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  1. ScreechingOwl

    Metasumo 2020

    Oops - evidently I have some arithmetic issues. I'll try again: 1-5 - Pandaazuma 6-10 - Andoreasu 11-20 - Gurowake 21-40 - Unkonoyama 41-80 - Athenayama 81-120 - Pitinosato 121-200 - Kaiomitsuki 201+ - Domichi
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    Metasumo 2020

    1-5 - Pandaazuma (our own Hakuho - he should really be in his own category) 6-10 - Andoreasu (always a top performer; for whatever it's worth, I will never select myself) 11-20 - Gurowake (all number based systems will be challenged during the changing of the guard, but few know more) 21-40 - Unkonoyama (our own international man of mystery) 41-80 - Athenayama (like Unko, clearly on his way up) 81-120 - Achiyama (one of the better angels of our sumo nature) 121-200 - Kaiomitsuki (could easily move up more than one hundred spots) 201+ - Domichi (still learning the ropes; I anticipate major upward movement next year)
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    Promotion/Demotion and Yusho discussion Kyushu 2019

    One of the most noteworthy aspects of the the Juryo division for Hatsu 2020 will be the simultaneous return to wrestling there of Terunofuji, 27, a 14 time ozeki, for the first time since Natsu 2018, and Ichinojo, 26, an 8 time sekiwake, for the first time since Nagoya 2014. (Of course that's assuming Ichinojo will be healthy enough to wrestle.) I can't recall ever having two such formerly higher ranked rikishi in Juryo simultaneously while still in their 20s (never mind mid-twenties).
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    Mukade Beya (Formerly STI) Sumo Gaming Banter Thread

    I overachieved this basho, but bad results on senshuraku and day 14 leave me with a sort of bitter aftertaste, although both days were quite difficult to gauge (as can be seen by the fact that more than half of all gamers got more than half of their predictions in Toto wrong both days). I feel especially bad about not winning in Toto, which has always been my favorite game. M day 13 total was just below the line, as I had the same number of wins as people who ended up in the top half. And winning the Sumo Game yusho doesn't compensate for that loss, as my performance there was merely adequate, with my win being due primarily to unusually weak competition (from mostly strong competitors having off days). Of course Sumo Game almost always has a strong quotient of luck involved: when Pandaazuma took the yusho in Natsu I had the same point total but finished with 7 fewer wins. In Kyushu we again had the identical point total, only this time he finished with an astonishing 9 fewer wins, as his opponents racked up 19 more points against him than mine did against me. A yusho is a yusho, of course, but this one resembled Kyokutenho's in my opinion. I also took the yusho in SCS, and that one was deserved, and finished with the jun yusho in Hoshitori and in Toto (much shared), as well as logging in top ten finished in Quad, Tip Spiel, and Oracle. Of course the upsets in the final two days of this basho aren't unprecedented, but I think we'll be entering a period where they become increasingly common. I don't think Pandaazuma's domination is likely to end because of them, although I do think he'll find it more difficult to approach his astronomical scores of the last two years. And I think there will be a greater variety of gamers winning (and often winning big) from basho to basho, as the luck factor increases. We've already seen an increasing number of winners on the real dohyo, so perhaps we'll start to see the same thing on the virtual one. That's not to disparage anyone - there was a large luck factor in Kyushu, and this was by far my best tournament of the year, so I was (overall) a beneficiary of it. I am merely acknowledging that with the injuries to so many of the top rikishi, and with Hakuho moving toward retirement, we are entering a whole new world in sumo gaming. Best holiday wishes to everyone.
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    Basho videos- Makuuchi - Kyushu 2019

    Eight and one-third years of entertainment, education, and pleasure. Thank you so much for all the time you've put in so that the rest of us can enjoy sumo. I'll miss your commentary on the matches.
  6. Hello Angel,

    I hope you've been well and everything in Seattle is good for you. I don't want to throw a spanner in the works (in part because I'm not sure of the precise meaning of that English expression) but I think you gave me credit for the wrong pick on day 11. In your listing of picks you show I choose Takanosho as my first pick and Shodai as my back-up pick, but on the chart for day 11 you give me credit for Shodai. I believe I picked Takanosho as my first pick, but I'm not entirely certain as I'm pretty tired by the time I make my selections and really don't remember. I think you've got the evidence for the selections though, so if it matters when you have time you can double check. 

    My goal this basho is to get rid of my kadoban the honorable way, although truthfully I haven't been a particularly good ozeki and I couldn't complain if I got relegated. I'm not even sure which pick is worth more (and they both won) but I don't want to get credit for something I didn't do.


    Douglas (ScreechingOwl)

    1. Achiyama


      Hi Douglas, 

      Thank you for your note. Yes you are right with your point. I appreciate your honesty and alerting me for the error. Of course, your case is different from that of Chishafuwaku.

      I rightfully posted your pick of Takanosho in the Table before the start of Day 11. In the Table with the scores is the mess happened in your case, and Chisha's too. The good in your case is that both main and back up (Shodai) won. The difference is only 1 point. In the "After Day 11 Standings" Table are the right points 22 (for Takanosho (17 + 5). But I will fix the problem because I have to post that Takanosho is coming with Golden Bonus points.

      Once again thank you for comment. You are truly Mr. TUG - the Biggest TUG Supporter.

      Good night, my friend.


    2. Achiyama


      In fact Shodai has 12 points points for Day 11. I continue making errors in my previous note.

      But I published the right Score Table for Day 11.

      If you have noticed the After Day 11 Standings contain the right points for Day 11. 

  7. ScreechingOwl

    Mukade Beya (Formerly STI) Sumo Gaming Banter Thread

    The basho isn't over yet technically, although as a practical matter every rikishi except Hakuho should be concentrating on their banzuke ranking next basho, special prizes, and not getting injured before the holidays. After 10 days, I'm 9-1 and leading in two games : Toto and Quad. I think the last time that happened was, um, never. I'm also in second in Tip Spiel (which is exceptionally closely bunched). And I've positive records in several other games and chances for points in those too. Despite that, according to Randomitsuki, I'm currently only in 5th place for Kyushu, so there should be some very high scores when this basho is over. And it still isn't over, as we are only two-thirds way through and five days is often close to an eternity where sumo is concerned.
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    2019 Kyushu Basho Discussion (spoiler alert)

    Harumafuji didn't retire for his health: he would almost certainly have been forced to retire and acted honorably in sparing the NSK that decision. Both Hakuho and Kakuryu who were merely present at the incident were strongly censured and fined by the NSK. Harumafuji's resignation was voluntary in the same way President Nixon's was.
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    2019 Kyushu Basho Discussion (spoiler alert)

    They have indeed changed the Makuuchi torikumi matchups, with Tochiozan getting a return visit to Makuuchi earlier than expected.
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    2019 Kyushu Basho Discussion (spoiler alert)

    Meisei is listed at 120 kilos. He's only 24, so he's sure to gain more weight - and he'll need to if he's going to stay at the top of the makuuchi division. Ama started in the top division weighing about 113 kilos, was up to 126 kilos when he changed his shikona to Harumafuji and was promoted to ozeki, and increased to 133 kilos when he was promoted to yokozuna. The extra weight was a big help (and necessary: he would never have made yokozuna at 113) but what made Harumafuji so special was his speed and mobility, his tactical intelligence, and his amazing will to win. There isn't any rikishi in the 15 years I've followed sumo that I miss more.
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    Mukade Beya (Formerly STI) Sumo Gaming Banter Thread

    That's the fifth lowest-scoring day of all time despite the fact that almost everyone got a fusen win. (And although Goeido's kyujo wasn't announced before night in Europe, anyone who watched day 1 was aware he wasn't going to be able to wrestle.) If you subtract the automatic win, it's almost assuredly the worst prediction day ever, caused in part by losses by the top five ranked rikishi on the banzuke.
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    Bench Sumo - Day 1 emergency picks

    Screeching Owl shonichi picks: 4 Hakuho 3 Mitakekumi 3 Shodai 2 Asanoyama 2 Tamawashi Wakatakakage, Ryuden, Goeido, Takanosho, Tomokaze
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    Mukade Beya (Formerly STI) Sumo Gaming Banter Thread

    Some hard luck on senshuraku for the five score footed crew. Sagi lost a tie-breaker, falling short one point short of victory and a possible yusho. Unkonoyama also unfortunately faltered on day 15, falling two points short of the juryo yusho. In Makushita Gawasukotto won, but also fell one point short of the yusho. However, there was much positive news for Aki overall. In Makuuchi, Haidouzo finished with a victory to go 11-4 and bag a jun yusho. Sagi finished with 99 points (one short of the most for the basho) and a fine 10-5 record. And Chocshoporyu had the most AADs with 12, and also produced 10 wins. Haidouzo should find himself promoted to komusubi next basho, while ScreechingOwl will yield his place in the sanyaku. In Juryo, Unkonoyama finished 12-3, good for the jun yusho and a likely promotion to Makuuchi next time out. In Makushita, Gawasukotto finished 12-3 and will move considerably closer to Juryo, while Domichi also finished with double digit wins. Congratulations to all the SG gamers and I hope your autumn gets off to a smooth and happy start. Rank Record Points AADs Opp AADs 10 8+ 5- TB TB+ Who? SG shikona EY1 9-6 95-84 11 10 0 1 3 3 2 Simon Pandaazuma EK1 6-9 91-90 8 8 0 4 6 1 0 Douglas ScreechingOwl EM1 7-8 86-90 8 9 0 0 7 2 Miyako Chankoyama EM4 11-4 94-89 10 8 0 3 5 6 4 Scott Haidouzo WM4 4-11 84-88 6 8 0 1 8 5 0 Rupert Rupatengu WM5 10-5 95-91 12 9 0 3 3 4 3 Gary Chocshoporyu EM6 9-6 94-88 10 7 0 3 4 4 3 Jan Kuroimori EM8 7-8 83-87 7 8 0 1 6 7 3 Alexander Ganzohnesushi WM17 10-5 99-86 11 9 0 4 2 4 3 Stefan Sagi * EJ3 5-10 79-91 6 8 0 0 8 3 2 Eric Sebunshu WJ3 6-9 95-92 11 8 0 2 3 3 0 Mark Fujiyama EJ5 12-3 90-84 8 6 0 3 7 4 4 Unko Unkonoyama WJ7 8-7 90-87 9 8 0 2 5 4 1 Sergio Chishafuwaku * Wms5 8-7 84-81 7 5 0 0 6 5 1 Rocks Gansekiiwa Ems9 9-6 92-84 10 5 0 2 5 4 1 Steve Chelseayama Wms20 12-3 92-82 9 7 0 2 3 5 4 Ronnie Gawasukotto Ems25 6-9 82-93 7 8 0 1 8 4 2 Jezz Jejima Wms34 10-5 81-79 5 5 0 1 9 4 4 Dustin Domichi
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    2019 Aki Basho Discussion (spoiler alert!)

    While anything can happen, Takakeisho has to be the favorite. He has the easiest match up on senshuraku and his earlier bout this basho against Mitakeumi was very one-sided.
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    2019 Aki Basho Discussion (spoiler alert!)

    No mark on the sand, no mono-ii, and no reason not to have one. The shimpan make another embarrassing decision that effects the yusho race a mere two basho after the previous time. Maybe in a century or two they will actually use common sense and the camera angles to correct human frailty. (Note there was no visible mark in the sand from Endo's supposed step-out.)
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    Mukade Beya (Formerly STI) Sumo Gaming Banter Thread

    Day 14 finds Sagi leading the way with a strong 8. There is a five way tie for the yusho lead going into senshuraku, with the centipedes having two of the leaders, Haidouzo and Sagi. Since two of the leaders (Norizo and Trender) are matched against each other, it will require 11 victories to take the yusho. Sagi is tied with Norizo and Trender with 92 points, so he needs to both win and get at least as many points as the higher scorer between the two. Haidouzo is 5 points behind, so he’ll be playing for the jun-yusho. Pandaazuma could theoretically finish in a tie for the jun-yusho and will certainly win a lot of gaming points should he triumph tomorrow. In Juryo Unkonoyamq has 12 victories and will face the other joint leader on senshuraku, so a win will yield him the yusho. Gawasukotto is in a five-way tie for second in Makushita, and will need a win, to make up 2 points on two players, and for the leader to lose to take the yusho, which is a tall order. No one who hasn’t already achieved kachi koshi will gain one tomorrow, but there is still pride and banzuke considerations at stake for everyone, so let’s all finish the basho on a high note. Ganbare! Rank Record Points AADs Opp AADs 10 8+ 5- TB TB+ Who? SG shikona EY1 9-5 89-83 10 9 0 1 3 2 2 Simon Pandaazuma EK1 6-8 86-85 8 8 0 4 5 1 0 Douglas ScreechingOwl EM1 6-8 80-85 7 9 0 0 7 2 Miyako Chankoyama EM4 10-4 87-84 9 8 0 3 5 6 4 Scott Haidouzo WM4 4-10 79-81 6 7 0 1 7 5 0 Rupert Rupatengu WM5 9-5 88-84 11 8 0 3 3 3 2 Gary Chocshoporyu EM6 8-6 87-83 9 7 0 3 4 4 3 Jan Kuroimori EM8 6-8 78-82 7 8 0 1 5 7 3 Alexander Ganzohnesushi WM17 10-4 92-79 10 8 0 4 2 3 3 Stefan Sagi * EJ3 5-9 74-85 6 7 0 0 7 3 2 Eric Sebunshu WJ3 5-9 86-87 10 8 0 2 3 3 0 Mark Fujiyama EJ5 12-2 85-77 8 5 0 3 6 4 4 Unko Unkonoyama WJ7 8-6 83-80 8 7 0 2 5 3 1 Sergio Chishafuwaku * Wms5 8-6 78-74 6 4 0 0 6 5 1 Rocks Gansekiiwa Ems9 8-6 86-79 9 5 0 2 5 4 1 Steve Chelseayama Wms20 11-3 86-77 8 7 0 2 3 5 4 Ronnie Gawasukotto Ems25 6-8 79-85 7 7 0 1 7 4 2 Jezz Jejima Wms34 10-4 76-73 5 4 0 1 8 4 4 Dustin Domichi
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    Mukade Beya (Formerly STI) Sumo Gaming Banter Thread

    Day 13 yielded some positive notes: Pandazuma, Haidouzo, Chocshoporyu, and Gawasusukko lead the way with 9s. Unkonoyama and Gawasugokko won their 11th victories, to stay tied for the lead in juryo and makushita, respectively (although trailing in the tiebreaker of points). Pandaazuma, Choshoporyu, and Chishafu got their all important 8th wins. Let’s see what tomorrow brings. Ganbare! Rank Record Points AADs Opp AADs 10 8+ 5- TB TB+ Who? SG shikona EY1 8-5 82-79 9 9 0 1 3 2 2 Simon Pandaazuma EK1 5-8 80-80 7 8 0 4 5 1 0 Douglas ScreechingOwl EM1 6-7 75-78 7 8 0 0 6 2 Miyako Chankoyama EM4 9-4 80-77 8 7 0 3 5 5 3 Scott Haidouzo WM4 4-9 74-76 6 7 0 1 6 4 0 Rupert Rupatengu WM5 8-5 81-78 10 7 0 3 3 3 2 Gary Chocshoporyu EM6 7-6 82-78 9 7 0 3 3 3 2 Jan Kuroimori EM8 5-8 73-76 7 8 0 1 4 6 2 Alexander Ganzohnesushi WM17 9-4 84-73 9 7 0 3 2 3 3 Stefan Sagi * EJ3 4-9 68-81 5 7 0 0 7 3 2 Eric Sebunshu WJ3 4-9 83-82 9 8 0 2 3 3 0 Mark Fujiyama EJ5 11-2 76-73 7 5 0 3 6 4 4 Unko Unkonoyama WJ7 8-5 84-74 8 6 0 2 4 3 1 Sergio Chishafuwaku * Wms5 8-5 73-69 6 4 0 0 5 4 1 Rocks Gansekiiwa Ems9 7-6 79-73 8 4 0 2 5 4 1 Steve Chelseayama Wms20 11-2 83-73 8 7 0 2 2 5 4 Ronnie Gawasukotto Ems25 6-7 75-78 7 6 0 1 6 4 2 Jezz Jejima Wms34 9-4 72-69 5 4 0 1 7 3 3 Dustin Domichi P.S. Great thanks to Dustin for helping out on Day 12. I had a long day at work and although I finished the table I'm not sure I'd have had the energy to post it. For day 14 and senshuraku I'm off, so I'll attempt to post the results with Panda-like promptness.
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    Happy Birthday, Pandaazuma!

    Best wishes for a happy day for a happy dai.
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    Mukade Beya (Formerly STI) Sumo Gaming Banter Thread

    Bench is now open (9/2), so all interested parties can register for both SG and Bench. I'll be happy to help out while our international man of mystery is away.
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    21 Aki 19, The Results

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    I'm looking forward to playing and choosing Abi in Aki!
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    Mukade Beya (Formerly STI) Sumo Gaming Banter Thread

    In Bench you'd get the two leaders matched up on senshuraku (if they hadn't met previously), but in SG that rarely happens. At least Trender is a beast at that game, so anything can happen today. Good luck, Ganzo.
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    Nagoya 2019 Discussion (here be spoilers)

    Facing the higher-ranked opponents was certainly a major factor in Enho's not getting his kk last basho too. In his day 12 match, Enho was dictating the pace (and position) of his match with Shohozan and was a bit unlucky not to win. But it certainly looked like he got injured when his foot got caught awkwardly under him, and it's hard to foresee him getting a kk now, even if he doesn't go kyujo.
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    21 Nagoya 19, The Results

    1 A2 A3 X4 B5 B6 B7 A8 B9 A10 A11 A12 A13 B14 A15 B16 B17 B18 B19 X20 B21 A
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    Hakuho Applying for Japanese Citizenship

    When Hakuho married a Japanese woman was when the major drift happened. When your career (and best future career) are in, and your wife is from, the same country, it logically follows that's where you are going to stay. It would have been surprising if he didn't apply for Japanese citizenship.