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March basho 2021

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1 hour ago, RabidJohn said:

I remember Onokuni being a serious contender most of the time. Sure, his best years were before he got the rope, but they were good enough to get the promotion at a time when Chiyonofuji was still strutting his stuff, so that was no mean feat in itself. 

I see a lot of parallels with Kisenosato: fine runs of JY as ozeki, one yusho as ozeki, one yusho as yokozuna, and hung on far too long after a career-ending injury.

I'm sure I read somewhere that when Onokuni did the right thing and handed in his resignation after that infamous 7-8 at Aki 88, they refused to accept it. Told him to recover and come back strong. They didn't want to lose such a popular yokozuna. 

That's correct, yes, he did offer to retire after that but they asked him to carry on. He sat out the next basho, but unfortunately he broke his ankle on the last day of his comeback tournament.

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I haven’t been as active on the boards as I would have liked the last few months but I’ve done my best to stay plugged into sumo world and wanted to share my thoughts on the basho. 
 

Congrats to Terunofuji as he is clearly the man to beat now. I think he’ll be my pick to win each basho now, replacing Takakeisho. 
 

Super happy to see Aoiyama have his annual super basho. Someone else already mentioned this but once a year he makes noise and almost surprises the world. Maybe next March (or sooner!) he’ll be holding a trophy. 
 

Tochinoshin not walking away with a KK but doing enough to hang with the pack. I’ve said it before and hope to say it again in May, but this man wants to be here. 
 

Hokutofuji, a really great showing that kind of slid under the radar. I wish he would have won on day 15 because 10 wins just has a bigger mental appeal than 9. 
 

And sliding down the banzuke, Oshoryu has another bad showing. What’s going on?

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https://jbssumo.blogspot.com/2021/03/grand-sumo-results-with-relevant-links.html

Blog post on March (Haru) Basho is complete. I have added a section on Terunofuji's Basho, Day by Day results, Kimarite, times of matches. Record v san'yaku and Magaeshira. Also added some Post Tournament treats, including two single links to all 295 Full match videos (available via NHK until April 12). Also added info on other important Day 15 matches. Also added some After Basho goodies.

Can't wait for May.

Any and all feedback welcomed

Enjoy

https://jbssumo.blogspot.com/2021/03/grand-sumo-results-with-relevant-links.html

 

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On 27/03/2021 at 11:52, Arn said:

Aaargh...the influence of Hiro Morita?!! I dont think I have ever heard that expresion somewhere else, but he uses it at least once in every broadcast, if not more. Soon you will start talking about running out of real estate too...

Since it is between basho I would like to wax about another sumo commentator with strange but entertaining language skills.
In a resent basho, (I'll call him) 'Roger' corrected his previous inaccurate comment with the observation that the loser has gone down on "all threes".  Now the 'all' implies an amputee but I give points for linguistic nimbleness.
I am posting (if allowed) an audio segment http://tommycrouch.com/sumo/forum/foot thumb-raja - Copy.mp3 (with some lengthy pauses removed to pare the sample down to a minute) with a Shakespearean coining of a new phrase that I am considering submitting to the Oxford English Dictionary.  Alas, 'Roger' has dropped the phrase from his repertoire.
I thank all the NHK sumo commentators (if they see this) for their hard work.  It is appreciated.

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