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2021 "Kozumo" Hatsu Basho discussion thread

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4 minutes ago, Amamaniac said:

He'll always have days 1 through 6! ;-) 

KK will be a good ending for Akiseyama.   He will face stiffer competition the rest of the way, starting with Meisei whom I think will beat him easily.

Even in winning, Takakeisho looked unimpressive.  I think he is kadoban-bound.  

The only dude that can stop the Daieisho train may be Shodai who already lost to the former.  This is Daieisho's basho.  I said it three times in this thread and that makes it true! (Laughing...)

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Yeah, Daieisho has been thoroughly convincing in this tournament. I hope he maintains his composure and wins all 15 bouts.

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Takakeisho won but not well. He just threw everything, including the kitchen sink, at Tochinoshin with a hint of desperation and abandon. If Tochi had considered a bit of lateral movement rather than standing there like a statue, Takakeisho might have been in trouble. As it was, that tall stack of kensho went the Ozeki's way.

Shodai has settled nicely and is keeping up the honour of the Ozeki and Daieisho is simply on fire. Meanwhile in Juryo, a mention for Ikioi's win over Oho along with another lovely move from Ura with a nice tottari on Yago. Tsurugisho still the man to beat in the second division.

The best thing about this basho? We've got through a week with no Covid interruptions and everyone is safe and sound so far - fingers crossed for week two. (Praying...)

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You know the world's gone mad when Akiseyama loses to Ichinojo and we look for excuses.

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Bout of the day IMO was Hoshoryu's impressive win over Kotoeko by uwatenage.  Very impressive. Might even warrant a congratulatory call from scary uncle with that one.

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Daeisho truly amazing so far, but we definitely have to watch out for Shodai. It is going to be an interesting second week. I'd assume Shodai will beat his Ozeki rivals, judging by everyone's current form. 

As impressed as I am with Daieisho, I will not expect a none-Hakuho Rikishi to go 15-0 at the moment. Would be fun to be surprised, though. Maybe another 13-2 Yusho Basho? 

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1 hour ago, robnplunder said:

KK will be a good ending for Akiseyama.   He will face stiffer competition the rest of the way, starting with Meisei whom I think will beat him easily.

Even in winning, Takakeisho looked unimpressive.  I think he is kadoban-bound.  

The only dude that can stop the Daieisho train may be Shodai who already lost to the former.  This is Daieisho's basho.  I said it three times in this thread and that makes it true! (Laughing...)

I don't think Meisei will stop Akiseyama myself but the latter need never take up poker. I've never seen anyone so obviously rattled at the start of a bout.

Takakeisho's win was certainly better than his first - at least he put some back into it.

I agree about Daieisho; barring injury I can't see anyone stopping him from taking the cup but I hope we get a good bout when he does eventually come up against Shodai.

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14 minutes ago, nagora said:

I agree about Daieisho; barring injury I can't see anyone stopping him from taking the cup but I hope we get a good bout when he does eventually come up against Shodai.

He met Shodai on day 3 and beat him. The only way they'll meet again during this basho is in a play-off.

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29 minutes ago, nagora said:

I agree about Daieisho; barring injury I can't see anyone stopping him from taking the cup but I hope we get a good bout when he does eventually come up against Shodai.

He’s faced all the sanyaku and beaten them all. It’s all guys lower or equal to him from now until the end.

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24 minutes ago, Jakusotsu said:

The only problem with the query is it returns the total number beaten and doesn’t clarify if they beat all of the sanyaku possible. For example, the top return, Annenyama with 8, beat 8 of 9 Y-K who appeared (a 10th was kyujo) and that he faced. His clean sweep was denied by Yokozuna Wakanohana.

Likewise, Yutakayama lost to two Sekiwake and one of his 8 wins was a fusen freebie from an Ozeki.

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I know, of course. But still valuable, don't you think?

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2 hours ago, Fukuyamada said:

Yeah, Daieisho has been thoroughly convincing in this tournament. I hope he maintains his composure and wins all 15 bouts.

His tachiai was fierce today. Blew Takanosho back and finished him off quickly with some well aimed tsuppari

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Half expecting to see Kotoshoho with some strapping on his left ankle tomorrow. While he showed no obvious signs on pain, it took a bit of a twist as he went down in a way that often causes injury in sumo.

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47 minutes ago, Akinomaki said:

So Daieisho is the first Maegashira to clean sweep the sanyaku then (those that turned up).

54 minutes ago, Jakusotsu said:

I know, of course. But still valuable, don't you think?

Indeed. I hope my reply didn’t seem too terse and impolite. I didn’t mean it that way.

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Since my ridiculous predictions turn up to be too realistic, I post this here as an option to spoil Daieisho's record: Hakuho is confirmed completely healed and requests a late entry, officially to do the dohyo-iri, and beats Daieisho on day 15 (ozeki are kyujo by then)

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Daieisho looks absolutely ferocious....wow !! Shoudia looking very strong and were all set up for a exciting 2nd week. 

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3 hours ago, Karasukurai said:

The best thing about this basho? We've got through a week with no Covid interruptions and everyone is safe and sound so far - fingers crossed for week two.

I do wonder though, if sekitori are feeling pressured to persevere and keep the show on the road when they would otherwise have withdrawn through injury. There have been a lot of grimaces and limb-clutches after bouts. I just hope we aren't getting overdrawn at the injury bank.

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4 hours ago, Karasukurai said:

The best thing about this basho? We've got through a week with no Covid interruptions and everyone is safe and sound so far - fingers crossed for week two. (Praying...)

Absolutely agree! There was a lot of negativity in other places online going into the first few days. Let's definitely keep our fingers crossed though and knock on wood for a successful second week.

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1 hour ago, Eikokurai said:

So Daieisho is the first Maegashira to clean sweep the sanyaku then (those that turned up).


Certainly the first who fought this many. Wakahanada started the 1991 Aki basho with a 5-0 sweep, but of course did not have to fight three sanyaku who were stablemates.

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7 hours ago, Amamaniac said:

This was actually a pretty satisfying day.  Almost everyone that should have won, won.  The only sad note was Akiseyama losing his bout (and share of the lead) to Mongolian monster, Ichinojo.  I started worrying when I saw Akiseyama get OCD about the salt around the shikirisen.  That was a clear break in his regular routine.  Then shortly after the tachiai, he started getting too eager instead of sticking to his patient game.  I guess the hype finally got to him.  

He'll always have days 1 through 6! ;-) 

He's not out of it yet!

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To state the bleeding obvious, I think we are down to two likely winners, Daeisho and Shodai, and one seriously live outsider, Ichinojo. Everyone else is just fighting for rank.

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5 hours ago, RabidJohn said:

He met Shodai on day 3 and beat him. The only way they'll meet again during this basho is in a play-off.

Blink and you miss it, I guess :)

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9 hours ago, Eikokurai said:

Daieisho! Seven sanyaku faced. Seven sanyaku beaten. A clean sweep.

First time ever, as far as @Sakura and I can tell.

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