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  1. Harumafuji Intai Speculation

    While retirement is arguably on the table for any of the four current Yokozunas, Harumafuji proved his mettle by winning this tournament despite a horrible start. The fact that he has told the press that he has his sights set on double-digit yushos (i.e., 10), I suspect he is not actively contemplating snipping his mage just yet. If anything, he can derive confidence from his latest victory. If Harumafuji does in fact retire before the end of 2018 (as suggested by Gurowake), I feel that at least one of the other Yokozunas will retire before him.
  2. Kensho Aki 2017

    This might be the most kensho that Harumafuji has ever won in one tournament. I have records going back to the 2014 New Year Tournament. From then until now, the most he has won is 309 (2016 Autumn). He must be delighted to take home 385 kensho prizes in this tournament. The purse in his final bout against Goeido totalled 56 kensho, according to Sanspo records. I will just point out that during the NHK broadcast, the commentator stated that there were 55 kensho on the bout. Just another discrepancy, I guess...
  3. Bout-Length Aki 2017

    I crunched all the numbers, and came up with the average bout length for Aki 2017: 6.979 seconds. Harumafuji beat Goeido twice in 7.2 seconds! Now, that's determination!
  4. Quote of ze day-Aki Basho 2017

    What a thoughtful thing to do! Just when I thought my impression of Harumafuji couldn't get any higher... When I saw Harumafuji doing butsukari with Terutsuyoshi, I couldn't understand why he would choose to practice with someone significantly lighter than Goeido. All his regular, bulky tsukibito were just standing there doing nothing. But I have to say, I loved Terutsuyoshi's green shorts!
  5. Basho Talk - Aki 2017 (SPOILERS)

    I heard the NHK (Japanese) commentators spot the possible infraction during the broadcast. However, if the judges fail to call a mono-ii to review it immediately after the referee makes his decision, then there is no way it will get "rectified", IMHO. Sumo regulations seem to get summed up as "what's done is done".
  6. Basho Talk - Aki 2017 (SPOILERS)

    Start snorting, my friend!
  7. Sansho Speculation

    This thread does contribute to Sumo Forum. I, for one, enjoy the speculation process, and other than who will win the Emperor's Cup each tournament, the next most interesting thing is to try to second guess what the Sansho selection committee will decide. Presumably, they wait until the last few days until they meet and vote on the winners, but anyone is free to consider likely candidates based on performance that changes from day to day.
  8. Basho Talk - Aki 2017 (SPOILERS)

    I watched both mattas in slow motion. In the first case, Yoshikaze charged before Arawashi had his left hand down. In the second case, Arawashi charged but did not appear to get both hands down before he charged. But it was very, very close. His right baby finger may have skimmed the dohyo, and his left hand came quite close indeed. It was nothing as blatantly false-start worthy as the Kotoshogiku v. Harumafuji bout on Day 3. Yet neither the referee nor the shimpancho called a matta! That particular loss, stupid as it was, was extremely costly to Harumafuji in hindsight. The referees and judges are inconsistent at best, and they deserve censure just as much as the wrestlers who fail to "toe (fists down behind) the line".
  9. Basho Talk - Aki 2017 (SPOILERS)

    While most of us are focused on the possibility of an exciting finish in the Makuuchi Division, the Juryo Division is equally tantalizing. While Kotoyuki currently has the lead at 10-4, there are about five wrestlers with a 9-5 record. There is the possibility of a multiple playoff situation for the Juryo yusho, but it all depends on whether Abi can defeat Kotoyuki. In short, if all 9-5 wrestlers win their final bouts, there will be a 6-wrestler playoff. If either Aminishiki or Homarefuji ends up winning the Juryo yusho, there will be some momentum for Haurmafuji to win so as to affect an Isegahama Stable sweep (with two come-from-behind victories). That's my dream result. P.S., If Harumafuji wins his 9th yusho, I will (have to) change my avatar!
  10. Basho Talk - Aki 2017 (SPOILERS)

    At last, Sadanoumi is winning some bouts. After withdrawing for the start of the tournament, he returned on Day 6, only to lose 7 straight bouts. For a while there I was thinking, what was the point of returning to the ring if he wouldn't win any bouts? He could have just sat out the whole tournament (healed more), and the resulting drop in his ranking would be the same. Now that he has won two bouts, I guess that drop won't be quite as severe. The question is whether he will get enough wins to stay in the Makuuchi. I wonder if there have been any Top Division wrestlers who went kyujo at the beginning of a tournament, and returned only to lose all their bouts (i.e., 8 or more)? Returning to the ring after Day 8 makes less sense to me, although anything is better than nothing – except in the hypothetical case mentioned above.
  11. Sansho Speculation

    I wouldn't say that the other 12 you mentioned necessarily have a shot at the Shukunsho though. But I completely agree with you that Takakeisho will probably have to win his next two bouts for serious consideration.
  12. Basho Talk - Aki 2017 (SPOILERS)

    He's probably enjoying a pity party with stablemate, Kisenosato... (forgive my insensitivity)
  13. Sansho Speculation

    I see you've dropped Kotoshogiku as a potential candidate. Given the discussion above, I am inclined to agree with you. But now that Takakeisho has defeated both Harumafuji and Goeido, do you think he has a shot? I'm putting my vote on Takakeisho, especially if Takanohana has a say in the Sansho selection.
  14. Basho Talk - Aki 2017 (SPOILERS)

    Just watched the Takarafuji v. Endo bout. Endo had a chance to keep pace with Harumafuji, but Takarafuji burst that bubble! The sponsors were definitely interested in the bout, throwing 17 kensho at it. There was even an extra banner from Nagatanien. Takarafuji seems to have Endo's number having won the last five meetings in a row. Takarafuji not only secured his KK, but also took home 17 kensho prizes! He'll definitely be in the mood to celebrate. Hope Endo hasn't aggravated his injury, though.
  15. Basho Talk - Aki 2017 (SPOILERS)

    I believe ichidai toshoyori Yokozunas like Takanohana are allowed to keep their shikona, hence the same kanji.