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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

    B A A B A B A B A B A B A B B B A A B B B
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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.
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    Basho Talk - Kyushu Basho 2016 ** (SPOILERS)

    "And the Geek didn't henka - he met Tochiozan chest on then shifted to the right. Tochiozan beat himself." It certainly looked like Kotoshogiku used a henka to me. Koto's initial step was way to the right. His second leg followed way to the right. It's clear on Kintamayama's day 13 video. If some people claim that slight chest contact (while Koto is swinging his body to the right) makes it a non-henka they are certainly entitled to. But as a practical matter if an opponent steps to the side - and his body is going to the side - it's some type of henka, at least in MHO.
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    Basho Talk - Kyushu Basho 2016 ** (SPOILERS)

    That was a very powerful - and surprising - win by Tochinoshin. Before his ACL injury in July 2013 I wasn't very fond of his style, which included numerous henka. I used to consider him Aran light (although he weighs more than Aran did). But since coming back from rehab and missing three and a half basho, he's been a different wrestler: the henka have almost disappeared and been replaced by power sumo. It's been noted before that Kisenosato often looks bad in a loss, but he's seldom looked as bad losing as he did yesterday. As for Hakuho, I wouldn't be too quick to claim he won't win a basho again. Mark Buckton has been claiming Hakuho is over the hill and should retire for years. It's true that Hakuho isn't as overwhelming as he was in 2010-11, but it may be no one in sumo history has ever been either. At some point Hakuho is bound to stop winning, but one basho after sitting out with an injury is way too early to be piling any dirt on him. The Tiger Woods analogy is way off: Woods' fall from grace was, at least initially, entirely psychological. Later on, his body (especially his back) began to give out, but there's no reason to believe his career trajectory would have changed so dramatically if he hadn't ruined his marriage in such a public and flagrant manner. The sumo roads are littered with people who have doubted Hakuho throughout his career. I remember reading column after column, year after year, about how Hakuho would never break Taiho's yusho total. So while Hakuho may never win another yusho, I, for one, would be surprised if he doesn't end up with at least 40 championships.
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    Basho Talk - Kyushu Basho 2016 ** (SPOILERS)

    Hakuho should meet Goeido on senshuraku, although it won't be officially set until after today's basho gets underway.
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    Basho Talk - Kyushu Basho 2016 ** (SPOILERS)

    Tochinoshin was really jobbed today. It was clear in actual time he won and it was clear in the replay - it wasn't even close. It doesn't matter where one leg is as long as one foot is still in the ring, and it was during and even after Shodai touched down. Terrible call. I thought that the call on Goeido was wrong too, although on the replays I could not see clearly when his heel touched. That's a very tough call to lose your tsuna run on (although Okinoumi had the better of the match). If you saw Okinoumi's interview for defeating an ozeki, you'll have noticed he was quite subdued. I can't recall the last time I saw anyone less happy about an interview win (possibly Toyonoshima after he defeated Kotoshogiku in Hatsu this year).
  10. Happy birthday, Angel. I hope it's a great year for you.

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    Basho Talk - Kyushu Basho 2016 ** (SPOILERS)

    The first week is in the books and no one in Makuuchi or Juryo has missed a bout. It must be several years since that has happened.
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    Basho Talk - Kyushu Basho 2016 ** (SPOILERS)

    Ishiura is more like modest mouse (although not quite as melodic) in my book. Gagamaru is one of the most limited rikishi in terms of technique and mobility. If you step to his side, as Ishiura did, he's quite easy to defeat. I'm surprised any of the lighter rikishi go in head first against Gaga, actually. As for Ichinojo, he's injured. Ishiura did a nice job in that bout, but the injury is why Ichinojo has a losing record. I don't see Ishiura having sufficient ability to become a makuuchi mainstay.
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    2016 Kyushu Basho - THE UNDERDOG GAME (TUG) - INVITATION

    KikoCookie and I will be playing.
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    21 Kyushu 16, The Results

    1 A 2 A 3 A 4 B 5 X 6 B 7 A 8 A 9 B 10 A 11 B 12 B 13 A 14 A 15 B 16 B 17 B 18 A 19 A 20 A 21 A
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    Happy birthday, Fujisan

    Hats back on as well. I hope you have a happy birthday.
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    FAWL - Aki basho 2016

    Nice pun orandashoho. Eke it is - and Kyushu too. I should know better than to post when tired.
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    FAWL - Aki basho 2016

    I was very fortunate to eek out a victory over the always impressive Flohru and the rest of the gamers. My second FAWL victory is especially sweet since it actually comes in fall. I'm happy for my good luck and I look forward to playing with everyone again in Nagoya. Gambare!
  18. Picks by my family have been submitted! Thank you for the reminder.
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    Handicap- new and quick pre-basho game

    Tier 1 Harumafuji Tier 2 Kisenosato Tier 3 Tochiozan BR: Yoshikaze Tier 4 Ikioi BR: Mitakeumi Tier 5 Sokokurai Tier 6 Kyokushuho
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    I will play and so will Miss Cookie
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    Basho Talk - Nagoya Basho 2016 +++ Spoiler Alert! +++

    Kisenosato just turned 30. Assuming that he never gets promoted to yokozuna, it would seem probable that his career will last longer than those of Hakuho (who is 31 years and 4 months old) and Harumafuji (who is 32 years and 3 months old). Career victories are another matter, however. Hakuho's makuuchi record is 903-159, Harumafuji's makuuchi record is 642-343 and Kisenosato's makuuchi record is 642-408. Since Harumafuji and Kisenosato have the same number of makuuchi victories and Kisenosato is more than 2 years younger and seems a bit healthier (Harumafuji has some chronic ankle injury/ies) it is quite likely he will finish his career with more victories. It's quite a different matter with Hakuho though. If Hakuho retired tomorrow it would take Kisenosato anywhere from 4-6 years (depending on how you want to calculate his winning percentage: for his makuuchi career it's 61%; for the last five years it's been higher, however, as he moves into his 30s it's likely to slow down increasingly with age). If Hakuho wrestles another 2 years (and he could well wrestle longer - he's given contradictory statements ab out how long he'd like to see his career last) it will probably take Kisenosato 7 years to surpass his win total - which means he would have to wrestle well into his 39th year. That's assuming a lot of good health and good luck. It's certainly possible, but seems to me to be quite unlikely.
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    Basho Talk - Nagoya Basho 2016 +++ Spoiler Alert! +++

    Has there been an announcement yet about who has won a sansho and/or who will win one if they win their senshuraku bout?
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    Basho Talk - Nagoya Basho 2016 +++ Spoiler Alert! +++

    If Takanoiwa wins tomorrow and Harumafuji loses, Takanoiwa will be in a yusho playoff without having faced any member of the sanyaku. (His highest aite will have been M2w Takarafuji.) Has a rikishi ever been in a makuuchi kettei-sen before without having faced any member of the sanyaku?
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    Basho Talk - Nagoya Basho 2016 +++ Spoiler Alert! +++

    If people are being objective about Kisenosato's record, it is that of a good, although not exceptional, ozeki, not someone who is a seemingly inevitable yokozuna. Kisenosato has compiled 10 jun-yusho, all but one as ozeki. Of the ten, four times he's had an 11-4 record, once a 12-3 record, and five times a 13-2 record. Six of those jun-yusho were shared with at least one other rikishi. Kisenosato has never had more than 13 victories. Kisenosato has never won a yusho. Kisenosato has never been in a playoff for the yusho. Kisenosato has almost never been in contention for the yusho on day 15, and very rarely on day 14. If people want to think that half a score of jun-yusho means Kisenosato has displayed amazing sumo, so be it. If he wins the yusho this time good for him, make him a yokozuna. If he ends up with his eleventh jun-yusho, let it go, he's just not worthy.
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    Nagoya 2016 Videos- Promo and Days 1-15

    I watched day 1 of GRAND SUMO Highlights on NHK World TV. The main problem with it's Makuuchi division coverage was that it only covered half the bouts. A secondary issue is that I've never been a big fan of Ross, whose announcing I find overly dramatic and whose commentary seems to tow the company line. (I guess since this is sumo that should be "toe the line".) The camera angles and film quality on the bouts covered is very good, but the entire product doesn't have the heart or art that your productions do, Moti.