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  1. "utterly" I'd like to add!
  2. In Hakuho-Takakeishi I thought they'd switched from Sumo to Bökh! This "standing-up" is what happens frequently there. And then it was like Hakuho is saying "my father was Darkhan Avarga - and if you want to have this you can have it!"
  3. A lot of really enjoyable Sumo today! Loved to see that Kagayaki had a great game plan today (vs. Ura). Is that the way, Ura will be handled from now on? That was one of the bright moments of Goeido, focused, determined. Too good for Mitakeumi this time. Great game plan also by Hokutofuji ... wait for the pull, and it came. Tamawashi-Yoshikaze ... whao. Felt like in the end it was to fast for Tamawashi. He had all the chances when Yoshikaze lost balance for an instant. Probably he thought, I had him but I couldn't take it, and then he lost focus.
  4. I'd like to add another predictor to the above list: "Being younger than anybody above - throughout longer periods of the career." It might seem trivial at first, even tautology - but maybe it's not. Let's take Takayasu. It seems that his current Ozeki promotion is a bit of a surprise, measured on the hype he has generated in the past. (In fact, I do not really know, others might judge that better than me.) No comparison to the attention, Rikishi like Endo, Osunaarashi, Ichinojo and the like have got. But as I've been following him for quite a while, in his earlier career he was quite often the highest ranked Heisei born Rikishi. He was momentarily overtaken by Rikishi like Mankajo, Masunoyama, Osunaarashi, Chiyootori, and finally Terunofuji but always in reach. He progressed slowly and got very few really remarkable basho (except the 7-0 that finally sealed his Sekitori debut), he may have been overlooked as a real prospect. I don't know what will happen with Kagayaki. For years, he has been much younger than anybody above him. His progress was very slow then, and many have written him off. But somehow he ended up in Makuuchi, and still - noone younger above him. Obviously, Asashory, Hakuho belonged to the category, but that may not count, they got to the top at an extremely young age. For Kisenosato, it was less clear. He reached Makuuchi very young, almost never hat anyone younger above. But still, many thought he would never make it to Ozeki. I know, Harumafuji and Kakuryu are somewhat exceptions to the rule, and I'm sure there are a lot of others. All what I'm saying, it might be more worth a look down the ranking for a very young Rikishi struggling to get the next level with pretty much "normal" Sumo. Instead, take a bit of attention away from the seasoned Amateur who storms into Ozumo with exciting Sumo and tremendous first results, as their real prospect might be much less then it might appear.
  5. Difficult to say, but apparently he is successful on the first few encounters with a certain Rikishi and then have a very hard time thereafter. I would think, he may have one very good basho the first time near Joi, but soon will struggle at the end of Meagashira.
  6. Phew, I'm really astonished that such an incredible amount of Sumo wisdom can be condensed in those small sentences. I'm baffled, really. I'm not even able to grasp the category "like Ura" as I have never seen a Rikishi which is in any way similar. Now that the final truth is spoken, it is crystal clear that both Rikishi in mention are doomed for the rest of their careers.
  7. One of the Satos, Senshuyama, reached a career high of Juryo 1. Why didn't he reach Makuuchi? He was close ... In 2002.09 he scored 9-6 as J2e and was not promoted, because J3w with 10-5 and J4w with 11-4 were promoted over him, and additionally ... hold your breath, Aogiyama, kjuyo at M14w, received a protected ranking and was not demoted this time, only to be demoted with 6-9 at the next event, and going intai a few bashos later! This was really, really bad luck for him in Banzuke making! Should have a beer with Tochinoshin!
  8. Wakamisho (nowadays called Terunofuji) remembered his former self and employs the Baruto-Sumo which he was so good at. I don't know why it works - but it seems to do. It looks a decisively awkward - give the opponent Morozashi and then fight back with supernatural power. Even Baruto could not get rid of it. Is it psychological? Does the losing position release a secret source of energy? Why can't they in the first place? For me as a fan it is pure drama! He can't possibly win this - but can he? He tries the impossible - and we share the thrill. I loved it with Baruto, and I love it with Terunofuji.
  9. I just happened to see some bouts of Takagenji - and whao, I liked what I see. I'm just becoming a fan! First, he's got a great Sumo body, optimal height, heavy at the right places but not too heavy. Straightforward oshi, lots of power, good balance. Lacks a bit of cleverness and loses where he shouldn't. Still, 5 Kashi-koshi in a row in upper Makushita. BUT (as opposed to other "young" prospects) he is really young. Before his 20th birthday and probably he will be Sekitori after this basho. He can still learn a lot! His twin brother Takayoshitoshi is also good but somewhat smaller and less convincing to me.
  10. Bottom line, Konishiki has not been promoted because he was too fat? Honestly, I doubt this. It's much more simple - the requirements have been higher back then in terms of result numbers, that's all. In 1993, Takanohana was refused promotion with 14Y-13D! Probably, had Terunofuji posted these results in 2015, he would have been.
  11. Great achievement of Kisenosato, the promotion well-overdue. In a normal ranking list like for instance in Tennis etc. he would have been the No. 1 since about a year. In my view, the only real question mark with respect to different standards is the non-promotion of Kaio. Kaio had great results in 2001-2004 with 5 Yushos, during the emergence of a terribly dominant Dai-Yokozuna. The quality of the results could even be considered better than Kisenosato's now if it weren't for the injury bashos. But that is a distinctive argument in favor of Kisenosato, the remarkable absence of injuries. It's up to the YDC and the Kyokai. It's debatable but I like the concept. It takes into account circumstances which is good.
  12. I just notice, there are currently 15 career Sekiwake in Makuuchi, recently 2 added. Another one in Juryo. This is a lot! (Though I don't know if it much on the historical perspective.) Anyway - those were the days, when Kisenosato and Goeido were blocking a Sekiwake spot for a long time. We've been having a dazzling 8 new (first-time) Sekiwake in the last 5 basho! That qualifies for a record though.
  13. You're kidding, right? Judging on just a single bout each? Looking at the last year, 90 bouts, of both I see a quite similar performance and Sumo quality slightly in favor of Shodai. Mitakeumi is on steam this basho, but let's see how long it lasts.
  14. The current Yokozunae and Ozeki in their 30s are historically very remarkable that they are so little hampered by injuries. They are out for injury once in a while, but if I compare that to the past, the 80s the 90s, where the Yusho often was basically decided by multiple Kyujos of the top Rikishi. What is also remarkable is that, except Kotoshogiku, the injuries do not appear to be severe. A bit of fingers, hands, elbows, things that can possibly fully recovered. Not career-threatening issues like Endo, Terunofuji have, which were bugging great Rikishi of the past, like Tochiazuma, Takanohana, Akebono for instance. In my opinion we have the most competitive bunch of top Rikishi ever ( ... I may exaggerate a bit ... ). When in history we had a situation that 5 top Rikishi passed their 30s and compete at or near their top level nearly injury-free? Comparing stats, average wins per basho and so on, has a big drawback. You can only be as good as your opponent allows. So if the others keep up you have trouble unless you constantly improve. This is actually the way I look at the "decline" of Hakuho. In my opinion he is not getting worse at all. It's only that the others are constantly improving, which is obviously the case for Kakuryo, Goeido and Kisenosato. Arguably, even Hakuho is still improving, at least to get his wins easier than in the past (I recall the time of his impressive winning streak, where he had to work hard for his wins.) My prediction for the future is that the mentioned 5 will compete at top level for some years to come. (Kotoshogiko is on the brink of Intai once something's on with his knees again.) That will bug the next generation a lot! Probably Harumafuji will go first, he's the oldest and needs to work the most for his wins. I also think that both Kisenosato and Goeido will finally get Yokozuna near the end of their carreers, once Kakuryo and Hakuho retire or start to make breaks more often. Frankly, I do not see any of the young contenders to make such a big jump to dominate the 5. Shodai has shown some great Sumo but one must not forget that he is 25 already. Terunofuji had the potential but it is absolutely unclear if he can fully recover the injury. The same for many others - they are not really young anymore, lack the size (Ishiura, Ura, Onosho), the cleverness (Kagayaki), or are already severely damaged (Endo).
  15. I just happened to listen to the "2016 Kyushu Basho Sumo Chat with Jason and Moti" on Youtube and I enjoyed very very much. Thanks Moti to participate in the interview ... gives me new perspectives. And I will even more enjoy your video coverage now, since I have the tone of your voice, and the way you form your arguments, in my ear. Don't know if Jason and John are listening here - but thanks anyway to put it up. Great idea!