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2021 "Kozumo" Hatsu Basho discussion thread

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20 hours ago, Kintamayama said:

Funny stuff in the commentator's booth on TV today. Outa announcer was telling commentators Kitanofuji and Mainoumi that Shimanoumi has lately heightened his concentration skills by practicing zen meditation and contemplation.

With two straight wins, Shimanoumi is on his way to a "Zen"-sho yusho... (Sakke...)

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3 hours ago, pricklypomegranate said:

Carrying all that extra weight might have finally taken it's toll

He walks like someone negotiating his way between his specially adapted car seat and his mobility scooter. He's still a bloody good wrestler but he needs to lose about 20 kg. I have massive respect for his commitment and attitude buy right now he reminds me of the closing scenes of the Akira movie when Tetsuo's body goes out of control.

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7 hours ago, pricklypomegranate said:

Quite shocked he didn't think to wear teeth guards. 

Have any rikishi ever worn a mouth guard? Does anyone know? Are they even permitted? 

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34 minutes ago, Eikokurai said:

Have any rikishi ever worn a mouth guard? Does anyone know? Are they even permitted? 

I know many do, though they're not often seen putting them on or taking them off. I remember once Hakuho was going into an interview after clinching a Yusho and he took his out and handed it to a tsukebito right before entering the interview room. Ah the days before covid... 

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42 minutes ago, Eikokurai said:

Have any rikishi ever worn a mouth guard? Does anyone know? Are they even permitted? 

Doesn't Onosho wear one? Or does he just have the world's most perfect teeth alignment? 

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2 hours ago, Kaninoyama said:

Doesn't Onosho wear one? Or does he just have the world's most perfect teeth alignment? 

Yes, Onosho wears a mouth guard, so does Hakuho. All the smart ones don't want their pearls snatched along with their wins too. (Laughing...)

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9 hours ago, Amamaniac said:

With two straight wins, Shimanoumi is on his way to a "Zen"-sho yusho... (Sakke...)

[Plus added rimshot emoji]

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7 hours ago, Eikokurai said:

Have any rikishi ever worn a mouth guard? Does anyone know? Are they even permitted? 

I have seen Onosho wear one, coincidentally. Or perhaps ironically, in the circumstances? 

Edit: Asked and answered. Didn't scroll down...

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6 hours ago, Kaninoyama said:

Doesn't Onosho wear one? Or does he just have the world's most perfect teeth alignment? 

You’re right. I’ve even seen that myself. Clearly I wasn’t awake when I wrote that.

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Daieisho 3 - Ozeki 0. Sweep of the top ranks complete. 

Edit: Everyone not ranked Ozeki 3 - Ozeki 0. Wow! Bad day at the top of the banzuke. 

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Hokutofuji proving Sumo is a tough way to make a living ... his nose hit Takakeisho's head multiple times (Sigh...)

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I have the feeling that it is going to be quite a while until we see the 73rd Yokozuna... 

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A few people have posted the last few days about Takakeisho's weight and fitness. Today, his lack of stamina really did stand out. He was very close to winning at least twice, only to have Hokutofuji recover. At the end, Takakeisho appeared to completely run out of gas and collapse onto one knee. 

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Daieisho's is on fire!  Three straight Ozeki scalps to start the tournament.  Who is going to stop him?  (Let's see which Mitakeumi shows up tomorrow.). Could this be Daieisho's chance to hoist the Emperor's Cup?

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1 minute ago, Shinobi Steve said:

A few people have posted the last few days about Takakeisho's weight and fitness. Today, his lack of stamina really did stand out. He was very close to winning at least twice, only to have Hokutofuji recover. At the end, Takakeisho appeared to completely run out of gas and collapse onto one knee. 

I made exactly the same observation, aloud, to encourage Hokutofuji: "He's gassed! He's gassed! You've got him!". He was clearly done for once the bout went beyond ten seconds, which seems to be the pattern. He's just not Yokozuna material. Sorry.

Other standout bouts included Midorifuji taking care of Hoshoryu with witashikomi, although seeing him faceplant like that was a bit worrying. His bout are really fun to watch.

I was a bit surprised Terunofuji made it such a no-contest against Tochinoshin, but there you go.

Hard charging Onosho continues to impress and looks supremely confident in his abilities.

Takarafuji needed to get square against Takayasu but never did.

Enjoyed seeing Tamawashi outpower a young whipper snapper half his age (give or take).

Kotonowaka slammed Churanoumi down with authority. You could hear him hit the clay.

Enjoyable day of fights.

 

 

 

 

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Oho finally had his first win against Takagenji. Congratulations!!! Though Ura was unable to perform the straightforward performance he had in the first two days, he demonstrated the ring dexterity and agility he was so well-known for and took out his aite convincingly. Despite pre-basho worries, I think he might just win the yusho and solidify his comeback. Speaking of yusho, I will now come out and say that Takakeisho's tsuna run is now at the mortuary. Despite his typically straightforward, powerful style, Hokutofuji demonstrated incredible perseverance and agility when pressured by Takakeisho (twice!) on the rope. He's still quite a reckless fighter - his nose was busted quite badly but the fighting spirit and technique he showed was definitely the best performance of Day 3 for me. Daieisho has now officially scalped 3 Ozekis and looks like he is getting himself a (or multiple) sanshos already and definitely still is my favourite to win the basho. This is a guy whose hell bent on being promoted to Ozeki. Onosho godlike tachiai has now yielded him three, convincing, high-quality wins and I can't wait till he matches up with Daieisho. Mitakeumi also recovered from his loss well yesterday with a straightfoward shove out of Asanoyama, as did Terunofuji. 

To me, the Ozekis do seem a little lacklustre this basho - not as we expected despite the fires lit under them (tsuna run/being kadoban). It's such a shame Hakuho isn't here - I'm sure he'll have scalped all the Ozekis and then some - but might have trouble with the two pusher-thrusters at the forefront now. 

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1 minute ago, Jakusotsu said:
7 minutes ago, Amamaniac said:

Daieisho's is on fire!  Three straight Ozeki scalps to start the tournament.  Who is going to stop him?  (Let's see which Mitakeumi shows up tomorrow.). Could this be Daieisho's chance to hoist the Emperor's Cup?

Deja vu?

Perhaps...  But there are a few caveats: in that tournament Daieisho didn't win three straight to start the tournament, and in this tournament he won't have to face both Yokozunas, to whom he lost in March 2019...   Furthermore, I can't see Daieisho end with an MK this tournament.  But then (as always), it's still early and anything can happen! ;-)

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1 minute ago, pricklypomegranate said:

To me, the Ozekis do seem a little lacklustre this basho

(Whateverabove,itisfunny...)

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1 minute ago, Amamaniac said:

Perhaps...  But there are a few caveats: in that tournament Daieisho didn't win three straight to start the tournament, and in this tournament he won't have to face both Yokozunas, to whom he lost in March 2019...   Furthermore, I can't see Daieisho end with an MK this tournament.  But then (as always), it's still early and anything can happen! ;-)

Yeah, right - that's why I already deleted my post. (Blushing...)

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I know it's early days (and some dislike early speculation) so ...

Spoiler

Who thinks Takakeisho will withdraw from this tournament (going from tsuna-run to kadoban)?  Who thinks Asanoyama will lose his Ozeki status in this tournament?  Who thinks Midorifuji will get a Special Prize this tournament? ...  Who thinks Kiribayama should have be awarded Rookie of 2020 rather than Kotoshoho?  Asking for a friend.

 

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25 minutes ago, Amamaniac said:

I know it's early days (and some dislike early speculation) so ...

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Who thinks Takakeisho will withdraw from this tournament (going from tsuna-run to kadoban)?  Who thinks Asanoyama will lose his Ozeki status in this tournament?  Who thinks Midorifuji will get a Special Prize this tournament? ...  Who thinks Kiribayama should have be awarded Rookie of 2020 rather than Kotoshoho?  Asking for a friend.

 

Midorifuji declared his intention to win a sansho during his Makuuchi-debut-victory interview, and at 3-0 he's off to a good start to do just that. 

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38 minutes ago, Amamaniac said:

I know it's early days (and some dislike early speculation) so ...

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Who thinks Takakeisho will withdraw from this tournament (going from tsuna-run to kadoban)?  Who thinks Asanoyama will lose his Ozeki status in this tournament?  Who thinks Midorifuji will get a Special Prize this tournament? ...  Who thinks Kiribayama should have be awarded Rookie of 2020 rather than Kotoshoho?  Asking for a friend.

 

Kiribiyama failed in his 3rd makuuchi basho (MK) and turned into a joi elevator rikishi, and he was clear to drop out of the joi at the time of the award. Kotoshoho still was on the rise, KK all the way since becoming sekitori - at that point he clearly was the right pick. This basho he may see his only 2nd makekoshi ever (a 3-4 at ms debut). And he is only 21, Kiri already 24, not fresh enough when there is such a better choice for best newcomer.

Edit: of course I'm biased, because KSH is from Kashiwa

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1 hour ago, Shinobi Steve said:

A few people have posted the last few days about Takakeisho's weight and fitness. Today, his lack of stamina really did stand out. He was very close to winning at least twice, only to have Hokutofuji recover. At the end, Takakeisho appeared to completely run out of gas and collapse onto one knee. 

Too much mochi over the new year? ;-)

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