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  1. Andreas21

    Next Yokozuna??????

    Takayasu. For simply being there when Hakuho and Kakuryo retire. It seems we all pretty much agree that no one currently appears to be in prospect to actually win consecutive Yushos while Hakuho and Kakuryo shuffle Yushos by just appearing in reasonably healthy shape.
  2. I believe, Rikishi are as sensitive about their private parts as Johnny English in "Johnny English Reborn" (after the training, that is). I have a different theory. I mean, each opponent has the option to put a stranglehold round Enhos neck. Some of them really did. Why don't they go the full way an let it ... erm ... know what I mean. My theory is that each Riskishi finally has a small Mother in the ear which tells them: "No, don't hurt your little brother!". It helps to not actually see the fierce man which Enho actually is but only to feel something sweaty below. Stirs out archaic instincts which makes them permissive. Just a moment is enough - and it's over.
  3. Andreas21

    Promotion/Demotion and Yusho discussion Nagoya 2019

    Exactly my thoughts. The extra Sekiwake spot is forced by Takakeisho, not Abi. Extra lower Sanyaku spots are rarely created for scores less than 11 but regularly for demoted Ozeki. Disclaimer: the Banzuke committee may and will decide as they please!
  4. Andreas21

    Nagoya 2019 Discussion (here be spoilers)

    Mitakeumi S1E, Abi for S1W, Takakeisho for S2E! Then Endo, Hokutofuji for Komusubi!
  5. Andreas21

    Kimura Konosuke

    Kimura Konosuke is my friend as I'm in favor of the rule "put both hands down before Tachi-ai". In fact Sumo would be a tad better if the Rikishi sticked to the rule and wouldn't look for the cheap advantage of the earlier start by not putting the hands down while the opponent does. Not putting the hands down gets out of hand step by step if the Gyojis are not consequential about the rule, and it gets to the point where neither Rikishi even attempts to appear to make an effort the get the hands down. Here, Kimura Konosuke seems to be the last standing man for "clean Sumo" which I like!
  6. Andreas21

    Nagoya 2019 Discussion (here be spoilers)

    Yes, agreed! When I first saw the twins in Makushita, I considered them as extremely talented but lacking consistency, discipline, patience. Later I learned about their arrogant ways. Sometimes, success comes with humbleness. There, the young "wild" Roger Federer comes into my mind, the one that broke rackets, not records!
  7. Seen the actual events on video, I really like what Hakuho did. Graceful, dignified, well-balanced. A beautiful gesture to celebrate the change of era, finally to the Tenno, by the main ambassador of the "strong men". Somehow I wish the YDC would be reprimanded for making a fuss of it by the Tenno himself. I know, whishful thinking. But it would be nice.
  8. Andreas21

    Heisei strongest yokozuna ranking

    The problem is that the perception whether the competition is strong is also highly dependent on the rest of the competition faced, including the Yokozuna himself. Vicious circle that is! So they are two approaches left. One very technical: count yushos, wins, win-loss-ratios and so on. The other one essentially subjective: quality of Sumo, appearance, charisma, personification of a certain style. So there is nothing really wrong with polling Naganoyama's granny and other Sumo experts as it captures the second approach perfectly.
  9. Andreas21

    Hatsu Basho 2019 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    Indeed! I would have never thought they wouldn't. The closest peer is obviously Terunofujis promotion, and the numbers are pretty much the same: 33 wins, a Yushu and a Jun-Yusho in Sanyaku, first basho no double digit from Meagashira. You could say that Taka had the luck of more Kyuju of top rankers - but that has never been a big topic in the past explanations of Kyokai and YDC, I doubt it has been a factor. My conclusion is that they were not happy with the hasty promotion of Teru and they simply elevated the standard. I just hope that Taka does not let this little unfairness into his mind too much.
  10. Andreas21

    Hatsu Basho 2019 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    I suggest this could have something to do with perspective. Sure, if you look for somebody like Asashoryu and Takamisakari you won't find one. But I suggest to have a closer look, and you may find Hakuho and Kotoyuki as reasonable replacements. Hakuho has developed over time and does a great deal of dirty tactics to intimidate the opponent (which compensates for the lack of power and the effect of injuries) before and after the bout. Try to come close and I will bite you! False Matta to show you how it feels to be off-balance. Kotoyuki has even been reprimanded several times for his pre-bout behaviour which Takamisakari has not achieved as far as I'm aware. So quite a character in this department as well. For "characters" I think for instance of Takakeisho. Has there ever been such a promising Rikishi so short and heavy at such a young age? What about Abi - such unconventional style of fighting - and so consistent in its application. Or lets take Ura - hilarious what he does - and he does (did) it good. Or isn't Hokutofuji quite a character? The perspective may change and in a few years we might think, oh ........., that was quite a character - we don't have something like this nowadays.
  11. 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.
  12. 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!
  13. 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.
  14. 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?
  15. 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