Thursday, September 26, 2013

Sumo September Aki Basho 2013 Day 12

Sumo September Aki Basho 2013 Day 12

More problems with youtube for me, so no pictures unfortunately.

J12w    Takanoyama (5-6)  vs   J7w     Homarefuji (4-7)
Total disaster here for Tak. Homare was ready for his sidestep and armpull method and absolutely launched him out.

J4e     Osunaarashi (8-3) vs   J3w     Kyokushuho (7-4)
Osuna got rushed then tried to catch Kyoku but it was too late and he got pushed out.

M13w    Homasho (8-3)  vs   M11w    Tochinowaka (5-6)
Toch was under Homasho some and was able to push him back and out.
M10e    Tokushoryu (5-6) vs     M13e    Endo (8-3)
Endo got sidestepped and he got some balance back but then Toku rushed him and fell on him for what looked like a win. However, this was awarded to Endo. This was a bs call though as Endo was clearly down first.

M4e     Toyohibiki (5-6) vs  O1w     Kakuryu (8-3)
Toyo rushed too hard and Kak caught him as Toyo went flying down.
Y1e     Hakuho (10-1) vs   O2e     Kotoshogiku (7-4)
Koto was really spread out here so Hakuho jumped on top of him and brought him down for an easy win.
O1e     Kisenosato (9-2) vs Y1w     Harumafuji (9-2)
Pretty big match here. Both guys need to win this one, especially Harumafuji. The winner here is going to have to take down Hakuho twice though if they want to win this basho, unless Hakuho loses before Sunday.

Kisenosato won twice here. He put up Haruma early and the blind judges ignored it, even though it was very obvious. Haruma made a small comeback and then Kisen flipped him for a win. Not a good one for Harumafuji here but a very good showing for Kisen. Kisen can win the basho now. He needs to beat Hakuho and then hope for him to lose again or beat him again in a playoff.

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  1. Mostly same old, same old. I don't see Hakuho losing again--he'll go 14-1. Harumafuji will lose to Hakuho and probably another one and go 10-5 or so and face the wrath of the yokozuna committee.

    Endo's good, but are they really going to give him BS wins to try to get him up the banzuke quicker? I hope the eagerness to have a great Japanese rikishi won't result in rushing him too much and putting too much pressure on him. I think Kisenosato suffers from expectations as the best native.

    My boy Ikioi is finally winning now that he doesn't have to face the big guns anymore. The schedule for the komosubi and the M1/M2 the first week is just brutal.

    Osunaarashi's probably going to get promoted to the bottom of the top division next time, but I think he'd be better off with one more tournament in juryo. I think he'll get his ass handed to him in makuuchi at this point and will get sent back down.

    I'm hoping Takanoyama can somehow go 8-7. 7-8 might be enough to just stay in Juryo, but I don't know if he can get back if he falls to Makushita, as there always seems to be a logjam at the top of that division. Plus we only get half as many of his matches.

    1. Endo's win was total crap. I don't know how anyone could really claim that was a legit win. Giving him an extra win does nothing for him, as if he is that good, he would have won.

      It really has to be demoralizing to be a K1, M1 or M2. Who has anything left after you just got your butt handed to you 5 times straight?

      Osuna would def be better off waiting a tournament or two. He needs to improve his game as a whole and like you said, the makuuchi boys will probably eat him up.

      I hope Tak can hold on too but it's not looking good. It's like everyone has caught onto his tricks and he has no idea what to do anymore. I really wish I had his problem with not being able to gain weight...Seems like a great problem to have, unless you are the .00000000000000000000000000000000000000000000001% who are sumo wrestlers...

      I've been impressed with Goeido. He got a very nice win over Hakuho and 8+ wins as a Sekiwake is definitely on the right track.