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  1. Katooshu

    The young generation (japanese rikishi only)

    I think Tomokaze was upper maegashira material with a K/S ceiling, a bit like Hokutofuji. Good but not great. Hopefully he returns strong and rises with all the speed he did previously, I hate to see injury ruin careers.
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    Corona and sumo

    Cruise ship sumo....push your opponent into the water, maybe they will finally find the panacea to injury
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    University Banzuke 2015

    The maegashira ranks are just as interesting, with an abundance of current pros there--some who are sekitori, some who are trapped in makushita or headed back after paid stints. It's interesting to look at cases where a guy was right up there as an amateur (such as Ikegawa/Hokutoyo), but then fails to cut it in the pros and ends up surpassed by numerous rikishi who were significantly less accomplished in college. Injury is definitely playing a part, but I wonder what other factors may be at play.. Wakatakakage was also active in college sumo at this time but evidently didn't make the cut for 2015. Incidentally, there seems to be a bit of an injury issue with recent Toyo grads--Murata and Terasawa have both been set back by this, I think Shiraishi has a shoulder or elbow issue, and perhaps the one with the best potential, 2017 and 2018 banzuke topper Shiroyama, didn't even make it out of his final year at college due to a rumored injury. If college events end up being cancelled but the pro tournaments continue, I wonder if we will see a larger than normal group of college dropouts joining ozumo.
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    Kiribayama - New Kid on The Block

    He's mentioned in the video as being short of stature, but 184cm isn't short and he's in the 140kg range. Much more of an Asashoryu or Harumafuji body (to go the Mongolian route) than an Enho or Ishiura one. He has some nice skills and could do well at the highest levels if he can add more power to go with them.
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    Promotion/Demotion and Yusho discussion Haru 2020

    With all the discussion about Asanoyama, it reminds me that coming up the ranks he was beaten for the sandamne yusho by Kotodaigo, who I really hope is promoted in the end. I always feel slightly pained when I see rikishi who spent so long battling it out in makushita, often beating many future sekitori, yet never able to make that leap themselves.
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    Haru 2020 Basho Discussion (SPOILERS)

    They give out conditionals, so why not require that Hak actually does win it then? He could well have an 8-7, without a win over the champ, without ever being in the yusho race. That's not so outstanding! He's also a former komusubi, not someone on their first run up the ranks. This isn't the first time they've been generous to Onosho with sansho selection...
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    Haru 2020 Basho Discussion (SPOILERS)

    Onosho unconditional? He could well lose to 11-4, awardless Mitakeumi to end up 8-7 at M5, without a win over the champion and without ever being a serious yusho contender....seems generous. Shodai beat Hak too and has just as many wins at a higher rank.
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    Promotion/Demotion and Yusho discussion Haru 2020

    This discussion makes me wonder who took the most consecutive losses right before their ozeki promotion...I think it's a few who are tied for 2. Asa could be a new record holder if they do promote him anyway.
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    Lower division celebs results

    Since Ura's already got the zensho and a playoff win is irrelevant to his next ranking, I am pulling for Nankairiki to win the playoff. After nearly 20 years in the sport a yusho would be nice!
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    Haru 2020 Basho Discussion (SPOILERS)

    Agreed, and I'm baffled that people can watch that and think that Kak was 'dead' in the situation. He has a double inside grip and is still exerting force, which is why the turning motion of Asa's throw gets arrested about halfway, Asa starts to fall with Kak, and Asa ends up touching down first.
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    Haru 2020 Basho Discussion (SPOILERS)

    I don't like that argument. Being able to turn the tables at the very last minute involves much skill and is a huge part of sumo, and the yokozuna level competitors are generally excellent at this. This isn't a sport like boxing, where rounds are scored on the overall competitiveness of the action; it is who touched down or went out first, and that means you can score legitimate wins whether you dominated the entire contest or were dominated for 99 percent of it. The right call was to give it to Kak. He was not a passive participant, and was able to use the double inside grip and superior balance to his advantage. Helps not to stick your arm out too---you gotta take the fall Asa! Shinitai? Not at all
  12. Chiyomaru has some skipping skills
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    The Wall 2020

    Kitanowaka is my favourite of the young guns--very impressive as an amateur and making a nice steady rise in the pros so far. He has the right body and all the content is there for the higher levels. I think only serious injury will stop him from becoming a sekitori in the next year or 2. Yoshii has a solid shot of making makushita at just 16...I am pulling for the youngster. I have to admit that Daikisho has gone completely under my radar.
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    Haru 2020 Basho Discussion (SPOILERS)

    Well, the Meisei ozeki talk from a couple tournaments ago has been put on hold, so I guess Aoiyama can have another turn
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    Terunofuji Watch

    I don't think he necessarily looks like his injuries have flared up, more like his sloppy sumo has been exploited by higher ranked opponents who are quick and have the speed to prevent him from settling in and establishing his power. Mitoryu seems like the type of slow and bumbling guy he should beat tonight if he's got some energy left...