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1 hour ago, Asashosakari said:

Never mind the two specific participants, I'm not sure I've ever seen a pulldown attempt work from such a close-quartered stance... 

At that distance and speed, one would have to try to touch down before the edge, regardless of how much he's pulling you.

To me it looks like panic: you have to do something if you don't plan to just back out, so try pulling.

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I have to reverse my praise for the new shimpan top - Kokonoe is really not up to it. Kagayaki-Bushozan : "...sashi-chigae de, eh, Busho -zan, iya, Bushoyama no kachi to itashimasu, ..., Bushoyama no kachi to itashimasu, -zan,..."

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Papa Yasu showing those wannabes how it's done - nice!

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Talk about a miss, was Tobizaru trying to channel ex-Kakuryu? (Thinkingindepth...)

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Nishikifuji got a proper windmill going against Tsurugishou. My impression is that this kind windmill tsuppari technique tends to be less effective cause pushing so rapidly usually decreases the strength behind each push, but Nishikifuji had enough power against a hobbled Tsurugishou to make it work. And made it look nice as well.

I initially thought Tamawashi will be escorted out again once he let Tokihayate inside, but he managed to use the tawara to recover well and stags a pushback. Tamawashi is not in the best shape this basho and will probably go makekoshi but still has enough time to cushion his fall in makuuchi ranks.

Mitakeumi waiting for another chance at henka. I simply don't see any other way for him to get an 8th win. Yet another case where he should really go kyujo now especially cause with 7 wins he wouldn't drop that much.

Tobizaru tried almost everything and couldn't move the man mountain Atamifuji much. So in the end, an expected result but good attempt by Tobizaru.

Onosato unleashed his power today, but somehow I still feel he held back a bit in order to not overextend. If that's really the case and he has more in the tank, then woe to his opponents. 

Ura got slapped by Abi till he was red in the face. Feel sorry for him and also for the loss, but that's sumo for you. After a stellar 6 days Ura has not managed to get a win but I still hope for a decent kachikoshi.

It's really quite sad that Takayasu can't stay healthy enough anymore for at least the 15-day basho period because very clearly he still has it in him to challenge and defeat the top rikishi. It's so bittersweet seeing him get all these good results and then get his record destroyed by mid-basho kyujo. 

Based on today I'm really stuck on who could win the yusho. I don't trust Onosato to go undefeated from here on -- he has the power, but has been caught out a few times. Likewise Kotozakura who has one win less. And I'd hate to see a 11-4 playoff. Surely not Shonannoumi...?? 

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1 hour ago, dingo said:

Surely not Shonannoumi...??

Apart from the obvious Takarafuji, he'd be the one I'd be 2nd most happy for.

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This basho only on day 9 one ozeki was in the leader group - and only on day 9 Shonosuke did the kaobure again after being brought down on day 4

My prediction is now a 12-3 yusho for Onosato with shukun- and kantosho and a kachikoshi for Takayasu (I hope that doesn't jinx him like my ridiculous prediction)

Kyujo for Mitakeumi after he gets his 8th win in the next 3 days, makekoshi for Wakamotoharu, Atamifuji, Hiradoumi and Oho, kantosho for Shonannoumi and no ginosho.

Demotion for Takerufuji, Tomokaze and Tsurugisho, re-promotion for Endo, Chiyoshoma and Wakatakakage.

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2 hours ago, Kishinoyama said:

Talk about a miss, was Tobizaru trying to channel ex-Kakuryu? (Thinkingindepth...)

Trying to figure out whether those knee issues were a Isegahama thing.

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Hyped for Kusano-Aonishiki tonight

Aonishiki's been so smooth and quick to capitalize on openings. Kusano a powerful all-rounder. At this stage Kusano might be a bit too strong still, but we'll see.

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23 minutes ago, Katooshu said:

Hyped for Kusano-Aonishiki tonight

Aonishiki's been so smooth and quick to capitalize on openings. Kusano a powerful all-rounder. At this stage Kusano might be a bit too strong still, but we'll see.

All in all, this is a very interesting race for the makushita yusho. There's those two, plus Fujiseiun who's looked as strong as he was before his injury, and Kazenoumi as the intriguing but capable wildcard.

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5 hours ago, Akinomaki said:

Demotion for Takerufuji, Tomokaze and Tsurugisho

Roga and Mitoryu will be gone too if Juryo offers enough suitable replacements.

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5 hours ago, Akinomaki said:

 

Demotion for Takerufuji, Tomokaze and Tsurugisho, re-promotion for Endo, Chiyoshoma and Wakatakakage.

In terms of Takerufuji, by my search on the DB this would be the fastest relegation to Juryo following a Makuuchi yusho. Is anyone with better query skills able to determine that would be the case? 

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7 minutes ago, Tochinofuji said:

In terms of Takerufuji, by my search on the DB this would be the fastest relegation to Juryo following a Makuuchi yusho. Is anyone with better query skills able to determine that would be the case? 

Well, since this query turns up nil, it would be.

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3 minutes ago, Jakusotsu said:

Well, since this query turns up nil, it would be.

That's the query I ran as well, so good to know that I'm not entirely out to lunch as to how to make the DB work. Thanks! 

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I didn't include Takarafuji in my sansho prediction (I expect him to lose tomorrow), but he explicitly mentioned he wants one this time - he only has one so far.

On day 9 his wife and their 5 year old son Keinosuke were at the kokugikan to watch him - kachikoshi on the line and he blew it. He managed to get tickets for day 9, wanted to show his son a Takarafuji at a main basho - so far he only watched him at a jungyo, thinking it could be the last chance to watch dad on the makuuchi dohyo. Keinosuke called out "Takarafuji", but in a small voice, apparently ashamed. In the evening he told him "Papa lost" and got in return "No problem, you looked great." o

That gave him some extra boost today, with patient sumo he got himself the win for kachikoshi (as the first in makuuchi this basho, ichiban-nori), ensuring the further stay in makuuchi. o

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12 hours ago, Akinomaki said:

I have to reverse my praise for the new shimpan top - Kokonoe is really not up to it. Kagayaki-Bushozan : "...sashi-chigae de, eh, Busho -zan, iya, Bushoyama no kachi to itashimasu, ..., Bushoyama no kachi to itashimasu, -zan,..."

Nice win today by Bushy to celebrate his 48th birthday. Here's hoping he makes it back to makuuchi. I don't expect much of him due to his old age, maybe he can muster a kanto-sho with a KK a-la Aminishiki. Chiyotaikai, bringing in hilarity in unexpected ways for more than 20 years.

 

2 hours ago, Tochinofuji said:

In terms of Takerufuji, by my search on the DB this would be the fastest relegation to Juryo following a Makuuchi yusho. Is anyone with better query skills able to determine that would be the case? 

I queried that the other day but I didn't post it here. Record is pretty recent, Ichinojo. Query

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I am once again asking Hoshoryu to gain any weight at all. You already have a dad bod, girls will either like that or they won't. And, of course, reddit is back on their "he's just blind as a bat, not doing deliberate, consistent staredowns for actually years."

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Kusano vs Fujiseuin for the makushita yusho, Fujiseuin had 2 mattas (probably mind games with Kazenoumi)

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12 minutes ago, rhyen said:

Kusano vs Fujiseuin for the makushita yusho, Fujiseuin had 2 mattas (probably mind games with Kazenoumi)

4 mattas. The younger guy was too impetuous.

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Now that was a beautiful throw.

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Hokutofuji flew out from tachiai like a cannonball and at that point I would've expected him to win, but Takanosho cushioned his momentum fairly easily and ended up getting the win instead. A disappointing end to Hokutofuji's string of good bouts but he'll have a chance to rectify the loss tomorrow.

Mitakeumi surprised me by looking as if his leg was never hurt at all. Gotta wonder if he'll continue with the basho in hope of a few more wins and a higher rank or decide to heal. Provided there is anything requiring healing. 

After a few wins Nishikigi is back to his hapless start of the basho self. Is he harbouring an injury? Or just another bad basho for him. 

Oho with a somewhat desperate pull, returning to his bad habit that he managed to avoid so far this basho. As usual, pull equalled loss for him. 

I hope Takayasu is ok after that monster bout and hard fall. Expertly fought with lots of strength to evenly match Atamifuji and overpower him in the end. 

Is Kotozakura slowly turning into the next Shodai? He might be relying on his size and strength do a more passive tachiai and absorb the opponent's initial charge, but today was not the first time when he ended up close to losing because of that. In the end it worked out with a clever throw. Maybe he's trying to be careful to avoid a henka and stay in the yusho running but he's cutting it uncomfortably close. 

As I thought, Onosato doesn't have what it takes (yet?) to avoid losses. He's especially vulnerable to good throwers and guess who he met today... 

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As much as I’d like to see Shōnannoumi get his Kotofuji moment, I predict he’ll get blasted down to a 10-5. That’ll start tomorrow when he faces Abi who is hunting his kachikoshi and 2-0 in their H2H.

Another 11-4 playoff looks increasingly likely

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5 hours ago, Bunbukuchagama said:

4 mattas. The younger guy was too impetuous.

Similar to sandanme earlier in the day. 5-0 Gohakuun pulled three mattas, which tested 5-0 Chiyodaigo's patience - he was visibly getting more and more frustrated. They all felt like Gohakuun was genuinely nervous, though, as opposed to mind games.

Thankfully for him, Chiyodaigo kindly escorted him out of the premises within a few seconds, no gratuitous violence attached. (Which you never know with Chiyodaigo)

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Mitakeumi did not look like a KK-and-done rikishi today; he may not go kyujo as expected.

So annoying that Takayasu is incapable of lining up his fit-to-fight days exactly with the 15 days of the basho...

I can't decide whether Kotozakura is being patient and cautious, or he's trying out no-plan-just-react sumo...

Happy birthday to Hoshoryu. He needed that win, and the execution was glorious. 
Almost Takayasu levels of annoying that he doesn't do it more often, though.

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Returning to a theme raised last basho by @Yarimotsu, now THAT was a Houshouryu throw that ought to have been called a kakenage! 

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