacky.[8]

1 - Is it?

2 - They looked to me to be wearing exactly the same taping and bracing as in a honbasho; e.g. Terunofuji.

3 - No, they didn't.

4 - Yes, there were.

5 - Yes, there were.

6 - The same is true of some honbasho bouts.

7 - The same is true of many recent honbasho, but didn't Kisenosato win this event just after his promotion?

8 - Why bring Little Boxes into it? (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_2lGkEU4Xs)

With around $25k and a bundle of other prizes available for a day's work, you can't tell me some of them weren't trying...

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