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  1. I'd go even further than that... In his entire 13-year career in Makuuchi there has been only one occasion in which Hakuho did not at least get a Jun-Yusho after starting 8-0! That one time was his debut basho as a Yokozuna (Nagoya 2007) when he finished 11-4 after a 9-0 start... FWIW - My current opinion is that this is Harumafuji's basho to lose. He is winning far more convincingly than Hakuho. Hakuho (like Terunofuji) does appear (to me at least) to be gaining more confidence with every win though...
  2. I assume that if you have indeed seen something like that it is highly likely to be someone's idea of a joke based on the fact that Hakuho sometimes used to lead with his elbows to the face of his opponents after the tachi-ai. It's highly unlikely actual X-rays of a medical examination of anyone - let alone rikishi in Ozumo would be released to the media/general public...
  3. Well spotted! If Kotokamatani manages to become a sekitori within 1 or 2 years its bound to happen, though he will probably have to make it to Makuuchi for it to actually come to pass. He could theoretically face Toyonoshima soon (both are currently in Makushita after all), but the odds are not that high and Toyo may retire soon... And I doubt that Aminishiki will manage to hang on for 2 more years before he retires (unless he somehow manages to get back to Makuuchi first).
  4. I checked and as expected nobody faced both Tochiazuma's. Interestingly the first Tochiazuma faced 2 Yutakayama's (who were not related to each other and also not related to the current shin-nyumaku Yutakayama (former Oyanagi)), two Daigo's (also not related), and two Kongo's (also not related), and on top of that both Tochiazuma's faced one of the Takanohana's (who were father and son), so the father Tochiazuma faced the father Takanohana, while the son Tochiazuma faced the son Takanohana.... so close, but no cigar!
  5. I sincerely hope you are right! I truly hope Ichinojo gets back to displaying the kind of Sumo we saw him do during hist spectacular shin-nyumaku basho (Aki 2014) when he had a 13-2 record at M10E, with a Jun-Yusho, was awarded the Shukunsho, got a kinboshi against Kakuryu, also defeated Kisenosato, and Goeido and was only put in his place by Hakuho on day 14! Ichinojo still needed to mature his belt-sumo technique at that point but showed enormous promise and wasn't afraid of anyone. Everybody was talking about him as the next Ozeki at that moment in time! His next 4 basho were also pretty good. He was holding his own with the Sanyaku rikishi while being ranked between Sekiwake and Maegashira 1. But starting with the 2015 Nagoya basho where he went 4-11 at Sekiwake 1 West we have only seen occasional glimpses of his former brilliance. He seemed to give up too soon during many of his bouts. If you ask me he gained way too much weight too fast and that caused the injuries that have plagued him ever since. Now that he has lost weight (down to 197 kg at the last weigh-in reported here on May 2), there is hope for a marked improvement, but how are his injuries? And what is his level of confidence? Last basho was not very hopeful, so I need to see evidence of marked improvement before I'm jumping on the Ichinojo Yusho and or Ozeki bandwagon again...
  6. Tochiazuma I retired in January 1977, while Tochiazuma II had his maezuma debut in November 1994, and first became a sekitori (juryo promotion) in May 1996. That's also almost 20 years apart... So it's highly unlikely someone faced both of them...
  7. It's indeed from one of the few Gene Wilder movies (Start the Revolution Without Me) I have never seen. I own most others on DVD (I have a collection of well over 2000 movies on DVD). Thanks fort the tip! I just ordered it on DVD and look forward to seeing it early next week (should arrive on Tuesday). BTW - I predict Takayasu will get 12 wins and will be promoted to Ozeki...
  8. Yes, Hakuho must be the big favorite now considering Kisenosato and Terunofuji's injuries as well as the lingering health problems for Kakuryu and Harumafuji. It's now or never for Hak I would say! I don't think Goeido can pull off another yusho run as kadoban Ozeki. He would surprise me if he could... And Yoshikaze has never had more than 8 wins at Meagashira 4 or higher, so that's a no-go as well, I would assume... Behind Hakuho there's Takayasu (yep, as well as Ozeki-promotion a yusho may even be in the cards) and of course red hot Mitakeumi..... I really see no other serious contenders lurking in mid to lower Maegashira positions... I sure hope Kakuryu and Harumafuji show up in reasonable shape and become yusho contenders as well!
  9. See this thread of the forum about Musashimaru's condition: Musashimaru undergoes kidney transplant
  10. After digging a bit further I have just found 2 more articles on Akebono's condition: and both are in Japanese. I would appreciate it if someone with Japanese language skills could give us a good translation of those. I have looked at what Google translate makes of them and I'm still somewhat confused after that, so rather than adding to the confusion by stating here what I think these articles say, I would rather have a more accurate report by someone who knows what they actually say...
  11. If Takayasu manages to enter the upcoming Natsu basho relatively injury free and remains healthy for its duration I don't see why he wouldn't get the 10 wins he needs to make Ozeki. As for Mitakeumi and Shodai making Ozeki... It would be premature to say that they can or will make it before either of them prove themselves for several basho in a row while being ranked in sanyaku, though Mitakeumi would appear to be the more promising of the two right now. Ichinojo would surprise me if he somehow manages to become healthy enough to even be a contender for the sanyaku ranks on a regular basis, let alone become an Ozeki contender.
  12. I too first discovered Sumo (and became an instant fan) in 1995 when Eurosport (the European cable sports channel) covered the 2-day Paris-Bercy Jungyo in 1995. They subsequently broadcast the hon-basho between 1996 and 2007.
  13. No, there have been no updates at all since the day after this story broke.
  14. What? So you're saying the Nihon Sumo Kyokai does not use the same standards for promotion as the Bench Sumo Kyokai?
  15. Here's my entry: Y1E Kisenosato (13-2) Y1W Kakuryu (10-5) Y2E Harumafuji (10-5) Y2W Hakuho (2-3-10) O1E Terunofuji (12-3) O1W Goeido (1-5-9) kadoban S1E Takayasu (12-3) S1W Kotoshogiku (9-6) S2E Tamawashi (8-7) S2W Mitakeumi (9-6) K1E Okinoumi (10-5) K1W Chiyonokumi (9-6) M1E Yoshikaze (8-7) M1W Endo (8-7) M2E Chiyoshoma (9-6) M2W Aoiyama (8-7) M3E Daieisho (11-4) M3W Tochiozan (10-5) M4E Takakeisho (11-4) M4W Takarafuji (7-8) M5E Ura (8-7) M5W Tokoshoryu (8-7) M6E Takanoiwa (6-9) M6W Hokutofuji (7-8) M7E Takekaze (5-10) M7W Ikioi (5-10) M8E Shodai (4-11) M8W Shohozan (5-10) M9E Sokokurai (4-11) M9W Kagayaki (7-8) M10E Ichinojo (6-9) M10W Tochinoshin (7-8) M11E Toyohibiki (Juryo, 10-5) M11W Onosho (Juryo, 9-6) M12E Ishiura (7-8) M12W Osunaarashi (Juryo, 10-5) M13E Oyanagi (Juryo, 9-6) M13W Kotoyuki (5-10) M14E Daishomaru (7-8) M14W Arawashi (3-10-2) M15E Kaisei (3-7-5) M15W Chiyotairyu (Juryo, 8-7) I'm not holding out much hope for a big success (I may have been a bit optimistic by promoting Osunaarashi for example), but I do like the fact that I was able to create a completely symmetrical banzuke by having 4 sekiwake, which the kyokai could theoretically also do given the records and positions of the 3 Sekiwake during the Haru basho and the 9-6 of Mitakeumi at Komusubi 1E...