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    Banzuke Aki 2016

    I predict Ura will not come close to the Yusho and will not get double digit wins. He will struggle to get 9-6. Probably will be 8-7.
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    Hakuhou kyujo!

    True, if three jun-yusho followed by a yusho isn't Yokozuna worthy I don't know what is. As stated Kise beat Hakuho last basho so it's not like people can claim he couldn't beat him.
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    Banzuke Aki 2016

    This Ura/Amakze bout is hilarious
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    Hakuhou kyujo!

    I called this. Looks like Kisenosato will get his Yusho and become Yokozuna.
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    Chiyonofuji passing

    His retirement announcement in the New York Times from 1991. Still a great read today. The Wolf is gone.
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    Chiyonofuji passing

    May God bless him and may he rest in peace. A great man. Pure Power:
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    Kokonoe Oyakata hospitalized-will miss the Basho

    Unfortunately he has passed away. May he rest in peace and God bless him. Sumo icon Chiyonofuji dies at 61
  8. None in Makuushi, but one in Juryo (2001.07) and three in Jonokuchi (!!!) (I'm flexing my Query muscles (Showing off...) ) Wow, 8 man playoff.
  9. I'm a fan of Kise's. There is no way anyone should be made a Yokozuna without at least 1 Yusho.
  10. First I thought "nah, can't be that Dairaido has been down for 59 basho!", but then I checked... :-O I wonder if he even knows where his Kesho Mawashi is?
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    Kensho for Nagoya 2016

    So, at 30,000 yen ($283) per kensho Kisenosato earner about $85000. Very nice.
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    Juryo Promotions for Aki 2016

    I wonder if we will ever get the straight story on Homarenishiki...
  13. Isn't that a bit harsh? Sure he won 3 yushos with 28, and that without a doubt was his prime. But recently it feels like the chains came of that kept him from winning, he still has the speed and agility. This basho his sumo was also very powerful compared to his others in the past. I don't see him slowing down, quite the opposite. He may very well win in September ... I don't think so. This was a great win for him but one look at his face at the end of the Hakuho bout and you saw it took everything out of him to get it done. Some part of him is always wrapped now. He's got what it takes but it's not his to wield whenever he wants anymore. I think he's enjoying his life as a yokozuna a bit too much and he'll do that even more after a Yusho win, I don't think he'll get more than 11 wins in Sept and that isn't going to get it done.
  14. This is something I have seen on here along with other criticism of Kisenosato. I don't get it. He is your traditional Japanese rikishi, stoic and accepting. The Mongolians get fired up as it's their style but I don't think it factors very much into outcome. Being fired up is not going to give you many wins against an obviously more talented opponent. Although it makes for much more entertaining sumo. Kisenosato is a great rikishi as evidenced by his winning record against almost everybody. There is a lot of talk about him against the Mongolian Yokozunas and how he pales in comparison. But they fail to take into account he has won over 40% of his bouts with Harumafuji and has dominated Kakuryu by over 60% including being 6-5 against him SINCE he became Yokozuna. He has been slaughtered by Hakuho but who hasn't been? Kisenosato's main weakness is he seems to have no ability or any interest in throwing his opponent. He relies almost exclusively on his height and size to overbear an opponent and push out. That has got him very far but allowing your opponent to have no fear of certain techniques when going against you is giving away a lot even if you know there a few out there that can throw you. He fears Hakuho and is dominated by him because he knows Hakuho can throw him. Kisenosato would have been a Yokozuna long ago if he had and used throwing techniques.
  15. I checked their (Kise, Hak, Haruma, and Kak) ages and they are all in between 30 - 32, Hak being the oldest. They are in their prime. Unless they have serious injury now, I don't see how any of them will retire in 2017. The age similarity is also the main reason I think Kise will not likely get an Yusho or be an Yokozuna. If Hak, Kak, and Haruma all retire before Kise, Kise will likely achieve Yusho. That is likely, IMO. Given that the wear and tear of sumo bouts will hurt smaller guys like Kak & Haru, and Hak being 2 year older than Kise. That is assuming the status quo remains the same. I don't think that will happen as the pressure from below will get greater and they will suffer more losses. Along with losing to Hakuho most of the time it will put real pressure on them to step down. Kisenesato will hang around awhile, especially if he doesn't make Yokozuna because he'll easily make KK for a long time yet.
  16. I have a feeling that all the three Mongolian-born yokozuna may retire in 2018. By 2018, Hakuho will reach Makuuchi 1000 wins and 40+ yusho. If Kise reaches win 13 next basho, whether yusho or not, NSK may recommend promotion anyway. However, I don't think he can win more than 11 next basho. As I said before, the Sept basho will be very competitive. I think Kakuryu and Harumafuji may be retired by the end of 2017.
  17. I predict Hakuho will be out for the September basho. He is still the greatest ever but he is very slowly wearing down and requires more time to recover from injuries. And yes I do think he has some injuries. He will use September to rest up. I do not think Kakuryuu will be 100% by Sept. either. Harumafuji is my favorite Yokozuna and he more than deserved this win so I am very glad for him. But he is long past his days of winning Yusho back to back. He will not win in Sept. I am predicting Kisenosato will break his jinx and win the Sept. basho easily (no worse than 14-1) and will immediately be promoted to Yokozuna.
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    Nagoya 2016 Videos- Promo and Days 1-15

    Sorry, I thought I was in the spoiler thread.
  19. I see Sato lost by a foul. Was it a hair pull?
  20. The oyakata to that: "I'm in bad physical condition recently and frequently away to the hospital." What he doesn't say is that is due to Homarenishiki tossing someone on to him to cause it during a match he was judging.
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    New recruits for Nagoya 2016

    Man, he's short.
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    Oosunaarashi podcast

    As he says in the podcast most people download the audio version. The small number of views is for the video version which isn't surprising given the video was completely minimal with just a few still pictures. I don't see why he would even bother with a video with nothing to show. That being said, not a great interview. It's great to have anything in English but the swearing was ridiculous. I don't see why he brings up so many negative things regarding sumo, such as the crappy life at first, hazing etc. At one point he was practically leading him to say some guys don't really try hard against other guys. All these topics are important and should be pursued by reporters but you are going to get some weird answers from anyone who is as high up as Oosunaarshi. The guy isn't going to come out with specifics on negative things about the sport which is paying his salary.
  23. Injured? What a load of malarkey. He jumped to his feet instantly and practically danced up the exit aisle after Kinsenosato's loss on day 14.
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    Natsu 2016 Videos- Days 1-15

    Thanks for this, and everything you have done over the years. It's just awesome.
  25. People like to make fun of Goeido but you got to give him credit today. He took the same forearm smash that laid Ikioi out the other day and kept chugging. Without the slip this was a very good match against Hakuho.