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  2. Kaminariyuki

    Hatsu Basho 2022

    Hey, are you certain? It looks to me like you and I had the same number of correct calls in both the Wall and Promotions.I was the only person to call Shodai kadoban. I might not understand how you are scoring, though, and it's not exactly a big deal. Either way, I'm curious what the color was of the giant macaron...
  3. Akinomaki

    New recruits Haru 2022

    For Futagoyama-beya: Yuusuke Noguchi (15, 169cm, 150kg) from Tsuchiura, Ibaraki, oshidashi specialist. He started sumo in 3rd year primary school and in this school year he also won the shot put event at a Tsuchiura track and field tournament. His oshizumo caught the eye of the oyakata at the national middle school championships - he was 3rd at the prefecture sports festival. He is the first from Ibaraki for the heya of the ex-ozeki from Mito, the capital. The usual goal: "Since I'm doing it, I want to aim for yokozuna" http://hochi.news/articles/20220124-OHT1T51136.html?page=1 local NHK vid
  4. Kaminariyuki

    Hatsu Basho 2022

    I wish I'd written down how I voted, LOL. Mitakeumi had a very good basho and he could find himself the only Ozeki in short order, although we hope not, of Cours.
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  6. Katooshu

    Next Ozeki?

    Agree on consistency. Hosh can be the type to look great in beating an ozeki, and then take a mediocre loss to a struggling maegashira his next 2 bouts - the better his opposition gets, the more I trust him to do as well as he can, whereas it's probably more often the reverse case. It might be an issue of being able to fire himself up more easily for better opposition, or perhaps he's overconfident vs lower level opposition? Either way, I think he has top-tier abilities already, and that breaking through to ozeki for him is mainly about applying those each bout. I think a bit more aggression could help too, and he did show that this basho. He wasn't pushed back as much while searching for his technique, which is something he's had an issue with, especially against aggressive opponents (I remember Kizakiumi repeatedly bulldozing him in juryo because of this). Some more weight might also help in adding extra resistance, though as mentioned he's not a super lightweight anymore, and I don't think major weight gain is necessary.
  7. Sakura

    Break The Curse (The Nigate Game) Hatsu 2022

    Standings after Day 15 Congratulations to @Achiyama on a narrow victory and the yusho! That's #2 for him! Name Base Pts Bonus Pts Total Achiyama 76 65 141 Sakura 76 63 139 Gansekiiwa 73 65 138 Athenayama 73 63 136 gernobono 75 60 135 shimodahito 61 68 129 Jakusotsu 69 56 125 Gaijingai 56 66 122 RaeucherLax 59 63 122 Tsunamiko 68 48 116 chishafuwaku 52 56 108 WAKATAKE 53 48 101 Fujisan 31 48 79
  8. rhyen

    Pokemon collabs with Sumo

    There is always the next basho. Maybe they are more focus on the new Pearl/Diamond pokedex
  9. Sakura

    Break The Curse (The Nigate Game) Hatsu 2022

    Entries received Day 15 shimodahito x x x Sakura Mitakeumi Chiyoshoma Wakamotoharu Achiyama Mitakeumi Ichinojo Wakamotoharu Gansekiiwa Mitakeumi Ichinojo Wakamotoharu Athenayama Mitakeumi Ichinojo Wakamotoharu gernobono Mitakeumi Ichinojo Wakamotoharu RaeucherLax Mitakeumi Takarafuji Wakamotoharu Jakusotsu Mitakeumi Ichinojo Ichiyamamoto Tsunamiko Takarafuji Ichinojo Wakamotoharu Gaijingai Mitakeumi Ichinojo Wakamotoharu chishafuwaku Mitakeumi Chiyoshoma Ichinojo Fujisan x x x WAKATAKE Mitakeumi Ichinojo Wakamotoharu
  10. Kotoroiwa

    Meat loaf dies...

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  12. Sakura

    Break The Curse (The Nigate Game) Hatsu 2022

    Standings after Day 14 Name Base Pts Bonus Pts Total shimodahito 61 68 129 Sakura 64 57 121 Achiyama 57 56 113 Gansekiiwa 54 56 110 Athenayama 54 54 108 gernobono 56 51 107 RaeucherLax 47 57 104 Jakusotsu 52 47 99 Tsunamiko 58 39 97 Gaijingai 37 57 94 chishafuwaku 36 50 86 Fujisan 31 48 79 WAKATAKE 34 39 73
  13. Sakura

    Break The Curse (The Nigate Game) Hatsu 2022

    Entries received Day 14 shimodahito Kotonowaka Endo Wakamotoharu Athenayama Takarafuji Okinoumi Kotoeko Achiyama Myogiryu Wakamotoharu Okinoumi Sakura Onosho Wakamotoharu Nishikigi Gansekiiwa Onosho Wakamotoharu - Jakusotsu Onosho Ura Okinoumi Gaijingai Myogiryu Shodai Okinoumi gernobono Myogiryu Endo Chiyotairyu RaeucherLax Kotonowaka Wakatakakage Wakamotoharu Tsunamiko Myogiryu Wakamotoharu Chiyotairyu chishafuwaku Shodai Endo Wakatakakage Fujisan Onosho Wakatakakage Tsurugisho WAKATAKE Myogiryu Takarafuji Wakamotoharu
  14. Seiyashi

    Next Ozeki?

    Hoshoryu needs consistency, not weight. I have a niggling suspicion part of his problem in makuuchi is getting used to the potential of his current body, since he was considerably slimmer when he first debuted, and he probably has enough heft and momentum to pull off power oshi moves when the situation calls for it. Someone pointed out somewhere else that he just needs to get into the "win at all costs" mentality than the "win in a fancy way" mentality, since he gets disrupted too often trying to set up flashy looking stuff.
  15. Benihana

    Next Ozeki?

    Why is everybody inisting on Hoshoryu having to gain weight? No, he does NOT have to gain a single gram. If a dude called Byambadorj is able to acquire the rope (during the Hak-reign) with 133kg distributed over 185cm, then why has Hoshoryu (almost same size and weight) to fatten up? Fat is not everything in sumo, elso Orora would be the GOAT, not Hakuho. Damnit.
  16. just_some_guy

    Next Ozeki?

    Hoshoryu is the obvious choice, but I maintain that he needs to gain some weight first or will need to execute almost flawlessly to make up for it. Abi is my next guess, and I think I might actually predict him as the frontrunner for it the way he's looked of late. However, his one-dimensionality is likely to give him trouble keeping the rank. Something as simple as an arm injury would force him to either adapt his sumo style or lose a bunch, and I'd bank on the latter. Kotoshoho would be my third place guess as he seems to have a lot of potential and hasn't yet had the time to demonstrate where exactly his ceiling is. Kotonowaka is tied for third for the exact same reasons as Kotoshoho. Those who I don't see being next who others might: Takanosho. In a stronger field of competition he hangs out around M1-M8. In this current era he can go 8-7, 9-6 at K/S for a while. Unless the stars align I don't see him putting together 33 wins over 3 basho. Hokutofuji. Come on, people, let the guy get two consecutive winning records before we talk about Ozeki. Meisei, Daieisho, Onosho. Just too inconsistent. Maybe some day, but someone else gets there first. Wakatakakage. Too small, doesn't have Hoshoryu's technical ability to overcome it. I like the guy though and he'll do fine for himself, just not an Ozeki. Asanoyama. Someone will beat him to it (assuming he even regains the rank at all).
  17. Akinomaki

    Hatsu 2022 day 15 pics overview

    oooo S1e Mitakeumi (13-2) yorikiri Y1e Terunofuji (11-4) oo o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o oo ooo oo --- yusho celebrations - mum in the hall, dad back home - and a yusho parade again o ooo o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o oo o o parade prep. job for Magaki, the one with most parade experience oo*Aoiyamao *Aoiyamao oo o O1w Shodai (6-9) kotenage M5w Chiyoshoma (4-11) o o o o o o o o S1w Takanosho (7-8) oshidashi M7w Takarafuji (9-6) o o K1w Daieisho (7-8) oshidashi K1e Meisei (5-10) o o o M1e Wakatakakage (9-6) katasukashi M5e Onosho (10-5) o o o M1w Kiribayama (6-9) okuridashi M4e Okinoumi (4-11) o o o M2e Ura (8-7) oshitaoshi M13e Chiyomaru (7-8) o o o o M2w Ichinojo (8-7) yorikiri M15w Tochinoshin (7-8) o o M12e Ishiura (11-4) yorikiri M3e Tamawashi (8-7) o o M3w Endo (7-8) oshidashi M13w Yutakayama (6-9) o o o M11w Terutsuyoshi (7-8) katasukashi M4w Hokutofuji (6-9) o o o M6e Hoshoryu (11-4) shitatenage M16e Aoiyama (8-7) o o o M6w Abi (12-3) hikiotoshi M14e Kotonowaka (11-4) o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o M12w Chiyotairyu (7-8) okuridashi M8w Tobizaru (6-9) o o M9e Chiyonokuni (4-11) tsukidashi M17e Kotoeko (8-7) o o M14w Ichiyamamoto (5-10) yorikiri M10e Myogiryu (5-8-2) o o M15e Wakamotoharu (9-6) yoritaoshi M10w Akua (4-11) o o o M11e Sadanoumi (8-7) yoritaoshi M18e Oho (7-8) o o o o o o o o J4w Kotokuzan (10-5) okuridashi M16w Tsurugisho (6-9) o o o o o J2e Nishikigi (9-6) oshidashi J14w Yago (11-4) o o yusho ketteisen Kotoshoho-Yago o o o o o o o o o J6e Asanowaka (9-6) oshidashi J10w Enho (6-9) o Ms58w Asakishin (3-4) tsukidashi Ms56w Komanokuni (2-5) o o sd yusho ketteisen Mukainakano-Osanai ooo o ooo o sansho - a job for Nishonoseki now - s Abi, k Kotonowaka, g Mitakeumi oooo gyoji o o oo o o last ozeki from Nagano: Raiden o Mitakeumi's path to ozeki this basho o o o o o o o o o o o o o o before o o o o o o o
  18. Seiyashi

    Next Ozeki?

    If we are talking purely about this year, then other than the ones mentioned in OP the only other realistic candidate is Kotoshoho and only if he has the year of his life. But considering between Kotoshogiku, Goeido, and Takayasu there were three years between promotions, that opens up the choices to those who are in juryo or just promoted, and will take a while to make it to makuuchi in late 2023/2024 to put together a run ending in 2025. That said, it's also difficult to predict the future trajectory of good toriteki, but if I had to bet, Mukainakano (will be in makushita next basho with a decent chance of storming through in 3 basho) and Atamifuji (who will be in juryo next basho) are the most likely prospects beyond existing sekitori.
  19. Yamanashi

    Next Ozeki?

    He's right. Shodai is the next Ozeki ... again.
  20. Yamanashi

    Next Ozeki?

    Well, he's been at it for 12 years, 5 as sekitori. He'd better hurry.
  21. yohcun

    Next Ozeki?

    Wakatakakage is probably too small, I think. I can see him as a respectable Sekiwake, but not putting Ozeki numbers together.
  22. Doitsuyama

    New recruits Hatsu 2022

    Some news out of the useless trivia department: - Chiyotsurugi set a new record with 8 losses in the current mae-zumo system (at least within my collected data), beating Shunpo who went 0-7. - Chiyotsurugi is the first rikishi to lose 3 times against the same opponent in mae-zumo (again, within my collected data). Before this only Sakashita and Yamakawa met 3 times in Haru 2020 and they went 2-1. - In fact, only once before one rikishi had 3 wins against the same rikishi in the same basho with Nanzan against Fujitora in Nagoya 1990 (of course again, among my collected data). I have 4 more cases of rikishi meeting in hon-basho and then twice in playoff bouts (but all 2-1): Roho against Wakanoyama in Hatsu 2004, Shimamusashi against Haguronada in Kyushu 1994, Konishiki against Hokutoumi in Haru 1990 and Tochifuji against Yoshinohana in Aki 1972. Edit: I just realize that Shimamusashi and Haguronada had all 3 bouts in the playoff, making it the only case of the same match three times on the same day.
  23. Kintamayama

    Hatsu 2022 discussions (results)

    Joi Division.
  24. Tigerboy1966

    Next Ozeki?

    Wakatakakage has been very solid and at 27, he is the right age to make his move. His poor result on his previous sanyaku appearance is a minor worry, but I wouldn't be surprised if he made it in the next year or so. I will also be very interested to see what Kotoshoho does in March. It's taken him longer to get back after his injury, but he is only 22 and looked like a potential future ozeki in late 2020.
  25. Wamahada

    Next Ozeki?

    My two cent on Takanosho - a good blend of skills and experience.
  26. RabidJohn

    Next Ozeki?

    My honest answer to the question is: I've no way of knowing. I had Mitakeumi down as the next ozeki 5 years ago. Then I watched Takayasu (who had a track record of never stringing KK together), Tochinoshin (whose knees were too knackered), Takakeisho (who was too small and a one-trick pony), Asanoyama (who was another middling hiramaku until he wasn't), NTNO Shodai and no-knees Terunofuji all sail past and leave him behind... But it's fun looking back at these threads to see how wrong we all were, so just for the hell of it I'll suggest Onosho.
  27. Eikokurai

    Next Ozeki?

    But the next? It’s at least a year before Oho can make Ozeki since next basho he’ll be back in Juryo, then if he’s promoted it’s at least one basho in the bottom third of Makuuchi, probably another in the middle unless he gets a big leap to joi, then three for an Ozeki run at the top.
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