Kashunowaka

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    Ichinojo - where will he go in 2023?

    M12e.
  2. It could also go the other way. In the interest of appearing impartial, you might actually treat your own wrestlers less favourably. Not all people are created equal.
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    Yutakayama Intai

    I expected the title to contain Tokushoryu, not Yutakayama. I would be surprised to see the former carry on.
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    Yokozuna Terunofuji in 2023

    @Jejima The first poll question says "2022" where it should be "2023". 11 kinboshi given out in 2022? That's a lot... I think there will be fewer in 2023 but I still answered 9, how about: Tamawashi, Onosho, Meisei, Ura, Oho, Ichiyamamoto, Kiribayama, Mitakeumi and Hiradoumi.
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    Takakeisho in 2023 (used to be the 'youngster's poll....)

    0 Y 2 J He will be kadoban once but remain ozeki.
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    Tamawashi - the new sekitori veteran

    He will be back to his 2021 form and will be ranked M12e.
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    Kiribayama's 2023 - on the ascent?

    I think he will take a step forward and become a sanyaku regular. Sekiwake west, not quite ozeki yet.
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    Hiro Morita’s “Sumo Prime Time”

    Sumo Prime Time managed to put Abi holding the Emperor's Cup as their thumbnail for today's video, which is quite poor YouTube manners. A lot of angered people got the result spoiled. Luckily I managed to watch the bouts without knowing the result beforehand.
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    Kyushu 2022 discussion (results)

    Some thoughts and impressions from Kyushu basho 2022. I never thought I would say this, but Chiyoshoma is growing on me. His bout today against Endo was an example of solid sumo, winning by oshidashi for a change. A narrow make-koshi this time but he is holding his own in makuuchi. Wakamotoharu has improved a lot this year. Five kachikoshi in makuuchi and ending the year with 10-5, 10-5 is impressive. Under more normal banzuke circumstances he would be komusubi next basho. 22-year old Oho's development is more expected. Having such a great first week meant that he was pitted against strong competition in the second week, including the aforementioned Wakamotoharu in an excellent bout. Let's hope that Oho doesn't emulate Kotoshoho, who has been one of the biggest disappointments since his makuuchi debut. Kachikoshi for Midorifuji at M3? Thoroughly deserved, but I wonder if he will be "figured out" like Enho was and drop back to lower makuuchi. Poor Terutsuyoshi. Meisei is back where he belongs. Good enough to cause trouble for anyone on a good day but inconsistent. Hardly ozeki material, as opposed to Takanosho who I think is ozeki material but is currently far from the level he showed in May. I liked Hiradoumi in juryo and was happy to see him do so well this basho. Kotonowaka is already the guy with the worst banzuke luck ever: tied worst promotion from M6w/11-4 to M2w, followed by worst promotion from M2w/9-6 to M2e. He is sanyaku level in all but name, and perhaps he will finally get that komusubi slot now that Mitakeumi lost. Kotonowaka is solid but kind of boring IMHO, but if this style eventually takes him to ozeki I am all for it. Time to start taking Tobizaru seriously, I guess. He has also reached a new level recently, which I prefer compared to the "flying monkey" style. I didn't expect Nishikifuji to get kachikoshi at this rank, but with so many sanyaku M5w was actually well outside the joi-jin. And if your sumo works at M10, why not at M5. Next basho will be the real test for him. Disappointing to see Hoshoryu be the sole leader after day 11, only to drop out of the yusho race three days later. Still 11-4, start of an ozeki run or just a fluke? Regarding the yusho outcome I don't have much to add that hasn't been said, except that it was exciting, anticlimactic, heartbreaking, expected and well-deserved in that order.
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    YDC convenes after Aki 2022

    It wouldn't be the first time. If you are unable to fight, what else can you do.
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    Promotion/Demotion and Yūshō Discussion Aki 2022

    After Hokuseiho blasted through the lower divisions and eventually made a belated juryo debut, I had quite high hopes of him. I have adjusted my expectations a little after this basho: there seem to be some glaring holes in his sumo. He has the physical tools, but I am not sure that his passive, standup style of sumo will cut it against harder makuuchi opposition. Still plenty of time for him to improve though.
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    Aki 2022 discussion (results)

    Wakatakakage has been a frequent subscriber to the gino-sho and couldn't be more well deserved IMHO. Let's hope that he makes himself ineligible for sansho soon.
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    Roto Sumo Aki 2022

    Tochimaru was my role model this basho.
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    Aki 2022 discussion (results)

    It's too early to judge.
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    Aki 2022 discussion (results)

    I would be pleasantly surprised if Hakuho is in fact a good coach, judging from how previous dai-yokozuna have fared as coaches.
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    Aki 2022 discussion (results)

    I think that the henka from Takakeisho was *fantastic* too watch. My memory might serve me wrong, but from what I recall there were more henkas in the 90s when I started watching sumo on Eurosport. You rarely expect it nowadays, which makes it all the more effective.
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    Aki 2022 discussion (results)

    Takakeisho already has over three years as ozeki, two 13-2 yusho from sanyaku rank, and lots of double-digit results. This is already a very good career. Asanoyama has one 12-3 yusho from a low rank, a weak ozeki promotion and one decent year as ozeki before the suspension. I don't think he has shown yet whether he will fulfil his potential.
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    Aki 2022 discussion (results)

    I have watched them alright...
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    Aki 2022 discussion (results)

    The bottom half of juryo seems quite competitive this time. I am not thinking of Tochimaru in particular.
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    Behind the Scenes at Basho

    You can clearly see the mistake at https://youtu.be/7s3yiI0odU4?t=13 and look what happened today.
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    Aki 2022 discussion (results)

    It was indeed close, but I think they made the right call judging from the replays. First Chiyoshoma's nage, then his body (arm?), and *then* Oho's shoulder followed by nage. Looked clearcut to me in the end.
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    Nagoya 2022

    And yet it was just the same two basho ago, when Shodai was kadoban and started even worse with 1-5, to finish 9-6.
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    Trivia bits

    Thanks! I only searched makuuchi and juryo, should have said that.
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    Which Waka hypothetical is more likely?

    12-9-11 is too weak for an ozeki promotion, even with the lax standards applied over the last ~10 years. After the 60s, the only rikishi to promoted with just 20 wins over the last two basho is Goeido, at which time he had 14 consecutive basho as sekiwake. W10e would have 3. 12-9-12 is borderline considering the 9-6 in the middle. If that happens, I don't think it's an automatic promotion.
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    Trivia bits

    Katasukashi is to Midorifuji what yorikiri or oshidashi is to other rikishi - he wins 25% of the time with it. The closest I could find is 13%.