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  1. Best Rikishi 2017 - none

    Doesn't a piece of the kensho money go to the heya and elsewhere?
  2. Trivia bits

    Also, I know Kyokutenho was bouncing back-and-forth between the joi and the rest of Makuuchi for a long time. This is obviously difficult to research because it is not rank-specific.
  3. Merry Christmas!
  4. It's a complete mess, and you are a braver soul than I am for attempting to make any sense of it!
  5. I think its important to distinguish between what we think should happen and what is likely to happen. Asashosakari's take on what is likely to happen is interesting, and I've not delved into banzuke making enough to comment on it. For my two cents on what I think should happen, if you assume the constraint of not creating additional sanyaku positions unless forced to, and then if you take a purely numbers approach you get: Mitakeumi S Tamawashi Takakesho K Onosho Hokutofuji K I expect to get howls of "unfair" for Tamawashi to be sekiwake and Takakesho only komusubi, but that's the breaks of banzuke luck. Looking at the *recent* historical record, 11-4 at M1 is not enough to force a third sekiwake position. On other hand, 11-4 at M3 is supported by history to force a third komusubi position, so thus Hokutofuji is K2e. Onosho neither gains nor loses anything with a minimal KK, so no foul there. It's appropriate for 11-4 at M1 to leap over 8-7 at K1w for empty sanyaku positions. Again, what is likely to happen could be completely different, and I don't expect the Kyokai will be following my "advice."
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Aki jungyo 2017

    Your use of vernacular does exactly that -- it's what I meant by "interesting." I wasn't being critical.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. Promotion/Demotion and Yusho discussion Aki 2017

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

    He's safe, especially considering the lack of promotion candidates from juryo.
  15. 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.