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    Goeido to Retire

    Still OT, but sometimes there is apparently more than a simple lack of adrenalin or motivation to win.
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    Toyonoshima Soldiering On

    Toyonoshima is a curious case. Years ago he was listed as having a kabu, since before his major injury this information has vanished without much in the way of an explanation. That might explain why he is still there when anyone else in a similar condition (former sekiwake, age 36, back in makushita after a long second rise...) would have called it quits, but maybe he has found another one.
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    New Juryo for Haru 2020

    Another rather lucky repromotion for big Akiseyama. Third time on the strenght of a 4-3 from below Ms3, but not as lucky as his sole Makuuchi promotion (8-7, J5w). He has already met the criteria for Kabu eligibity, but getting one is horse of another color. Much more promising though is Hakuyozan, who was getting close to Makuuchi rank and quality-wise. I hope he picks up from where he left off. 6-1 looks solid.
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    Promotion/Demotion and Yusho discussion Hatsu 2020

    Maybe Hidenoumi also has a chance as the 4th promotee, but maybe they will spare Meisei because of his 1 win. Anyone, Hidenoumi is coming from two not very impressive 8-7, has been a long time in Juryo and his last Makuuchi outing ended in a disastrous 3-12, which means if he indeed comes, he comes as a Yusho candidate.
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    Arawashi intai

    Kudos for his persistence. In 2007 he suffered a major injury on his right(?) shoulder, which sidelined him for many months. He came back heavily taped and didn't progress much for a while, but eventually reached sekitorihood. He was a good sekitori, but his power deserted more than a yeard ago or so, so good timing.
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    Hatsu 2020 Basho Discussion (SPOILERS)

    Yup. In the west it would probably help boost that mushy, over-honeyed narrative that "you can get it if you truly want it", although I don't what the Japanese media will make out of it other than enjoy this ride for a while. Anyway, for every Tokushoryu out there, there are hundreds of Tokushoryu-like people coming away empty-handed.
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    Hatsu 2020 Basho Discussion (SPOILERS)

    Kyokutenho was considerably older but had lots of san'yaku experience on his side. The last one to clinch the Yusho from "Makujiri" (Makuuchi's last rank)before Tokushoryu was Takatoriki, who was 32 at that time, and as a former Sekiwake also had plenty of experience close to the top, but he too bombed after the Yusho.
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    Hatsu 2020 Basho Discussion (SPOILERS)

    Content-wise Shodai was probably the best rikishi this basho. With some aggressive sumo for the second basho in a row now, he is finally showing he can deliver. In fact, last basho looked more like the strong showing one has when the opposition is not so stiff, but his January record has put things into another perspective. When Tokushoryu was something like 4-1 I said out loud "Tokushoryu YUSHO". Everybody home laughed. I did the same with Okinoumi a few months ago so that doesn't really count much. Anyway, Tokushoryu somehow found a counter-attacking sumo that worked. He moved forward as he used to when some 20, 30kg lighter, and when it failed - and it didn't against Takakeisho(!) - , he used his foe's momentum to thrust him down. Soon they will get his number, but by then he will already be a Yusho winner. He was not simply an unlikely Yusho winner, he was very unlikely kachikoshi "getter" as his last two kachi-koshi in Juryo were far from convincing. I am still surprised and happy for this guy !
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    Promotion/Demotion and Yusho discussion Hatsu 2020

    I am curious to see what kind of solution they have for the Makushita-Juryo exchanges. There are six good demotion candidates but not as many potential promotees. Chiyootori might get lucky.
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    Trivia bits

    Kotoshogiku has now 700 wins in Makuuchi.
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    Banzuke for Hatsu 2020

    It is harsh but par for the course. Based on Gagamaru's condition in the past few months, an immediate repromotion is too tall an order.
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    Promotion/Demotion and Yusho discussion Kyushu 2019

    Should Sakigake get the nod for promotion, he will surpass Wakatenro's more than 4 years wait between juryo promotions. I don't know if it is an absolute record, but it is worth mentioning. Sakigake's last juryo tournament was in 01.2015.
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    Recap of the decade?

    When I look at names like Toyozakura, Kasugao and Koryu amongst others, I am quickly reminded of the yaocho-gate from May 2011. It feels like yesterday, but it has been more than 8 years.
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    2019 Aki Basho Discussion (spoiler alert!)

    No doubt the jungyo schedule plays a role, but it has been there for quite a while. The likely reason we are seeing this is that this generation born between 83 (Kotooshu) - 87 (Tochinoshin) has dominated sumo since before Asashoryu's retirement, that is for more than a decade. They are bowing out, but it is not as smooth a process as some would like it to be. They will try to carry on skipping a basho here and there until it is no longer possible. It may take a while until a younger and healthier group takes over.
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    2019 Aki Basho Discussion (spoiler alert!)

    So how are you going to celebrate Okinoumi's Yusho ? Ok, I might be exaggerating a bit(!), but I have never seen him put some much effort as he did against Myogiryu. I've always believed he was more talented than his record showed, so it is good to see a performance like this with Yusho or not. On a more serious note, going by the numbers and recent form the best candidate is probably Mitakeumi but not by a large margin. This unpredictability more than makes up for the loss of quality brought about by some important absences in the upper ranks plus Tochinoshin limping to makekoshi. I am yet to watch Juryo this time but the results suggest that Ikioi has managed a comeback of sorts. Go Ikioi !
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    Rikishi Status Aki 2019 - Day 8 Late Myogiryu out with a right calf injury (it looked like he could have injured the elbow as a consequence of that throw, but...) while Kakuryu's problem is the left knee.
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    How will this era end?

    I am a big Goeido fan but even in my wildest dreams I find it hard to picture Goeido of all people getting the rope. Actually, I would be happy if he could avoid the drop to Sekiwake in Aki. As to Takayasu, if he managed to stay healthy, then maybe... but after two years at Ozeki he is yet to win his first yusho.
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    Aminishiki injured/ Intai

    I remember his swan's song, but somehow I must have overlooked this fact while lazily checking the sumo db.
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    Aminishiki injured/ Intai

    I know how it feels. When I started following sumo back in 2007, Kaio was growing more and more dependent on back scratching, pull-downs and the like just to get by. I watched him for 4 years without witnessing a single double-digit performance . I had to look into the archives of sumo to get an idea of how good he had been and to understand why he was and still is revered here. As to Aminishiki, he was already banged up at that time. His right knee was not very good, but it deteriorated to a point where he had to fight basically one-legged. Yet he managed to remain in the upper third of makuuchi for a long time. Just as a comparison, Jokoryu has tried to survive lower juryo on one leg but so far has met with little success. The left knee had to pay the price for this compensation, and so did the ankles. A few years ago Aminishiki completely lost any ability to put up any kind of serious resistance at the edge. If pushed or forced back, he had to waltz around the dohyo in order to cause his opponent somehow to fall down. Surprisingly, it worked until last week. So here you have someone who was quick to adapt in the face of his ever worsening physical condition. He embodied resilience, talent and excellent fighting spirit.
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    Promotion/Demotion and Yusho discussion Nagoya 2019

    With this promotion committee we never know, but he will most likely stay. There is no shortage of demotion candidates and the pressure from makushita is not that high. There is no reason to over-demote him or anyone else for that matter.
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    Nagoya 2019 Discussion (here be spoilers)

    On the one hand, even the higher echelons of sumo is filled with some high(?) level of frustration, even though most of these rikishi - if not all of them - has set realistic goals. It's not surprising actually, it's life. On the other hand, although he is not on the list, I believe Shimanoumi must have exceed even his highest goals for 2019. Two juryo yusho, kanto-sho back in May and now KK from as high as Maegashira #6. It is life as well. That is part of why sumo remains so interesting (to me at least).
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    Promotion/Demotion and Yusho discussion Nagoya 2019

    Neither Sokokurai nor Gagamaru has looked particularly impressive on their way back to upper juryo, so no surprise they will see their ranks heading south next time. Experience has thought me that you can win with shaky sumo for a while, but bad form will catch up to you eventually. It is strange to see a Yusho-clincher in Tsurugisho facing one of the worst rikishi of the whole divison on senshuraku, but it doesn't make much of a difference after all. If both Yutakayama and Takanosho manage to get the re-promotion, I believe they will be a long term asset to Makuuchi. They are way better than their current ranks suggest, IMHO.
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    Promotion/Demotion and Yusho discussion Nagoya 2019

    Thanks for the updates @Asashosakari. This thread is great as usual. This basho will possibly see Tsurugisho finally reaching Makuuchi as one its greatest news promotion-wise. That is to say that unless some last day kachi-koshi brings a new face to Juryo it will be kind of boring in that department, which is rather normal after 4 promotions to juryo. Leaving sumo is Aminishiki, who received his own thread but here I would like to say that I got used to seeing him as last representative of an old way of doing sumo. He and former Ozeki Kaio really stood out from the crowd. Leaving Makuuchi for now is Yago. So far he has shown excellent raw power, but not much else. He looks injured to boot. Speaking of dropping, when I see the list of former sekitori I realize that only a handful of them still have decent a shot at regaining sekitorihood, but also that very few spots are available for those willing to hang up the mawashi and stay with the kyokai (which is not new, but I think about it every time I have the chance.). What occurred to me only today though is how many of these kabu on loan are in fact ejectable seats. Kotoshogiku is probably just one disastrous basho away from intai, Yoshikaze will to drop to Juryo for the first time in ages and Tochiozan, who has been a perennial member of Makuuchi since 03.2007 (!) is likely to follow suit. Both Ikioi and Chiyootori don't look that great either. There are some forced oyakata retirements for 2021, but that is unlikely to solve to problem. I am curious as to if the kyokai will come up with something, but for now I bet they won't. By the way, my post is not well-organized but I will leave it as is.
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    Meeting Tamawashi at Kataonami

    You met the only two rikishi of the stable. I didn't even know that there was a stable like that. I wonder if moto-Tamakasuga dons his mawashi to train with them. Thanks for the pic.
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    Retirees May 2019

    I guess I am so used to seeing veterans soldiering on despite the lack of realistic chances of moving up again (Sagatsukasa, Tokushinho, Nionoumi, Keitenkai and the list goes on) that when I see someone retiring in a "timely" manner like Dewahayate and Tochihiryu I kind of feel surprised. But in a sense, when you were never cut out to be a solid sekitori - as I believe to be the case for both-, anytime is a good time to quit.