Sue

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  1. Sue

    Kyushu 2021 discussion

    Oh, good, Shohozan won. I had hoped he'd win that final bout at home, especially if we don't see him again.
  2. Clearly, the title of "Next Ozeki" will be at stake in that match. I can't quite figure out whether it goes to the winner, though, or to the loser.
  3. If Kagayaki survives and Shohozan retires, that'll be two intai and one suspension opening up the three promotion slots in Makuuchi, and nobody going down on the strength of their own record. How often does that happen? (And who gets the extra open slot in Juryo?)
  4. Wasn't there a thread fairly recently ("recently" as in "during TnoF's tsuna run") analyzing proposed tsuna runs, and didn't that thread conclude that J->Y and D->Y tended to yield favourable results? He'd need to Y outright, but a Takakeisho yusho in January might merit at least a thought in that direction, especially if it's a 13-2 J and not a 12-3 J that starts it.
  5. And he'll likely carry that torch all the way into Makuuchi on Christmas Eve, just in time for the lighting of the new torch.
  6. Sue

    Kyushu 2021 discussion

    He's kind of heavy, and not easy to throw very far.
  7. Sue

    Kyushu 2021 discussion

    It's almost as if they had schedules that forced them to face all of the top Sanyaku guys, in a basho in which all of Sanyaku was healthy.
  8. Sue

    Kyushu 2021 discussion

    In less bright news, stick a fork in Shohozan. Perhaps Santa might bring him a snazzy blue jacket?
  9. Sue

    Kyushu 2021 discussion

    From the first angle, it didn't. From the second angle, it did. Tough break either way.
  10. Sue

    Kyushu 2021 discussion

    "Takayasu, what's wrong with you?" I wish we could have Murray Johnson on commentary every day.
  11. Sue

    Kyushu 2021 discussion

    The woman in the upper left holding up the black-bordered photo of her dead husband (or father or brother) during the musubi no ichiban was poignant. Was she there on her own behalf, or to vicariously let her loved one see the basho?
  12. He didn't seem very jinxed against Shodai today.
  13. Sue

    Kyushu 2021 discussion

    Apparently, Tochinoshin didn't get the memo about everyone being healthy this time 'round.
  14. Sue

    Top 10 Sumo Records Aki 2021

    D'oh! That's what I get for only watching the sekitori.
  15. Sue

    Top 10 Sumo Records Aki 2021

    Hanakaze could get himself into a tie for 9th place by turning in an 0-15 performance next basho....
  16. Sue

    Hakuho retires

    Not only that, but the skills that make one a great sports champion and the skills that make one an effective administrator of a sports organization are different. Hakuho brings in a wealth of technical knowledge that would make him an effective shinpan, and his past experience in mentoring his kohais would make him an effective shisho, but for everything else involved in being part of the NSK, he's effectively starting over at the equivalent of Maezumo. Maezumo knowledge plus a Takanohana-sized ego is not a great combination; if Hakuho has the insight to realize this, he might come to a better end.
  17. Sue

    Hakuho retires

    Behind him, propping him up?
  18. I'd chalk that up to him being assigned last place in every "banzuke luck" decision, and I'd expect the same for Asanoyama. S1e -> M11e sounds appropriate, until you have half a dozen folks all landing around M11e from their records. Victimizing Asanoyama a bit more in that case, instead of underpromoting or overdemoting someone who'll actually be competing in the next several basho, is the right move.
  19. Sue

    Ichinojo acquires Japanese citizenship

    It's a shame that his back has been so fragile. When it isn't hurting, he's an absolute monster, and one can only speculate on what he might have been had it been healthy for his whole career.
  20. Sue

    Hakuho retires

    Welp, that's about as official as official gets.
  21. There's an opportunity for whoever lands at M18 to break the record for the lowest ranked makujiri yusho. No, seriously. Stranger (or equally strange) things have happened, and happened recently.
  22. Endo vs. Okinoumi: 10 wins each going into the match, and their head-to-head series tied at 10-10. That has to be a fairly rare occurrence.
  23. Right, which makes him a non-participant, not a participant who participated badly.
  24. No. He didn't stick around long enough to be genuinely awful. Shonanzakura still takes the title.
  25. If there's normally a shin-Yokozuna hangover in their first basho, Terunofuji is already outperforming that. He's currently on pace to finish Y-J-Y over his last three bashos. If he collapses over his last three matches, then there's a conversation to be had, but it's waaaaaaaay too early to be pressing the panic button on him.