ScreechingOwl

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  1. 1-5           Pandaazuma (everyone in this category is fantastic, but Pandaazuma is the dai yokozuna)
    6-10         Flohru (he's so talented and consistent that if this were the Bundesliga he'd be the central midfielder)
    11-20       Unkonoyama (an unidentified rocket ship continuing to rise)
    21-40       ScreechingOwl (I've never selected myself previously, but I have to believe I can beat 2020's 29th place)
    41-80       Konosato (elevator going up)
    81-120    Chochoporyu (too good in too many games to stay this far down in the year-end rankings) 
    121-200  Wolfgangho (I'm gun-ho on his chances)
    201+       Next-ozeki-ura (Have to admire the confidence the name implies)


  2. Well, the senshuraku smoke has cleared, and things look a little better for a number of the centipedes. Omedeto to Ama who overcame a final day loss to finish 12-3 and claim the Makushita yusho on tie-breakers. Congratulations also to Dustin, QB and Jejima for gaining kachi kochi.

    In Juryo, kudos go to Unkonoyama for finishing 10-5 and gaining a jun-yusho and promotion to Makuuchi. In the top division, Miyako (10-5!), Rupert, and yours truly got their kk. It was tougher sledding for everyone else: losing a tie on the final day makes Simon a soft kadoban. Sagi will likely drop to komusubi while Gary will join the rest of us in the rank-and-file. Another shout out goes to Alexander, who played better than any of us, gaining 104 points, but had the misfortune to have his aite play even stronger, with an unreal 110.

    For those of us in the states, enjoy Thanksgiving. And for everyone, best wishes for a relaxing end of the year and a healthy and joyful holiday season. I hope to see you all again at Aki.

     

    SG Shikona        Real Name    Rank                         Record   Points             Ties      Ties Won

    Pandaazuma     Simon            Yokozuna E               7-8          97-97               10        5

    Sagi                     Stefan            Sekiwake E               7-8          103-103           4          2

    Chocshoporyu   Gary               Sekiwake W              5-10        99-103             8          3

    ScreechingOwl  Douglas         Maegashira 4E         9-6          94-93               4          3

    Rupantengu       Rupert            Maegashira 8E         9-6          99-100             6          5

    Chankoyama     Miyako           Maegashira W10      10-5       102-102           3          3

    Chishafuwaka   Sergio            Maegashira E11         5-10      92-101             3          2

    Gonzohnesushi Alexander      Maegashira W11       7-8        104-110           9          3

    Fujiyama            Mark               Maegashira W16       4-11       91-98               2          0

    Unkonoyama     Unkown         Juryo W2                    10-5        96-89               3          1

    Gawasukotto                            Juryo E13                    7-8         97-94               4          1

    Chelseayama    Steve              Juryo W13                  7-8         94-95               5          2

    Domichi             Dustin             Makushita W18         9-6         92-89               6          3

    Kaito                  QB                   Makushita W26         10-5       100-94             4          3

    Jejima                Jejima            Makushita E33           8-7        93-91               5          3

    Amakaze           Ama               Makushita E40           12-3       99-93               3          1

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  3. Inspired by Dustin’s pre-nakabi post and in recognition of all the efforts over the years that Simon has put into this, I’ve updated the marks for my fellow centipedes through day 12. Several items are noteworthy: first of all, no 10s. Not just from us, but from anyone. Maybe someday we’ll properly appreciate all tsunami-like effect that Hakuho has had on not only sumo but also sumo gaming. Maybe.

    Although the centipedians have 18 human legs in the top division, no one as of yet has a leg up on kachi koshi and three of us are make koshi. Ouch! Fujiyama will be visiting the second division in January and Sagi and Chocshoporyu need two and three wins, respectively, to remain in the sanyaku. On a happier note, Unkonoyama will be promoted to the top division in January, and is a co-leader for the Juryo yusho, and Amakaze is a co-leader to grab the yusho in Makushita. Bring home the certificates, lads!

    One of the many things which fascinates me about sumo is how it isn’t fair. Maybe most sports aren’t, but sumo seems to be so to an even greater degree. Is there any other sports where owner/managers act as judges, even on their own players? (That’s a rhetorical question – I certainly hope there aren't.) Well, nowhere is gaming is this unfairness better reflected than in the two head-to-head games, SG and Bench. Alexander and Stephan are scoring at blistering rates, 85 and 84 points, respectively (far more, it should be noted, than any top division gamer with 9 or 8 wins) and yet to date neither has a winning record. Both have faced tough competition, and Alexander has had the misfortune of losing six of his eight ties. I haven’t played impressively but have benefited from softer competition. Ah well, the shoe has been on the other foot.

    Okay, we are down to the last three days, crunch time. Let’s start piling up those kk’s or at least softening our falls. Good luck to everyone over the remaining days. Gambare!

    SG Shikona       Real Name  Rank                         Record   Points   Ties    Ties Won

    Pandaazuma     Simon         Yokozuna E               6-6       78-78        7          4

    Sagi                     Stefan         Sekiwake E               5-7       84-84        3          1

    Chocshoporyu   Gary            Sekiwake W              4-8       81-84        6          2

    ScreechingOwl  Douglas      Maegashira 4E         7-5       75-75        4          3

    Rupantengu       Rupert         Maegashira 8E         7-5       79-82        5          4

    Chankoyama     Miyako        Maegashira W10      7-5       83-84        1          1

    Chishafuwaka    Sergio         Maegashira E11       2-10     72-85        2          1

    Gonzohnesushi Alexander   Maegashira W11      6-6       85-81        8          2

    Fujiyama            Mark            Maegashira W16      3-9       75-79         1          0

    Unkonoyama     Unkown       Juryo W2                   9-3       80-71         3          1

    Gawasukotto                          Juryo E13                  7-5       81-75         3          1

    Chelseayama    Steve            Juryo W13                6-6       75-75          4          2

    Domichi             Dustin          Makushita W18        8-4       76-69          4          2

    Kaito                  QB                 Makushita W26        8-4       80-76          4          3

    Jejima                Jejima          Makushita E33         6-6       78-80          4          3

    Amakaze           Ama              Makushita E40         10-2     81-68          2          0

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  4. 5 hours ago, Ganzohnesushi said:

    GTB was a low scoring affair due to some weird decisions by the Banzuke makers. Now I'm really curious what we can expect from Sekitori-Quadrumvirate as we are already down to only 63 Rikishi. Days 14 and 15 will be hell with only a couple of poor performing Rikishi left. Thus a 9-6 Yusho would not surprise me...

    The second week is sure to be horrendous, and I'd bet some players won't even have 4 unused rikishi left on senshuraku.

     


  5. 8 hours ago, Jejima said:

    For this basho, I guess we are all going to have to battle with 9 rikishi.

    But this is not a change in the official rules. When the automation can handle it, the game will use the official rules of allowing an extra Maegashira pick, for future bashos.

    I'm looking forward to using this next time, which based on past history will be 2057! (Although it certainly has to be rather freakish this hasn't happened in 37 years, and I can easily imagine having only one yokozuna in the near future and not being as fortunate as the two previous times we've only had one.)


  6. I'm not sure its staged but if you think about the momentum of charging from that distance, its pretty easy relative to an normal match for the Yokozuna to throw them with that pulling-motion sort of throw (which is how he won all 5).

    Based on my viewing of the Hakutoumi performance of the gonin-nuki-sen as well as the one Harumafuji did in 2017, it's pretty evident that these exhibitions are staged: the respective yokozuna is expected to win all 5 bouts, and he does. 


  7. 12 hours ago, Pandaazuma said:

    Scott is included here but I'm not sure if he will be playing. There seems to be some kind of problem as he has been demoted into Juryo despite his going 7-8 kyujo last time. See what happens.

    Looking at Scott's record history, last basho was his second kyujo in a row, and I believe most of the games treat a second consecutive kyujo as 0-15, not 0-0-15 (as the first is treated).


  8. Calling Hakuho a "part-time" yokozuna is way off the mark. Hakuho competed in - and finished - his first 48 basho as yokozuna. He really has been the iron man of sumo. After being promoted to yokozuna he entered and completed his first 48 basho in a row before missing basho 49. To put that in perspective, that's more at the start of a yokozuna career than Taiho (17), Chiyonofuji (0), Asashoryu (2), Takanohana (11), Kitanofuji (11), and Musashimaru (3) combined! 

    Time and injuries catch up to all athletes. Over his last 18 basho Hakuho has completed half of them. That's still a much better than most yokozuna at the end of their career. Moreover, of the 9 basho he's finished over the last three (plus one basho) years, Hakuho has won the yusho 7 times. I'd say any rikishi who manages to win 7 yusho in 18 basho isn't wasting anyone's time.

    Kakuryu, on the other hand, has a significant problem staying healthy. He's only managed to finish 8 of the last 18 basho and he was having trouble even before that. He has won the yusho in three of his eight finishes. He's already been given a compete and complete instruction once in his career and it wouldn't be surprising to see another one soon. The end is near for him.  

    So it's highly unlikely either yokozuna will be competing in 2022. And we will never see Hakuho's like again in our lifetime. Not even close. So I'm fine with him calling the shots as to when he wants to hang up his mawashi.

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  9. 51 minutes ago, Unkonoyama said:

    No congrats for my lucky odd sumo yusho 

    There's almost always some luck in winning any of the games, of course, but Odd Sumo may be the one where luck plays the greatest part. It was an unlucky jun-yusho for Panda, who lead (by a lot) most of the way to be nosed out on the final day. It was a nice job, however, by Unkonoyama on getting a mountain of points on senshuraku: well played.


  10. 28 minutes ago, ryafuji said:

    I think he would not hand them in unless he had been told he had no other option. The article says they will not be acted upon until the JSA meeting on the 6th, but clearly he had a good idea as to what the likely outcome of that meeting was.

    I think ryafuji is spot on: the intai papers are almost certainly going to be accepted. It's an unfortunate outcome for a rikishi whose style both on and off the dohyo was a bit different. 


  11. On the plus side, I won the Tipspiel yusho rather handily. It's the third time I've had the lead after day 14 in that game. The first time I played unnecessarily boldly on senshuraku and was overtaken. The second time I was much more strategic and won. It was the same this time: Tochinoshin and Onosho seemed the most likely to win (and had the most points bet on them), but I managed to pick the winners in the more difficult to read final two bouts anyway. Still, no sense in taking that chance.

    I regained my ozeke status in Toto with a rather frustrating 10-4-1. Frustrating because I was locked out of picking on day 9, and even thought I e-mailed a winning pick to the organizers, it wasn't counted. (I believe Taka had the same experience.) And more frustration in SG, where I believe I had the third highest number of correct picks in the top division but barely managed a kk, losing almost all my ties. In Bench I had the best team to get an MK and played reasonably well (I think I had the 11th best MP score): slight mistakes a few days all cost me and I also had the misfortune of facing teams I would have beaten on most days but had worse match ups on the days we actually met. Of course in head to head contests these things are not unusual, and I've often been a beneficiary in past basho. Lastly, I finished 4th in the Underdog game, but really only because I rode the Terunofuji train early enough, so not special merit in that.

    More frustration in Odd, where 9 days I had just one loser, including senshuraku, when I had five winners. I was 6-6-3 in TTT (one day locked out, two days negligent); 7-8 in ISP; a dreadful 5-10 in Quad and out on day 2 in Chain. All around miserable in the pre-basho games.

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  12. Hmmm. An oyakata repeatedly beats rikishi and is demoted. I take Covid-19 very seriously - I wear a mask, socially distance, don't eat out, and minimize outside contact - I don't visit anyone inside or have anyone inside my house other than immediate family. Still, expulsion seems too great. He's already been pulled out of more than half this basho. A one basho suspension will drop him to lower Juryo. A two basho suspension will drop him to what - high single digits makushita? A suspension seems more appropriate to me, especially as I view an oyakata who beats rikishi (which is a criminal assault) as more harmful to sumo (who is going to let their son join an organization that tolerates this behavior) as more damaging to sumo. 

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  13. 1 hour ago, Gospodin said:

    Terunofuji‘s upper body strength is absolutely incredible. In 20 and some years watching I haven‘t seen anything close. Shodai should be no match, if he manages his nimble footwork like he did against Asanoyama.

    Baruto And Asashoryu were both extremely strong too. I'm not sure who the strongest rikishi in the 21st century has been - it would be interesting to find out what each of them could life. In any case, there is no doubt Terunofuji is very powerful. Still, he has to get ahold of the mawashi, and Takayasu did a great job of keeping him off of it.

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