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  1. 33 minutes ago, Jakusotsu said:

    But will he ever get the necessary numbers again? I doubt it very much since he also shares this habit of running hot and cold.

    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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  2. 1 hour ago, Yamanashi said:

    Everyone n - Hakuho N

    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).

  3. 2 hours ago, dingo said:

    Hmm, this could be a new sumo-based saying :

    Every Terunofuji has his Tamawashi. 


    Every Hoshoryuu has his Midorifuji. 


    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.

  4. On 16/09/2022 at 01:01, Seiyashi said:

    It's also possible he was busy on day 1 doing the day 1 video for SPT. 

    Speaking of which, SPT's basho coverage seems to be limited to rikishi of interest. Day 1 covered the sanyaku; today's covered the hitherto undefeated rikishi and threw in Ura's tsutaezori as a bonus. I can see why they'd do it and it would make sense for a casual international audience, although that makes SPT a bit less attractive to us relatively more hardcore fans who know where else to go for digests or other video content.

    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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  5. 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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  6. 47 minutes ago, Seiyashi said:

    When he won in those days he looked really good, but he could also lose in really stupid ways too. It was a combination of the former and his lineage that got the ōzeki hype started in the first place, much like the talk surrounding Ōhō, and as with all hype the expectations usually went beyond the actual results. 

    Who's the last rikishi to be hyped on here that actually made good on their potential in a timely and efficient fashion? 

    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.

  7. 1 hour ago, Gurowake said:

    If Takayasu keeps winning and Nishikigi keeps losing, we'll probably see Takayasu take the sanyaku matches normally intended for Nishikigi. Takayasu will presumably face those sanyaku with a heyamate in the top ranks (Terunofuji, Daieisho, Hoshoryu) regardless, but the Ozeki probably have their last maegashira matches Day 10-12 and normally by rank they'd be all against Nishikigi.

    Nishikigi is 2-3 and has been fighting competitively. Seems a little early for talk like this.

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  8. On 04/08/2022 at 02:39, Asashosakari said:

    I strongly doubt that a Kyokai-supported initiative will be spotlighting anything or anyone below juryo. Not because it would target a niche audience, but because it goes against the whole "you're only somebody once you're a sekitori" ethos.

    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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