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  1. 3 hours ago, Chijanofuji said:

    Neither have I and I've been watching Ozumo since 1995.

    Apparently this is only the 5th time it happened. The last time was Itai in July, 1991:

    Rikishi 1    > Sum
    Date Rank Record
    Katsuragawa 1942.01 M17e 0-15 0
    Kiyosegawa 1963.11 M11w 0-15 0
    Sadanoumi 1988.03 M10w 0-15 0
    Itai 1991.07 M14e 0-15 0
    Terutsuyoshi 2022.11 M16e 0-15 0

    Looks like Itai, an admitted yaocho participant and on his very last leg, held a fire sale for his Ws ! :-D

  2. 9 hours ago, Eikokurai said:

    So, Hoshoryu and Oho both fade and fall out of yusho contention entirely. Takayasu surely has to make it over the line now …

    Worth pointing out that Takakeisho has managed 10+ wins three basho in a row now, almost unnoticed due to other circumstances. That’s a very solid Ozeki record even accounting for the weaker competition. It’s his most consistent run of three since he got the rank. A win tomorrow will make it 33/45, same as Ozeki promotion level.

    Most oshi wrestlers tend to peak early (I know, there´s that Irish guy...). Takakeisho is no exception. Barring  the "luck" of a seriously injured Yokozuna and others stalling in their progression, he is primed for a fine Ozeki career for another two years, imo.

  3. 3 hours ago, Reonito said:

    TBF that's always been Chiyonokuni's brand of sumo

    IMHO Chiyonokuni was the most talented of the Chiyo gang, but fighting back from so many injuries he never came to fully realize his potential. Given his history, it is remarkable he is still carrying on quite strongly.

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  4. 3 hours ago, Morty said:

    Takakeisho basically catching Midorifuji in mid-air mid-henka and just shoving him out was beautiful to watch.


    Takakeisho read it, but I am wondering why Midorifuji tried to pull Takakeisho with his right hand towards him, and not away with his left. 

  5. On 04/10/2022 at 08:01, Godango said:

    I love this thread. Thanks again for the posts. 

    I nerded out a little bit for fun if anyone is interested:


    (Quick note on the above -- for the sake of having meaningfully sized boxes I removed the extreme outlier 166s bout between Midorifuji and Ichinojo -- removed from visual only, it's still represented in the median and such)

    Some highlights:

    Average Bout Length: 10.2s

    Median Bout Length: 6.1s

    Longest Bout: 166.4s K1w Ichinojo def. 1w Midorifuji

    Shortest Bout: 00.6s M1w Midorifuji def. S2e Daieisho

    Longest Total: Ichinojo (380.5s)

    Shortest Total: Tamawashi (59.3s) <- including and considerably shorter than Terunofuji (165.2s)

    Most Consistent: Chiotairyu, standard deviation of 1.84s

    Least Consistent: Ichinojo, standard deviation of 41.86s*

    *Standard deviation probably isn't the best measure here -- looking at Tobizaru he has a wide spread of bout lengths with no outliers, though I guess you could argue that's consistently inconsistent? Anyway, food for thought. Very little thought in this.


    Hope no-one minds me doing this, if it's well received I might make a habit of it.




    Great work, thanks, keep it coming !

    One of my old favorites, Kotonowaka Sr., would be a consistent outlier ;-)

  6. 8 hours ago, Seiyashi said:

    That vid I mentioned: I'm no expert, but that seems to be a genuine smile on Takayasu's face when he sees Tamawashi.

    I don´t know about Japananese customs, but in my culture shaking one´s hand using both of yours is pretty rare. It signals it is truly heartfelt. A very nice gesture to watch.

  7. 1 hour ago, Barutokai said:

    @Otani I think Hakuho knew what kind of character this guy has.

    I hope Hakuho knows a good answer to that too.

    Perhaps a training demonstration of his very last kachiage ?

    Seriously, it would really surprise if Hakuho wouldn´t take care of wrong antics which brought himself trouble. If he doesn´t he is just another of those sports greats who turned out to be bad coaches, but I do not think he falls into that category.

  8. Even after 20+ years of watching, I am about 0.0001 % familiar with sumo culture compared with the elders on this forum, but, with Mitakeumi supposedly harboring an injury and  the sole Yokonzuna out, my guess is, he is only going on to fulfill his Ozeki duty.

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  9. 9 hours ago, rhyen said:

    For all the veterans, how does the current batch of ozekiwake compared to their earlier predecessors?

    Well, memory becomes clouded at lot with time, so I am quite careful. I am just going out on a limb and say that Tochiazuma in his prime would have taken care of not injuring them while  steamrolling them, and that matches between Chiyotaikai and Takakeisho at their best would have been a beauty to watch.

  10. 46 minutes ago, Benihana said:

    Aaand Mitakeumi's Ozeki tenure is over. I hope he get's rid of that injury, which is obviously hampering him, to rebounce next basho.

    What kind of injury is Mitakeumi supposedly suffering from ? Thanks.


  11. 9 minutes ago, Octofuji said:

    With Ichinojo's win half of the top 16 on the current banzuke now have a yusho (including each of the top 6). The remaining eight are:

    Hoshoryu, Abi, Kiribayama, Takanosho, Kotonowaka, Ura, Wakamotoharu, Takayasu.

    Of these I could certainly see the first 5 winning a yusho at least once in their career.

    Takayasu is four months removed from a jun-yusho with a playoff loss. I don´t write him off yet.

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  12. 54 minutes ago, WAKATAKE said:

    Ichinojo! His hiramaku yusho now makes this five consecutive calendar years with a hiramaku yusho since Tochinoshin started the trend in 2018

    - 2018 Tochinoshin
    - 2019 Asanoyama
    - 2020 Tokushoryu, Terunofuji
    - 2021 Daieisho
    - 2022 Ichinojo

    Chances aren´t bad Asanoyama will continue that newfound tradition in 2023...

    ETA: Haru 

  13. 19 minutes ago, Benevolance said:

    Shodai! (Laughing...)

    Okay, I gotta know now. When Hakuho had his 'talk' with Shodai, what size of empty bottle did he use? This could open up a whole new field of sports psychology in sumo. 

    Probably he only told him his money is on him (Laughing...)

  14. 12 minutes ago, Kaninoyama said:

    Takakeisho's hands came nowhere close to touching dirt at tachai.

    Apologies for repeating myself here, but this angers me since day 1. 

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