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  1. 11 points
    Time for everyone's favorite post-basho post of the thread to close out the 2020 sumo year, the top 10 updates November edition: - Takakeisho wins his second yusho and is now officially in the top 10 list for rikishi with most yusho without making yokozuna. He is in a 12 way tie for 6th place, including Mitakeumi, Terunofuji and father-in-law Hokutenyu - Terunofuji participated in his 3rd playoff and has the dubious distinction of being winless so far. He needs to participate in one more playoff to crack the all time top 10 - Kotoshogiku retired this basho and finished with 828 career wins, which was 32 short of tying 10th place Terao - Kotoshogiku retiring this basho places him at 6th place on the all time wins list for makuuchi with 718. This places him behind Taiho and above Kisenosato, Harumafuji, Musashimaru and Takanohana II. He is also the second ozeki to be on this list - Hokuseiho now stands at 21-0 from pro debut, tying heya-mate Enho and Kototenta aka Earthquake. He will now be looking to surpass these two and challenge for the recognized official record of 27 wins by Jokoryu - Kotoshogiku retired this basho and finished with 1496 career matches, which was 79 short of tying 10th place Akinoshima - Kotoshogiku retiring this basho places him at 6th place on the all time makuuchi matches list with 1332. This places him behind Terao and above Akinoshima, Hakuho, Kotonowaka I and Takekaze - Tamawashi now has 1301 consecutive career bouts, having never missed a bout either. He is currently in 8th place and could look to tie 7th place Toyonoumi at 1316 consecutive bouts is he manages to compete in all 15 days of Hatsu 2021 - Hakuho was ranked in makuuchi for the 98th basho. Next basho he will tie 2nd place Kyokutenho with 99 basho - Kakuryu was ranked in makuuchi for the 83rd basho. He needs to survive until Nagoya 2021 in order to tie 10th place Wakanosato - Hakuho extends the yokozuna basho record to 79 - Kakuryu was ranked as yokozuna for the 39th basho. He needs to survive to Natsu 2021 to tie 9th place Asashoryu - Kotoshogiku competed in his 22 basho post-ozeki career. His retirement stops this progress and places him in 5th place on the list, below Konishiki and Takanonami - Terunofuji competed in his 18th basho post-ozeki career. This places him in 8th place on the list. He will tie 6th place Wakahaguro and Kirishima at 20 basho if he is not re-promoted to ozeki for Haru 2021 - Tochinoshin competed in his 6th basho post-ozeki career. He will tie 10th place Kaiketsu (whose record ended with re-promotion) if he is active in Haru 2021 - Takayasu competed in his 5th basho post-ozeki career. Because he is one behind Tochinoshin, he is not in position to get into the top 10 unless Tochinoshin were to retire or be re-promoted first - Mitakeumi competed in his 21st basho in sanyaku. He needs 4 more basho in sanyaku to crack the top 10 (Tochiozan - 25) - Hakuho was ranked as a sekitori for the 100th basho and is ranked in 8th place on the all time list. He is the only yokozuna to do have 100 basho as sekitori. Above him is 7th place Takamiyama at 104 basho - Kotoshogiku retired this basho with 97 basho at sekitori. This was one basho short of cracking the top 10 (Chiyonofuji and Takekaze at 98) - Hanakaze extends the all time basho record to 207 while competing at age 50. No indication he will retire anytime soon - Tenichi and Terunosato competed in their 165th basho together, holding joint 5th place on the all time list - Fujinokaze competed in his 163rd basho, holding 7th place on the all time list - Sawaisamu competed in his 160th basho, holding 8th place on the all time list - Itakozukura and Gorikiyama competed in their 159th basho, jointly holding 9th place on the all time list with Kasachikara and Koriyama - Kotoshogiku retired this basho with 55 kachi-koshi basho in makuuchi. This places him in 10th place on the all time list tied with Konishiki - Kotoshogiku retired this basho with 59 kachi-koshi basho as a sekitori. This left him one short of cracking the top 10 list, with 10th place at 60 basho being Taiho and Kyokutenho - Shoketsu scored his 82nd career kachi-koshi basho and ties him in 10th place with Harumafuji on the all time list - Azumaryu scored his 19th kachi-koshi basho in juryo. He needs 6 more KK basho in the second division to crack the top 10 - Sawaisamu "achieved" his 129th career make-koshi basho, extending the all time record. He will not be on the banzuke for Hatsu 2021 - Hanakaze "achieved" his 115th career make-koshi basho, placing him 3rd place on the all time list. Above him is Kasachikara at 118 make-koshi basho - Moriurara and Terunosato together "achieved" their 92nd career make-koshi basho, which places them in joint 6th place on the all time list - Higohikari "achieved" his 87th career make-koshi basho, which ties him in 9th place with Tenichi - Ikioi "achieved" his 17th make-koshi in the juryo division. 5 more MK basho will land him in the top 10 all time list for juryo make-koshi - Terunofuji doing the seemingly impossible by returning to sanyaku this basho obliterates the previous lowest demotion to return record that was set by Tochinoshin. The Kaiju had fallen all the way to Jonidan 48W, this record will probably not be overtaken for a long time, though at this point not impossible - Chiyonokuni enters the lowest demotion from makuuchi to return list for a second time, having successfully earning promotion back to the division after having fallen to makushita 46W. This puts him at 6th place aside from his 3rd place listing of sandanme 28W. He is the only person to achieve this feat twice - Ura is the second rikishi with makuuchi experience to fall to jonidan and successfully return to juryo after Terunofuji. His fall to jonidan 106W and return to sekitorihood places him 5th place on the list - Shodai is promoted to ozeki at the age of 28 years, 10 month. This places him in 7th place on the oldest promotions list (6BPY) - Kotoyuki earned promotion to makuuchi for the 9th time, placing him in a 3 way tie for 5th place. However the celebration is short lived as he went kyujo for the basho. He will have a chance to earn a 10th promotion to the division next year - Hanakaze now has 758 career losses after finishing 1-6 for November 2020. He is now 32 losses away from breaking into the top 10 all time list for career losses - Takakeisho won the yusho as ozeki, which broke a 22 basho drought between ozeki yusho. The last ozeki to win before him was Kisenosato back in Hatsu 2017. This drought is the second longest for ozeki yusho in the 6BPY era behind the 25 basho drought from Wakanohana II (Natsu 1977) to Chiyonofuji (Nagoya 1981)
  2. 10 points
    Based on data I compiled many years ago that probably is still accurate for the most part but hasn't been updated at all since I compiled it: Alternating 4-3 and 3-4 will eventually land you in the middle of Sandanme regardless of where in the lower division you start, while alternating 8-7 and 7-8 while in Juryo you will likely be promoted to Makuuchi (Seiro managed to get promoted from Juryo to Makuuchi with a losing record in Juryo in one stint in the division, though he had plenty of other records), and in Mauuchi you'll probably make it to Sekiwake eventually, working your way around the junior sanyaku and M1 and maybe M2 depending on how everyone else does. The divergence of these results shows how hard it is to break into Juryo from the top of Makushita compared to how easy it is to maintain once there. It could take you a whole year of 4-3s (or more!) from Ms5 to get promoted to Juryo as sometimes there's just no space to move people up very far. Alternating 5-2 and 2-5 will get you alternating around sd15 and sd40. Alternating 6-1 and 1-6 will get you much higher - there's a big premium on 6-1, but not as much of a fall associated with 1-6. I predict it would alternate around ms15 and ms36. Similarly, alternating 7-0 and 0-7 will get you to alternate between around ms5 and ms40. Alternating 2-5 and 4-3 will bring you to the bottom of Jonidan, but alternating 1-6 and 5-2 will bring you to alternate closer to jd20 and jd60. Alternating 0-7 and 6-1 will likely put you alternating between ms25 and ms60, but it might also get you stuck alternating between sd1 and sd51. According to my data there's apparently a jump from 35 to 50 in how far they demote 0-7 depending on whether you start in Makushita or Sandanme and doesn't seem to taper like other movement patterns. If you get a lucky promotion into Makushita from below sd50, you'll have your high end stay in Makushita in future cycles, though at the low end you might occasionally get demoted to the top of Sandanme even once your rank settles.
  3. 9 points
    Hi there, The Superbanzuke pages have been updated. You can find the results of the Superbanzuke Masters Series November 2020 here. And you can find the Final Results of the 2020 Sumo Games World Championship here.
  4. 7 points
    New phone. Bleeeep fzzzz grrr..Bleeeep fzzzz grrr.. Hak: "Yes, Anand.. I heard, I heard.." Kak: "No, no. They're serious this time. I'm telling you.. They're after us and want us out! So I missed a few bashos..big.. H: "Hey, hey, slow down.. you're babbling.. They can't touch us.." K: "We're not in the same boat, you and your 500 yushos and achievements, and me. Nobody respects me.." H; "I do.. My oyakata didn't give me an ultimatum, though.." K :"Oh, he did alright. I heard you had him in an armbar hold for twenty minutes before he agreed to retract his statement.." H: "Ten minutes, but I deny that. He knows I will be back the minute I get better. " K: "Better? Better than who? Every time you come back you get a zensho. Every time I try to get back, I get beaten by guys I never heard of. I have underwear older than some of them." H: "I guess we'll just have to get back on the dohyo and show them what's what, huh? And stop that meatball from becoming a Yokozuna." K: "Sorry, gotta go. They're tearing down the old Izutsu building and I left my glasses there somewhere.." Soooo, yet again, this is an invitation to play the "Guess the Banzuke" game!! Please play. Rules: Guess the Banzuke. Simple. You get two points for a bulls-eye and one point for just getting the rank right. You get no points for being biased against foreigners. . Tiebreakers - Most total guesses, then we check the banzuke backwards - getting the lower half right will be important. The most correct guesses in the last ten places will win the tiebreaker. If still tied, we go up a ranking at a time like a penalty shootout. It's up to you to check if you are on the list of entries. It's going to be your fault if you don't notice that your entry went missing in the Internet void. No late entries will be expected or accepted. For rules, standings and YDC membership requirements: http://www.dichne.com/Guess.htm For the nifty entry form: http://sumodb.sumoga...b/GTBEntry.aspx For the "new" archives: http://sumodb.sumoga...gtbarchive.aspx See if you are on the entry list: http://sumodb.sumogames.de/gtb/GTBEntryList.aspx Deadline- Thursday December 17th, 2020 at 18:00 GMT ("Gagamaru, Many Thanks!!") - PLEASE NOTE-THIS IS ONE WEEK BEFORE THE OFFICIAL BANZUKE ANNOUNCEMENT !! Special thanks to Andoreasu who runs it, Doitsuyama who automates and maintains it and to Ura who makes things happier.
  5. 7 points
  6. 6 points
    And here are the final Metasumo results of the year: Let's take a closer look at the teams of leading Taka and his pursuer Kaito. The groups 1-4 are not relevant as both of them picked exactly the same sumogamers here. group 5: Taka went with Oskanohana and therefore gets 12,30 Kyushu Masters points. Kaito adds 15,75 points for picking Athenayama. group 6: No success for Taka here (0,07 points from Kishikaisei). In contrast, Kaito collects another 16,50 points with Oortael group 7: 2,33 points to Kaito (Takanorappa) group 8: Kaito benefits once again from picking himself (19,10 points) which means in consequence: Kaito is the Metasumo champion 2020! @Kaito (725,13) @Ganzohnesushi (720,57) @Taka (703,68) Hearty congratulations on winning the Metasumo 2020 edition! Another congrats to 2019 champion Ganzohnesushi who somehow managed to become Vizemeister. Follow the link to check the detailed results: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1hxA5zJxVutVswtzwfYm3_TzSsirYl2Zd/view?usp=sharing
  7. 6 points
    I mean, the YDC obviously issues edicts because that's their mandate. Fine. But, like, if those two retire, it's not magically going to make the current crop of candidates any better. It isn't going to magically make Mitakeumi unterrible, or give Terunofuji real knees. Hak and Kak are sitting out so much, the only thing actually stopping aspirants from getting the rope is that they all pretty much suck and don't yet deserve it.
  8. 5 points
    Yokozunasaurus Deliberation Committee Issues Warning Kakuryudon goes extinct during next basho; Hakuhoraptor vows to keep fighting until he can participate in Dinosaur Olympics but asteroid cancels event.
  9. 5 points
    More from the archives of Araiwa (@Cal Martin) via @sumojoann: 1. Wakatenryu's Danpatsu-shiki Maegashira Wakatenryu was another one of Araiwa's coaches, and he was still active in Juryo when Araiwa became a rikishi. Cal remembers Wakatenryu as a great guy with a great sense of humor, and one of the few willing to practice will the young Araiwa frequently. Houmanumi Adds: The limited information I could find on the former Wakatenryu suggests that he's now 80 years old, and after post-sumo stints as a restaurateur and corporate sumo coach, ended up a successful businessman himself launching his own company. If anyone has more information on the man, please share below, I'm sure Cal would be interested. 2. Kaiketsu, Wakatenryu, and Araiwa Cal's Words: This is Nishimouri (Ozeki Kaiketsu), Wakatenryu, and me, I am thinking we were solving all the problems in the world. I think we were in Nagoya Tournament; we don't look that worn out, so it must have been a light workout. I remember very well my first two weeks off after a tournament, I didn't even think about Sumo for two weeks and I sure paid for it when we returned. I was so sore after the first day, I could not move for the second day, however Hanakago-oyakata's bamboo sword worked me even harder! Hanakago said, did you learn anything? from then on, I did some kind of workout everyday, especially if I didn't have to.
  10. 4 points
  11. 4 points
    I was gonna wait for Yubinhaad's kimarite thread but here's my Kyushu Kimarite Recap!
  12. 4 points
    Oju danpatsu-shiki at Narutobeya:
  13. 4 points
    This is going to be a tough poll to 'judge', as we only had 5 yusho winners in 2020 - and this poll was begun after the first. Question 1 Two yushos (March and November) were won by a Yokozuna or Ozeki. This was predicted by I am the Yokozuna, Oshirokita, Kotononami and Jejima. Question 2 One yusho (September) was won by a Sekiwake or Komusubi. This was predicted by Oortael, Terao, Morty, Shatsume, Kotononami, Joaoiyama, Kaminariyuki and MumboJumbo. Question 3 Two yushos (January and July) were won by rikishi ranked below sanyaku (ranked below M16, in fact!). This was predicted by I am the Yokozuna, code_number3, Kintamayama, Oshirokita, Katsunorifuji, Kaminariyuki and WAKATAKE. The following four players are in two out of the three above lists (difficult to be in all four, due to the cancelled May basho): I am the Yokozuna, Oshirokita, Kotononami and Kaminariyuki. So, let's check the comments for those four, to see if we can determine a winner... Only two of them made comments - so it's between Oshirokita and Kaminariyuki to see who gets the yusho (the other will claim the jun-yusho).... Tokushoryu can be ignored - as he had already won a yusho. (That would have been an impressive prediction back in December of last year, if I had made the poll in time!). Oshirokita also correctly predicted a yusho for Takakeisho. as did Kaminariyuki. This is getting tough. Not really Kaminariyuki also predicted a yusho for Hakuho - and Oshirokita didn't. So, the yusho goes to Kaminariyuki. The jun-yusho goes to Oshirokita.
  14. 4 points
    I could only find handheld screen-recorded videos with rather dodgy audio for this basho's maezumo, but I think I've got everyone in the right place for the results. Joining the six newcomers were two banzuke-gai rikishi, Honma (Naruto-beya, 5 basho out of action) and Fujinonami (Fujishima, 3 basho out after getting injured during Hatsu). Honma fought only one bout in the first session and was absent after that. I have the results as follows, but confirmation would be great if anyone captured the Abema footage with decent audio. Day 3 X Honma Fujinonami O O Arauma Minorufuji X X Onofuji Kyoda O O Atamifuji Harada X Day 4 O Harada Minorufuji X O Arauma Fujinonami X X Kyoda Atamifuji O X Harada Onofuji O Day 5 X Kyoda Fujinonami O X Harada Onofuji O X Arauma Atamifuji O O Kyoda Minorufuji X Day 6 O Arauma Fujinonami X O Kyoda Onofuji X O Harada Minorufuji X X Fujinonami Onofuji O And I make the final standings as: Atamifuji Isegahama 3-0 Arauma Isenoumi 3-1 Kyoda Futagoyama 3-2 Onofuji Isegahama 3-2 > Fujinonami Fujishima 2-3 Harada Otake 2-3 Minorufuji Isegahama 0-4 > Honma Naruto 0-1-3 Shikona confirmations: Turtogtokh > Arauma (荒馬, あらうま) Morita > Minorufuji (実富士, みのるふじ) Takase > Onofuji (大ノ富士, おおのふじ) Takei > Atamifuji (熱海富士, あたみふじ) Onofuji has high school wrestling experience and hair like an ungreased Elvis, while his winless stablemate Minorufuji has judo experience. Harada has some soft tennis experience from junior high.
  15. 4 points
    The numbers in that table are really revealing. Interesting that you took the last four years, but if we take the last three calendar years (in this case, 17 basho) Hakuho and Kakuryu are practically even -- 106 wins v 105 wins over 17 basho. To compare with the most recent yokuzana in their final 17 basho to give a measure of how they compare: 133 2Y 4J Akebono 84 2Y 3J Takanohana 118 4Y 3J Musashimaru 154 5Y 3J Asashoryu 149 3Y 2J Harumafuji 97 2Y 3J Kisenosato 106 4Y 1J Hakuho 105 3Y 2J Kakuryu Given that both Asashoryu and Harumafuji's careers were cut off early for non-performance-related reasons, the average for the other four retired yokuzuna is 108. That would suggest to me that if either Kakuryu or Hakuho miss the next tournament completely they will be in the range where retirement is practically certain. That's true for both of them, not just Kakuryu, the difference over these last three years is not numerically significant.
  16. 4 points
    Uminishiki evidently wanted to retire under his shikona, having switched back to it for this very basho. He will be returning to his hometown in Fukuoka and begin studying/training for a career in childcare. After/Before danpatsu-shiki: Kotoseigo after his danpatsu-shiki: Injuries kept Taiga largely absent for the last couple of years of his career, with only one complete basho since 2018 Aki. With his retirement, Mimurodake stands alone as the last active rikishi from the old Asahiyama-beya. Kihonoumi was the longest-serving rikishi in Dewanoumi-beya, retiring at 36 after just over two decades on the dohyo. He made his debut in 2000 Haru alongside fellow retiree Hitenryu who is only 12 days younger. Wakaryusei was ex-Wakanosato's second uchideshi (following the already-retired Wakasatake) before he branched out to found Nishiiwa-beya.
  17. 3 points
    ...and Kaio was back on the dohyo countless times since he became shinpan.
  18. 3 points
    Oho (Naya) will get a kesho-mawashi from Teshikaga town(wrong in the DB as Deshikaga), Hokkaido, the Japanese place of origin (shusshin) for Taiho, where on Oct. 28th 2019 the "From Teshikaga cheering for Otake-beya's Naya Konosuke"- club was formed (his brothers started later, they'll surely get cheered for as well). Local sumo nishiki-e artist Kinoshita Daimon made the design (he's the one who does the picture banzuke http://www.daimon-e.sakura.ne.jp/daimon-goods-ebanzuke-large.html), showing Lakes Mashuu and Kussharo. Kinoshita last year had shown a map with the 2 lakes to a middle school girl related to the heya, and she said: "Lake Kussharo looks like Taiho at the yokozuna dohyo-iri, and Lake Mashuu like the face of Konosuke watching this." Getting this surprising hint made him decide on the design. http://www.sanspo.com/sports/news/20201125/sum20112518510006-n2.html A nishiki-e by Kinoshita of Naya as shin-deshi with a kesho-mawashi from Taiho o Kinoshita hopes for a yokozuna dohyo-iri of Oho, with his brothers as attendants
  19. 3 points
    The have Naya become Oho was a plan of Otake-oyakata (Dairyu) since this Naya was in primary school: he looked like a king (Ō) to him, getting ready and going his own way. http://www.sanspo.com/sports/news/20201125/sum20112518510006-n1.html
  20. 3 points
    In fairness, the actual dinosaurs were not afforded that same right.
  21. 3 points
    Sorry if this has been covered; I can't find it. A discussion on longevity in Makuuchi led me to suggest that an 8-7 for every basho would get you to eternal Sekiwake: never lower, nerver higher. How long would it take for a newbie to make Sekiwake by making the minimum KK each tournament? Now we know! I started at Jk25 and assumed a 4-3 every basho until Juryo, then 8-7 every basho. To predict the landing rank, I averaged the last six results chronologically in the sumodb. This fellow makes Jonidan 89 in one basho; in his sixth basho he's at Sd89. He breaks into Makushita in his 12th basho; it's painfully slow as he reaches the Ms joi, but he reaches Juryo in his 23rd basho. After 30 total basho he's broken into Makuuchi at M15; 39 basho to reach K1w, and S1e at last in his 42nd basho. That's seven straight years of minimal KK, with a record of 248-206. I'll bet it wouldn't take that long to fall back to Jk25 with all MK's.
  22. 3 points
    One windmill said to the next windmill, "What kind of music do you like?" The other answered, "I'm a big metal fan."
  23. 3 points
    Kekka and banzuke: 12 players competed in JWS November 2020 and their combined scores came out to 58. To determine the KK line for this basho, it is 58 divided by 12 which comes out to 4.83. This in turn is rounded up to 5 which is the KK line for the basho. The kekka scores are as below: 10 --> 13-2: Tameiki 9 --> 12-3: WAKATAKE 8 --> 11-4: Akogyokuseki 5 --> 8-7: Achiyama 4 --> 7-8: chishafuwaku, Fujisan, Athenayama, wolfgangho 3 --> 6-9: Tenshinhan, ScreechingOwl 2 --> 5-10: Benihana, Flohru Kekka as shown on the November 2020 banzuke November 2020 East Rank West chishafuwaku (7-8) O Achiyama (8-7) S Tameiki (13-2, Y) Benihana (5-10) K Gaijingai (kosho) K Fujisan (7-8) Athenayama (7-8) M1 Flohru (5-10) Kyoju (0-0-15) M2 wolfgangho (7-8) Akogyokuseki (11-4) M3 WAKATAKE (12-3, J) Tenshinhan (6-9) M4 Gansekiiwa (0-0-15) ScreechingOwl (6-9) M5 Houmanumi (0-0-15) The banzuke for JWS Hatsu 2021 is as follows Hatsu 2021 East Rank West chishafuwaku (7-8) O Tameiki (13-2, Y, S1W) S Achiyama (8-7, S1E) WAKATAKE (12-3, J, M3W) K Akogyokuseki (11-4, M3E) K Gaijingai (kosho, K1W) Fujisan (7-8, K2W) M1 Athenayama (7-8, K1E) wolfgangho (7-8, M2E) M2 Benihana (5-10, K1E) Flohru (5-10, M1W) M3 Tenshinhan (6-9, M4E) ScreechingOwl (6-9, M5E) M4 Kyoju (0-0-15, M2E) Gansekiiwa (0-0-15, M4W) M5 Houmanumi (0-0-15, M5W) Yusho winner @Tameiki has finished jun-yusho in Aki 2020 and won the yusho in November 2020, meaning he is officially on an ozeki run for Hatsu 2021. A 10-5 kekka score or jun-yusho equivalent will earn him promotion to the rank. Ozeki @chishafuwaku could not put together a KK for his second basho at the rank and finds himself kadoban. Hopefully he can gambarize in Hatsu 2021 to maintain his rank. @Gaijingai had declared kosho for this basho and hopefully we will see him back for Hatsu 2021. Welcome back to @Tenshinhan after his hiatus, I know that with everybody these are unsure times, but great to see you playing once again. Kyoju, @Rocks/Gansekiiwa and @Houmanumi are encouraged to play next basho as they were MIA for this basho. As always thank you to all for playing the game, and I encourage anybody who is interested in playing to let me know or drop me any questions that you have. The game is rather simple and fun to try and predict! Happy Thanksgiving, Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year to you all!
  24. 3 points
    Ist es schon wieder soweit? Hello world. The updated Graph awaits your embrace and praise. New features: Asanoyama's promotion made it necessary to introduce a new color to indicate Sandanme tsukedashi hatsu-dohyo. The onslaught of improbable Maegashira yusho gave me the idea of indicating the exact rank in the vicinity of the respective champion's name. Comments (oh so many comments...) more or less derived from the visuals: The Graph's top is punctured! With the Kyushu banzuke, the active champions' cumulated yusho reached 61, which is a new all-time record and one more than my vertical grid tolerates. In fact, the previous record of XI/19 was improved four times throughout the year. What we need is for Hakuho to retire... Anyway, we have the yusho experiencest group since ever. With the Kyushu banzuke we also saw 11 active champions, which ties the record of VII/2000, right after Kaio's debut yusho. Back then, the crowd was reduced to 9 after only two basho, when former champions Kotonishiki and Mitoizumi retired. It's nice to see the two lists of 11 champions next to each other. Then: Takanohana (20 yusho at the time), Akebono (9), Musashimaaru (7), Takanonami (2), Kotonishiki (2), Mitoizumi (1), Chiyotaikai (1), Dejima (1), Musoyama (1), Takatoriki (1), Kaio (1). Now: Hakuho (44), Kakuryu (6), Mitakeumi (2), Terunofuji (2), Kotoshogiku (1), Tochinoshin (1), Takakeisho (1), Tamawashi (1), Asanoyama (1), Tokushoryu (1), Shodai (1). The number of foreigners on the banzuke decreased again. In September and November the overall figure was 28, which is the lowest number since XI/2000. In January, March, July and September there were only two sanyaku foreigners (the Yokozuna) on the banzuke. The last time this happened before was in IX/2005 with Yokozuna Asashoryu and Sekiwake Kotooshu, who ended up deciding the yusho in a play-off. Guess who won this contest of mental fortitude...ahem... Talking of play-offs while they are fresh: the November basho gave birth to the first Ozeki-Komusubi play-off. Komusubi are widely underrepresented in play-offs throughout recorded history. Terunofuji was only the fourth Komusubi participant. Previously Yokozuna Chiyonofuji beat Komusubi Asashio in V/1982. The same pair (with same ranks) also fought it out in XI/1981. With the same result. The only time ever a Komusubi won a play-off was in XI/1974, when Kaiketsu beat Yokozuna Kitanoumi, none less! As for play-off participants' ranks since 1958: Y (74), O (42), S (20), K (4), M (10). In Is-That-All-? news, Hakuho managed at least one yusho win for the 15th consecutive year. Nevertheless, 2020 was the first year since 2006 (when he won his first yusho) with him only getting one and not at least two. The next best are btw Taiho (12), Chiyonofuji (10), and Kitanoumi (9), which is the most unsurprising rank 2 to 4 list ever. It has been reported, though, that Asashoryu is still winning yusho from his home office. The Maegashira...Of course two yusho from the lowest nominal rank are exceptional, but since the Graph doesn't inform us about the division size and such, I will not go further into that. Combined with the win of Asanoyama in 2019, Tokushoryu and Terunofuji made it 3 out of 7. If you go back to Tochinoshin you have 4 out of 15. But this is only the second highest density of Maegashira yusho. In 1991 and 1992 we saw a spell of 3 out of 4, or 4 out of 7, respectively. Back then it happened around the intai of Yokozunae Chiyonofuji, Onokuni, Asahifuji and Hokutoumi, culminating in the Yokozuna-less time between VII/1992 and I/1993. Maegashira II: Oh, btw the rank has won the year. Even better, the rank of M17 has won the year: 2x M17, 1xY, 1xO, 1xS. Unprecedented, of course. This is only the 9th time that the rank of Yokozuna didn't win the most yusho in a celendar year or was at least tied for the lead. Previously: 2012 (3xO, 2xY ,1xM), 2003 (4xO, 2xY), 1998 (3xO, 2xY, 1xM), 1995 (5xO, 1xY), 1992 (2xO, 2xM, 1xS, 1xK), 1972 (2xS, 2xM, 1xY, 1xO), 1969 (4xO, 2xY), 1961 (3xO, 2xY, 1xM). Finally, the Ozeki yusho drought has ended. Officially at 21. This is the second longest drought after VII/1977-V/1981 (24). Personally, I think that we have a new record at 38, since...never mind...figure it out yourselves... The link is fresh for two months. If you need the file after that, give me a shout. See you around.
  25. 3 points
    Mods, I would like to respectfully request that we try to get this thread back onto the right track, because I feel it is getting derailed into an unfortunate direction away from what it was intended for