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  1. kumoryu

    Aki 2023 discussion (results)

    The other day, I was reading a blog about the old 60s TV show Doctor Who which I loved so much when I was a boy. It pointed out that every episode ended with a cliffhanger where either the Doctor or his companion were in mortal danger, but as a viewer you KNOW that the next episode will begin by resolving the cliffhanger and everything will be OK: nevertheless, you needed to watch the next episode, not because you thought the Doctor might die, but to find out how the cliffhanger would inevitably be resolved. Being a Takayasu fan is like that, but in reverse. It seems like every basho there comes a cliffhanger where you think "This time, he just might get the yusho," but you KNOW it's all going to go wrong somehow. You need to keep watching, not because you think he'll do it this time, but to find out how it's going to go wrong. It's heartbreaking, but utterly compelling. I love him so much.
  2. kumoryu

    Aki 2023 discussion (results)

    Who does "BigSlow" refer to?
  3. I always used to read ST during tournaments back in the day, and the thing that seems to be missing in the above discussion was that it was fun; it was a laugh. It was entertaining in a way that SF by nature is less set up to be. Things got out of hand as the number of writers dropped until it was just the one guy left, and he certainly isn't fun any more; but for a longish period of time it was a very entertaining read.
  4. kumoryu

    Haru 2022 Discussion Thread (SPOILERS!)

    Is there really such a thing as a "ginboshi"? I may be completely wrong here, but in my history of watching sumo on NHK and Sumo Digest and other Japanese TV I don't think I ever heard anyone talk about "ginboshi". Is it just a thing that gaijin sumo-fans have come up with? Not intending to be antagonistic here, just curious.
  5. Thanks so much for these I don't know why, but every time I see the thread title, I read it as "Video Nasties" -- but they are great in fact.
  6. kumoryu

    March basho 2021

    Look, I'm sure there is precedent for a K - K - S - O run, although I've never figured out how to do the database search for things like that, but I bet it's very rare. The K - S - S - O runs mentioned above are much more normal I think. But I bow to superior knowledge here and will hope you are right, because I'm a huge Takayasu fan.
  7. kumoryu

    March basho 2021

    Surely there would be no suggestion of an ozeki promotion after just one tournament at sekiwake? At best, they might take a strong showing here into account and, if he can follow it with two good basho at sekiwake, give him a nod after the July basho. But even then, I believe they have a history of setting tougher standards for a returning ozeki -- wasn't Miyabiyama denied where others might have been promoted? Much as I love Takayasu, I don't think there's any way it's possible in May.
  8. kumoryu

    Actually not so concise rikishi talk

    Deep sumo poetry from Takakeisho: I will be concentrating tomorrow as well. Today is another day, is what I'm thinking. I want to face tomorrow and deal with it again. Today was today and I was able to concentrate. If I concentrate on tomorrow it will continue into the next day.
  9. kumoryu

    YDC convenes after November 2020

    The numbers in that table are really revealing. Interesting that you took the last four years, but if we take the last three calendar years (in this case, 17 basho) Hakuho and Kakuryu are practically even -- 106 wins v 105 wins over 17 basho. To compare with the most recent yokuzana in their final 17 basho to give a measure of how they compare: 133 2Y 4J Akebono 84 2Y 3J Takanohana 118 4Y 3J Musashimaru 154 5Y 3J Asashoryu 149 3Y 2J Harumafuji 97 2Y 3J Kisenosato 106 4Y 1J Hakuho 105 3Y 2J Kakuryu Given that both Asashoryu and Harumafuji's careers were cut off early for non-performance-related reasons, the average for the other four retired yokuzuna is 108. That would suggest to me that if either Kakuryu or Hakuho miss the next tournament completely they will be in the range where retirement is practically certain. That's true for both of them, not just Kakuryu, the difference over these last three years is not numerically significant.
  10. kumoryu

    September (Aki) Basho- offical thread (yay..)

    Surely there's a difference between a 13-2 yusho and a 12-3 yusho after a play-off (possibly a three-way play-off)? I'd imagine that 13-2 would get him ozeki, 12-3 wouldn't. Incidentally, if he does get promoted, that would create three sanyaku vacancies? Sekiwake: Mitakeumi, Takanosho Komusubi: Terunofuji, and, er, Takayasu?
  11. kumoryu

    This IS the July 2020 Basho thread!! Spoilers!!

    Am I missing something? They've met on numerous occasions before....
  12. kumoryu

    This IS the July 2020 Basho thread!! Spoilers!!

    I was really hoping the four ex-ozeki would have a full round-robin against each other, but only four of the six matches will have happened this basho. So long as all four remain I aim to keep monitoring this. The results this time: Takayasu 2-0 Terunofuji 1-1 Tochinoshin 1-1 Kotoshogiku 0-2
  13. kumoryu

    Hatsu 2020 Basho Discussion (SPOILERS)

    So we now have four who are confirmed and theoretically Terunofuji could still join them, so can I ask again, what is the record?
  14. kumoryu

    Hatsu 2020 Basho Discussion (SPOILERS)

    What is the record for the number of former Ozeki in Makuuchi at any one time? We could, just conceivably, have five next basho, if Terunofuji gets promoted, Goeido gets demoted, and Kotoshogiku survives, plus Tochinoshin and Takayasu.
  15. kumoryu

    Basho Talk Kyushu 2017 (SPOILERS)

    What are the chances of Kotoshogiku retiring now after a make-koshi, and loss of his sanyaku status, at his "home" basho?