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  1. Takayoshitoshi scandal

    Why, do you think that goes on regularly in many other stables these days? I could be supremely naive, but my impression is that violence orchestrated or perpetrated by the shisho himself is the one thing that has been largely flushed out of Ozumo after the Tokitaizan scandal. Not necessarily because these guys have come to realize that it's a bad thing to beat deshi, but at the very least because the leadership has impressed on them that this stuff is an absolute PR disaster waiting to happen. I know we've had such cases even after Tokitaizan (Kasugano-Tochinoshin, Shibatayama-Daiyubu), but those seemed to be one-time events in the heat of the moment, nothing close to what the rumour mill has claimed about decades past. And I don't think it's a coincidence that basically all the more recent news about rikishi quitting (and then sometimes suing) over violence issues have involved intra-rikishi violence only. So basically, "Takanohana doesn't beat anybody up himself" doesn't strike me as a particularly laudable achievement on its own - that's the absolute minimum any sumo fan should be able to expect of these guys in this day and age. And it's even less laudable with all the recent smoke out of his heya that seems to indicate that he's either lost control of his deshi or has developed a bunch of guys with serious self-control defects. Have the anti-Takanohana fires been stoked by Hakkaku et al.? I bet they have. But none of them made Takayoshitoshi go berzerk in the shitaku-beya, that's all on him and his shisho. Even if Takanohana-beya isn't worse than other stables, it sure doesn't come across as any better either, and that's decidedly less than what Takanohana has publicly claimed to stand for. Who needs a revolutionary that doesn't do anything markedly different than the incumbents? Edit: Not to mention that, if it's true that Takanohana uses a more "gentle" (for lack of a better word) approach in coaching, it's easily possible to spin the story such that this approach will get blamed as the reason for the various bits of assholery by his deshi, i.e. they needed a firm hand in their development and didn't get it, and now they're all spoiled brats. I personally wouldn't subscribe to that line of thinking (IMHO being a jerk is usually an inherent character trait, not nurtured), but it's out there if anybody decides to push it.
  2. Trivia bits

    Randomly spotted in Senkoho's query: 5 in just 73 bouts
  3. Long Kachikoshi Streaks - Haru 2018

    Day 11 MK day in LKS: Sidelined Takayoshitoshi is now officially makekoshi at 3-6-2, while fellow J14 Enho collected his 8th loss. And a few ranks down we have former maegashira Tenkaiho 2-4 after today, ending his recent resurgence. With 11, 9 and 14 players correctly picking these results there are a lot of points going newly onto the scoreboard. Again the all-around pessimists won out, as all 9 players who bet against Enho also scored on the other two slots. That left just 7 points for the other half of the field, and only Jejima managed to pick up 2 of them. 5 other players tallied one point, 3 leave the day completely empty-handed. The sole bright spot of the day was provided by hopeful Tomokaze, who succeeded in picking up his 5th straight KK, is still free of makekoshi in his short career and will now be appearing on our next ballot. The 4 perfect leaders were cut in half...err, their number was: Day 11: 8/17 Decisions, TB 2-14 Pos Player Pts TB 1 Bumpkin 8 7 2 Tsuchinoninjin 8 10 3 Asashosakari 7 9 4 Ryoshishokunin 7 10 5 Mmikasazuma 7 11 5 Sakura 7 11 7 WAKATAKE 6 12 8 Holleshoryu 6 14 9 Tenshinhan 5 9 10 Rocks 5 10 11 Jejima 5 13 11 Suwihuto 5 13 13 chishafuwaku 4 13 13 Pandaazuma 4 13 15 Tsubame 3 12 16 kuroimori 3 13 16 Profomisakari 3 13 18 ryafuji 2 11 That's probably one of the most spread-out scoreboards we've had in LKS, certainly considering we're not even halfway through the 17 slots. The higher-value tiebreaker picks look like they'll be falling soon.
  4. Long Kachikoshi Streaks - Haru 2018

    A busy edition of LKS awaits for Haru basho, albeit with just one sanyaku-ranked streaker: 1. Abi 8 2. Mitakeumi 7 [score?] 3. Takanosho 7 4. Ichiyamamoto 6* 5. Daishoryu 6 6. Ryuko 6* 7. Ryuden 5 8. Takayoshitoshi 5 9. Enho 5* 10. Tenkaiho 5 11. Tochikodai 5* 12. Fukuyama 5* 13. Kamito 5* 14. Arawashi 4 15. Kaisei 4 16. Daishoho 4 17. Takagenji 4 18. Mitoryu 4 TB: [pick?] (* marks rikishi with no makekoshi since debut) The scoring and thus your game assignment: For sanyaku: Please predict an exact record for each rikishi. The target record will be calculated after the deadline and will be chosen so that it bisects the predictions as evenly as possible. The predictions will then be converted into + and - votes as usual; one point for each correct prediction. For lower-ranked rikishi: Please predict for each rikishi if he will finish KK or MK; one point for each correct prediction. (For clarification: If you're expecting an outright makekoshi for one of the sanyaku high-rankers, just predict MK, exact records are only needed on the kachikoshi side of things.) First tie-breaker: From among those 18 guys up there and the further 3 rikishi (2 'veterans', and rookie Tomokaze) who are currently just shy of a 5-KK streak, please guess how many KK you expect in total. Your tie-breaker guess may be anything from 0 to 21. Only exactly correct guesses qualify at this tie-breaker stage. Note: Sanyaku count as correct for the tie-breaker if they achieve KK, they do not need to meet their target records. Next 17 tie-breakers if needed: Correctly predicted rikishi, one-by-one in ballot order, i.e. starting at Abi. Extra tie-breakers, should two or more players have entered identical ballots: Proximity of their tie-breaker guesses to the correct number, followed by proximity of their sanyaku rikishi guesses to the correct records (one-by-one in ballot order). Final tie-breaker: earliest entry. Note: Rikishi who show up on the before-shonichi kyujo list will be excluded from scoring (even if they end up joining the basho later), so it is not necessary to re-submit your entry if you picked such a rikishi as a KK; he will not count for points anyhow. You may, however, notify me if you'd like to reduce your tie-breaker guess by one point to compensate for the "missing" rikishi. Your position on the entry list (for final tie-breaker purposes) will be deemed unchanged in this special situation. Any other changes to a ballot will be considered a new entry, with correspondingly lower priority for the final tie-breaker. Deadline: Shonichi noon JST.
  5. Games Talk Haru 2018

    Speaking of pre-basho efforts - I look at my Bench squad every day and wonder how it all has gone so badly wrong.
  6. Takayoshitoshi scandal

    And that is new in sumo, all this beating. Takanohana probably invented it.. No, he's directly responsible for it existing in sumo. I'll tag in for Jakusotsu - I think the point is that it puts the lie to all of Takanohana's "I want to make sumo safe and enjoyable for everyone to participate in" talk from several years ago (when he first got onto the board of directors). Apparently his stable is being run to the same Lord of the Flies standards as most have been throughout history. Of course there's a potential debate to be had on whether or not Ozumo can actually "work" without all that stuff, but it's been Takanohana's implied public position that it can. Considering that, it's far from a good look that one of his more prized deshi seemingly thinks nothing of smacking around a junior in front of plenty of unrelated witnesses.
  7. Persistence Watch - 2018 edition

    (2017 here) A day belated, the nakabi standings of our intrepid persisters in the first basho of 2018: Shikona Heya Debut MK Current Rank Highest Rank Record Win% Last Basho This Basho Hattorizakura Shikihide Aki 2015 14 Jonokuchi 24 West Jonokuchi 18 1-93-1 0.011 0-7 0-4 Sawanofuji Isegahama Haru 2016 10 Jonokuchi 8 West Jonidan 110 16-59 0.213 2-5 3-1 Satoiazuma Tamanoi Kyushu 2014 5 Jonokuchi 23 West Jonidan 100 13-26-7 0.333 Mz 1-4 2-2 Chiyotaiko Kokonoe Haru 2017 4 Jonokuchi 2 West Jonokuchi 2 11-21 0.344 3-4 1-3 Toyama Musashigawa Haru 2017 4 Jonokuchi 4 West Jonokuchi 4 11-21 0.344 3-4 2-2 Sekizukayama Tagonoura Haru 2017 4 Jonokuchi 6 West Jonokuchi 6 9-24 0.273 3-4 1-3 Kotoimagawa Sadogatake Haru 2017 4 Jonokuchi 9 East Jonokuchi 9 8-24 0.250 2-5 2-2 Hayasaka Tokitsukaze Haru 2017 5 Jonokuchi 10 West Jonokuchi 10 7-25 0.219 1-6 0-4 Matsuoka Azumazeki Haru 2017 4 Jonokuchi 24 East Jonokuchi 16 7-13-12 0.350 0-1-6 1-3 Koreyasu Asakayama Natsu 2017 3 Jonokuchi 4 East Jonokuchi 4 10-15 0.400 3-4 1-3 Nakano Miyagino Haru 2017 3 Banzuke-gai Jonokuchi 8 9-12-7 0.429 0-0-7 Mz 1-5 Sawanofuji has picked up where he left off in Kyushu, getting a lucky schedule full of fellow persisters but also scoring wins against them. This is the first time ever that he's got to the 3-win mark - will he go all the way and break the KK barrier as well? The rest of the lineup is the usual mixed bag of middling and less than middling records, which may or may not produce a KK between them somewhere. (Spoiler: Toyama is 3-2 after Day 9.) Nakano has immediately returned to action after falling off the banzuke after Kyushu, and while he has looked pretty hapless there, let's keep in mind that he actually had three consecutive 3-4 records before. (If you ever needed evidence that the average maezumo session is of a significantly higher standard than jonokuchi...)
  8. Persistence Watch - 2018 edition

    Day 9/10: Welp, Hattorizakura went against career 2-17 rookie Houn and it once again demonstrated that he just doesn't have any offense to speak of. Even if your opponent lets you, you can only stalemate him in the middle of the ring for so long... Satoiazuma and Sekizukayama met head-to-head, with the former sending the latter to makekoshi. Also 1-4 after losses are Sawanofuji and Chiyotaiko now, while Hayasaka joined Satoiazuma in avoiding that fate for the moment; they're 2-3. Nakano has that record as well, but after a loss. The other 2-2 trio Kotoimagawa, Matsuoka and Koreyasu were all successful and will receive two kachikoshi opportunities.
  9. Wakaichiro from Texas

    That was pretty bad sumo. As he tries to get to Hokuyozan's back, Wakaichiro briefly has both feet off the ground, which is never a good idea. Bad luck for him that Hokuyozan managed to capitalize on that unstable moment immediately with that two-handed pull on his upper body, but he's only got himself to blame for getting into that position to begin with.
  10. Basho Talk Haru 2018 (SPOILERS)

    I think that would depend on the character of the individual shimpan in each group. Some of them might well be inclined to stick firmly to their first impression if there's no way to double-check, and I suspect that first impression is usually that somebody won, regardless of the actual events that transpired. So if nobody clearly contradicts the shimpan who sat closest to the action, I could well imagine that no/limited video replay might mean fewer rematches.
  11. Day 8 (results, text-only results): 8-0 Kakuryu Y1 Hakuho kyujo kyujo Kisenosato Y2 6-2 Takayasu O Goeido 6-2 Kakuryu drew the short straw among the three ailing yokozuna and is competing this basho, but so far it's been paying off - after his more than credible return to action two months ago this 8-0 start should be helping him keep any intai calls at bay for at least the rest of the year. While I figured he should be having a decent chance at doing well (mostly on the idea that "Kakuryu with legs and no hands > Kakuryu with hands and no legs", the latter being what he had for most of last year), I must admit he's been outperforming my expectations. That said, the zensho record might be flattering him a bit as he had already had a number of close calls. On the other hand, he has looked a touch less shaky than the ozeki duo, who can also count themselves fortunate to sport 6-2's after the middle Sunday. Presumably no kadoban worries for them for Natsu basho, but they'll have to step things up if they want to play a role in the yusho race. Speaking of which, the yusho arasoi after Day 8: 8-0 Y1e Kakuryu, M6e Kaisei 7-1 M16e Daiamami 6-2 Oe Takayasu, Ow Goeido, Sw Tochinoshin, Ke Ichinojo, M13e Daishomaru, M14e Ikioi, M17e Aoiyama (Won't be a regular feature here, but with the leaders unlikely to stay unbeaten for that much longer and so many quasi-contenders from very far down, I figured it's useful for the opening post.) Today's torikumi featured the awaited sekiwake duel, in which Tochinoshin overcame a mini-HNH by fellow ozeki promotion hopeful Mitakeumi and moved ahead to 6 wins. He's not looking as dominant as he did for his championship in January, but the way this basho is unfolding he's still very much in the mix, and if he can at least reach a yusho playoff he might be taking a two-basho shortcut to ozeki. Mitakeumi for his part looks headed for another small kachikoshi. Komusubi Ichinojo looks likely to stick in sanyaku, needing only two more shiroboshi for a winning record, and while he too doesn't look quite as in control as last time (and has had a pretty soft schedule for a komusubi so far), a breakout performance in week two could still seal a promotion to sekiwake and a possible ozeki run for May. Chiyotairyu on the other hand has had the usual komusubi torikumi barrage and finds himself close to makekoshi already, not that I imagine anyone is overly surprised by this for his return to sanyaku after 3+ years. Depending on whether or not Ichinojo forces a promotion there should be one or two sanyaku slots available after the basho. The maegashira-hitto Endo and Tamawashi are both on even records right now and have looked great at times and not so good at others, but with the hard part of the schedule already done for them, they both have an excellent shot at kachikoshi. Unbeaten yusho contender Kaisei is the next-best candidate right now, followed by Shohozan, who started off 5-0 but has picked up straight losses against the top 3 active rikishi (Kakuryu and the two ozeki) since. Fellow M4 Shodai is also 5-3 but hasn't even faced any sanyaku yet, so his record is a lot less impressive than Shohozan's. 5-3 Mitakeumi S Tochinoshin 6-2 6-2 Ichinojo K Chiyotairyu 1-7 4-4 Endo M1 Tamawashi 4-4 (x) 0-8 Arawashi M2 Takarafuji 1-7 2-6 Kotoshogiku M3 Takakeisho 3-5 5-3 Shohozan M4 Shodai 5-3 3-5 Chiyomaru M5 8-0 Kaisei M6 4-4 Abi M7 M8 Daieisho 5-3 5-3 Okinoumi M9 M10 Chiyonokuni 5-3 M11 Yutakayama 5-3 M12 6-2 Daishomaru M13 Some unusual and unexpected names are populating the maegashira demotion table, although high-ranked Hokutofuji and Yoshikaze aren't in any real danger. However, somewhat worried should be Tochiozan who, while needing just 2 wins to be safe, has looked dreadful at times this past week and no future opponent looks like a gimme right now. Ever-present Nishikigi is again in the mix and I suppose it's nice to have at least one constant down here in the double-digit ranks. As always I have a feeling he'll pull himself together at the right time and avoid the trip to juryo. Sokokurai also needs four wins but his survival looks like a more iffy proposition to me, while Kotoyuki and Hidenoumi appear to be headed down before too long. Myogiryu is also in some danger, and it's a touch depressing how far he has fallen over the last couple of years, considering he's still only 31 years of age. Meanwhile things are looking pretty typical in juryo with few really strong contenders for promotion but lots of guys who can hope for some magic with a strong second week. Recently demoted veteran Takekaze appears to be following the usual pattern for such rikishi, in which the first demotion is still easily reversed, and he's the top candidate for a ticket to makuuchi right now. Kyokutaisei unluckily missed out on promotion last time, but has been keeping himself near balanced records throughout the week - a simple 8-7 will almost certainly secure the promotion this time. Among the rikishi further down my favourite has to be Sadanoumi who has continued with the return to form he showed in the second half of Hatsu basho. I'm also partial to 23-year-old Takanosho who appears to be steadily improving, is 6-2 at his career-high rank and looks set to pick up his third straight KK in juryo, although a promotion is probably still out of reach this time around. (Perhaps for the better; I doubt he could handle makuuchi already.) Former ozeki Terunofuji is having a tough time even in juryo, continuing his pattern of losing to pretty much anyone who can move in and secure a good grip on him, but at least he's now at a level where some rikishi aren't skilled enough to manage that, so a 4-4 record is the result at the halfway mark. M5 Onosho kyujo (?) M6 Hokutofuji 2-6 (1) M7 Yoshikaze 2-6 (1) M8 M9 Ryuden 3-5 (1) (1) 3-5 Chiyoshima M10 (2) 3-5 Tochiozan M11 (1) 4-4 Ishiura M12 Kotoyuki 0-7-1 (6) M13 Asanoyama 4-4 (2) M14 Nishikigi 3-5 (4) (4) 3-5 Sokokurai M15 Myogiryu 4-4 (3) M16 Hidenoumi 2-6 (6) (2) 6-2 Aoiyama M17 --- (4) 4-4 Kyokutaisei J1 Takekaze 6-2 (2) (7) 2-6 Aminishiki J2 Kyokushuho 3-5 (6) (6) 3-5 Meisei J3 Azumaryu 2-6 (7) (4) 6-2 Sadanoumi J4 Tokushoryu 3-5 (7) (4) 6-2 Gagamaru J5 Terunofuji 4-4 (6) (7) 4-4 Chiyonoo J6 Takanosho 6-2 (5) J7 (6) 6-2 Kotoeko J8 (7) 5-3 Seiro J9 Daishoho 5-3 (7) J10 Mitoryu 7-1 (6) ... J13 Akiseyama 6-2 (~) The odds are against Onosho avoiding the demotion to juryo, but it's not a done deal from M5 so I'll be question-marking him until we have a better idea about the balance between promotion and demotion candidates. The 7-strong crowd of promotees from makushita are occupying the bottom 4 ranks (alongside returned-to-action Takanoiwa), and the unlikely top performer has been Akiseyama who appears almost certain to get his 25th juryo tournament next time. Super-lucky debutants Takayoshitoshi and Enho are likely to be on the way back to makushita (or worse for Takayoshitoshi, who's been withdrawn from the tournament), while everybody else has a fighting chance but also a rather tough road in needing to go 4-3 the rest of the way. Takanoiwa for his part has looked about as well as one would expect after such a long layoff, as the opposition in low juryo arguably isn't soft enough to just walk over them even for a former mid-maegashira if he hasn't done much training. In what is making me very happy, both Ms1's Hakuyozan and Wakatakakage appear set to earn their juryo debuts after just missing out in last basho's promotion bonanza. No slots available yet so it's not "official", but 4 wins at the top rank ought to be enough this time given the likely 3 to 4 spots opening up eventually. This basho's outside contender is Ms13e Murata who is continuing his makushita pattern of "strong basho -> 3-4 -> strong basho -> etc.". (2) 2-6 Amakaze J7 Tsurugisho 2-6 (2) J8 Homarefuji 3-5 (2) J9 (3) 3-5 Takagenji J10 (4) 2-6 Yago J11 Shimanoumi 2-6 (4) (4) 3-5 Terutsuyoshi J12 Takanoiwa 4-4 (3) (4) 3-5 Tobizaru J13 Akiseyama 6-2 (1) (5) 3-5 Takayoshitoshi J14 Enho 2-6 (6) 4-0 Hakuyozan Ms1 Wakatakakage 4-1 2-2 Dewahayate Ms2 Daiseido 1-3 3-1 Tochihiryu Ms3 Asabenkei 3-1 1-3 Gokushindo Ms4 Tenkaiho 1-3 3-1 Chiyonoumi Ms5 Akua 2-2 ... 4-0 Murata Ms13 With only 7 unbeaten rikishi in makushita they have elected to forego the Hakuyozan-Murata matchup for now and sent Hakuyozan into juryo instead. Coincidentally the opponent they picked is Takayoshitoshi, so that'll be a freebie for the yusho co-leader. Explanation of symbols used: numbers = wins needed until favourable outcome (getting promoted / not getting demoted) o = favourable outcome achieved x = favourable outcome definitely missed ~ = favourable outcome missed "by the numbers", but still achievable through banzuke luck
  12. Promotion/Demotion and Yusho discussion Haru 2018

    The former sekitori through Day 10. new KK: Asabenkei, Jokoryu, Toyonoshima, Masunoyama new MK: Daiseido, Yamaguchi, Kagamio, Amuru Record Rank Shikona Heya Age Out 3-2 Ms2e Dewahayate Dewanoumi 29 10 1-4 Ms2w Daiseido Kise 25 2 3-2 Ms3e Tochihiryu Kasugano 30 1 4-1 Ms3w Asabenkei Takasago 29 9 2-3 Ms4w Tenkaiho Onoe 33 11 2-3 Ms5w Akua Tatsunami 27 1 intai Ms6e Osunaarashi Otake 26 1 3-2 Ms7w Kitaharima Yamahibiki 31 3 3-2 Ms8e Kizenryu Kise 32 1 1-4 Ms8w Yamaguchi Miyagino 28 1 0-5 Ms9e Toyohibiki Sakaigawa 33 1 4-1 Ms9w Jokoryu Kise 29 11 1-2-2 Ms10e Kagamio Kagamiyama 30 11 kyujo Ms10w Ura Kise 25 1 2-3 Ms14e Nionoumi Yamahibiki 31 28 2-3 Ms14w Satoyama Onoe 36 4 2-3 Ms15e Tokushinho Kise 33 14 2-3 Ms15w Oiwato Hakkaku 36 26 2-3 Ms18w Keitenkai Onomatsu 28 33 2-3 Ms21e Sakigake Shibatayama 31 19 1-4 Ms22e Asahisho Tomozuna 28 5 4-1 Ms23e Fujiazuma Tamanoi 30 6 1-4 Ms24w Amuru Onomatsu 34 7 2-3 Ms29w Sagatsukasa Irumagawa 36 24 3-2 Ms30e Chiyoarashi Kokonoe 26 28 3-2 Ms32w Takaryu Kise 26 16 4-1 Ms35w Toyonoshima Tokitsukaze 34 9 2-3 Ms49w Chiyootori Kokonoe 25 2 5-0 Ms53e Higonojo Kise 33 23 4-1 Ms56w Masunoyama Chiganoura 27 18 2-3 Sd13w Kotomisen Sadogatake 34 26 3-2 Sd33e Hitenryu Tatsunami 33 39 3-2 Sd35w Dairaido Takadagawa 37 69 2-3 Sd41e Yoshiazuma Tamanoi 40 21 3-2 Sd42e Kaonishiki Azumazeki 39 39 kyujo Jd90w Masakaze Oguruma 34 32
  13. Promotion/Demotion and Yusho discussion Haru 2018

    Juryo yusho race: 8-2 Takekaze, Sadanoumi, Mitoryu 7-3 Takanosho, Kotoeko, Akiseyama 6-4 Gagamaru, Seiro, Daishoho Mitoryu had to survive a mini-scare against Tsurugisho but in the end he did win and moved up to kachikoshi. Sadanoumi and Takekaze were also successful as mentioned earlier, but Takanosho and Kotoeko had to yield (to Sadanoumi and Akiseyama respectively), and drop into the new 7-3 pursuers group alongside Akiseyama. Gagamaru and Seiro missed the opportunity to stay close in the race and have fallen to the third tier now. Tomorrow's intra-action and other bouts involving these top 9: J4e Sadanoumi (8-2) - J8e Kotoeko (7-3) J5e Gagamaru (6-4) - J1w Takekaze (8-2) J13e Tobizaru (4-6) - J10w Mitoryu (8-2) J12w Takanoiwa (5-5) - J9w Daishoho (6-4) J9e Seiro (6-4) - J11e Yago (4-6) J13w Akiseyama (7-3) - J8w Homarefuji (4-6) J6w Takanosho (7-3) - J2w Kyokushuho (5-5) Lower division yusho races: 5-0 Ms1e Hakuyozan (Takadagawa) 5-0 Ms13e Murata (Takasago) 5-0 Ms25e Ryusei (Kagamiyama) 5-0 Ms53e Higonojo (Kise) 5-0 Sd1e Nankairiki (Kise) 5-0 Sd26w Hisanotora (Dewanoumi) 5-0 Sd32e Wakanofuji (Nishonoseki) 5-0 Sd47w Onokura (Miyagino) 5-0 Sd66e Ohata (Tokitsukaze) 5-0 Sd94w Dewaizumi (Dewanoumi) 5-0 Sd100Td Kizakiumi (Kise) 5-0 Jd20w Ariake (Isenoumi) 5-0 Jd42w Tsukahara (Kasugano) 5-0 Jd47w Iko (Tamanoi) 5-0 Jd78e Yoshoyama (Tokitsukaze) 5-0 Jd81w Kotomanabe (Sadogatake) 5-0 Jk1w Kayatoiwa (Minato) 5-0 Jk18e Naya (Otake) Nothing new today, of course, since everybody already competed on Day 9. The Day 11 torikumi has delivered no surprises, it's just the expected 9 pairings down the rankings. (The previously missing video links to the Day 9 sandanme matches have been added, by the way, if you want to catch up on those.)
  14. Promotion/Demotion and Yusho discussion Haru 2018

    Day 10 (results, text-only results): 10-0 Kakuryu Y1 Hakuho kyujo kyujo Kisenosato Y2 8-2 Takayasu O Goeido 7-3 A much better showing for yokozuna Kakuryu today, including actual work on opponent Chiyomaru's mawashi, so perhaps his pre-basho finger/hand issues have abated. Kaisei-Ichinojo in the other yusho-relevant bout unsurprisingly turned into the Big Lean after a brief flurry of offense, but it was the komusubi who eventually walked away with the shiroboshi, handing Kaisei his first loss of the tournament. The big pursuers group was greatly demolished by today's action, with only ozeki Takayasu joining Ichinojo in getting his kachikoshi while the other 5 (ex-)contenders fell to 7-3. It's still not out of the question, but with every day that passes with another Kakuryu victory it's becoming less likely that the yusho line will still drop to 12-3. Both ozeki made short work of their opponents today, but while Takyasu showed strong sumo against Shodai it was a massive henka that helped Goeido beat sekiwake Tochinoshin. I wonder if he'd have pulled that anywhere except in front of his home crowd? Things didn't go any better for the other sekiwake across the aisle as Mitakeumi dropped to 5-5 in a frantic match with Shohozan. With the top three still to come (plus Chiyomaru and perhaps Kaisei), he seriously has to be concerned about his KK chances now. The M1 pair is even at 5-5 again after Endo easily prevailed over Arawashi and Tamawashi was blasted off the dohyo by the dominant version of Chiyotairyu, so their race for the possible sanyaku promotion remains heated. The M3's Kotoshogiku and Takakeisho both fell to 3-7 today, however, and are unlikely to play a role now. 5-5 Mitakeumi S Tochinoshin 7-3 8-2 Ichinojo K Chiyotairyu 2-8 (x) 5-5 Endo M1 Tamawashi 5-5 M2 3-7 Kotoshogiku M3 Takakeisho 3-7 6-4 Shohozan M4 Shodai 5-5 4-6 Chiyomaru M5 9-1 Kaisei M6 6-4 Abi M7 M8 Daieisho 5-5 (x) 6-4 Okinoumi M9 M10 M11 Yutakayama 7-3 M12 (x) 7-3 Daishomaru M13 Day 11 finally gives us two intra-sanyaku bouts after the depleted high ranks meant that the first 10 days' torikumi had to make do with just one. While West komusubi Chiyotairyu was done with his 6 sanyaku matchups by Day 9, Ichinojo on the East side still has 3 to go at this late date (that hasn't happened too often of late). Anyway, he's starting off his personal crunch time against leader Kakuryu in what's surely anticipated as the day's highlight bout, although the other sanyaku pairing of ozeki Takayasu against sekiwake Tochinoshin also looks very promising. Chiyoshoma, Ishiura and Asanoyama should be greenlighted (greenlit?) for another top division appearance in May after today's schedule saw fairly convincing victories for all of them. Tochiozan also finally had a good performance again and won for the first time in five days. Kotoyuki had arguably his best shot at his first win of the basho as his aite was Sokokurai whom he'd beaten the last five times, but it wasn't to be, and he's now demotable by the numbers. Hidenoumi (losing to Asanoyama) joins him in this predicament after today, and while both may still be able to save themselves, it's not like either has looked capable of reeling off five straight wins now, so juryo it'll be for them in Natsu. After today's results it looks like the remaining suspense will come courtesy of Nishikigi, Sokokurai and Myogiyu who all need a 3-2 finish to be safe. Visiting Takekaze rolled back the years and beat maegashira Aoiyama in decisive fashion today, clinching his kachikoshi and the likely return to makuuchi in the process. Fellow J1 Kyokutaisei strangely didn't really seem to know how to deal with Terunofuji despite all and sundry putting down the blueprint for it since Day 1, and so he drops to 5-5. Sadanoumi and Takanosho met in a matchup of yusho co-leaders, and veteran Sadanoumi added to his recent strong showings with another emphatic victory to be KK and remain a strong contender for promotion, now "officially" the #2 behind Takekaze. Kyokushuho and Meisei have quietly played themselves back into contention with 3-day winning streaks. M5 Onosho kyujo (?) ... M9 Ryuden 3-7 (1) (o) 4-6 Chiyoshima M10 (1) 4-6 Tochiozan M11 (o) 5-5 Ishiura M12 Kotoyuki 0-9-1 (~) M13 Asanoyama 6-4 (o) M14 Nishikigi 4-6 (3) (3) 4-6 Sokokurai M15 Myogiryu 4-6 (3) M16 Hidenoumi 2-8 (~) (1) 7-3 Aoiyama M17 --- (3) 5-5 Kyokutaisei J1 Takekaze 8-2 (o) (5) 4-6 Aminishiki J2 Kyokushuho 5-5 (4) (4) 5-5 Meisei J3 Azumaryu 3-7 (~) (2) 8-2 Sadanoumi J4 Tokushoryu 3-7 (x) (4) 6-4 Gagamaru J5 Terunofuji 5-5 (5) (x) 4-6 Chiyonoo J6 Takanosho 7-3 (4) J7 (5) 7-3 Kotoeko J8 (~) 6-4 Seiro J9 Daishoho 6-4 (~) J10 Mitoryu 8-2 (5) Kyokutaisei makes his third makuuchi appearance of the basho tomorrow, and if he wants to earn promotion it would be a good idea to finally win one of them; the opponent will be Daiamami. As for our demotion candidates: Myogiryu stays in the early part of the torikumi and faces Asanoyama, but Nishikigi and Sokokurai will have to contend against higher-ranked (and largely well-performing) Daieisho and Okinoumi. Tobizaru prevailed over Enho in the miniature (sorry) bout that opened today's juryo torikumi, and the latter now stands just one loss away from a trip back to makushita. Small soldier #3 Terutsuyoshi scored about an 8.5 on the Satoyama Submarining Scale before making an ill-advised attempt to lift (!) big Yago and was promptly rewarded with a kuroboshi. The third demotee matchup of the day saw Shimanoumi weather about two seconds worth of offense from Takagenji before securing an easy victory, and bout #4 had Homarefuji beating Takanoiwa in a meeting of silver mawashi. Further Day 11 action ended with losses for Amakaze and Tsurugisho (who had Mitoryu back near the tawara actually), while Akiseyama was successful (in a so very Akiseyama bout) and should be safe for more juryo in May now. Congrats! Of course, the question is: Is juryo ready for more Akiseyama? Not much activity on the makushita side as nearly everybody had already been on the dohyo on Day 11 (or 10 in Wakatakakage's case), but Tenkaiho did manage to avoid the makekoshi, sending last basho's sekitori Yamaguchi to 1-4 instead. (2) 2-8 Amakaze J7 Tsurugisho 2-8 (2) J8 Homarefuji 4-6 (1) J9 (2) 4-6 Takagenji J10 (2) 4-6 Yago J11 Shimanoumi 4-6 (2) (4) 3-7 Terutsuyoshi J12 Takanoiwa 5-5 (2) (3) 4-6 Tobizaru J13 Akiseyama 7-3 (o) (5) 3-6-1 Takayoshitoshi J14 Enho 3-7 (5) 5-0 Hakuyozan Ms1 Wakatakakage 4-1 3-2 Dewahayate Ms2 3-2 Tochihiryu Ms3 Asabenkei 4-1 2-3 Gokushindo Ms4 Tenkaiho 2-3 3-2 Chiyonoumi Ms5 Akua 2-3 ... 5-0 Murata Ms13 Three more head-to-head meetings of juryo rikishi at risk are on the slate for tomorrow with Enho-Shimanoumi, Terutsuyoshi-Tsurugisho and Amakaze-Takagenji. And in makushita it's the yusho pre-decider between Hakuyozan and Murata. Intra-top 5 action will take place between Wakatakakage and Asabenkei (4-1), Dewahayate and Chiyonoumi (3-2), as well as Gokushindo and Akua (2-3). Tochihiryu and Tenkaiho will also be competing, against opponents from below Ms5, so as usual the promotion race should be quite a bit clearer once Day 11 has concluded.
  15. New recruits for Haru 2018

    I believe there was somebody who missed out on the presentation a few years ago, then fell off the banzuke, and got presented after doing maezumo again. I was going to say I don't have a clue who I'm thinking of here, but a sudden burst of inspiration came over me while typing this out - was it Hiroshima?
  16. Basho Talk Haru 2018 (SPOILERS)

    No love for Kotoshogiku-Takarafuji? I thought that was an excellent bout.
  17. Videos and promo-Haru 2018 - Days 1-10

    I wonder which row Takakeisho's sagari ended up in. (At 7:40 in the video.)
  18. Promotion/Demotion and Yusho discussion Haru 2018

    Yes, though they seem to have moved away from that practice; the last time it happened was about five years ago. (Time flies.)
  19. Long Kachikoshi Streaks - Haru 2018

    Day 10 A pair of makushita rikishi fell to 1-4 today, namely young phenom Ryuko and undersized Fukuyama. 6 players correctly predicted the former, and 12 the latter - but the first 6 were also all part of that dozen, so a great day for the pessimists among us. In other words: The scores parcelled out today were 6x2 points, 6x1 point and 6x zip. In addition we had Mitoryu reaching kachikoshi territory in juryo today. That one was a near-unanimous choice, and bad news for sole detractor Rocks. Unfortunately for him he was also part of the last group above... The new standings, with a handful of players still perfect through 5 decisions: Day 10: 5/17 Decisions, TB 2-17 Pos Player Pts TB 1 Bumpkin 5 7 2 Tsuchinoninjin 5 10 3 Suwihuto 5 13 4 Holleshoryu 5 14 5 Asashosakari 4 9 6 Ryoshishokunin 4 10 7 Mmikasazuma 4 11 7 Sakura 4 11 9 WAKATAKE 3 12 10 chishafuwaku 3 13 10 Jejima 3 13 10 kuroimori 3 13 10 Pandaazuma 3 13 10 Profomisakari 3 13 15 Tenshinhan 2 9 16 Rocks 2 10 17 Tsubame 2 12 18 ryafuji 1 11
  20. Takayoshitoshi scandal

    FWIW, at least on the Abema feed it was basically impossible to notice today, to my eyes anyway. If his name hadn't made the press now, I still wouldn't be sure which of the three jonidan guys was involved.
  21. Unusual happenings in Haru 2018

    It's rare to have a former sanyaku regular spending this much time in the lower divisions, so the number of comparable cases is probably quite small. Years ago, Nikkan used to have tons of coverage of the various Shizuoka rikishi. Turned out that those articles all originated from their regional edition in that prefecture (hard to tell on the website since all the articles are bunched together there) - I presumed they simply had a very sumo-crazy reporter in that regional bureau. Perhaps something similar is going on at Sanspo.
  22. Basho Talk Haru 2018 (SPOILERS)

    No they don't - it's not available for the lower divisions. But even if they did, I wonder if they would use it that much. I don't know that it negates Asashosakari's point that they are more likely to tell them to have another go than spend several minutes analyzing bouts between low rankers. Yeah, I would guess it's just the one camera angle from the stationary camera that they used to use for their in-house webfeed. (I assume that camera still exists for the NSK's own purposes even with Abema doing their fuller coverage now, but maybe I'm wrong about that.) There must be something, in any case, considering they do kimarite corrections with some frequency in the lower divisions and I can't imagine they do that without rewatching the finishes.
  23. New recruits for Haru 2018

    And the niban-shusse. 27 rikishi stepped on the dohyo, those being the 28 post-Day 5 qualifiers minus ineligible Goketsuyama and missing Takanoryu, but plus Daiyusho who hadn't been there for the Day 5 presentation. Ogitora and Shishimaru are correct after all, and the shikona in the summary tables are now confirmed complete. In addition, Fukazawa's shusshin has been corrected. Rather than 鳥取県鳥取市 Tottori-ken, Tottori-shi (he attended Tottori Johoku HS), he is now listed as hailing from 大阪府守口市 Osaka-fu, Moriguchi-shi.
  24. New recruits for Haru 2018

    Day 9 / Group B Results: Mz15 Tabara (2-2) Mz12 Toya (0-4) Mz27 Hironaka (1-3) Mz29 Kojima (2-1-1) Mz28 Ogitora (1-3) Mz34 Iwamoto (2-2) Mz36 Sasaki (1-3) Mz43 Hara (2-2) Mz30 Shishimaru (0-4) Mz33 Iguchi (1-2-1) Mz27 Hironaka (2-3) Mz28 Ogitora (1-4) Mz36 Sasaki (2-3) Mz33 Iguchi (1-3-1) The exact same schedule here as on Day 8 - one mixed match won by the 1-win rikishi, and two extra bouts featuring the three 1-win losers and the 0-win winner; Iguchi also wasn't able to pull off the double shiroboshi. Isamiashi made its second appearance in this maezumo group in bout three, with the shimpan unceremoniously correcting the gyoji again. Neat sotogake in the very next bout, the rest of the matches were very straight-forward. Final standings: 2-win target achieved: #02 Mz4 Aketa Irumagawa 2-0 #04 Mz5 Mimori Irumagawa 2-0 #06 Mz25 Terasawa Takasago 2-0 #08 Mz32 Anzai Naruto 2-0 #10 Mz44 Banba Azumazeki 2-0 #12 Mz31 Kojikara Tagonoura 2-1 #14 Mz23 Kotomaeda Sadogatake 2-1 #16 Mz20 Kawami Kokonoe 2-1 --- #18 Mz21 Kotoito Sadogatake 2-2 #20 Mz22 Kotokume Sadogatake 2-1 #22 Mz24 Kotosumida Sadogatake 2-2 #24 Mz35 Iwamori Sadogatake 2-2 #26 Mz15 Tabara Musashigawa 2-2 #28 Mz29 Kojima Asakayama 2-1-1 #30 Mz34 Iwamoto Tamanoi 2-2 #32 Mz43 Hara Takanohana 2-2 #34 Mz27 Hironaka Asahiyama 2-3 #36 Mz36 Sasaki Hakkaku 2-3 Remaining order: #38 Mz28 Ogitora Dewanoumi 1-4 #40 Mz33 Iguchi Tamanoi 1-3-1 #42 Mz12 Toya Tomozuna 0-4 #44 Mz30 Shishimaru Tagonoura 0-4
  25. New recruits for Haru 2018

    Day 8 / Group A Sorry, Abema switched to the dohyo camera rather late here, missing the yobidashi and gyoji call-up of the first pair of rikishi. Results: Mz6 Arakawa (0-4) Mz2 Goketsuyama (2-2) Mz3 Kamitani (2-1-1) Mz9 Onagaya (1-3) Mz18 Wakamatsunaga (2-1-1) Mz26 Tanji (1-4) Mz41 Matsugashima (2-2) Mz37 Takanoryu (1-3) Mz19 Wakafujioka (1-3) Mz11 Tanaka (0-4) Mz26 Tanji (2-4) Mz9 Onagaya (1-4) Mz19 Wakafujioka (1-4) Mz37 Takanoryu (2-3) With three 0-winners and seven 1-winners remaining they started off the proceedings by mixing one with the other, and returnee Goketsuyama secured the "qualifying" record of 2 wins after all. As expected they did some additional bouts between the 1-win losers of the original batch again, which meant Wakafujioka also getting a lucky extra opportunity (though he wasn't able to use it) - normally the winners of 0-win matches aren't considered for the "bonus round", but they needed a fourth guy to fill in here. Fun merry-go-round between Wakamatsunaga and Tanji, where Tanji's lack of weight arguably cost him as he had his opponent on the tawara. He proceeded to make "better" use of his lack of size by pulling a big 'ol henka in the second match to collect win #2 in his final opportunity. Not great sumo in this session, unsurprising given who was left at this point, but things did conclude on a high note with the fairly spectacular whateverthatwas victory by Takanoryu. (Although I'm not sure if it was him or Wakafujioka trying to execute a technique there.) Final standings: 2-win target achieved: #01 Mz7 Daishosei Oitekaze 2-0 #03 Mz10 Soma Fujishima 2-0 #05 Mz38 Fukazawa Yamahibiki 2-0 #07 Mz16 Kawamoto Kasugano 2-0 #09 Mz17 Wakanakatani Nishiiwa 2-0 #11 Mz1 Tamanoryu Kataonami 2-1 #13 Mz8 Daiyusho Oitekaze 2-1 #15 Mz39 Kamada Yamahibiki 2-1 --- #17 Mz13 Morita Fujishima 2-2 #19 Mz14 Ueta Fujishima 2-1 #21 Mz40 Ai Takadagawa 2-1 #23 Mz42 Hatakeyama Onoe 2-2 #25 Mz2 Goketsuyama Shibatayama 2-2 #27 Mz3 Kamitani Michinoku 2-1-1 #29 Mz18 Wakamatsunaga Nishiiwa 2-1-1 #31 Mz41 Matsugashima Takadagawa 2-2 #33 Mz26 Tanji Arashio 2-4 #35 Mz37 Takanoryu Chiganoura 2-3 Remaining order: #37 Mz9 Onagaya Shikoroyama 1-4 #39 Mz19 Wakafujioka Nishiiwa 1-4 #41 Mz6 Arakawa Michinoku 0-4 #43 Mz11 Tanaka Shikoroyama 0-4