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2021 "Kozumo" Hatsu Basho discussion thread

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I think the only way Takakeisho doesn't get promoted on a playoff loss is if its a low number of wins, or he loses to Asanoyama or Shodai since they would now be on rope runs (maaaybe a loss to Shodai is OK).

 

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We should name this thread to the "Kozumo" Hatsu 2021 thread based on this post here

 

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2 hours ago, WAKATAKE said:

We should name this thread to the "Kozumo" Hatsu 2021 thread based on this post here

 

Done! 

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Shohozan henkaed his first match of the basho? Against Churanoumi? He must not feel good about his chances this basho.

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I was overjoyed when I saw Ikioi win, but that tumble off the dohyo was quite worrying. Ura demonstrated fantastic straightforward, forward-facing sumo - I hope he keeps this up over the 15 days. Jokoryu messed up the tachiai and was in an awkward angle and so almost immediately lost. I feel bad that Oho's had a terrible welcome to sekitorihood, but hope he can swallow this down and achieve KK this basho. 

Seeing the number of rikishi kyuko on the lighted boards really brought it home for me - that's gotta be a kyujo record. 

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Onosho completely pwned Takayasu. Ugly.

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I guess Shodai's ankle is okay. He took Hokutofuji's best charge and he couldn't even back Shodai up a step.

Tough loss for Asanoyama.

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Man I am so sad that Hakuho wasn't able to compete this honbasho. He would've easily won no doubt about that

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Nice win for Mitakeumi.  Looked like Takakeisho was going to push him out but he got around on him.

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Wakanohana has predicted Shodai for the yusho. Run! Hide! Save yourselves! (Laughing...)

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53 minutes ago, Rocks said:

Onosho completely pwned Takayasu. Ugly.

To Onosho’s credit, that was a helluva tachiaii. Like a freaking cannonball.

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2 hours ago, Rocks said:

Shohozan henkaed his first match of the basho? Against Churanoumi? He must not feel good about his chances this basho.

Seeing Shohozan in Juryo is just plain weird. Henka attempt on day one even weirder.

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4 minutes ago, since_94 said:

To Onosho’s credit, that was a helluva tachiaii. Like a freaking cannonball.

Yup, he practically mugged poor Takayasu.

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Bad start to the Yokozuna run, it will be interesting to see how Takakeisho deals with the early setback. It feels kind of weird watching tbh. 

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Hoktofuji is no fool but Shodai dealt with him easily - he looked good. Surprised that Takayasu was taken to the cleaners by Onosho as Takayasu has got his mojo back recently, perhaps he'll get himself together. Not surprised by Asanoyama, mentally I reckon he's shot at this level, he needs to get his head straight, the pressure just seems too much for him. Mita did the old 'let Takakeisho wear himself out' trick and was able to soak up the blows. Good to see Ura totally demolish a talented Kotoyuki, that will give Ura a bit of confidence going into this basho (however long it lasts).

Day 1 - Terunofuji and Shodai looking handy. Asanoyama and Takakeisho looking shaky.

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1 hour ago, pricklypomegranate said:

Wakanohana has predicted Shodai for the yusho. Run! Hide! Save yourselves! (Laughing...)

I think, after day 1, I’m ready to go along with that prediction as well. I didn’t expect 2/3 Ozeki to lose this early. 
 

All of my favorites, with the exception of the Georgian Giant, lost today. Rough day for my fandom. 

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23 minutes ago, Karasukurai said:

Hoktofuji is no fool but Shodai dealt with him easily - he looked good. Surprised that Takayasu was taken to the cleaners by Onosho as Takayasu has got his mojo back recently, perhaps he'll get himself together. Not surprised by Asanoyama, mentally I reckon he's shot at this level, he needs to get his head straight, the pressure just seems too much for him. Mita did the old 'let Takakeisho wear himself out' trick and was able to soak up the blows. Good to see Ura totally demolish a talented Kotoyuki, that will give Ura a bit of confidence going into this basho (however long it lasts).

Day 1 - Terunofuji and Shodai looking handy. Asanoyama and Takakeisho looking shaky.

Out of reacts but concur. Shodai had a very tough customer today but took it fantastically, Takakeisho got played by a relatively more soberly smart Mitakeumi, and I have no idea what the dickens Asanoyama was doing today. The worst of it is that he looked like he gave up before he even actually got to the bales. To be fair to him, he's also the one most likely to be suffering ring rust amongst the active sanyaku.

If he goes on at this rate I rather he fail to clear kadoban and come back with better motivation and experience. He's not impressed very much after his shin-ozeki basho. One could say it's due to the weight of expectation, but that comes with the territory.

3 minutes ago, Shinobi Steve said:

All of my favorites, with the exception of the Georgian Giant, lost today. Rough day for my fandom. 

Speaking of Tochinoshin, colour me impressed with his super deliberate yori-dismantling of Tamawashi. It seems the pivot from his old style is complete and Tochinoshin is very successfully adopting an inexorable, forward style with his strength.

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Wild and wacky day, I hope Takayasu doesn't lose too much confidence from that bout, it was one hell of a tachiai by Onosho, combined with a loss of footing. I was really pinning all my hopes on my boy (Takayasu) continuing the first-time yusho winner Hatsu trend!

Terunofuji looked like a beast again, and Shodai was spectacular. Mitakeumi once again playing spoiler to Takakeisho's hopes, hopefully he bounces back tomorrow. 

Midorifuji looked good in his debut, Tochinoshin seems to (touch wood) have figured out how to do effective sumo even with his knees.

There could be some good storylines coming out of this basho yet, even though I still think it won't see 15 days and should never have gone ahead.

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The tail-end of Kisenosato's career should have taught us that impressive form in training isn't worth a rat's ass once the real stuff starts, but I fell for it again and thought that Takayasu was going to be the man this time.

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1 hour ago, Tigerboy1966 said:

The tail-end of Kisenosato's career should have taught us that impressive form in training isn't worth a rat's ass once the real stuff starts, but I fell for it again and thought that Takayasu was going to be the man this time.

To be fair, Takayasu wasn't and isn't in as bad shape as Kisenosato was back then, and Onosho really brought it today. If Takayasu gets smoked by, say, Kiribayama, then yes something doesn't quite add up.

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Was kinda shocking to see the big  crowd, but let's hope for the best. Nice to see Kagayaki stay on his feet, his foot work is improving IMO. Akiseyama with another barn burner win, his balance with that ridiculous body is great. Murray Johnson was remarking on Takakeisho's gassing out so quickly, he can use some cardio training. 

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Okay, I’m finally giving sumo some attention. A mad month at work has kept me busy. Anyway, I’m watching the bouts on YT with my son and he’d like to know “Why they are not wearing clothes? Why is the belt on their bum-bum? What is that in blue? (the gyoji) Why is the sumo in the seat? (waiting ringside) and why is the basho still going ahead – and with an audience to boot – given the Covid situation in Tokyo and within the heya?” All fair questions I feel.
 

As for the action in the ring, already a couple of intriguing developments for the various storylines, with rope-chasing Takakeisho and kanban Asanoyama both losing, and Ozeki return hopeful Terunofuji winning very comfortably. I’ll have to watch a second time for a more nuanced analysis, but mostly I just wanted to say hello and happy new year to all the forum members. It’s good to be back.

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