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Sumo - AKI Basho (September)


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Day 8 at NHK World pace.

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Day 1 started fine for the four ozeki, with them all winning. Considering it took till somewhere around day 11 for the three ozeki to all win on the same day in the last tournament, that's quite an accomplishment. Obviously that didn't last long as three of them lost on day 2. Ishiura's slap on day 4 was a thing of beauty.

Hard enough to knock out an elephant, and possibly did. Recipient Akiseyama subsequently withdrew before day 8 with a jaw injury, although it's claimed he was injured the day before the slap heard round the world. It certainly didn't help matters, that's for sure.

Right now it's looking like a two man race for the championship. Ozeki Terunofuji is undefeated, and fellow ozezi Takakeisho has one defeat, everyone else is further back. Based on past experience, and I'm guessing they purposefully design it to increase drama, should that still be the case on the final day it'll be Takakeisho facing off against Terunofuji, with the former needing to win to force a play-off for the championship.

 

 

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So it's the final weekend of the July tournament. Various things were happening going into this tournament, mainly the return of yokozuna Hakuko and the potential promotion from ozeki to yokozuna for Terunofuji, the latter needing to either win the tournament or have an equally strong showing. The latter isn't explicitly defined, as neither are the wider criteria for promotion to yokozuna. But the de facto standard is two consecutive tournament wins or equally strong performances while an ozeki. It's generally speculated that losing a play-off for the championship or having a 13-2 or better record might do. But anyway, on to the tournament.

 

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Ozeki Asanoyama is suspended for this tournament, and the next five, for breaking COVID-19 protocols and going out to get drunk. By the time he returns he'll be down in the lower (non-televised) divisons and will have to fight his way back up. Fellow ozeki Takakeisho was in with a chance of yokozuna promotion also after being runner up in the previous tournament after losing a playoff to Terunofuji, but he pulled out early with a back injury.

Right now the tournament is a two elephant race between Hakuko and Terunofuji, who both have perfect 13-0 records. Even though it's speculated he's on the verge of retirement Hakuko has looked impressive, he's even qualified for the Japanese Olympic Staring Team.
 

Terunofuji and Hakuho will meet on day 15, so even if either of them lose on day 14 they'll be able to force a playoff for the championship (unless of course they both lose on day 14). Terunofuji appears to have done enough for promotion to yokozuna already, but going 15-0 for a third consecutive tournament win would be the icing on the cake. Obviously his promotion would have to be discussed by the Yokozuna Delberation Committee who then forward their recommendation to the Sumo Association, but I can imagine all hell would break loose if his promotion was blocked without a very good reason.

 

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  • Kaz Hayashi changed the title to Sumo - AKI Basho (September)
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Not sure if any of you play the Kachi Clash game, but it’s fun while the tournament progresses. You need to submit your team before the first day of the Basho, so you can’t join during.

However, get yourselves signed up and join in for the November Basho. 
You pick a roster of 5 sumo, 1 from each category (see pic) and you must keep them, no subs, for us duration of the basho. Naturally, some of your sumo will fight each other and you get injuries. 
You get a point for each victory on each day (5 points total possible each day). There’s a few hundred people take part each time. See other pic for top end of leaderboard.

link to play: www.kachiclash.com

I’m not going to do the write ups like last time and the pod is too busy with other stuff for this Basho, but we’re planning to bring it back in November.

If a bunch of you do make Kachi Clash teams in November, it could be fun to chat about progress in here? Save that for November.

In the mean time, I think the writing is on the wall for this Basho.

Hakuho’s entire stable are out with Covid. Terunofuji is going to absolutely piss all over this Basho. I can honestly see him going 15-0 again. 
I’m hoping for strong outings from Wakatakakage & Hoshoryu too. Even though Waka’s isn’t in my team, I really root for him every basho.

 

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On 1/13/2021 at 11:58 AM, Scott Malbranque said:

Genuinely - hand on soul - thought Yokozuna was a reference to Godzilla or something like that, when he was in the WWF.
Everyday's a schoolday.

I remember the Sumo Association being really hot at the WWE for using the name "Yokozuna". Threaten to sue and all that good shit.

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On 9/13/2021 at 6:03 PM, Kaz Hayashi said:

link to play: www.kachiclash.com


Maybe I'm being a bit thick, but there's nothing on there about sumo at all, or how to sign up or anything.

Day 5 spoilers

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Been an interesting tournament so far. Terunofuji is looking strong like usual, tough to see anyone mounting a serious challenge the way he's going. Ozeki Shodai is looking like a potential challenger on 4-1. He's very inconsistent though, and distinctly average in his last three tournaments with records of 7-8, 9-6 and 8-7. Hidenoumi used a rare winning technique with an ushiromotare (backward lean out), first time in the top division since 2016. Then not to be outdone Ura (if anyone watched the July tournament preview show about his return to the top ranks you'll know he's got a reputation for pulling rare techniques out of the bag) hits an okuritsuridashi (rear lift out, although I thought he was going for a Dr Death style backdrop driver at first), only the third one ever in the top division with the last one occuring in 2005.

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