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  1. Heisei Hopefuls - prospect watch

    Thanks for the report on this local boy! I have been "hopeful" for him for some time now. It's exciting to have both a local sekitori (Daiseido) and a hopeful.
  2. Aki jungyo 2017

    I reckon it must be more common outside of American English, then. As others noted, it's a bit redneck in the US. Even among the Texans I know, I stand out in using the term.
  3. Aki jungyo 2017

    Your use of vernacular does exactly that -- it's what I meant by "interesting." I wasn't being critical.
  4. Aki jungyo 2017

    Moti's choice of words in his translations is always interesting. I thought I was about the only person who still used the word "reckon," apart from some hillbillies who may have never seen the Internet.
  5. Promotion/Demotion and Yusho discussion Aki 2017

    Kagamio certainly had a breakout performance, but he hasn't had a KK above Ms35 since he fell out of Makuuchi 2 years ago. If he should KK next tournament, I may have to retract my statement, but I'd be shocked. Satoyama is 36 and just managed just a 4-3 KK at Ms7 to stop a 3 basho MK slide. Before that he had 2 KKs in lower juryo halting a 4 basho MK slide. Sounds like he is on the decline. Anything could happen, but again I'd be shocked.
  6. Promotion/Demotion and Yusho discussion Aki 2017

    My picks are very similar up to this point. I opted for Kyokushuho over Ishiura, and the Daiseido-Osunaarashi-Masunosho combo is different. I haven't figured out the scheme for promotions to Juryo yet. Mine have diverged widely from actual so far.
  7. Promotion/Demotion and Yusho discussion Aki 2017

    Of the former maegashira, I think only Kitataiki has any chance of ever returning to the sekitori at this point. It's a shame he's unlikely to make it after this tournament. I've been hopeful for Toyonoshima, but it doesn't seem like he is going to make a comeback. Plenty of actual and potential returnees among former-Juryo rikishi.
  8. Promotion/Demotion and Yusho discussion Aki 2017

    Is there any precedent to support a 7-8 Ke to be ranked Kw next basho?
  9. Promotion/Demotion and Yusho discussion Aki 2017

    He's safe, especially considering the lack of promotion candidates from juryo.
  10. Promotion/Demotion and Yusho discussion Aki 2017

    Ditto! Surprised to see this so early and also to see that anyone can make sense of this basho thus far. Still, there's little definitive to be said yet.
  11. Promotion/Demotion and Yusho discussion Aki 2017

    I like it where it is, because I'm skimming the list looking at the records for who is doing well or poorly.
  12. Basho Talk - Aki 2017 (SPOILERS)

    The basho started with M5e (Shodai) as part of the joi. That's an awfully low extension, but not unheard of. Now M6w (Kagayaki) is theoretically part of the joi, although paired against M9e Takanoiwa tomorrow. When was the last time the joi was this stretched?
  13. Banzuke Surfing Aki 2017 (13th Wave)

    Jk25w Shoji
  14. Banzuke for Aki 2017

    There's a lot of maegashira who can do very well outside the joi, but few who can compete at the next level. I wonder how Tochiozan will do consdiering he has not KKed at that level in the past 6 tournaments. Once, he was the best of the rest.