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Everything posted by krindel

  1. Sure, but its not only a matter of management, but also of a "face" for the organization. I'd have no problem as well with a competent sekiwake being rijicho, but I'd hate it if the whole list of oyakata was full of guys whose careers were more suitable for obscure trivia questions than for admiration.
  2. My biggest concern is that with the prevalence of foreigners in the high ranks of sumo, sumo is slowly bleeding oyakata that used to be formidable rikishi. I have written elsewhere about the sharp decline in the number of former Yokozuna that the Kyokai is facing (when Kitanoumi and Kokonoe retire, there will be only 5 left, unless someone manages to convince one of the current ones to stick around, which frankly doesn't seem all that likely). Keeping the likes of Daido and Sagatsukasa as oyakata is fine, and keeping Kyokutenho and Wakanosato is essential, but for me, the focus should be on making sure at least some of the foreign Ozeki / Yokozuna stick around. And if there's a kabu shortage, I somehow think it might end up detrimental to any such effort.
  3. Not sure if under the current system active wrestlers are still allowed to buy kabu, but if so, I would presume no active rikishi who wants one will pass the opportunity to acquire one if the opportunity presents itself. After all, he would have legitimate reasons to worry he might not have the same opportunity when he needs to retire.
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    Welcome to the forum Jesse :-)
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    Juryo promotions for Aki Basho 2015

    Unless they waive the rule for him, he'll have to wait a minimum of one year. I would guess it'll be at least early 2016 before we hear any official talk about the matter. If he were allowed to leave with all the former Oshima-beya rikishi, that would really put Tomozuna-beya in a very bad situation, they would be left with basically only Kaisei and some rather uninspiring low rankers. On the other hand, the downside of his longevity as a rikishi is, of course, that he is in a rather advanced age for a fresh oyakata, so if he plans to re-open Oshima-beya he might prefer to do it sooner rather than later. But, as you say, in a year a lot can change...
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    Official now-Kyokutenhou has retired

    Farewell, man... You will be sorely missed on that dohyo, and I hope you'll grace your new suit with the same dignity and dedication with which you graced your mawashi. (Sad goodbyes...)
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    Basho Talk - Nagoya 2015 +++ Spoiler alert! +++

    The problem with the Terunofuji / Kotoshogiku situation is that when the stats are so overwhelming there's no point in arguing the matter. Maybe Terunofuji threw the bout, or maybe he lost it fair and square, but the fact still remains that no one would have reasonably bet money on Kotoshogiku losing that bout. When the first kadoban Ozeki gets demoted by losing his final bout, that might change, but until then, all senshuraku bouts like that are going to be treated with very reasonable suspicion, if not outright derision. On the really historic issue of this basho, though, I am really sorry to see Kyokutenho go, but when its your time to go, its best to deal with it with dignity, and I think he has more than enough of that. He had an admirable career, and I am quite certain he'll remain an inspirational figure as an oyakata for the years to come.
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    Basho Talk - Nagoya 2015 +++ Spoiler alert! +++

    I wonder if they will start charging Ikioi a ticket next time he is in the M1-4 region. After losing to already MK Toyohibiki, he looks pretty determined to repeat his 1-14 from the last time he was there. Funny part is he actually looked better as a Komusubi. Its really frustrating, because he does look like a guy who should be making some more noise in the jo'i... No idea if it's injuries, a bad mentality or just me having a too optimistic appraisal of his skills, but I would hope to see him do better soon.
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    Promotion/Demotion and Yusho discussion Nagoya 2015

    Kyokutenho has the "Never been demoted to Juryo except for punishment" card, so if he gets demoted he might not want to spoil that, but indeed, noone knows, he not the most predictable of guys or he'd be Oshima oyakata for 3 years already. As for Kotoshogiku, he'll probably try for the ten just for honor's sake, but its been a year since he last managed to get those 10, and one year before that since the second-to-last time. And its not even like he had the 10 wins easy even when he was completely healthy, so I'll be shocked if he can manage to pull that one off.
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    Basho Talk - Nagoya 2015 +++ Spoiler alert! +++

    ...and his veteran friend Kyokutenho just maneuvered himself in the same dangerous situation. I really hope he can pull off one more veteran vintage vengeance in his last 3 bouts to celebrate his 41st birthday in the top division in September. Gambareee!!! I seriously doubt he could pull that off any more ;(. It seems that time has finally caught up with him. Only question is if he'll call it quits, or fight on in Juryo.
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    Basho Talk - Nagoya 2015 +++ Spoiler alert! +++

    Just to be clear: a) I never said I believe that Tochiozan will get the 14-1 Yusho (as Kintamayama pointed out his past performances don't inspire any sort of confidence he can finish so strong) b) I don't believe he SHOULD be promoted to Ozeki, just like I didn't believe Goeido should have, and just like I thought Terunofuji's promotion was a tad premature (although thankfully he is proving more than deserving, I can't help but wonder if he would have gotten the nod with the exact same results, but without the lucky jump from M2 to S on a 8-7. Would a M2 8-7, M1 13-2, S 12-3Y have been enough?) What I am trying to point out is that it seems to me that the rules for Ozeki promotion seem to have become very personalized lately, so who knows?
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    Basho Talk - Nagoya 2015 +++ Spoiler alert! +++

    I can't see that happening (that promotion, that is) - even with the slightly relaxed standards of the last few years I highly doubt they'll promote somebody on the basis of just one ozeki-worthy tournament result. I do hope you are right, as (just to be clear) I don't believe that he should be promoted. But with a (completely hypothetical) 14-1 Yusho he'd have 32 wins at M1 - K - S, wins over most of the Ozeki - Yokozuna (bar Terunofuji) and the first Japanese Yusho in forever. I am afraid that the slippery slope of relaxing the standards after every promotion to accommodate the next one can stretch far enough to cover him in that case.
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    Basho Talk - Nagoya 2015 +++ Spoiler alert! +++

    Drat... True. Somehow I always end up forgetting Goeido :-P
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    Basho Talk - Nagoya 2015 +++ Spoiler alert! +++

    Usually 30+ wins over three basho as Sanyaku are needed to be considered for promotion. Terunofuji's promotion was an exception of this rule, but Tochiozan isn't likely to break it this time. If he does succeed in taking a 14-1 Yusho, I'd be surprised if they DON'T promote him, first Japanese yusho in ages and all. After all, most of the latest Ozeki promotions have had "special considerations" involved. And him having noone above M1 left to fight...
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    Happy Birthday, Manekineko!

    A very happy birthday to you! (Birthday!)
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    Hello from Canada

    Welcome to the forum (Welcome...)
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    Happy Birthday Kuroimori

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    Basho Talk - Nagoya 2015 +++ Spoiler alert! +++

    I am as big a fan of Kyokutenho's as any, and would love to see him fight on for as long as his feet can hold him. What I definitely don't want to see is him hanging on to makuuchi well beyond his expiration date, with other rikishi handing him wins out of respect for the "old guy" and the NSK taking forced decisions in the banzuke making process to keep him around for just another basho or two. He has had an amazing career, one that he can definitely look back on with pride. He is a model of perseverance for younger rikishi, and if he has to be demoted, I'd really really prefer to see him go with his head held up high rather than see him stay "for the popularity of the sport". Its a favor he doesn't need, and I agree with Asashosakari, if he is demotable on senshuraku, I would hope he will just take a bow, make an appointment with a pair of scissors and exit stage left to the applause he deserves.
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    Banzuke Nagoya 2015

    Well, at least he can take comfort from the fact that (as mentioned) he's the 3rd that stayed an M1 with a 9-6. The two others became Ozeki. Also, there were 4 others that got a 15-0 in Juryo. All became Ozeki. So seems like our veery own Hulk will not need to do too much to guide him to Ozeki, it is a historical imperative :)
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    Hello from Scotland

    Welcome to the forum (Welcome...) As for your shikona, don't sweat it, I have always found that making sense is very overrated
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    Former Ozeki Takanonami has passed away

    Terribly sad news... A very premature farewell for sure. (Sad goodbyes...)
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    Trivia bits

    Wow... To be honest I really didn't realize at the time what a rare occurrence that 2012 Hakuho - Harumafuji match was...
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    Nikkan sports popularity poll

    Which basically means that any bored 15 year old or suitably reimbursed person can vote to first place anyone they set their sights on... Remember Aran's last basho and his first place by a huge margin in the NSK poll?
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    Welcome to the forum and to sumo fandom! (Welcome...) Don't worry about the whole terminology business, just remember there's a very handy glossary to help, and if in doubt, you can always simply ask.
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    Miss Internationals in Tomozuna-beya

    So he's never planning to have it treated? :-P