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  1. Gurowake

    Guess Hokutofuji's Aite September 2019

    Given that I missed the entry for Day 1 and the reason for that will continue for some time, I hope to ask for a kosho at this point.
  2. Gurowake

    Guess Hokutofuji's Aite September 2019

    I totally forgot that we had settled on one rikishi, and was expecting this to be the "pick who we pick for" phase of the game when it went up so soon.
  3. Gurowake

    GTB Aki Basho 2019 - 98 entries , and RESULTS!!

    The maximum score is 84. Could you recalculate on that assumption, instead of assuming the maximum score is the best anyone happened to do?
  4. Both of the current Yokozuna played basketball in their youth and neither did any wrestling before coming to Japan if Wikipedia is correct. Maybe what's been holding Kakuryu back was that he was practicing basketball too much. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kakuryū_Rikisaburō https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hakuhō_Shō
  5. Gurowake

    GTB Aki Basho 2019 - 98 entries , and RESULTS!!

    I think this is the first basho Kintamayama has advertised on Reddit. I might be wrong, because I've only checked r/sumo a couple times in the last few years, but I was surprised to see it there, and it definitely can explain the increase in numbers.
  6. Gurowake

    GTB Aki Basho 2019 - 98 entries , and RESULTS!!

    Mine from Asashosakari's is: Swap Ichinojo and Asanoyama, Tamawashi and Shodai, Ryuden and Kotoeko, Takarafuji and Terutsuyoshi, Sadanoumi and Meisei, Azumaryu and Yutakayama. Replace Takagenji with Takanosho. All of those are very reasonable changes, and I think I may prefer some of them looking at it now weeks later.
  7. Gurowake

    GTB Aki Basho 2019 - 98 entries , and RESULTS!!

    I checked the list of entries to make sure I was on it, and noticed that the awesomely-named "300%HENKA" has entered again.
  8. Gurowake

    Would you throw the Zabuton???

    Part of the reason they get thrown on Yokozuna bouts is that they come at the very end of the day, and they don't need to be sat on for much longer, if at all. I wonder if anyone has done research on whether more zabuton get thrown in the musubi-no-ichiban than other Yokozuna matches.
  9. Gurowake

    Next Yokozuna??????

    Results-wise. I don't engage in any attempt to quantify how good people are at Sumo besides how well they've done in the past.
  10. Gurowake

    Next Yokozuna??????

    As to those saying Tomokaze, well, I don't see anything in his results that would make him any different that Mitakeumi, Hokutofuji, or Shodai. That can easily change, but he's not nearly as dominating as someone who's ready to march straight through to Ozeki in a year of making the joi and Yokozuna within a year of that like Wajima (or Hakuho). Of course, Wajima didn't seem that dominating either until he actually was, so who knows?
  11. Gurowake

    Next Yokozuna??????

    Takayasu if he can stop getting injured. He's been hovering around the place in my rating system where one expects the results of someone who's just barely good enough to be Yokozuna, like Kisenosato. It might not be until after Hakuho and Kakuryu retire, and he might not get another yusho while Yokozuna because he'll be pretty old be then, but he's currently the best candidate by far. As to who might develop into the next Yokozuna from where they are now, it would have to be Takakeisho based on his results vs. age plot, though Kotooshu also fits the same early age profile of Ozeki before 23 and ended up being disappointing the next eight or so years. I'd also say Ichinojo, if he can get the willpower to lose his useless weight and return to his 2015 form, has a good chance, given how young he made it into the joi. The rest of the "made joi before 23" candidates don't look nearly as able to get there (Onosho, Chiyootori, Tochiozan). Ichinojo made the joi (Sekiwake even) at 21 and stayed in the joi a good number of basho, so he's clearly good enough. The next in line on the results at an early age front is Takagenji, but while he was on the potentials list for a while, his one-off recent appearance on the list at M10 on his Makuuchi debut put him back on the list just barely and he'll be well behind the pace next basho. After that there's Naya, Tsukahara, Kototebakari, and Hoshoryu, with Naya in the lead since he's a bit younger and about at the same place. For long term prospects I'll throw in Kotakiyama. He came in at 15 having been born in early January, so many months younger than other recruits out of middle school, and started with 3 straight KKs, with the last being a 6-1 to make it to Sd71 while still 15! He's not gone all that much farther since then, but next basho will be his second in the top half of Sandanme. He's not as far ahead of the curve right now compared to when he first made Sandanme, but he's still the best long-term prospect I can identify right now using my algorithmic age/rank comparison. He apparently had some good results in middle school too.
  12. Gurowake

    How will this era end?

    For some reason I want to say "Not with a bang, but a whimper." It's been whimpering out slowly the last few years, and no one young has come in to claim clear possession of top dog.
  13. Gurowake

    Terunofuji's health problems

    Hakuho was lucky because they expanded the sekitori ranks the basho he was promoted; there were 4 extra promotions from Makushita. So he got in from a much lower rank (6-1 Ms9) than someone would normally. The same basho someone was promoted at 4-3 Ms7w and they also promoted a 7-0 Ms16 which they've conspicuously avoided doing even though they could have when they instead took Enho and Takayoshitoshi, who are the only ones recently have gotten that kind of luck. Interestingly, it looks like even without the 4 extra spots, it would have been down to Hakuho vs. a 5-2 Ms6; not demoting the 4-11s at J10 was probably not going to happen, and the other spots opened by retirement. http://sumodb.sumogames.de/Banzuke.aspx?b=200311#Ms
  14. Gurowake

    2019 January which Rikishi went intai?

    Here's everyone that has a Hatsu 2019 retirement date in the database (there were a lot that basho): Kisenosato Takanoiwa Takekaze Kansei Asahiryu Kotootori Saio Sasayama Tochiminato Hokutohana Isenohana Daishoko Tatsunofuji Daiisshin Hakkairyu Masutenryu Watai Hatakeyama Iguchi Wakaoyama Inanofuji I'd think you'd remember if it was Kisenosato, but maybe not. The most likely ones not in Terunofuji's stable are the Mongolians, Takanoiwa and Asahiryu. Asahiryu was a major Mongolian prospect so it was quite sad to see him quit so soon. The ones that were in his stable were Isenohana, Tatsunofuji, and Daiishin, but there's nothing interesting about them. Isenohana was a very long-time member of the stable and retired at 44 years old, but the pics in the retirement thread didn't include Terunofuji.
  15. Gurowake

    Nagoya 2019 Discussion (here be spoilers)

    I would think that if Hanakaze is continuing as a rikishi because of a lack of other career alternatives, that the heya koenkai would be able to find something for him. That seems to be the common theme when the retirement threads discuss what they will do next. He probably just likes being a rikishi.