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Sumo - Hatsu Basho (January)


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24 minutes ago, Carbomb said:

Is this basho on Eurosport? Might try and catch the rest.

EDIT: Oh, wow - I just decided to Google to see what happened with Tatsuhikari, and found out he died in 2011 :( 

Seems I was wrong - he never got past Maegashira.

Yeah mate, as expected, the young death rate is pretty high unfortunately. 
No idea if it’s on Eurosport, I can sort you with a link via DM if you want one. It’s becoming incredibly difficult to watch these days over here.

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18 minutes ago, Kaz Hayashi said:

Yeah mate, as expected, the young death rate is pretty high unfortunately. 
No idea if it’s on Eurosport, I can sort you with a link via DM if you want one. It’s becoming incredibly difficult to watch these days over here.

Hey man, that's great. 

For the moment, will hold off - but please let me know when the next one begins, would like to catch it from the ground floor. Thanks muchly!

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https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/ondemand/video/?p=result&mode=all&key=all&keyword=sumo&type=tvEpisode&

Why bother with illicit streams and suchlike when NHK World does a daily show with all the makuuchi bouts with English commentary?

Sometimes that search returns 0 results, if it does refreshing the page fixes it (unless it's between basho, as each show is only available for 14 days).

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58 minutes ago, Tamura said:

https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/ondemand/video/?p=result&mode=all&key=all&keyword=sumo&type=tvEpisode&

Why bother with illicit streams and suchlike when NHK World does a daily show with all the makuuchi bouts with English commentary?

Nice! Thanks for that, man.

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On 1/21/2021 at 7:10 PM, Tamura said:

https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/ondemand/video/?p=result&mode=all&key=all&keyword=sumo&type=tvEpisode&

Why bother with illicit streams and suchlike when NHK World does a daily show with all the makuuchi bouts with English commentary?

Sometimes that search returns 0 results, if it does refreshing the page fixes it (unless it's between basho, as each show is only available for 14 days).

Fair point, I watch via consoles, so it’s not an option unfortunately.

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Quick update heading in to tomorrow, day 15 and the final of this months basho tournament.

It’s been a hell of a week, with some incredible results and still everything to play for.

The good:

Daieisho finishes day 14 with a record of 12-2. He’s been a joy to watch and the no question he needs to be promoted in rank regardless of the outcome on day 15. He is currently ranked 1 in the general pool of Maegashira rikishi, so he has a lot to play for.

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Shodai the Ozeki finishes day 14 with 11-3. If he wins on day 15 and Daieisho loses, then the 2 will go head to head in a play off to determine the overall winner of this basho. Shodai seems a bit nervous. He has his eyes on a Yokozuna spot.

Asanoyama the Ozeki has had a brilliant basho too. He’s on 10-4 after day 14. Reaching double numbers definitely catches the attention of the Yokozuna Deliberation Council. So with both Ozeki having a great Basho, some serious decisions need to be considered after tomorrow’s bouts.

Terunofuji the Sekiwake is also on 10-4, so there’s a natural progression to Ozeki if the spot indeed becomes available.

Takayasu the Komusubi is on 9-5. If he wins tomorrow, there could be consideration of a promotion for him too.

The interesting:

After a very dominant week 1, Akiseyama dropped off the map with several losses, but he’s not willing to throw it all away and has bounced back somewhat. He’s joined by Takayasu, Takarafuji, Ichinojo & Hoshoryu on 9-5 heading in to the final. All looking for a double figure conclusion to this basho.

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The bad:

Kotoshoho who was ranked 3rd in the general pool of Maegashira rikishi, has had an absolute disaster. He enters the final day on 3-11. Nightmare.

Tokushoryu, Ryuden and Tochinoshin all finish day 14 on 4-10, which is pretty poor to say the least. More was expected from them considering their ranks.

Sadanoumi is on 5-9 and he’s ranked 17th. He needs to be concerned as he’s a prime candidate to be demoted in division, considering his rank and performance.

So yeah, a lot could happen based on the outcomes of tomorrow and March is going to be a very, very interesting Basho, we’ll have to wait and see what changes of the guard occur. Until then, day 15 will be a beast. I’ll pop back in with results and final standings after the event and before we upload a pod.

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He wasn’t messing around.

The Hatsu Basho 2021 winner is... Daieisho, with a fantastic 13-2 record. He steamrolled Okinoumi today. Based on this, there was no need for a play off. In fact, Asanoyama defeated Shodai, so Shodai simply wasn’t up for challenging today.

The final standings, (courtesy of Natto’s graphic):

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I also want to point out that Terunofuji & Midorifuji were both awarded Gino-sho technique awards today. Those awards are pretty scarce and you only see a couple handed out each year on average, let alone 2 in the same basho. The award is a cash prize of ¥2 million (approx £14k) each. What’s even more impressive is that they both belong to the same Heya (Isegahama stable). Great work indeed.

I’ll piss off for now unless folks want to chat about matches, and if anyone has an interest I’ll happily do this again for the March Basho. 

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I'm definitely here for this. Looking forward to the March Basho. Thanks for starting this thread and providing all the breakdowns.

Thinking that each basho should get its own thread, always good to have trackable, individuated content.

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10 hours ago, Carbomb said:

I'm definitely here for this. Looking forward to the March Basho. Thanks for starting this thread and providing all the breakdowns.

Thinking that each basho should get its own thread, always good to have trackable, individuated content.

Cool, yeah that makes sense. This month we were figuring out the best way cover it on the pod, we had day 1, day 8 and day 15 as the main shows, with a 1 min upload of results every day. In March there will be 3 of us chatting on the main 3 days (1, 8, 15) but also taking part in a fantasy league. So a lot of my harping on will cover my stable.

The league is dead easy, it’s an existing one online that runs each basho and there was 40+ players this month, possibly more).   
You choose 5 sumos from 5 tiers (so you can’t only pick the top 5 ranked fighters, so a maximum of:   
1 from Yoko - Ozeki   
1 from Sekiwake - Komusubi    
2 from Maegashira (rank 1 -8)    
2 from the Maegashira (rank 9+) 

Once you pick them, that’s your team, no subbing to do, no messing around, the game provides points automatically etc and the league table is updated after each fight day has ended. So aye, piece of piss & a bit of a laugh. We’re sorting a trophy & medals for out little gathering of people taking part in the game, anyone who plays can take part in our sub league with no extra effort (just let me know).

So yeah, if anyone else fancies it, I’ll post a link to the game, you can set a stable up and can chat results in March thread. I highly doubt many/from ukff will give a shit, fair enough really, but the option is there.
 

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