Koorifuu

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    Banzuke for Nagoya 2022

    I did think that, but I'm remarkably inept at GTB so it means nothing.
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    Banzuke for Nagoya 2022

    Well, we got our answer. The juryo playoff didn't make a difference at all, Daiamami stayed just ahead of Nishikifuji. They did, however, avoid an awkward makuuchi-juryo split between them by ensuring that both were promoted, shafting suspension boys Ryuden and Hidenoumi in the process. They will clearly have to work harder than the others to make up for their past sins.
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    New recruits Nagoya 2022

    Sendagawa / Toki was pretty hairy back in the day, even if we exclude the sideburns.
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    Ajigawa beya?

    There's a lot of "what if" steps that need to fall a certain way for this to happen, but if Ajigawa does branch out, only for Isegahama to collapse and merge into its branch, and then moto-yokozuna shin-Isegahama branches out again... As yokozuna, Terunofuji should theoretically have it as easy as anyone to do that as swiftly as possible. One added factor into the equation: if Terunofuji dodges intai for long enough so that moto-Asahifuji turns 65 in the meantime, the latter could safely go into sanyo (provided there's an available slot). Even if Terunofuji retired the following month, his 5-year Terunofuji-oyakata toshiyori would always cover that entire period. This wouldn't of course apply if Terunofuji retires first, as it'd trigger his own 5-year lease earlier than Isegahama's so it'd also end earlier. Not sure how this affects
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    New recruits Nagoya 2022

    So maezumo will consist of two lads bouncing against each other time and time again, and one of them is more than twice as heavy as the other. Neat.
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    New recruits Nagoya 2022

    I wonder if his arrival at Miyagino is as part of a package, together with Kawazoe. Perhaps the latter's request to have a buddy there to help him settle or similar?
  7. So I guess this is a bit of a hint that courtesy is extended to all oyakata by default, unless those in charge decide there's something particularly aggrieving or upsetting about their presence that wouldn't otherwise justify a forced retirement.
  8. For whatever it's worth as a measure of "distinction", in the last 8 years, Tatsutayama has only been mentioned in this forum due to the following: - Speculation about his kabu's future. (Quite on topic here.) - Minimal pre-basho PR duties in Nagoya for three or four years. I'll just assume he's from there. - @Chojin getting his signature in Kyushu '18. Yep, undistinguished.
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    Natsu Backstory

    Sure, I won't ever dispute that! But if he's going to get bollocked for failing to live up to a rank he didn't officially have, might as well have the perks.
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    Asanoyama caught violating COVID restrictions

    I'd say recent sandanme tsukedashi Hatsuyama and Kayo are considerably more dangerous than Kototebakari.
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    Natsu Backstory

    "The three ozeki once again failed to meet the high standards expected of their respected rank." Not true about Mitakeumi - his only previous ozeki basho was a deep yusho run with double digit wins. He'd never failed to meet the rank's high standards.
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    Natsu 2022 Discussion Thread - here be spoilers

    Mitakeumi's mullet was 100% string-free on his makuuchi debut in Kyushu 2015, around one and a half years after a debutant, mageless Ichinojo put Kakuryu's yokozuna face on the clay via henka. Still one of the most shocking moments I've seen in ozumo - ballsy doesn't begin to describe it. (Disclaimer: Kakuryu's face never actually got on the clay, but I'm a serial offender when it comes to dramatism and embellishment!)
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    Retirements after Natsu 2022

    I'm surprised Amakaze isn't in the list. Surprising from Irodori - he's had some injuries lately, but he'd just punched his ticket back to makushita.
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    Promotion/Demotion and Yusho Talk, Natsu 2022

    That leaves Nakamura to leave kaze as the suffix instead i.e. Tomokaze. We might have lots of windy shikona incoming, one way or the other.
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    Natsu 2022 Discussion Thread - here be spoilers

    A bit offtopic but I'm sad that Shohozan's career (or at least sekitorihood) ended with a bowling ball impersonation, courtesy of a 28 year old with a career high of ms2, bringing a 2-5 record to the dohyo. That being said, Tsushimanada is no stranger to being 2-5 and yet brought on to juryo for an 8th bout on senshuraku, where he gets gifted a 3rd win via dumping an ailing, aging veteran saying goodbye to the paid divisions. He was Kyokutaisei's last nail in the coffin, last time out in Nagoya.
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    Natsu 2022 Discussion Thread - here be spoilers

    Maybe I shouldn't, but I take it personally when people fail to factor long COVID in Shodai's lack of form, honestly. It's been almost 18 months for me and I've never been the same in many levels. It's perfectly valid that this is a bigger factor than any of those outlined above - and frankly, watching his bouts lately and knowing what to look for, it does make complete sense. He used to win long bouts all the time, and now he only really seems to win whenever he's not asked for sustained periods of focus and/or physical exertion.
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    New recruits Hatsu 2022

    Well, it's a wrap. They made it. Kototebakari takes his second yusho in a row, again via playoff. Everyone held it together - including Satsumasho, with an impressive senshuraku victory against Tokitora, mentioned earlier by @Chartorenji. jd21e Kototebakari 7-0 Yjd21w Kotokenryu 6-1 (loss to Daiseizan)jd42w Daiseizan 6-1 (loss to Kototebakari)jd43e Wakanosho 6-1 (loss to Daiseizan)jd72e Hanafusa 7-0 Djd74e Satsumasho 6-1 (loss to Toseiryu)jd80w Toseiryu 6-1 (loss to Hanafusa) The top five will have a very interesting go at sandanme in Nagoya - Kototebakari still undefeated in 14+2 bouts. So Satsumasho - but particularly Toseiryu - are looking like favourites for the jonidan yusho in Nagoya, although Kazekeno won't make it easy for them.
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    Rikishi Status - 2022 Natsu

    Smart move. Given the logjam above his projected ranking for Nagoya, pushing himself for 1 or 2 extra wins wouldn't have made a difference. Glad to see he's saving his body.
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    Rikishi Status - 2022 Natsu

    Sure... Now excuse me while I drop off my tinfoil hat.
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    Natsu 2022 Discussion Thread - here be spoilers

    Indeed. Shodai even seemed to wither - had no answer to the unorthodox tachiai and the flailing arms. Other top guy who was probably too gentle and soft for his own good - Kotoshogiku. The difference is that the Geek's style was overly physical and didn't leave much room for setbacks if his mind wasn't in the right place. Shodai, on the other hand...
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    Natsu 2022 Discussion Thread - here be spoilers

    Shodai would've never been close to ozeki as early as one decade ago, and I don't mean he lacks the skill. Because he doesn't. And I'm already taking into consideration that long COVID's been destroying his stamina for any bout that requires continuous physical effort, which he often loses nowadays. Ever since I saw that jungyo video from around four years ago, where a bunch of makuuchi guys captained by Tamawashi were bullying a clearly uncomfortable Shodai by circling him with slaps and pinches to the nipples, I've always had the impression that his eventual ascent to ozeki was only made possible by that relative clampdown on hazing and mistreatment of "inferiors" that's happened in the last few years. He just doesn't have that primal, alpha mentality of domination over other males like most sumo greats had - and others would've destroyed him mentally and physically before he could amount to anything. In fact, I haven't got any concrete data to substantiate this claim, but I'm pretty sure his sudden rise from maegashira also-ran to ozeki was precisely just after that change.
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    New recruits Hatsu 2022

    Indeed, that was a dangerous aite. He dropped to Hanafusa, however, so the streak is well and alive into the lads' 7th bout. Everyone's either 6-0, or 5-1 with a loss to someone else in the group. Impressive, really - Hanafusa was never one of the highest rated in the bunch. The jonidan yusho will be between; jd21e Kototebakari 6-0jd42w Daiseizan 6-0jd72e Hanafusa 6-0jd80w Toseiryu 6-0 Now that Kotokenryu's dropped out of contention (courtesy of Daiseizan), there's no intra-heya complications in the yusho race. The winners of the Kototebakari v Daiseizan and Hanafusa v Toseiryu are now expected to go zensho and face each other on a senshuraku playoff. From the rest of the guys with 5-1 records in jonidan, I dare say that Shunrai, the younger Sakamoto, might be the biggest danger there - and at j24, he's close enough to j21 Kotokenryu for this matchup to happen.
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    Promotion/Demotion and Yusho Talk, Natsu 2022

    I'm afraid I'll have to add the unfortunate Kitanowaka to that list at the end. In the last 50 years, no-one has won a single bout from J5 and remained in the salaried ranks. Sure the banzuke committee has been extra lenient on juryo demotions lately, but... now that he's rushing back, he better hope he wins one of his remaining bouts. EDIT: Just checked and no J5 has had two wins since 1965 so there's really no possible comparison with recent examples. Gotta go by the numbers.
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    New recruits Hatsu 2022

    Necromancing this thread with a bit of an update on the class, now we're past the halfway mark on their sophomore banzuke... Their jonokuchi basho was always going to be tough, with some weak KK that would've otherwise been extremely solid results, as the guys cannibalised each other. The level was way too high... ...but now that they're a bit spread through jonidan, their worth is becoming more apparent. These are all at least sandanme level. jd21e Kototebakari 4-0 jd21w Kotokenryu 4-0 jd42w Daiseizan 4-0 jd43e Wakanosho 3-1 (loss to Daiseizan) jd72e Hanafusa 4-0 jd74e Satsumasho 3-1 (loss to Toseiryu) jd80w Toseiryu 4-0 At the risk of jinxing some of them, this is pretty impressive. No loss to any outsider yet. Satsumasho is probably the most likely candidate to break the streak.
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    Natsu 2022 Discussion Thread - here be spoilers

    That's more of a coincidence, though, isn't it? Those two were more than Hakuho's stablemates, but more like his uchideshi. There was an added layer of meaning on choosing them.