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5 hours ago, Yokozuna Hattorizakura said:

Oh and fun fact, Tsurugisho v Kaisho will be the first time they met in over 7 years. Last time was for the Jonidan yusho.

 

Speaking of Tsurugisho, I notice that this basho he joined the 200kg+ club......I must say he wears it pretty well, especially considering he's 'only' 182cm

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2 thoughts and a question from Day 2

  • Terutsuyoshi looked like he was going for the Mankind (Mick Foley) piledriver on Ishiura, the way Mick used to grab the belt of his opponent.
  • Were the shimpan going to call a monii on the Hoshoryu bout, then looked to their left and right and saw Takayasu and Takarafuji next and said "Nope, won't have time for that after this hour long bout coming up."

Question: I noticed a fan in the upper right of the screen holding a framed portrait picture towards Mitakeumi and Takanosho during their match. Anyone know the story behind this?

 

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November Kyushu Basho--Links Blog--results, match articles, photos, videos, Kimarite statistics (with cumulative comparison to Day 2 September, Time of match statistics, Top Rank Performance, Maegashira v san'yaku (with cumulative comparison to Day 2 September.

Highlights for today are links to JSA Youtube video of the great Enho v Azumaru Juryo match, and Tachiai.org links to videos of all first round Jonokuchi matches and one interesting first round Jonidan match. The Enho match was a classic.

November 2021 Basho--Day 2 Links Blog Post

 

 

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Ex-Kotoyuki has shrunk. His suit looks 3 times bigger than him. 

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1 hour ago, rhyen said:

Ex-Kotoyuki has shrunk. His suit looks 3 times bigger than him. 

You forgot the most important detail--his fresh buzz cut. 

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Quite sporting of the Yokozuna to lend his chest to Wakatakakage like that. Nothing wrong with a bit of butsugari geiko in the musubi no ichiban, I guess. Man looked like a wall.

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2 hours ago, rhyen said:

Ex-Kotoyuki has shrunk. His suit looks 3 times bigger than him. 

Probably a good thing.

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5 hours ago, Tiger Tanaka said:

Question: I noticed a fan in the upper right of the screen holding a framed portrait picture towards Mitakeumi and Takanosho during their match. Anyone know the story behind this?

Since I am only an observer and don't know the woman personally, I can't give a definitive answer.  

But my best guess is that the woman was holding a black-and-white photo of her late husband, and held it so that he could watch the action on the ring (from up on high).  I personally question whether the people (usually women) who do this actually believe that the spirit of their dead spouses can actually watch, or that they simply want to have a reminder of their spouses with them since the latter are sorely missed...

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5 minutes ago, since_94 said:
2 hours ago, rhyen said:

Ex-Kotoyuki has shrunk. His suit looks 3 times bigger than him. 

Probably a good thing.

Stop-Making-Sense-600-1.jpg

"You're making sense. Stop it!"

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Is it just me, or is this basho not generating much enthusiasm. The recent comments on this topic are a bit like the crowd at a football match doing "the wave" or passing a beach ball around because there isn't much happening on the pitch. That's not a criticism of the posts btw.

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51 minutes ago, Tigerboy1966 said:

Is it just me, or is this basho not generating much enthusiasm. The recent comments on this topic are a bit like the crowd at a football match doing "the wave" or passing a beach ball around because there isn't much happening on the pitch. That's not a criticism of the posts btw.

I believe it's lack of narrative/hype rather than enthusiasm.

- Hakuho is no more, and Terunofuji is behaving like a proper yokozuna.
- No one's on an ozeki or tsuna run.
- Neither of the ozeki is a 'square number'.
- Shin-sanyaku Kiribayama looks like he's getting the traditional week 1 drubbing.
- Hoshoryu is not Asashoryu.
- No one new up to makuuchi from juryo.
- Hokuseiho went kyujo.

Narratives may develop as the days pass, but so far I'm just enjoying the sumo in this run-of-the-mill November basho.

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1 hour ago, Jakusotsu said:

Stop-Making-Sense-600-1.jpg

"You're making sense. Stop it!"

Kotoyuki always fought like a man born under punches

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1 hour ago, RabidJohn said:

I believe it's lack of narrative/hype rather than enthusiasm.

- Hakuho is no more, and Terunofuji is behaving like a proper yokozuna.
- No one's on an ozeki or tsuna run.
- Neither of the ozeki is a 'square number'.
- Shin-sanyaku Kiribayama looks like he's getting the traditional week 1 drubbing.
- Hoshoryu is not Asashoryu.
- No one new up to makuuchi from juryo.
- Hokuseiho went kyujo.

Narratives may develop as the days pass, but so far I'm just enjoying the sumo in this run-of-the-mill November basho.

Today was a bit of a hitakikomi/oshidashi convention, which never does much for buzz. Forget I said that. Torikumi knows better than my crappy memory. I stand by the rest of this inconsequential post, however.

 Takayasu is lulling us all to sleep with his marathon snorefests. First two days had some exciting bouts, though.

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1 hour ago, Tigerboy1966 said:

Is it just me, or is this basho not generating much enthusiasm. The recent comments on this topic are a bit like the crowd at a football match doing "the wave" or passing a beach ball around because there isn't much happening on the pitch. That's not a criticism of the posts btw.

 

23 minutes ago, RabidJohn said:

I believe it's lack of narrative/hype rather than enthusiasm.

- Hakuho is no more, and Terunofuji is behaving like a proper yokozuna.
- No one's on an ozeki or tsuna run.
- Neither of the ozeki is a 'square number'.
- Shin-sanyaku Kiribayama looks like he's getting the traditional week 1 drubbing.
- Hoshoryu is not Asashoryu.
- No one new up to makuuchi from juryo.
- Hokuseiho went kyujo.

Narratives may develop as the days pass, but so far I'm just enjoying the sumo in this run-of-the-mill November basho.

Speaking for myself, I’ve been unable to generate much enthusiasm in between the basho too, partly because of other things going on in life and at work and, yes, partly the lack of stories. We don’t get much news between basho these days and there are only a few built-in narratives to follow (Abi’s return, basically). I’m sure as the yusho race picks up I’ll start paying more attention and having more to say for myself, which I usually do! 

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Abi and Hokotofuji look like a couple of sharks circling in the shallow pool that is the bottom of the Maegeshira ranks.

And to extend the predator metaphor, Hoshoryu vs. Ura, based purely on their faces before the bout, looked like a wolf hunting a slightly bewildered sheep. But the sheep won. Ura is such a weirdo.
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2 minutes ago, Morty said:

Abi and Hokotofuji look like a couple of sharks circling in the shallow pool that is the bottom of the Maegeshira ranks.

And to extend the predator metaphor, Hoshoryu vs. Ura, based purely on their faces before the bout, looked like a wolf hunting a slightly bewildered sheep. But the sheep won. Ura is such a weirdo.

Hopefully those two can keep the yusho race interesting fighting well below their natural ranks. They’ll avoid the Y/O until they start threatening to steal the cup so they’ve a nice opportunity.

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Terunofuji looks like end-game-Hakuho, best guy in the whole thing, but still not invicible. Takakeisho and Mitakeumi off to good starts. Maybe they can push Terunofuji a bit. 

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7 minutes ago, Djihi said:

Takakeishou looks in form. I have high hopes for him to stay in the yusho.

I'd say both Ozekis look fired up.

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6 minutes ago, HappySumo said:

I'd say both Ozekis look fired up.

And also Mitakeumi. Now watch me jinx him. 

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9 hours ago, Eikokurai said:

Speaking for myself, I’ve been unable to generate much enthusiasm in between the basho too, partly because of other things going on in life and at work and, yes, partly the lack of stories. We don’t get much news between basho these days and there are only a few built-in narratives to follow (Abi’s return, basically). I’m sure as the yusho race picks up I’ll start paying more attention and having more to say for myself, which I usually do! 

Life has a way of getting in the way of being able to bask in the joys of oozumo.  Hope you find a way to get back in the swing of things, oozumo-wise.

I can't believe that you mentioned a lack of "between basho" news!  Of all between-bashes, this last one had to have the biggest news ever: Hakuho's sudden retirement.  I know many of us were expecting it, but it is still the biggest news to hit oozumo in a long time.  Oddly enough, it did not get as much attention as say Chiyonofuji's retirement (I've read that the whole nation stopped what it was doing to tune in to his retirement press announcement).  

Over on Abema TV's coverage, they are playing interviews with many of the salaried wrestlers giving their reaction to Hakuho's retirement.  That is definitely one of the narratives here, although admittedly it doesn't spark much interest in the tournament at hand.

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Mitakeumi put a nail in the coffin of Daieisho's (and Waka III's) hope of a yusho championship in Kyushu.  Daieisho's sumo is actually quite good, and he gave Terunofuji a run for his money the day before (not to mention actually upsetting the Yokozuna in September).  So for Mitakeumi to handle Daieisho with relative ease does say something about the Sekiwake's chances going forward.

I know Mitakeumi has a track record of choking at critical moments, but he does have two Top Div championships to his name.  I'd say he is overdue for another!  At the risk of upsetting Takakeisho fans on the forum, if there is a non-Yokozuna champion this month, I would get a bigger kick out of Mitakeumi reminding us that he can get the job done every now and then.

But, I'm definitely not ruling Takakeisho out (especially if he is back in form).  Today he showed why he is so dangerous, sending upstart Kiribayama to the dirt with that strong left swipe of his!  Absolutely deadly, that is!

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