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  1. That's all true of course, but predicting the future for singular events is difficult at best. We don't know if Hakuho is the specimen defying your general rule of longevity at the top level - he might indeed achieve this as his decline phase still is strong enough to go on as yokozuna. As the NBA Finals come close to the end, there is the basketball counterpart of LeBron James, now in his 14th season against top competition. Despite playing through the whole playoffs for the last 6 seasons he still led all players in minutes per game this season. He is not as athletic as he's been 10 years ago, but this is a good example of the decline phase still being good enough as he still jumps higher than arguably 95% of the other players (who are quite athletic themselves). He also makes besser passes etc to compensate, so he still is one of the top 5 players. Looking at the minutes played in his career he should be in big decline by your (and not only your as there is similar recognition in basketball) general rule, but he simply is the rare athlete where such rules don't hold, and who knows Hakuho might be as well. Several years ago there was the question how many yusho he will get, can someone find the thread again? I think he already is well past your suggested number, no?
  2. I totally agree with you. Personally I am at a loss why people think Ura is doomed to a mediocre career, can't get up to makuuchi, can't stay in makuuchi, can't stay in sanyaku, whatever. Based on what actually? His size? At 174 cm, 137 kg (current data from the Kyokai site) he is neither the shortest nor the lightest rikishi in makuuchi, so it can't really be the size, no? Based on his sumo technique? This would be getting ridiculous as his technique for sure is excellent on his own. His physical strength? Seems ok to me as well. His fighting style? This could well be the weak point but who knows for sure - I certainly don't. His sometimes weird behaviour? Didn't even hinder Takamisakari to become a makuuchi mainstay. So really, what is it?
  3. The top yokozuna usually fights his opponents going one rank up each day. So it's Kisenosato-Harumafuji on day 15 and Kisenosato-Hakuho on day 14. Deviations are rare. Kisenosato can do us a favour and go kyujo before day 12 (when day 13 bouts are set).
  4. Baruto is not the best comparison for Goeido to say the least. Baruto might have fewer basho at ozeki but he still has more wins at the rank despite misssing 25 bouts which says all. Miyabiyama also is in another ballpark, but on the southern side this time as he actually had more losses than wins at the rank. Kotomitsuki and Dejima are ok for the sake of comparison, and I would also add Musoyama (Tochiazuma on the other hand was far superior), see the stats here.
  5. I'm not sure, the two Minami actually are completely different shikona in kanji which may be the reason no change was necessary. A new shikona for next banzuke seems still likely as two identical readings so close together may be a problem (the other Minami currently is 2-3 in low Jonokuchi so they might even meet next basho).
  6. Kisenosato's day 2 win avoided this to be the first time that both Makuuchi yusho doten rikishi start 0-2 into the next basho. It's still somewhat frequent that both lose on Shonichi in the next basho as it's the 6th time after 194910, 197605, 198103, 200607 and 201207 (in 67 cases of a two rikishi Makuuchi yusho doten).
  7. Ok then. I wonder what the displayed time of your post (Friday on 21:13) is actually meaning then...
  8. I corrected this more than 3 hours before your post, which is somewhat irritating. Are there more problems?
  9. While I appreciate the information, you certainly could be much more helpful by stating straight forward what is the problem.
  10. I used only the May magazines (and especially the booklets) of course because they minimzed the number of rikishi with missing details due to going intai too fast to catch up. That's not a problem anymore since at least the hatsu dohyo height/weight usually is present since many years. So I'm happy with any data set, and actually going with the annual directories might provide a regular yearly update if you or somebody else is going to use this source.
  11. What he does is being healthy when it counts... makes a big difference for him.
  12. It's too much work to enter the data... if you can give me a full list of heights/weights for a missing year, I will add them.
  13. Nice, finally one rikishi with the shikona of the long running manga. Maybe he wants to be like the star of it:
  14. What should I say..
  15. Those are tickets for day 14 of the summer ("Natsu") basho - spring basho was in March. The tickets are not exactly ringside ("tamariseki"), but masuseki which cover the whole ground floor beyond the ringside seats. Going by the price tag they should be masuseki B (they range from A to C) and I think row 11 in the front view section (shomen), so you got a very nice day and block of seats. If you can call them seats, as they are without chairs, it's just a block for 4 to sit on the floor, Japanese style, which can be tight and uncomfortable for typical Western size and mobility. It is likely that Hakuho and Kisenosato participate, but both are coming off injuries right now, so you don't really know for sure, especially if they are still actiive on day 14 or not.