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  1. Yamanashi

    Sekitori Leaderboard Hatsu Basho 2019

    Imagine a cultural anthropologist finding the Hatsu 2019 final results and trying to deduce the structure of Ozumo from that one piece of data: "The strongest wrestlers, or rikishi, are the Sekiwake, as shown in the final win/loss table. The Ozeki class contains veteran wrestlers who have passed their prime, but continue to hold rank as long as they maintain an 8-win average. The Yokozuna consists of recently retired rikishi who, as in golf, participate in the first few rounds for the sake of loyal fans, but remove themselves early in order to maintain their health. We admit to having no definitive idea what the Komosubi class does. Although more research is needed, we now believe that this rank contains rikishi who are being punished for some infraction. Perhaps the discovery of more banzuke will clarify some of our assumptions."
  2. Yamanashi

    Hatsu 2019 Sansho

    My thoughts too (would have given you a "Thanks", but reacticons seem to be harder to come by lately).
  3. Yamanashi

    Hatsu Basho 2019 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    Since the 50's, 5 rikishi have gone K-S-O in 3 basho: Wakahaguro, Tochihikari, Kaiketsu, Kirishima, Kaio. Their records are ... ah, hell, look it up!
  4. Yamanashi

    Hatsu Basho 2019 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    Gee, I don't know; the guy was in Sd this time four years ago ... so was Ryuden, and look where he is now ... this sounds like an ideal penny-stock candidate to me.
  5. Yamanashi

    Rikishi Status Hatsu 2019 - Final

    According to Kotooshu Naruto's website, Kotootori (35, top Ms40) has retired (picture with flowers). https://ameblo.jp/kotooshu-naruto/entry-12435425344.html I couldn't find news of this, so thought I'd add it here.
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    Hatsu Basho 2019 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    That one's easy to check, and fun! Just get Hakuho up on the db and look for three black dots in a row: 2007.7 (his first as a Yokozuna) 2012.5 2014.3 2015.9 (counting the fusen) 2015.11 2018.1 (w/ fusen) 2019.1 (this one) Incidentally, if you want a visual explanation of Hakuho's GOAT-ness, look at the db from 2007 - present.
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    Promotion/Demotion and Yusho discussion Hatsu 2019

    Since 1949 (3+ basho/year): Takanohana Koji 20.55 yo; Taiho 20.59; Kitanoumi 20.79; Hakuho 21.14; Kashiwado 21.75; Asashoryu 21.93; Takanonami 22.34; Kitao 22.38; Wakanohana Masaru 22.61; Takanohana Toshiaki 22.70 Takakeisho is just under 22.5 yo today, so 9th on this list.
  8. Yamanashi

    Hatsu Basho 2019 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    Regarding Mitakeumi going out for day 14: the only "conspiracy theory" item that caught my eye was the big stack of last-bout kensho that Takayasu picked up. That wouldn't have happened if Mitakeumi had withdrawn, would it?
  9. Yamanashi

    Hatsu Basho 2019 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    Well, I was making only a semi-serious point, to show that the 33-win limit is not a rule, it's a guideline. Where would one put a rikishi with 3 yushos in 4 basho? [Incidentally, there is a record of an M6e zensho yusho, with promotion to K1e next basho]
  10. Yamanashi

    Hatsu Basho 2019 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    Just spitballin' here, but imagine the following scenario: S1w Hotsitotsiyama gets a zensho yusho in basho A; injured after 3 wins, he ends basho B at 3-1-11. From his landing spot at M4w, in basho C he zenso yushos again, 15-0. From K1e in basho 4 he gets another 15-0. The NSK tells him "since you won back-to-back yusho, we're almost obliged to make you a Yokozuna ... but your 33 wins (twice) isn't sufficient to make you an Ozeki with that poor showing in basho B."
  11. Yamanashi

    Hatsu Basho 2019 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    Or what if he's winning his last bout and some defensive back hits him with his helmet and doesn't get a flag? (Sorry, bad analogy).
  12. John, do you have any stories about sekitori-tsukebito relationships that have continued after retirement?
  13. Yamanashi

    Hatsu Basho 2019 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    Imagine a duet with Ikioi crooning while Roga performs Tuvan throat singing. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qx8hrhBZJ98
  14. Yamanashi

    Hello from Phoenix, US!

    I don't know, we probably don't need any more low-energy newcomers like this guy ...
  15. Thank You John Gunning! I recognize some of the topics we on this Forum asked that you cover. Ganbarou!
  16. Yamanashi

    Greetings from Italy!

    Welcome aboard! Don't be shy about posting if you have something to say. It's a great group of fans.
  17. Yamanashi

    Hatsu Basho 2019 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    You make good points, but when I think of the sports I grew up with -- baseball, football, basketball, all team sports -- a big injury to a participant didn't take the team out of action. And when someone is injured in those sports, they are put on Injured Reserve and get a year to heal a busted knee or shoulder; they're not penalized with deep demotion. Boxing and MMA are similar to sumo, of course, but they take months to train between fights. Also, I personally am not a fan of MMA, and don't watch sumo hoping for injuries as I know many MMA fans do. Mostly, I feel very bad about rikishi like Ura and Chiyonokuni who may have to intai, or exist as Makushita zombies for another few years.
  18. Yamanashi

    Have a go at a Haiku!

    Maybe "Yokozuna no more" was his way of saying "Yokozuna with omission"
  19. Yamanashi

    Have a go at a Haiku!

    In honor of the new movie about the poet Kitahara Hakush ("Konomichi"), here is a tanka poem about this basho: "Make your muscles big! Good for shoving and pulling; Make your body fat! Good for pushing and staying; Hope you never hurt your knee."
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    Hatsu Basho 2019 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    Everyone talks about "scandals affecting the popularity of Sumo", which are about individual actions for the most part. Watching today's bouts, though, makes me wonder how many potential fans will turn away in horror at the utter carnage. It was sad, and difficult to watch.
  21. Yamanashi

    Videos Hatsu 2019- Days 1-15

    I LOVE the highlights. (But I won't sign up for more Google in my life to vote on it.) And I love the homage to 80's TV : "Previously ... on Kintamayama"
  22. Yamanashi

    Acceptable Ozeki Record?

    OK, based on a puny statistical modelling project, Ozeki should get 9 wins per basho. Case closed!
  23. Yamanashi

    Day 9 pics overview Hatsu 2019

    "I want to be a part of it ... Sao Paulo, Sao Pauloooooooooo"
  24. Yamanashi

    Hatsu Basho 2019 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    (rim-shot emoji)