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  1. Gurowake

    Natsu 2024 discussion (results)

    It's like they want to avoid that situation akin to when someone in the last golf pairing is way behind, but since they're short on coverage to show near the end of the day as very few people are still playing, they keep showing the irrelevant guy's strokes in between those of the people that still matter. Ura vs. Wakamotoharu is just so less interesting than Onosato vs. Abi that it makes sense to swap them. I just find it odd that the order of the matches is changeable at all and isn't 100% prescribed by rules.
  2. Gurowake

    Guess Ura's Aite - May 2024 edition

    15. Wakamotoharu
  3. Gurowake

    Promotion/Demotion Discussion

    I suppose Daieisho isn't 100% guaranteed a promotion to Komusubi given it's still technically possible that Atamifuji goes 8-7, Onosato loses his last two, and Daieisho himself doesn't win enough to force a third Komusubi slot, but he's a pretty safe promotion now as only Atamifuji can pass him in the queue and it's for technical reasons, not merit. Hiradoumi currently has the next best claim should Atamifuji lose once and Onosato win once and open up another slot. Meisei needs one more win than him to overtake him in line, and I don't think a veteran bonus will outweigh Hiradoumi's much tougher schedule and better rank/record combination should their last two days get them the same number of wins. I'm not entirely certain that the one-slot advantage Meisei would have with just one more win would be enough to overcome the schedule issue, though if Meisei beats Onosato on senshuraku, that would be a good impression, though it's not certain he'll even get the chance. Meisei's Sekiwake experience vs. Hiradoumi currently at his highest rank is still probably is enough that Meisei gets the promotion assuming he is better by the numbers, where in an even sanyaku experience situation I might think the rikishi with the full joi schedule would get the nod even at the small disadvantage by the numbers. Everyone else needs to hope on a complete collapse of those mentioned (other than Onosato, who needs to win one to give them that chance).
  4. Gurowake

    Promotion/Demotion Discussion

    If someone with a 6-9 from J13 wasn't demoted recently, it was due to a lack of strong enough candidates. We've seen now that 4-3 Ms3 might not be good enough in that case, but that doesn't mean that stronger records aren't as well. I can't imagine how a 5-2 Ms1w or a 7-0 in the promotion zone isn't a strong enough candidate. Thus, there's going to be 2 promotions. It's everyone else that might be stiffed with a lack of demotable records. edit: Ok, a 4-3 Akua would make things complicated and might crowd out Fujiseiun if no other demotable records appear. But that doesn't change the fact that the J13s are toast.
  5. Gurowake

    Questions on Ties

    I'll also note that in the lower divisions at least, when a mizu-iri is called, they do the next 2 or 3 bouts, then come back to the bout that the rikishi are on break from. For sekitori, I don't think they do that; I only really know they do it in the lower divisions from the one time it happened in Aki 2014 while I was publishing videos of all the lower division action. Since it's impossible (or rather, a terrible idea to be awake at 5am local time) for me to watch live, I don't know what happens with sekitori water breaks.
  6. Gurowake

    Questions on Ties

    If they keep calling for a torinaoshi due to multiple times of the combatants going out at the same time, I see no reason to believe that a draw would ever be called unless it turned into shokkiri where they intentionally were doing that. If the bouts are coming close enough to a decision, redoing them has a good chance of getting a decidable one. The only time they would call a draw is if the rikishi were locked up in yotsu for interminable periods without progress, they had already called 2 mizu-iri, one in which they put them back into the same position, and another which would start from a tachiai again, and there was no progress in getting either rikishi into a losing position. That would require at least 10 minutes of nothing, and maybe 15, depending on when they decide to call the mizu-iri and when they get fed up with the lack of action the third time around to call a draw. I think it would only happen in yotsu, as if they were both being leery and refusing to attack at arm's length for long enough, they'd get a talking-to about how they need to attack during the mizu-iri, while during a yotsu stall, it's harder to command them to just try harder, as they're at least engaging with the opponent. While I mentioned Ichinojo and Hokuseiho before, I think this is actually more likely to happen near the bottom of the banzuke, where the rikishi are more likely to have lower strength-to-weight ratios. It would presumably be called a hikiwake, the same as the most recent one.
  7. Gurowake

    Guess Ura's Aite - May 2024 edition

    That was an utterly pathetic set of torikumi for Day 13. 14. Atamifuji
  8. Gurowake

    Trivia bits

    I'm not sure how long their one match actually took to resolve, but one might have hoped Ichinojo vs. Hokuseiho to have produced a draw if they fought enough matches.
  9. Gurowake

    Natsu 2024 discussion (results)

    I'm not sure when kettei-sen were first done, but originally the Yusho went to the highest ranked rikishi with the best record, on account of them presumably having the hardest schedule. Yusho were pretty much an afterthought for many years after they were first awarded. I think as other professional sports rose and people cared about the winners (and maybe there was a larger monetary award for the winners), Ozumo started caring more as well, but back in the day the point of the tournament (and this is still mostly true) was the honwari matches to determine the next banzuke.
  10. Gurowake

    Guess Ura's Aite - May 2024 edition

    13. Atamifuji
  11. Gurowake

    Guess Ura's Aite - May 2024 edition

    12. Takarafuji
  12. Gurowake

    Guess Ura's Aite - May 2024 edition

    11. Kotoshoho That's one of the few rikishi you can say it definitely won't be.
  13. Gurowake

    Guess Ura's Aite - May 2024 edition

    10. Abi
  14. Gurowake

    Trivia bits

    The count of rikishi with high rank Ozeki on the banzuke ranked below Ozeki will be back up to 5 next basho assuming no retirements - once again there's Takayasu, Mitakeumi, Shodai, and Asanoyama, and now we have Kirishima replacing the retired Tochinoshin. The same two rikishi demoted from Ozeki that returned as of then are still there as well.
  15. Gurowake

    Natsu 2024 discussion (results)

    This is not exactly true. 3 Sekiwake and 5 Komusubi is ugly. 4 of each is much prettier.