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  1. Morty

    Natsu 2024 discussion (results)

    Onosato showed today that not only is he big, not only is he really strong, not only is he skillful, but he's also really, really fast. That side step was lightning quick. Dancer's feet.
  2. Morty

    Natsu 2024 discussion (results)

    Now that was a better day of sumo. Good stuff. Kudos to Kirishima and Kotozakura for flying the Ozeki flag
  3. Futabayama, Taiho, Chiyonofuji, Hakuho
  4. Morty

    Haru 2024 discussion (results)

    A couple of basho ago Atamifuji went 10-1 at M15, and then 11-2 at M8 by smashing the guys at the bottom end of the banzuke for the first week, and ended up at 11-4 for both basho, once he ran up against the big boys. I predict something similar for Onosato and Takerufuji this basho, and that one of the 6-2 Ozeki (or Abi) will take either a 13-2, or 12-3 yusho. I hope I'm wrong, because it would be cool for one of them to win it, but that's a more likely outcome.
  5. This. The idea that being a champion in a sport will instantly make you a champion as a coach has been proven wrong over and over and over, in nearly every sport. While there are notable exceptions, the usual result is that the champion crashes and burns. Coaching is an entirely different skill set and it needs to be learned. While Hakuho appeared to be good at teaching his deshi to be good on the dohyo, he was clearly an abject failure at the other parts of coaching, ie, looking after your charges' welfare. I'm not surprised this didn't go well
  6. Morty

    Hatsu 2024 discussion (results)

    I've been thinking about Kisenosato and choking. I seem to remember him falling on his sword a lot, but how much of it was just that he had to beat the GOAT in order to triumph and that was unlikley about 75% of the time? Regardless, Kotonowaka doesn't seem to have the habit of choking and he doesn't have the GOAT in his way - he does have Terunofuji but if he's good enough he'll work out how to get past that, or Terunofuji will retire.
  7. Morty

    Hatsu 2024 discussion (results)

    Likewise, I wasn't glad, but I didn't think he was ready yet and that was proven by the outcome. Getting to Yokozuna is literally one of the hardest things to achieve in world sport, and it's pretty rare that rikishi make it on their first attempt - even Hakuho didn't get the rope on his first try.
  8. Morty

    Hatsu 2024 discussion (results)

    Tremendous last day, as good as day 14. Terunofuji was imperious, twice.
  9. Morty

    Hatsu 2024 discussion (results)

    Same, I will miss him. One of my favourite rikishi of the last ten years.
  10. Morty

    Hatsu 2024 discussion (results)

    That was a pretty fabulous day of sumo, with some spectacular bouts and excellent outcomes. Really enjoyed that, leads to a great day tomorrow.
  11. Morty

    Hatsu 2024 discussion (results)

    I don't mind a little bit of abbreviation when it is clear who you are talking about, but who the hell are Taka, Koto, and Waka? And yeah, the disrespectful nicknames need to go.
  12. Morty

    Hatsu 2024 discussion (results)

    I said an awful lot of uncomplimentary things on this forum about Kise's lack of mental stability when in contention to win a yusho, so, no, I never felt safe.... . At one point I essentially convinced myself he would never get the rope, and was hugely pleasantly surprised when he did. But I also argued for years that his record displayed that he was doing Yokozuna sumo, and if he could somehow get access to a sports psychologist he'd be able to make that next step. I don't see that in Kotonowaka. Instead my comparison is about their look on the dohyo, their excellent defensive sumo, and that nearly half their wins come from Yorikiri or Oshidashi (45% for Kise vs 47% for Kotonowaka). They both do (or did) dominant forward moving sumo where they tend to control their opponent. Kotonowaka's upward trajectory has been a lot faster than Kise's, who tended to get to a level and plateau there for a while, before working out how to take the next step. He was 16 when he joined sumo and it took him only 13 basho to make the salaried ranks. He was 20 when he first made Komosubi but then yo-yo-ed in lower Sanyaku for ages and it took him another four years before he made anything resembling an Ozeki run. He was 26 when he finally made Ozeki, and 31 when he made Yokozuna. So each step took a while, but as someone else noted he did have Hakuho in his way, and Harumafuji probably didn't help either. Only three rikishi beat Hakuho more than ten times and they were Asashoryu (12), Kise (16), and Harumafuji (21). By comparison Kotonowaka was 18 when he joined sumo, and it took him 18 basho to make the salaried ranks. He was 25 when he made Sanyaku but was getting numbers to think about Ozeki within a couple of basho, and is making his first serious run at Ozeki now, just over a year later. His head to head record against other rikishi suggests that once he works out how to beat someone, he then tends to win against them more than he loses. He doesn't have the GOAT and HF in his way though. Interestingly, he is yet to beat Terunofuji and his record against Kirishima isn't great, so he needs to overcome that if he wants to get to Ozeki in this basho. I don't know if these statistics tell you anything, and I didn't mean to make a deep dive on their respective records, just got carried away. Regardless I reckon Kotonowaka makes Ozeki faster than Kise did, and I'd be surprised if he doesn't eventually get the rope.
  13. Morty

    Hatsu 2024 discussion (results)

    Same. When I watch him I think of Kise, I'm not sure whether it is because he's big and has a similar style, but I've had that same feeling since he worked his way up. He seems equally as talented and with the physique to back it up. I'd bet however his head is better than Kise's and that he won't choke anywhere near as much. I hope I'm right.
  14. Morty

    Hatsu 2024 discussion (results)

    Agreed. Anyway, he's got so much metal in those braces protecting his knees that kicking one of them would likely break your foot. So it would be a dumb strategy to go for.
  15. Morty

    Atamifuji - the real deal?

    I think he will have a good year and will probably reach sanyaku, but he may not maintain it because he hasn't looked as dominant when he has gone up the ranks and faced the top guys. At least one jun-yusho but no yusho