ScreechingOwl

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    Most underrated/overlooked rikishi?

    Ama. He had great technique and ferocious tenacity. He never let go of a mawashi hold and never broke a fall if winning was in the balance. I was doubtful he'd be able to make ozeki at 126 k, and had mixed feelings about his being promoted to yokozuna because I wasn't sure he'd be able to hold the rank and didn't want him to be forced to go intai. But he sustained his rank and during the reign of the dai yokozuna of all dai yokozuna he won 9 yusho (3 zenyusho). Harumafuji was simply magnificent. And I'd throw in Kotoshogiku in second place. In a sport where so many rikishi underachieve, he was an overachiever. Kisenosato was the rikishi almost everyone thought would end the Japanese yusho drought, but it was Kotoshogiku who did it. And Kotoshogiku beat Kise to ozeki too. He had a limited technique and ability and he made the most of it.
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    Preparations of the masses- Aki 2021

    Takayasu was a good ozeki and unfortunate to have lost his position due to injury. He appears to now have regained much of power, but even so he has never had more than 10 wins in a basho since Kyushu 2018, almost three years, including some basho against depleted upper competition. Moreover he's 31 now and even 33 wins over three consecutive basho may not be enough for promotion for him at this stage. (Let's not forget that Miyabiyama was denied a re-promotion to ozeki even after registering 34 wins over three basho.) The second time around things are often much tougher. With Ichinojo, despite looking very good last basho he still only managed 10 wins. In fact, in the 4 1/2 years since Hatsu 2017 Ichinojo has only managed more than 10 wins only once. And in addition, of course, he has a bad back which frequently limits his mobility and performance. It's very difficult (at least for me) to see how he's going to manage at least 33 wins over three consecutive basho. Meisei, Takanosho, and Wakatakakage are all 26. I'm not sure if any of them will get to ozeki: Meisei have never won more that 10 victories at any level; maybe he'll develop ozeki-level ability, but I don't see it. I guess I like Wakatakakage's chances best of all of this group, but I wouldn't bet on any of them. Mitakeumi has the ability but thus far lacks the consistency. We'll see if that changes. Hoshoryu is young enough and talented enough that if he can put it together he might be able to get to ozeki like Ama did, but it will take some time and a lot of heart. I'm most interested in seeing how two rikishi who won't be wrestling this basho look: Hokuseiho and Oshouma. Maybe one of them will be the next ozeki. Or perhaps it will be Asanoyama....
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    Game 21 for the Aki 2021 Basho

    B B X A B B B X  A A A A B B A A A A A B B
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    Endou story

    Really? Most striking of many precedents is Kotomitsuki. Another more recent precedent is Ichinojo at Aki 2014, where he was ranked M10 and on days 11 and 12 faced ozeki, followed by facing yokozuna on days 13 and 14 - and that was Ichinojo's first basho in makuuchi too. Quite the performance.
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    Game 21 for Natsu Basho 2021

    1 B2 A3 B4 A5 A6 B7 A8 A9 B10 X11 A12 B13 B14 A15 A16 A17 B18 B19 B20 A21 B
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    Game 21 Haru Basho 2021

    1 A2 B3 B4 A5 A6 B7 A8 A9 A10 B11 B12 A13 A14 B15 A16 A17 B18 B19 B20 A21 A
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    JWS Hatsu 2021

    Shonichi: Ono
  8. Happy new year and thank you for setting up TUG again, Angel. If the sekitori are at Hatsu I'll be there as well!
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    Takakeisho in 2021 - no longer the youngest in Manouchi.

    I've tended to underestimate Takakeisho (I'm not fond of oshi rikishi in general), so I may be doing so again here: still okeki; 1 yusho 2 jun-yusho; 11 match win streak
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    Metasumo 2021

    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)
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    Happy Birthday, Profomisakari. 82 and going.

    Happy birthday, Profomisakari!
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    Asojima becomes 80

    Happy belated birthday, Asojima. 80 years is a good start, but no bragging until you reach 90. I hope it's a good year for you.
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    21 Hatsu 21, The Results

    1 A2 X3 A4 A5 A6 B7 B8 A9 B10 B11 B12 A13 A14 A15 B16 A17 A18 B19 B20 B21 B
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    Hakuho - 17th annual poll!

    1 yusho 34 wins 12 win streak No Zensho Intai in September
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    Mukade Beya (Formerly STI) Sumo Gaming Banter Thread

    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
  16. I know the torikumi was posted very late (as seems typical now after day 14) but I think you've forgotten to put up the day 15 link.

    1. Achiyama

      Achiyama

      What link?

      I am working on Day 15 right now.

    2. ScreechingOwl

      ScreechingOwl

      :) I just wanted to make sure you hadn't overlooked it. As always, thank you for all your hard work, Angel!

  17. Happy birthday, Angel!

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    Mukade Beya (Formerly STI) Sumo Gaming Banter Thread

    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
  19. Best birthday wishes, Tenshinhan! I hope you had as good a day as many of in the US have had. Alles Gute zum Geburtstag!

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    Aki'20 Gaming Banter

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    Bench Sumo news

    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.)
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    21 Aki 20, The Results

    1. X2. B3. A4. A5. A6. A7. A8. B9. B10. B11. B12. A13. A14. B15. B16. B17. A18. B19. A20. A21. X
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    Hokutoumi pulls an Ip Man

    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.
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    Mukade Beya (Formerly STI) Sumo Gaming Banter Thread

    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).
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    Mukade Beya (Formerly STI) Sumo Gaming Banter Thread

    Sumo Game is now open for registration!