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Natsu basho 2021

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16 minutes ago, Katooshu said:

Ozeki run started :-D

See what you did? You happy now? :-D

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Posted (edited)

WTF? My stream just went down!

Ah, phew, it reappeared for just long enough to see the bout before it got cut off again.

Edited by Eikokurai

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Finally we have a basho!

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Posted (edited)

Ok, that was uncharacteristically sloppy of Terunofuji. And he landed knees first, that's got to hurt. Both hit out of the tachiai at an odd angle, and Takakeisho's superior balance shows.

Edited by Seiyashi

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That was impressive by Takakeisho. And makes Endo's loss all the more disappointing. 

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And Terunofuji's tsukebito Sakurafuji takes a spill in the tunnel for no discernible reason. At least Terunofuji shows some concern.

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Will Takakeisho be the 2nd to force a ketteisen and then grab the yusho from Terunofuji, like Kisenosato did?

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Terunofuji's got to be feeling rattled at this point. 

Edited by Kaninoyama

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1 minute ago, Kaninoyama said:

Terunofuji can't be feeling confident at this point. 

He got sent out crashing straight onto his left knee. I'm more concerned about his bodily integrity than anything else right now.

And for the first time this basho Takakeisho's last yusho portrait gets some airtime, intercut with Terunofuji's from last basho.

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First back-to-back yusho under 13 wins since 1999!

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After Endo's loss to miserable party-pooper Shodai, I feared an anti-climax to the basho. At least we get a ketteisen. Both men have done the minimum I feel to be on a rope run next basho, whoever takes the cup. 

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On a sidenote, I really like that rivalry between Takakeisho and Terunofuji. If this is the thing for the next two, three years while others are on the rise, I'd 100% be okay with it. 

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1 minute ago, Seiyashi said:

He got sent out crashing straight onto his left knee. I'm more concerned about his bodily integrity than anything else right now.

That was my reaction too...

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If Terunofuji blows this, that needless hair grab will haunt him for a long time. 

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1 minute ago, Thorbjarn said:

On a sidenote, I really like that rivalry between Takakeisho and Terunofuji. If this is the thing for the next two, three years while others are on the rise, I'd 100% be okay with it. 

Yeah, this is shaping up to be really good stuff. The contrast in their styles really helps too.

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6 minutes ago, Thorbjarn said:

On a sidenote, I really like that rivalry between Takakeisho and Terunofuji. If this is the thing for the next two, three years while others are on the rise, I'd 100% be okay with it. 

I think it helps their case for promotion too. It sets them apart from the rest and rikishi who are apart from the rest we call Yokozuna. It may seem counterintuitive, but sometimes it's easier to show your superiority with a rival of equal power and ability than to be the lone guy at the top. The rivals act as sort of benchmarks to measure each other against.

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The shots in the shitakubeya are nice. Apparently a yobidashi summons the rikishi to the playoff with five claps from the hyoshi-gi.

And oooooo, split screen of the two walking down the hanamichi. That's nice production values.

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That was one of the worst performances I have ever seen from Terunofuji. Really horrible stuff.

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Posted (edited)

God, this ketteisen deserves a better yobidashi than that. Tone deaf and no sense of occasion.

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7 minutes ago, SumoLyubo said:

That was my reaction too...

the exo-skeleton taking care of that

 

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Does Takakeisho have the stamina for another bout? I can't imagine Terunofuji losing two in a row.

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3 minutes ago, Eikokurai said:

God, this ketteisen deserves a better yobidashi than that. Tone deaf and no sense of occasion.

I think, as with the tategyoji, you're stuck with this one for a while. The NHK announcer's voice is cracking with emotion.

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Just now, Saburo said:

Does Takakeisho have the stamina for another bout? I can't imagine Terunofuji losing two in a row.

FWIW it's not consecutive, so it mightn't be as bad as a really long one. And Terunofuji has never won a makuuchi playoff, so there's that too.

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