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  1. 18 hours ago, Yamanashi said:

    2) If he takes off his kadoban basho and guarantees a fall to Sekiwake, he gets twice as much hassle from the Guardians of the Sumo Galaxy.

    It wouldn't be the first time. If you are unable to fight, what else can you do.

  2. 35 minutes ago, Tigerboy1966 said:

    It looks very tight at the makunouchi/ juryo boundary. I have Terutsuyoshi and Hiradoumi hanging on by the last half-millimeter of their fingernails at the expense of Tohakuryu.

    Juryo was very interesting and entertaining this time around and should be even better in November. A block of very talented young wrestlers are working their way up. Tochimusashi took the yusho this time but Kitanowaka and Hokuseiho should also be in makunouchi this time next year. And Kinbozan looks like an absolute beast.

    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.

  3. 11 hours ago, WAKATAKE said:

    Shukun-sho for Tamawashi and Tobizaru (conditional)

    Kanto-Sho for Takayasu and Hokutofuji (conditional)

    Gino-Sho for Wakatakage

    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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  4. 5 hours ago, Akinomaki said:

    He already brought 4 of his uchi-deshi to sekitori, 3 of them to makuuchi, though not for long. Next basho Hokuseiho is the heya top and he should have a more lasting career. Nishonoseki has much to do to catch up with Hak in respect of coaching quality, also Naruto. So far Hakuho is the best coach among the younger shisho.

    It's too early to judge. 

  5. 17 hours ago, Gospodin said:

    Perhaps a training demonstration of his very last kachiage ?

    Seriously, it would really surprise if Hakuho wouldn´t take care of wrong antics which brought himself trouble. If he doesn´t he is just another of those sports greats who turned out to be bad coaches, but I do not think he falls into that category.

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

  6. 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.

  7. 3 hours ago, Leoben said:

    For comparison, Takakeisho took 14 tournaments from his makuuchi debut to make Ozeki, and Asanoyama took 16.

    Hoshoryu debuted in Aki 2020 so this will be his 13th tournament in the top division. He could equal Takakeisho if he goes for double digits in this basho and the next one and he gets a JY or better in one of them (unlikely imo), and he has an OK shot at matching Asanoyama. But even if he doesn't, he's still just 23 and it doesn't feel like he's reached his ceiling yet.

    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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  8. 5 hours ago, Yarimotsu said:

    Oho's monoii was incredibly close, I was thinking torinaoshi would be in order.

    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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  9. 4 minutes ago, Kaninoyama said:

    Don't feel bad. Shodai made fools of us all.

    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. :-D

  10. 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.

  11. On 23/05/2022 at 00:14, Reonito said:

    Midorifuji had 4 wins by katasukashi. He is one of only two rikishi to have 5 in one basho (January 2021), and the only sekitori. More mindbogglingly, he has 4 or more wins by this kimarite in a whopping 6 basho, which accounts for fully half of all times this has been done.

    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%.

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  12. When I saw the west side perform the sanyaku soroibumi today - Mitakeumi, Shodai and Abi - I thought that it was an unusually sorry lot. None of them had reached kachikoshi and Abi then went on to lose his bout.

    This is the first time* that a "soroibumi group" (i.e. three rikishi fighting the last bouts on senshuraku from either the east or the west side) all finish with a losing record.

    *in the modern era

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  13. 4 hours ago, Jakusotsu said:

    ...and yet another novelty this basho: Kitanowaka vs. Kinbozan is the most disparate pairing since 1931.

    Thank you. I startled when I got to that bout in Sekitoto, didn't expect to see another makushita rikishi. 

  14. This is only the fourth time in the modern era that the leading result after day 8 is no better than 6-2. The previous three times the basho has been won with 13-2 (twice) and 12-3. The last time was when Shodai managed to win out in the second week to go 13-2. Somehow I very much doubt that anyone will be able to repeat that in this basho. But stranger things have happened, Tamawashi has even done it before. As it stands, I would happily take a 12-3 yusho, 11-4 in makuuchi is really meh.

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  15. 3 minutes ago, Asashosakari said:

    I almost made that same joke, but Kotonowaka père was basically the exact opposite in his sumo - calm to the point of seeming lethargic - so that didn't quite fit the argument I was going for. ;-)

    True, but I think that the potential is about the same. Plenty of time to prove me wrong, of course.

  16. 12 hours ago, Asashosakari said:

    Kotonowaka...I can't quite put my finger on what kind of trajectory I expect for him, but it's not Kisenosato. He doesn't have Kise's calm, composed approach to sumo at all, and I don't really see him develop something like that. I'm not even sure that I would support the notion that there's ozeki caliber talent there. I'm kind of getting Kokkai/Tamawashi vibes instead, somebody who will be able to hang with the joi (eventually) but who will have to do it with a bit of a brawler style that will always be at risk of getting outwrestled by more technically adept opponents. And I don't really feel that Kotonowaka will be developing an imposing enough physique that could take that kind of style to ozeki.

    I expect Kotonowaka. :-P

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