Koorifuu

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    Mitakeumi Ozeki Prospects

    I find it interesting how nobody* is taking into consideration that, even if Mitakeumi fails tomorrow and doesn't get promoted, he'll still go into Haru with 23 wins in 2 basho, which would make his odds more promising than they were two weeks ago. It's as if everyone expects him to crash and burn mentally if he fails here. *Unless I've accidentally skipped a reply, in which case I apologise.
  2. Hey everyone, As you might be aware, I'm not at the same level of Japanese cultural perception & even sumo knowledge compared to most of you, so I'd like to hear your opinion about sandanme tsukedashi. I saw that Kanno and Nishikawa are both steamrolling every low sandanme dweller they've been faced with, and found myself subconsciously feeling like that was an obvious outcome... As if there was no way a Sd100TD wouldn't be way too good for their competition. So I went and checked whether there was ever a Sd100TD who didn't overdeliver, and... Oyanagi (Yutakayama) 7-0 Y Ishibashi (Asanoyama) 5-2 (one of the losses being to Oyanagi) Murata 6-1 Wakatakakage 5-2 (one of the losses being to Murata) Kizakiumi 6-1 Shiraishi (Tohakuryu) 7-0 Y Fukai 5-2 To further emphasise how brutally underranked those guys were, Shiraishi was the only who didn't follow it up with another 7-0 or 6-1 basho... A mere 5-2 from Ms55w! So... Why exactly are they inserted in the banzuke in a much lower position than Ms10TD? Is it something like a punishment for not reaching their accolades? On paper, performance-wise, there shouldn't be such a big gap in their estimated banzuke rankings. Is it so they can ease their way into the ozumo world, or is it just that the sandanme tsukedashi is too recent & hasn't been improved yet? So many questions...
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    Kyokushuuhou retires

    His body looked to became a wreck at a much faster rate than most, and he'd clearly been a shadow of himself lately. I wasn't a part of the future yokozuna group, but considering how good he looked when rising up the ranks, it was easy to understand why people had exceptional hopes. Fair play to him for knowing that was it for his sekitorihood and taking this tough decision. All the best to him.
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    Hatsu 2022 discussions (results)

    May I ask whether you meant a 12-3 J, 13-2 Y or a 13-2 D? This might be one of my massive gaps in ozumo knowledge, but it looks like a 13-2 J isn't possible anymore as everyone's already lost at least two bouts.
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    Mitakeumi Ozeki Prospects

    It feels like Chiyoshoma falling on his leg ruined his mojo. BUT Terunofuji struggling to put strength behind his knees after his loss could've scared them even further about the necessity of adding to the Y/O ranks. Everyone knows those knees are a bit of a timebomb but what a calamity (in many ways) it'd be for them to go off now.
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    Hatsu 2022 Promotion & Yusho blather

    I remember he was called "Block Musashimaru" on his crop's recruit thread here, and everyone agreed the resemblance was uncanny.
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    Hatsu 2022 discussions (results)

    Two random thoughts: 1) Nice to see Chiyoarashi so genki in getting all of Hakuyozan out of the dohyo. He might've started poorly, but he isn't giving up on keeping his salary after so long. 2) Mitakeumi's concern for Endo was so out of character, especially when he stood there for quite a bit of time and there wasn't anything particularly concerning. I really wonder if Endo's got any underlying issue the general public isn't aware of.
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    Lower division celebs results

    And to be fair, that's what it looked like in the end. Atamifuji was short of breath and Ryuden was absolutely normal, like he had just walked to the dohyo. It might've been lengthy, but at no point it really looked like Atamifuji had the upper hand.
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    Rikishi Status - 2022 Hatsu Basho

    Thank you - sad but predictable. He's been a shadow of himself, I'd even thought makuuchi ruined his confidence. Amidst a pretty strong crop, no less, even if it felt he lucked out with his matchups at times. Hope that isn't it for him.
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    Hatsu 2022 discussions (results)

    Y'know, had it applied to any rikishi, I'd have opened my sentence with "There is a single rikishi" or similar, since I was also describing Kyushu '93 and '01. That's why I specified "Asanowaka".
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    Hatsu 2022 discussions (results)

    Asanowaka is the only rikishi with a poker of shiroboshi in juryo after four days, and leads the way. Beautiful.
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    Hakuho retires

    The interesting part is that, back then, there was complete radio silence coming from NSK and YDC both. No complaint about Kisenosato's attitude, for obvious reasons - but also no hinkaku complaint whatsoever regarding Hakuho's henka. How times have changed.
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    Hakuho retires

    Funny how languages work... I'm Portuguese, that's a Portuguese expression, and yet no Portuguese person would ever say it. That's what 200 years of separate evolution does, ever since the Brazilian independence. But back to the topic... I had sworn to myself that I wouldn't post here again, for reasons I shan't disclose, but it feels this event definitely warrants breaking my oath to myself. I had always been one of the first people here to condemn Hakuho for his perceived underhanded tactics, however, this piece of news gave me some rose-tinted glasses. The ending's almost romantic: a man who defied logic and time, continuously setting all-time records on such a long sport, noticing and acknowledging his increasingly damaged body - took some measures to adapt it to his determination and motivation (which, unlike the physical part, was not waning at all) for a few more records before he went out with a bang in so many levels. He will sorely be missed and, even though we've had some years to acclimatise to what ozumo is going to look without him on the dohyo, it'll still take years to set in. Now - my favourite memory of Hakuho - having watched sumo in its Eurosport runs (back to the Hanada vs Hawaii feud, and a few years later, Asashoryu's ascent to the throne), but most importantly back for good upon hearing of Kaiou's retirement about a decade ago... Remember when Kisenosato went on his mean streak a few years ago? I can't put my finger on the specific year right now, but he went on a deliberate matta + intimidating shove rampage. There was, specifically, Kotoshogiku - whose gentle heart immediately crumbled in the face of that bullying and got pushed out quite quickly. I remember @Kintamayama's comment on his digest video even if I haven't watched it since then: "Not sorry, and here's an extra shove to the neck!!" Current Araiso, for some reason I can't fathom, decided that trying the same stunt on Hakuho was a decent idea... And duly got treated to a faceful of clay within seconds, as Hakuho delivered a blatant henka that'd make Takanoyama proud. Lesson on manners taught. If there's any solace to the fact the NSK/YDC is screwing him up and that he'll probably be kicked out for a very minor (at best) forged (at worst) infraction as soon as the situation calms down, in between one year / two years' time... it's that 白鵬 翔 is his official name now, so he'll trigger some beautiful meltdowns on Yano, Shibatayama & Co when he inevitably sullies the sacred name by using it on puroresu or something similar.
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    Terunofuji Story Creates Awkward Silence

    This is not surprising at all and will always happen. Some people won't have enough knowledge about a specific sport to make statements on it, and plenty of things will just come out wrong to a blood-boiling, gargantuous level. In fact, we've had much worse than this happen in this very forum just a few days ago.
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    Terunofuji is the 73rd Yokozuna.

    This is a brutal understatement and I don't even like Doohan. https://www.motorsportmagazine.com/articles/motorcycles/motogp/motogps-greatest-comeback
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    Nagoya Basho 2021

    "I'm also a neurologist and have something to say."
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    Terunofuji is the 73rd Yokozuna.

    This is definitely up there, but Mick Doohan after '92 is on the same scale for sure. I rate it higher than Lauda's. I'd also say Brian Baker, even if he was never a true force, his story is about as inspirational.
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    Nagoya Basho 2021

    Ichinojo on Takakeisho a couple of weeks ago. But then again this might explain why Ichinojo is not quite the yokozuna some pundits predicted he'd be at this point. That reminds me of a discussion @Tigerboy1966 had back to Hatsu, when Akiseyama was known backstage to have a broken jaw and the likes of Chiyoshoma and Ishiura went for the slap across the face - two good examples of ruthlessness / fierceness.
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    Takagenji Caught Smoking Weed

    Gentle reminder that this isn't even Takanohana's first set of problematic twins... Cue to 7 years or so ago... The following lads were given the choppy chop and I seem to recall it was due to their involvement with the yakuza being too serious. This and that.
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    Promotion/Demotion and Yusho discussion Nagoya 2021

    Thanks a lot, @Kashunowaka & @Gurowake. So the current situation isn't abnornal in the bigger picture, we were just used to an unique decade of utter Y/O dominance for the best part.
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    Promotion/Demotion and Yusho discussion Nagoya 2021

    Thanks - I got to admit this is a shock to me, it sure hasn't felt like it. Maybe I should've included K/S in my statement, as having underperforming / understaffed Y/O ranks also makes it theoretically easier for junior sanyaku to KK and keep their spots, thus not opening their slots to good joi KKs. I guess that a few years ago there were a bunch of joi KKs, sure, but slots would open up as sekiwake - and especially komusubi - kept getting battered by the Y/O... More than nowadays. But I'm sure data will prove me wrong again. I sure remember those times were getting promoted to sanyaku / joi area would be an almost guaranteed kiss of death... if your shikona wasn't Toyonoshima. Hakuho, Harumafuji, Baruto, Kotooshu, Kotoshogiku, Kisenosato, eventually Kakuryu - all in good shape - didn't leave a lot of room for heroics.
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    Takagenji Caught Smoking Weed

    It was an apparently failed attempt at making a joke by ending with a punchline that was the complete opposite of what I really meant.
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    Nagoya Basho 2021

    That's actually because the Youtube URL was pasted with a timestamp so it starts at 625 seconds (&t=625s). It means that everyone who opens the video will be starting from the point where the user who copy-pasted the link was at the time. Easily fixable by removing that tag!
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    Takagenji Caught Smoking Weed

    Which is overcompensated with industrial plant levels of tobacco consumption... Oh, is it only used as an excuse to kick problematic people out? Takagenji is safe then.
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    Promotion/Demotion and Yusho discussion Nagoya 2021

    Might it be because the Y/O corps have been more unreliable than perhaps any other time in recent history? Not having 4 or 5 pretty much guaranteed losses to superhumans could make the difference between 3-12 and 8-7. I mean, I've been following ozumo for about 10 years and I sure feel like there's been more joi KKs in these last few years than in the rest of the time put together.