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  1. Andreas21

    Trivia bits

    Takakeisho won the Yusho at the age of 22 years, 3 months, 20 days. The last Yusho winners younger than that have been: Hakuhu (21) Asashoryu (22) Wakanohana (22) Takanohana (20) Kitanoumi (20) (Hokutenyu was 22 but slightly older) Quite an illustrious circle! I wish I could do a more systematic search to make a point that if you win a Yusho quite young you will most likely make it to Yokozuna.
  2. Andreas21

    Kyushu Basho 2018 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    Mitakeumi basically blew his Ozeki run today, Goeido basically blew his Yokozuna run yesterday, Kisenosatos Yokozuna career is doomed, so what? I let the Takakeisho bandwagon pass. I have seen great bouts of him in the past, he is dangerous to anyone. But I also clearly recall silly losses out of being overeager. I can not believe in Yusho let alone Zensho for him - sorry. It's Takayasu time - you heard it here first!
  3. Andreas21

    Takanohana resigns

    This really comes as a surprise to me. I remember this quote from Moti (Kintamayama) which dates back to March 16th. Now it is clear that it precisely describes what it now turns out to be.
  4. Andreas21

    Aki Basho 2018 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    ... sure ... and still, next tournament he has a shot at Yokozuna promotion! We must not forget that Sumo matches are zero sum games - one guy winning has always a guy losing on the other side. So, the results are essentially relative. Critically depend on who else is on the Banzuke. Is the Banzuke in the Hakuho era stronger than of the Takanohana era? Difficult to say, but it appears to be an era where the top rankers are less often Kyujo on average, and are active until a relatively high age. Goeido might be lucky on certain occasions. But unlucky, in general, to have Hakuho, Harumafuji, Kakuryu, Kisenosato around for his peak period. Might have been decent Yokozuna in another era. For myself, I enjoy Goeido as he is. On some days he shows really great Sumo, there is doubt about that. On some days he is clueless - so what?
  5. Andreas21

    Aki Basho 2018 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    This made me laugh! Tautology intended? The problem with the second week is just, being Sekiwake, you will get the top rankers as opponents as basic schedule rule. A Sekiwake winning lots of bouts in the second week, against Ozeki+Yokozuna, obviously makes up a good Ozeki. Unless he is demoted to Komusubi
  6. Andreas21

    Aki Basho 2018 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    The yardstick is Goeido's run of 12-3J / 8-7 / 12-3J . Are there any reasons they are going harder on him? Not really, I believe. It is debatable that Goeido was slightly older at the time and they honoured career achievements - which hasn't been much really. With respect to Sumo quality and Hikaku - there is not really a difference between the two. So, Mitakeumi's run is realistically over. I say so because of his body language. He appears not to believe it anymore. Psychologically, he could easily lose the rest of the matches. But officially, no. There is not even complete guarantee that they do not promote 9-6 / 13-2Y / 9-6. For the next basho, 13-2Y / 8-7 / 12-3 should be sufficient. As was said before - beating all the Yokozuna doesn't count.
  7. Andreas21

    Aki Basho 2018 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    Incidentally, Nishikigi begins to show really solid Sumo. This is good, as the only noteworthy thing before was the questionable honour of a remarkable collection of some of the worst Makuuchi results NOT leading to demotion: M11w:5-10, M13e:6-9, M15e:7-8, and the otherworldly M14w:5-10.
  8. Andreas21

    Aki Basho 2018 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    Yeah, strange. Some of them were not close at all. I found the Torinaoshi decision kind of weird in the Mitakeumi bout. I wonder what kind of reasoning was behind. Two-way Shinitai? I guess there had been some talk behind the curtain. Let's talk it over - gives the audience the impression that they care.
  9. Andreas21

    Aki Basho 2018 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    Both, for sure. The bout somehow reminded me on Mitakeumi-Yutakayama Day 15 last basho.
  10. Andreas21

    Aki Basho 2018 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    I liked his Sumo from the beginning, very beautiful style. Nothing crazy, just carefully executed moves in both offence and defence. A bit like Endo but he has the power and the size as well. However, he keeps losing to any of the upper Meagashira - just not good enough yet to be a threat to the top Rikishi. Still has some miles to go and remain healthy.
  11. Andreas21

    Aki Basho 2018 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    I don't think losing to Hiramaku is what supports his case of promotion - which is inevitable when he wins against Ozeki/Yokozuna at 10 wins. Losing to a Yokozuna/Ozeki in a close fight with a good effort is doing the least damage. My take is: 11 does it unless it is done with ugly Sumo and too much luck. 9 wins will not do it regardless, and 10 might do it if the Sumo is at least as convincing as last basho. There is no guideline as such. All that we have are the last cases of promotion vs. non-promotion. There have been promotions with 32 wins, there are promotions which didn't start in Sanyaku as the first-of-three, and so on. It is obvious that promotion to Ozeki is decided on a case-by-case basis.
  12. Andreas21

    Aki Basho 2018 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    What could have been discussed in Mono-ii is that his left foot had been out right in the moment when Utchari started. If it was out, Yoshi had lost, no way Chiyoshoma was Shinitai already then. First, I had the impression that Yoshi retracted his foot when he felt the ground. But it could be that he was aware that he was close and retracted right before. Anyway, the Gyoji was not able to see that from his angle, and the head Shimpan neither, only the Shimpan on the right side had the prefect view - better than ours. Probably they trusted that this Shimpan would have intervened if he saw the foot out. Of course, later on Yoshikazes foot was out first but Chiyoshoma was Shinitai - there is no question about that. And I feel that these clear cases of Shinitai are decided rather consistently. Great Utchari regardless!
  13. Andreas21

    Women mount dohyo during emergency at jungyo

    Exactly. And not even this alone, he was reportedly put under pressure to act immediately. Could he have said: "I call a temporary pause of the no women rule" ? No, not realistically as a minor 20-year old Gyoji. It would have been great by the Kyokai to excuse the Gyoji and take the full responsibility itself.
  14. Andreas21

    Women mount dohyo during emergency at jungyo

    As the Kyokai denies it, the religion thing is basically a hoax, right? Invented by the media? Really? The whole "step on"-issue is on very thin legs, then. Big step is to allow female SPECTATORS at all, when men do brutal things to men. So the Dohyo is supposed to be reserved to the fighters. Why not. Gyoji makes sense. Oyataka during Mono-ii, why exactly? But what is the basis to allow a male mayor to give the prize and female not? Why male officials are allowed to give speeches then, and female not? A mean, these males are involved in those fights with same chance as their female counterparts - which is nil. The argumentation is just embarassing. And to give the young Gyoji the blame is really so ... poor.
  15. Andreas21

    Should-have-been Y/O

    In my opinion, the last decade is void of any should-have-been Yokozuna and Ozeki. All the borderline case had been promoted stretching any pro-forma rules. But clearly, Kaio should have been promoted to Yokozuna with his 5 Yusho, 11 Jun-Yusho, 879 Makuuchi wins, 36 double-digit basho in Makuuchi Jo-i, 15 special prices. As a Rikishi he is among the greatest in history, there can be no question about that. The greatest should be awarded the Yokozuna title, no matter what. I acknowledge, he has never been that dominant, and was not as consistent at his peak. That said, I consider the de-facto rules as highly inadequate. Yokozuna title should really be a honory title, and as such, even more flexible than it is now. Especially basing it on ONLY TWO consecutive basho is really nonsense. In know, in the YDC discussion on Kisenosato it has slightly been mitigated as previous performances have been mentioned - but still the basic standard is: two great basho is enough. Two lucky Yusho in the absence of the best opposition gets you the nod, while a consistent string of alternating Yusho and third-place does not - it is ridiculous! Even more so, as even the lower Ozeki title considers 3 basho. IMO it would be much more adequate to consider the results of the last six basho. And not by strict rules on numbers: taking the situation into account, absences, unlucky decisions, circumstances. An put more emphasis on quality of Sumo, Hinkaku, general demeanor, ability to represent Ozumo. I mean, this is what the YDC is there for! In that scenario, probably about the same Riskishi would have been promoted, but definitely Kaio.