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    Hakuho retires

    Now you too can smell like Hakuho!
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    YDC Post Hatsu 2023

    Jun-yusho and doten are considered quite different. One is a clear runner-up, the other yusho equivalent.
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    Hatsu 2023 discussion (results)

    You all got it wrong, obviously the baby is a high ranking koenkai member who sponsored lots of kensho among other things.
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    Hatsu 2023 discussion (results)

    Congratulations to Takakeisho for a well deserved yusho! However he must be feeling a bit bittersweet about it -- if he had done just a little bit better in one or two bouts and eked out another win or two, he would be trying on the tsuna already. Nevertheless hope he can challenge the next yusho as well.
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    Hatsu 2023 discussion (results)

    Onosho got a nice slap on his ass from Kiribayama for his effort
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    Promotion /Demotion and Yūshō Discussion Hatsu 2023

    Reading this thread right now made me realise more strongly than before just how slim the pickings at the top of makuuchi have really gotten. In the "good old times" if one yokozuna was missing there would usually be at least another to pick up the slack, followed by a pair or more of tough and hungry ozeki ready to make short work of any other contenders. Now everything just rests on Takakeisho's shoulders and while he doesn't seem too fazed by the responsibility, last year's yusho free-for-all made it clear that he can't carry the entire yokozuna-ozeki burden on his own. I know I'm probably a year or so late with my realisation but I guess I'm getting tired of seeing hiramaku rikishi in the yusho arasoi a few days before the end of the basho. Doesn't look like there's a way out in the near future either. Sorry for the offtopic rant.
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    Hatsu 2023 discussion (results)

    The synchronised propeller tsuppari between Daieisho and Hiradoumi was a sight to behold. Very aesthetically pleasing Will be very interesting to see what happens in Takakeisho vs Hoshoryuu tomorrow. Knowing Hoshoryuu is injured and Takakeisho relies on explosive tachiai, one might expect a massive henka. On the other hand, Hoshoryuu might want to lead Takakeisho to believe that he's gonna henka on order to draw out a milder tachiai and take advantage of that. The tactical advantage is definitely with Hoshoryuu. I think Takakeisho should just go for his usual tachiai and hope that in case of henka he'll catch it like Tobizaru did today. But I won't blame him if he can't sleep at all tonight thinking about it...
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    Hatsu 2023 discussion (results)

    I think Hakuho's reign has still left people with unreasonably high expectations for a yokozuna. Before Hakuho zensho yusho was more of an exception rather than a rule, and mostly reserved for dai-yokozuna. There was no makuuchi zensho yusho between 1996 and 2004 for example. And even 14-1 was not that common, many basho were won with 13-2 or 12-3. What I'm trying to say is that first of all, a yokozuna should be able to win a basho, but not win it with a certain score. And secondly, a yokozuna is allowed to have a bad day or two per basho. Hakuho was exceptional in that regard, but that's what he was as an active yokozuna -- a total exception and by no means a rule. If Takakeisho can put together a 13-2 yusho then imo he deserves the rope. The quality of opposition is not up to him, and neither can he be faulted for that. A separate question is can he even win all the remaining bouts this basho. Today was not very promising, hopefully he can rebound tomorrow.
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    Rikishi Status - 2023 Hatsu

    I definitely did a double take on that. Hope they allow Asanoyama on the dohyo tomorrow
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    Hatsu 2023 discussion (results)

    This time out seems his own decision rather than the oyakata's. However there's no telling what goes on behind the scenes. I have a feeling that if Hoshoryuu wants to continue, the oyakata won't try too hard if at all to convince him otherwise.
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    Promotion /Demotion and Yūshō Discussion Hatsu 2023

    Bud Spencer vs Hakuho -- who would win?
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    Hatsu 2023 discussion (results)

    Takakeisho has a doten-yusho from last basho, which is different. From your link there's two cases of doten followed by yusho, and just one of them (1997 Wakanohana with a 11-4 doten) did not result in a promotion. Edit: stupid autocorrect
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    Hatsu 2023 discussion (results)

    Not that I know of, but I haven't followed him closely. I was just joking based on his bad mf attitude.
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    Videos Hatsu basho 2023- Days 1-15

    Yay font day!
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    Hatsu 2023 discussion (results)

    Serves me right for writing absentmindedly But since we're talking about Hoshoryuu, I wouldn't be surprised..