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

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4 hours ago, Benihana said:

Anyone in for a Hoshoryusho? Superb debut match.

"Shor", why not? ;-)

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6 minutes ago, Amamaniac said:

Absolutely agree with you on that one.  I was thinking the same thing.  Perhaps sukuinage was called since it was a belt-less throw, whereas a kakenage may require a hand on the opponent's belt.  Maybe Yubinhaad will weigh in on that decision...

The commentator mentioned kakenage and you’d think the defining part of the move would be the kake part and not the position of the arm.

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Takakeisho fully embraced the dark side with his black mawashi today, he's gonna be a force to be reckoned with ;)

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4 minutes ago, Eikokurai said:

The commentator mentioned kakenage and you’d think the defining part of the move would be the kake part and not the position of the arm.

It won't be the first time that a kimarite decision was wrong.  I just like to think that whoever was in the booth today had a reason for his decision.  

Like some monoii decisions, kimarite decisions can be subjective (?).  When they happen, I stop and ask myself, do the officials know something that I don't?  Frankly, it bothers me when bad decisions are made since they go down in the historical records, for which accuracy is expected.  

Kimarite decisions sometimes get revised, but this decision came in the final bout of the day, and there was no chance for a revision...  Sigh.  

#disillusioned

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Oh wow we have a basho! It doesn't look like a day 1 at all -- excellent matches all around!

The Nephew looking good. Kiribayama looked like he almost craned Tochi. Takayasu, what a stamina. Terutsuyoshi, excellent moves. Takakeisho, maybe the first time wearing arm+knee bands, great performance anyways. And, dare I say, Shodai? (Sigh...)

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It looks to me like Mitakeumi has been studying Kotogoshiku. He is developing a kind of yotsu-sumo which doesn't actually involve grabbing the belt. I believe the technical term is "hug-n-chug" but I would be grateful if anyone could offer a Japanese translation: Hoyonochagu?

Loved Shodai today. "Do your own thing sonny and I'll beat you at it!".

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2 hours ago, Amamaniac said:
7 hours ago, Benihana said:

Anyone in for a Hoshoryusho? Superb debut match.

"Shor", why not? ;-)

Just for the "ho"ll of it, I'll raise "ryu" one

(Kill me)

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3 hours ago, Amamaniac said:

Perhaps sukuinage was called since it was a belt-less throw, whereas a kakenage may require a hand on the opponent's belt.

I looked up some kakenage bouts and they seem to mostly be beltless.

Edit: and then of course I found a bunch with a clear mawashi grip, so I am not sure anymore. (Beingunsure...)

Surely there is no mawashi involved between these two promising rikishi? 

 

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Definitely, some rikishi (Takakeisho, Takayasu, Shodai, Mitakeumi, ...) are looking really good.   But I've learned that Day 1 results often don't reflect how a rikishi does for the basho.  

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Endo is such a great technician. It's a shame that he doesn't show that regularly.

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Funny how people saying that the yokozuna being there isn't good for the basho, but this really shines a light for us to see who is going to turn the heat up.

Hoshoryu on a good opening day against the mountain

Tobizaru lives up to his name, flying off the dohyo all the way to the masu seats

Geek continuing his unorthodox tachiai and dominating Kaisei

A 1:50 battle between Takayasu and Takarafuji with the former ozeki prevailing

Terutsuyoshi doing some cool maneuvering to get Yutakayama out of there

The announcer didn't bring it up, but Kiribayama employed a sotogake to get Tochinoshin off balance to win that match by yorikiri. If he hadn't done that, Tochinoshin would have outlasted him, seeing how the youngster was obviously trying for a tsuridashi against the grandmaster himself

Tamawashi pulling a fast one at the edge against Daieisho, but was that a hairpull?

Mitakeumi just bulldozing forward, showing he's serious

Shodai really motivated this basho after now having missed out on two opportunities to win this year, losing both those opportunities to M17 rankers

Takakeisho seems to be back at least for today and showing why HE is the ozeki now

Asanoyama having a mental block while dropping to Endo, hopefully he clears his head and gets back in the game

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12 hours ago, Kaninoyama said:

Is there a restriction on vocal cheering this time as there was last basho, or has that been lifted?

Yes, there is.

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27 minutes ago, Christopher said:

Endo is such a great technician. It's a shame that he doesn't show that regularly. 

I'd venture a guess that since his technique relies so heavily on his brilliant legwork, even a minor injury can take the base off him. When he's on form, he can beat anyone, but he has quite a lot of bad days.

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47 minutes ago, WAKATAKE said:

 

Geek continuing his unorthodox tachiai and dominating Kaisei

 

And for the first time in ages without his many braces. Not bad.

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12 hours ago, Benihana said:

Anyone in for a Hoshoryusho? Superb debut match.

I have to agree, that was quite an intro performance. But, the M-17s are only winning every other basho, right?

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Terustsuyoshi! Very impressive from the little salt thrower.

Also, a very impressive win by Wakatakakage to beat one of my favorites, dog gone it.

And, the Tamawashi-Daiesho contest and Asanoyama-Endo battles were awesome. What a fine first day of Aki!

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Possibly the best day 1 I have seen since returning to watching sumo 4 years ago. 

Should be a good one! 

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1 hour ago, nutzername said:

"Yushodai!"

Also: something Shodai could say to his opponents before the match.

Surely the other way around, in caveman grunt?

”Me Mitakeumi, you Shodai!”

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8 hours ago, Tigerboy1966 said:

It looks to me like Mitakeumi has been studying Kotogoshiku. He is developing a kind of yotsu-sumo which doesn't actually involve grabbing the belt. I believe the technical term is "hug-n-chug" but I would be grateful if anyone could offer a Japanese translation: Hoyonochagu?

Loved Shodai today. "Do your own thing sonny and I'll beat you at it!".

Kotoshogiku’s move is called gaburi-yori.

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7 hours ago, WAKATAKE said:

Funny how people saying that the yokozuna being there isn't good for the basho, but this really shines a light for us to see who is going to turn the heat up.

Agreed!

Hoshoryu on a good opening day against the mountain

And the mountain was looking good, too.

Tobizaru lives up to his name, flying off the dohyo all the way to the masu seats

Not as good as the master, Kotoyuki.

A 1:50 battle between Takayasu and Takarafuji with the former ozeki prevailing

2nd best match after Asanoyama vs Endo.

Mitakeumi just bulldozing forward, showing he's serious

Wait until the 2nd half.  If he does well past the 8th day, it will be his yusho.

Shodai really motivated this basho after now having missed out on two opportunities to win this year, losing both those opportunities to M17 rankers

He upped his sumo since a few basho ago.  

Takakeisho seems to be back at least for today and showing why HE is the ozeki now

We will see.  I thought his win was helped by Terunofuji who was clueless of what to do with Takakeisho.

My thoughts in the bold fonts above ...

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Takakeisho simply pushes too hard and aggressively for Terunofuji to be so upright and slow in finding a grip.

Down in juryo Tsurugisho has really plumped up, not far off joining the 200kg club now... 

Down in makushita my favourite prospect , 19-year-old Kitanowaka,, starts 1-0 at Ms14, be prepared to see him as a sekitori next year!

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8 hours ago, shumitto said:

 

And for the first time in ages without his many braces. Not bad.

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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2 hours ago, robnplunder said:

Takakeisho seems to be back at least for today and showing why HE is the ozeki now

We will see.  I thought his win was helped by Terunofuji who was clueless of what to do with Takakeisho.

This^. Takakeisho looked good, don't get me wrong, but I'm not getting carried away. Terunofuji faced him once before, well before he really came into his own with his oshi-zumo. 

It seems more likely to me that Terunofuji was caught off-guard rather than Takakeisho has returned (completely) to form. 

That said, I'll be very happy to see a Takakeisho usho/tsuna-run, so I hope I'm wrong!

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