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9 hours ago, Amamaniac said:

One thing that the hansoku bout revealed is that Takakeisho hasn't as yet developed his belt game.

Not sure we were in need of more evidence of this ;-)

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2 hours ago, Yangnomazuma said:

Although I know who you mean with "TKO" much like the various "Taka" and "WTK" that litter the board, is it REALLY that difficult to use people's actual shikona?  Clarity is cool....

I don't have any problem typing out Takakeisho or Wakatakakage, but given that they are very long words and not often used, they are a bit of chore to get through.  For those who are slower typers especially, I can understand the habit.

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Kinbozan (Kazakh newcomer from Nihon University) vs Kiryuko (former Tokitzukaze oyakata's very capable son)

4-0 vs 4-0 sandamne contender battle

 

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I saw him with the right eye shiner the other day, bruised and swollen around the eyelid rather than below the eye as seen there. The way it looked, I wonder if he'd gotten poked hard in the eye. There was also nothing visibly wrong with his left eye at the time.

Sporting the full works now though!

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Since we are into day 9 now, Will Pierre be able to do his promotions/demotions discussion?

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November Kyushu Sumo Links and Statistics Blog--Day 8: results, standings, match articles, kimarite statistics, time of match statistics, Kachi-koshi/Make-koshi, Top Rank Performance, maegashira v san'yakus, photos, videos, and more. Today there is a link to a Jonokuchi match that went 4 minutes. Lots of action in the match too. Pretty cool. Enjoy

November Kyushu Basho Links and Statistics Blog--Day 8

 

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Speaking of shiners, Mitakeumi seems to be sporting a nice one over his right eye too.

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4 minutes ago, Seiyashi said:

Speaking of shiners, Mitakeumi seems to be sporting a nice one over his right eye too.

He said it's OK after the NHK announcer asked about it in the kachi-koshi interview

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After Sadanoumi now also Takakeisho was in pain after the fall from the dohyo. Not only the eyes, every part of the body of the rikishi get bruised during the basho

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Just now, Akinomaki said:

He said it's OK after the NHK announcer asked about it in the kachi-koshi interview

Would you really expect him to say otherwise?

Really nice kotenage-lite by Takakeisho. He is not as defenceless as he appears if the grip on the belt is not complete. The crucial thing is not the belt grip, which gives him a number of clearing options like the kotenage or sukuinage which he has previously used. It's closing to him and giving him no space to thrust at all.

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Just now, Seiyashi said:

Would you really expect him to say otherwise?

Often he'd talk about how it happened and give a bit more details, saying just OK (daijoubu) is often a sign that it really bothers him and that he doesn't want to talk about it.

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Why Takayasu is fighting Terunofuji in the  belt lately is beyond my imagination. I think he has more chances being mobile and aggressive with oshi zumo.

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13 minutes ago, Seregost said:

Why Takayasu is fighting Terunofuji in the  belt lately is beyond my imagination. I think he has more chances being mobile and aggressive with oshi zumo.

Takayasu's 'style' seems to have devolved into always trying to get that left hand grip. He got it quickly today, and it did him no good whatsoever. I'd say he needs to forget all that practice with Kisenosato/Araiso, and get back to the capable all-rounder he used to be.

Gaburi-yori-ing a big bloke like Takayasu over the bales must place a deal of strain on those joints, but Terunofuji fights like there's nothing wrong with his knees.

I really enjoyed the back-and-forth battles between Ishiura and Kotoeko, and MItakeumi and Meisei. 

I fully expected a henka from Chiyoshoma today, against Kotonowaka (whom he'd never beaten), but no, he won with straightforward yotsu-zumo.
Do it more, dude! Even if you lose, people will like you more.

So letting rikishi go through lengthy fights only to call a mono-ii afterwards for something that happened much earlier is apparently a thing now... Whatever happened to shimpan raising their hand when they saw someone step out? I feel for poor old Tochinoshin, but at least it undermines the conspiracy theorists.

Yet again Ura survives a vicious kotonage attempt. When will they realise he's too bendy for that to work?

Takakeisho showed that he's not totally hopeless on the belt - and once again looked like he hurt himself in the process. Hope it's not too bad...

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2 hours ago, RabidJohn said:

So letting rikishi go through lengthy fights only to call a mono-ii afterwards for something that happened much earlier is apparently a thing now... Whatever happened to shimpan raising their hand when they saw someone step out? I feel for poor old Tochinoshin, but at least it undermines the conspiracy theorists.

So the last word on both this and yesterday's hansoku: Herouth says that Shikoroyama mentioned on today's NHK broadcast that some years ago, a match was stopped on suspicion of a foot having gone out, but the foot had not in fact gone out and the bout had to be redone. Therefore, the policy was instituted that in any cases of doubt, the match would be allowed to continue and the footage would be checked afterwards. In other words, a hand raised for a mono-ii isn't always just for what happened to end the bout; it can be for something much earlier.

And I wouldn't be surprised if the video room shimpan were also communicating with the dohyo-side shimpan even during the bout to highlight something, since there's a few more shimpan and a lot more monitors in the video room.

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So, do they just get off on taking hard fought wins away from Tochinoshin? That heel did not look down to me. 

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1 minute ago, Rocks said:

That heel did not look down to me. 

Agreed. And IIRC they didn't even bother to check for footmarks.

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2 hours ago, lackmaker said:

It's really choose which way you're gonna lose.

I think that's true enough. I'm struggling to see who can step up to change that, if Terunofuji stays healthy.

As an aside, Terunofuji is by far the most intimidating looking rikishi at the moment. The rest of them are obviously daunting physical specimens, but it feels like Teru could probably push me over the bales with a strong stare. It makes me wonder if he has that persona outside of work too.

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19 minutes ago, Jakusotsu said:
20 minutes ago, Rocks said:

That heel did not look down to me. 

Agreed. And IIRC they didn't even bother to check for footmarks.

Au contraire, when they showed the replay I thought, that's definitely touched down.

It's also not the first time Tochinoshin has lost via that exact same problem via mono-ii, and it unfortunately won't be the last if he keeps wrestling despite his physical ailments.

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8 minutes ago, AnOzekisFish said:
2 hours ago, lackmaker said:

It's really choose which way you're gonna lose.

I think that's true enough. I'm struggling to see who can step up to change that, if Terunofuji stays healthy.

As an aside, Terunofuji is by far the most intimidating looking rikishi at the moment. The rest of them are obviously daunting physical specimens, but it feels like Teru could probably push me over the bales with a strong stare. It makes me wonder if he has that persona outside of work too.

Takakeisho is probably the best candidate to do it most reliably, since IIRC Takakeisho and Takayasu have the best records against Terunofuji since his return to makuuchi. But Terunofuji also drops a bout here and there every basho, and he's never gone perfect, so it's probably a dark horse who will take a bout or two from him. Tomorrow's Hoshoryu is probably the best candidate (and also the last non-sanyaku hope); Ichinojo is otherwise the only person I can see who can match Terunofuji for just strength and endurance.

If you only watch sumo during honbasho, every rikishi will give you that impression, pretty much. Takakeisho and Kisenosato are two other famous grumps. But during TV specials and on fansa (and in Kisenosato's case, after retirement), they're almost a different person entirely: they actually smile.

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8 minutes ago, Seiyashi said:

Au contraire, when they showed the replay I thought, that's definitely touched down.

It's also not the first time Tochinoshin has lost via that exact same problem via mono-ii, and it unfortunately won't be the last if he keeps wrestling despite his physical ailments.

The infamous bout against Asanoyama, I would say

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7 hours ago, WAKATAKE said:

Since we are into day 9 now, Will Pierre be able to do his promotions/demotions discussion?

I'd wait until after Day 10. More recently, when he's been able to do it, he starts posting then. 

If that doesn't happen, then I'll see about making one of my poor facsimilies of the topic.

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