ScreechingOwl

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    Preparations of the Y/O-Natsu 2017

    [Kisenosato] On putting on 9 kilos and reaching his heaviest ever weight- "It's not because of neglect.." How do you gain 20 pounds without trying to and then claim it's not because of neglect? I guess he was eating too much on purpose. The private training isn't a good sign either. But one thing I've learned over the years about health and keiko reports - it's generally very difficult to read from them what the real state of a rikishi's health is.
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    Games Talk Natsu 2017

    After Hatsu this year Kisenosato edged ahead of Hakuho in my rating system. I think there was one basho where Harumafuji slightly overtook Hakuho (my ratings are based on the previous four tournaments) but other than that it's been Hakuho since a year or two before Asashoryu was forced out, which is quite a long run at the top.
  3. My daughter, KikoCookie, will be playing and has promised to bring her dad along also.
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    Basho Talk ** Haru Basho 2017 ** (SPOILERS)

    1. No one likes to see a henka in an important match - or from a yokozuna or ozeki - but it's legal and they all do it at times. 2. We don't know if the henka was premeditated. Maybe jumping forward to cause the matta set it up, or maybe Kotoshogiku's well known tendency to carelessly plunge straightforward without looking gave Terunofuji the idea. 3. Maybe Terunofuji was tired of saving Giku's butt. When he was kadoban. Kotoshogiku's henka (or henka non henka as some charitably call it) didn't matter - Teru was "honor bound" to ozeki back scratch and save Giku. No way that match was anything but a gift. (And frankly by sparing us this version of over the hill GIku back as ozeki Terunofuji gave us fans a gift this time.) 4. If Terunofuji wins consecutive basho he will be promoted. He'll have put together a more compelling case for advancement that Kakuryu and especially Kisenosato. One henka will be water under the bridge. (There was a lot of muttering when Kotooshu won his yusho, but that's because he henka'd two or three bouts.)
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    Games Talk Haru 2017

    I remember those days (well, nights for me) very well. If you signed on more than 15 minutes after the makuuchi division matches had started you often couldn't get in at all, especially on senshuraku. And just the one camera, no replays and bad resolution....
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    Basho Talk ** Haru Basho 2017 ** (SPOILERS)

    As Asashosakari so ably points out, Kisenosato and Kotoshogiku have never done each other favours. While I'm not a psychologist, they don't seem to like each other very much, and since Kotomitsuki was forced to retire in 2010 they have been locked in a battle for who is the top Japanese rikishi. Although I've always viewed Kisenosato as the more talented, Kotoshogiku pipped Kisenosato twice - the first to become ozeki and the first to win a yusho. Now of course, the tide has turned. Supposedly Kisenosato is one of the least likely rikishi to do ANYONE favours (and I mean that in a positive way), but regardless this one was going to be fought straight up even if both contestants didn't need the win. And they each do.
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    ENDURANCE TEAM HARU 17

    15 Ichinojo13 Terunofuji11 Mitakeumi10 Ura9 Sokokurai8 Tochinoshin7 Kakuryu6 Aoiyama5 Kisenosato
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    FAWL Haru 17 - The last one because...

    I just sent in my entry. Thank you for running the game all these years, Sakana.
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    21 Har Har 17, The Results

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  10. Happy birthday, Susanoo!

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    Haru 2017

    Lots of choices. My votes were: Yusho: Hakuho kk: Mitakeumi, Ura, Hokutofuji mk: Terunofuji, Kotoshogiku (intai), Shodai. I neglected to vote on Aminishiki, but probably mk too.
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    Basho Talk - Hatsu Basho 2017 ** (SPOILERS)

    As Pandaazuma noted a week ago, Hatsu 2017 is likely to be looked at as a transitional basho. At the top, we lose two ozeki, with Kisenosato going up and Kotoshogiku going down (and hopefully retiring as an ozeki instead of next basho as a sekiwake). Kisenosato's promotion means there will be four yokozuna, but that isn't going to last long, and I expect within the next two or three basho either Harumafuji or Kakuryu (or both!) will retire too. Of the former sanyaku/jo'i bordermen, Tochiozan and Myogiryu look like they will at the very least be dropping to lower maegashira, not only in Haru, but probably for good. And clearly it's not going to be long before Terunofuji puts together back to back mks either, unless his health issue resolves. So there is going to be a lot of room open at the top. It will be interesting to see who steps up - Takayasu, Ichinojo, Shodai, Mitakeumi, Hokutofuji, seem the most likely candidates to me. In any case, we aren't going to have only two (or even one) ozeki for long. And speaking of Kotoshogiku being demoted (exactly one year after winning the yusho), here's a guy who was sekiwake for 10 basho and many, if not most, followers of sumo doubted would ever make ozeki, never mind become the first Japanese to yusho in more than a decade. In a sport full of disappointments and underachievers, he was an overachiever. I was never a huge fan of his hump and bump (limited) technique, but I admire him for the fact that he has achieved more than many other rikishi who seem to have been blessed with superior talent.
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    Basho Talk - Hatsu Basho 2017 ** (SPOILERS)

    Immediate past performance is what counts. Kotoshogiku's 14-1 yusho was preceded by an 8 win basho; Goiedo's zensho yusho was preceded by a maki koshi as was Kotooshu's 14-1 yusho. (In addition, I believe Kotooshu won at least two of his bouts by henka: legal but not displaying yokozuna-like dignity.) The biggest problem with the standard of yokozuna promotion requiring two consecutive yusho "or the equivalent" is that there obviously is no equivalent to winning the yusho. I guess a 14-1 record followed by a playoff loss comes closest, but that still is NOT the equivalent to winning the yusho. And let's be honest here: a 12-3 jun yusho 2 wins behind the yusho winner is clearly NOT the equivalent to winning the yusho. Not by a longshot. The cleanest policy is to require two consecutive yusho. The next best policy is to put an ozeki on notice of a yusho run AFTER he wins a yusho. Then see how he holds up under the pressure. I don't expect that will happen. They are going to promote Kisenosato. And Kisenosato's promotion is unlikely to be a travesty. He's been a very good ozeki, just not one obviously a yokozuna in waiting (Hakuho was the last of those). I expect that as a yokozuna Kisenosato will produce acceptable records, win a couple of more yusho and have a relatively short career because he's already 30. Something along the lines of Asahifuji, perhaps. Asahifuji also became a yokozuna at 30. They required him to win two consecutive yusho, but times have changed, and that isn't the end of the world.
  14. There are two head to head daily games, Bench Sumo and Sumo Game. The Bench Sumo torikumi is constructed similar to how the actual sumo torikumi is made, one day at a time and adjusted to reflect the opponents record. In Bench you and Gansekiiwa would meet up on senshuraku if you hadn't met before.

    The Sumo torikumi is done differently though. It's often made days beforehand (I don't know the details, but I'd bet Pandaazuma does) and it's not at all unusual for people tied for the lead not to meet on the final days, especially if they are separated by a lot on the banzuke. 

    1. Rocks

      Rocks

      Don't get me wrong. I'm not complaining. How the game runs is how it runs. I'm glad it's there. I was just talking from an entertainment standpoint. We aren't that far apart on the banzuke and  many between us are kyujo. I've already faced someone just one rank below. I just thought it was weird. 

    2. ScreechingOwl

      ScreechingOwl

      I agree it makes sense - and it would be a fitting way to determine the yusho winner. It looks like you are a win up in points, so you have a slight advantage going into the final bout, as points will be the first tie-breaker in this case. (If you both finish with the same record, of course.)

    3. Rocks

      Rocks

      It's the other way around. I'm down a point 89-88.  Thanks though.

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    Basho Talk - Hatsu Basho 2017 ** (SPOILERS)

    If Kisenosato loses to Hakuho tomorrow (which seems highly unlikely), it would be a 13-2 yusho with Kisenosato having defeated no yokozuna. That would be following a 12-3 jun yusho (two wins off the pace) where he defeated all three yokozuna. A loss tomorrow makes it a weak promotion, but I'm guessing he'd get promoted anyway. Takanoiwa's kinboshi is the first from a double digit maegashira rank since Ichinojo got one at Aki 2014. It's a very rare occurrence.
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    Games talk Hatsu 2017

    My victory shows why no one in Bench has yet gone 15-0: Hokuyutaka (Asashosakari) picked a superior Bench team and has played better than I have. I bet he would have defeated me on at least 80% of the days this basho. But we met on a day when many of my rikishi, because of their own poor records, were matched up with much lower ranked and weaker opponents. So my own incompetence at selecting successful rikishi before the basho had more to do with my lucky victory than anything else.
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    Kadoban watch - Hatsu Basho 2017

    It's more likely because each needs the win very, very badly and to make sure no ozeki back scratching occurs when one still has a chance to be kachi koshi while the other has already lost 8. (Although I think both will go maki koshi anyway.)
  18. I sent in my entry right before I mentioned it on the thread. I'm sure other people entered as well, so there must be something wrong with your e-mail or the link.

    ScreechingOwl

    1. Sakana

      Sakana

      Ah, it means my email box has issues... Damned... :(

      Thanks for your light on this case.

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    Preparations of the Y/O-Hatsu 2017

    Past dohyo are strewn with predictions underestimating what Hakuho would achieve. He has consistently achieved things almost all (if not all) of us never would have even imagined a decade ago. I'd bet he has another zensho in him on his way to 40. Maybe even when obtaining 40. Maybe even in his final basho. Just because. After all, he is Hakuho.
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    FAWL - Hatsu basho 2017

    I felt badly about forgetting to play last basho, so I made certain to send in my entry for this one!
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    Makunouchi Yushos in 2017

    I agree with Tenshinhan on this question: Hakuho 3 Harumafuji 1 Kakuryu 1 Kisenosato 1
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    Poll suggestions Hatsu 2017

    Will Aminishiki make it back to Makuuchi. If yes, what basho? Will Toyonoshima make it back to Makuuchi. If yes, what basho?
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    21 Hatsu 17, The Results

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    Fantasy Metasumo 2017

    I’ve been reading Daniel Kahneman’s Thinking, Fast and Slow. With some of his precepts in mind, I make the following selections: 1: 1-5 Pandaazuma. Although I believe in regression to the mean, it may well be that the Panda’s mean is number 1. Responding to winning the championship by setting higher goals is the stuff of Hakuho and Michael Jordan. Surely the best bet to hold off Gurowake. 2: 6-10 Randomitsuki. Remember the refrain in the Beatles Revolution #9: “Number 9, number 9, number 9….”? Perhaps it should be “Number 10, number 10, number 10" for Randomitsuki. But I think we all know that number is an outlier and there is no way that there are nine gamers consistently better than Rando. 3: 11-20 Andoreasu. I don’t expect another double digit finish for this gaming giant. 4: 21-40 Flohru. It was a fluke for Flohru to finish outside of the top 10, nevermind top 20. More respect for the German contingent and one of the nicest guys in the game. 5: 41-80 KikoCookie. I can guarantee there isn’t anyone who plays in the sumo games who cares less about where she finishes than my daughter. But she does okay regardless, and there is no way I would pick anyone else, even though most will likely do better. 6: 81-120. Chocshoporyu. He’s certainly defeated me enough times. 7: 121-200 Gawasukotto. Maintaining the trend of picking heya mates. 8: 201+ Ilovetochinoshin. Who doesn’t love Tochinoshin? A friend of a friend, as it were….
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    2016 World Championship Finals and Kyushu Masters

    Let's do this like the Olympics: congratulations to Kitakachiyama for gaining more than two hundred points and producing a powerful third place finish, with a special note of his awe inspiring performance in Bench. Further congratulations to Gurowake, who a mere two years into employing his system turned in a second place performance. And lastly, hearty congratulations to Pandaazuma, who once again obtains the coveted crown. From Hatsu through Kyushu, day in, day out, he is simply the best. Congratulations also to every other sumo gamer on the list of twenty five top finishers, as well as every sumo gamer period. It is an honor to match wits with all of you, an education to learn from observing you, and a pleasure to play in your company. May you all have the strength of Osunaarashi, the speed of Harumafuji, the luck of Shodai and the yusho of Kakuryu.