Eikokurai

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  1. Eikokurai

    Aki 2022 discussion (results)

    All the Ozeki and the Yokozuna losing is no longer a noteworthy event.
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    Aki 2022 discussion (results)

    Well, that was fun, but also pretty dire sumo. Looked like a veteran's bout at jungyo.
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    Aki 2022 discussion (results)

    All the Ozeki lose again ...
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    Aki 2022 discussion (results)

    Shodai is only the third Ozeki to have 1 win by day 9 and the previous two don't count as they were in 1909 and 1915 when the basho was only 10 days. Also, they included kyujo. Shodai is therefore the first ever Ozeki to makekoshi on day 9. http://sumodb.sumogames.de/Query_bout.aspx?show_form=0&day=9&rank1=O&wins1=1
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    Aki 2022 discussion (results)

    Kiribayama sends our last Ozeki yusho hope crashing onto his arse.
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    Aki 2022 discussion (results)

    Congratulations to Shodai for achieving kadoban status again. I love this guy's consistency.
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    Aki 2022 discussion (results)

    Takakeisho seems to be showing a little more thinking during the bout, setting his balance before going for the charge, sensing the timing better. Maturing rather than developing his style per se. Making smarter decisions.
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    Aki 2022 discussion (results)

    He was one of the most consistent rikishi in the division from his yusho onwards: 12Y-7-10-11-10-11-12J-1K-11J-10-7K-suspended.
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    Aki 2022 discussion (results)

    Well, you expect everyone to lose to Hakuho. I'm thinking of pairings where a recognized talent has an unexpected losing record to one who is seen as pretty mediocre or at least not as good, or a pairing which is surprisingly balanced. Kakuryu-Myogiryu is kind of an example of the latter. Only 11-10 in the Yokozuna's favour. All but two of those bouts had Kakuryu as an Ozeki or Yokozuna. Myogiryu beat Kakuryu four times in a row while Kak was an Ozeki, and of the 9 bouts they had while Kak was a Yokozuna, Myo won 4! Mind you, Kakuryu has a few other cases like this including Tochiozan (24-21 to Kak) and Aminishiki (17-15 to Kak,), although most losses were when Kak was a Maegashira so these are less interesting examples. Tomokaze has a perfect record against Kakuryu ... both kinboshi! (Yeah, two wins, not really enough data points there ... haha).
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    Aki 2022 discussion (results)

    I left a suggestion for Sumo Prime Time to do a series on rikishi head-to-heads, but not only the obvious ones like Yokozuna v Yokozuna, also less obvious ones like an inexplicable nemesis where one otherwise talented rikishi just can’t handle a certain guy in particular. I can’t think of an example off the top of my head but I know I’ve seen some over the years.
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    New Restaurant in Dubai

    This looks awful and only reaffirms my belief that I’d hate Dubai and the sort of people who like it.
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    Aki 2022 discussion (results)

    Takayasu on 6-1 and in an excellent position to blow another yusho opportunity.
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    Hiro Morita’s “Sumo Prime Time”

    I’m wondering if Hiro, the NSK and NHK are sort of admitting defeat in the battle against the unofficial digests, so trying to do something a little different to give people a reason to watch. By focusing on just a few key players in the yusho race, it gives a little more space for some commentary. The digests just show the action; Hiro is trying to tell the stories like we do here on the forum. It’s nothing groundbreaking, but I can see a reason for doing it that way. Yet another highlights video won’t give SPT any unique IP other than maybe some different camera angles.
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    How many languages do we cover?

    English and Chinese, with some basic Japanese and French, though mostly receptive for both of those.
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    Aki 2022 discussion (results)

    I’m a little puzzled by talk of him being pressured into retirement. He managed a perfectly respectable 11-4 last basho, off the back of a 13-2 yusho. He’s dropped out of only one tournament so far (possibly two now) and managed 11-15 wins in the five basho he has completed at the rank. This is nowhere near bad enough to force him out or place any sort of mandatory benchmark on him for November to save his career. Usually we’re saying how even not at his best he’s still the best in the ring. He’s spent a full year at the rank and has averaged 11 wins a basho even with that withdrawal. Without the withdrawal counted, it’s 12.6 wins a basho. Perfectly good. Edit: It was a 12-3 yusho, not 13-2, which slightly alters the averages but not by much.
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    Aki 2022 discussion (results)

    Losing stupidly while young and rising rapidly through the ranks is no big deal; it’s how the rikishi responds that matters. Hoshoryu seems to be learning. Talent needs to be honed and that only comes with experience. Early career records don’t capture how quick of a study a rikishi is.
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    Aki 2022 discussion (results)

    Nishikigi is 2-3 and has been fighting competitively. Seems a little early for talk like this.
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    Aki 2022 discussion (results)

    Tamawashi yusho ... ?
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    Aki 2022 discussion (results)

    Shodai taking another basho off while banking the pay cheques ...
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    Aki 2022 discussion (results)

    Kiribayama has shown some real grit this basho so far, even when losing. Another hard-fought win against Ichinojo means he's beaten two of the three Sekiwake.
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    Aki 2022 discussion (results)

    Anyone else starting to feel he may ultimately end up shading his brother?
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    Hiro Morita’s “Sumo Prime Time”

    I thought it was Enho.
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    Hiro Morita’s “Sumo Prime Time”

    That was a fun one. Not much new in terms of info but good to have the sekitori involved and I like the idea of a feature on the previous basho’s champion (though it probably wouldn’t have worked in Hakuho’s day …)
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    Hiro Morita’s “Sumo Prime Time”

    Maybe it can be added to the list of privileges, updated for the 21st century: As you rise, you get more social media coverage to help build your personal brand. At Makushita, your face gets shown. At Juryo, you are identified by name. At Makuuchi, your bouts are shown. At Sanyaku, you get your own profile video with interviews.
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    Hiro Morita’s “Sumo Prime Time”

    I should think Hiro will try to strike a balance. No use attracting new fans if once you’ve got them you ignore them. You want repeat viewers/subscribers who keep coming back to drive up clicks and therefore revenue. It won’t be difficult to make content for newbies and seasoned fans. A lot of the time the same footage can be used for both, you just edit it differently. E.g. If Hiro makes a heya visit, he can grab footage of keiko to explain what keiko is to new fans, but also use the footage to talk about basho preparations that are of interest to existing fans who are curious about how their favourite rikishi are doing.