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    New ozeki Asanoyama

    It remains to be seen if he will perform at the rank. He got promoted despite not "forcing any hands", his run including fusens 2 fusens and 32 wins instead of 33, not beating a Yokozuna during his campaign. I think it is a gamble to derive from what you widely use as criteria to promote a relatively unproven commodity, Yusho or no, potential or not. Tochinoshin failed at Ozeki, but nobody can deny his record to be worthy of promotion. 37 in 3, all from joi and higher, Yusho and Jun Yusho, wins over Kakuryu and Hakuho... all of this is an undeniable promotion. Asanoyama performed well, but as recently as last year they denied a guy who got 33 at the same level promotion and asked for another ten win performance. So yeah, imo they are taking a gamble by taking a guy who fell short regarding numbers and bestowing the honor (or burden) of Ozeki onto him. I hope he does and believe he is absolutely capable of doing well and I'm a happy to see him promoted, but It's now his turn to proove that the promotion wasn't premature.
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    New ozeki Asanoyama

    Asanoyama in my opinion has the definite upside/potential to be an Ozeki. His promotion and the circumstances surrounding it put him in a position where some expect him to perform results to confirm the choice after the fact. Therefore, I'd consider his promotion a gamble by those in charge, but with good odds. Takakeisho deserved promotion and I find it weird to say otherwise. He got enough wins and he had above .500 against top opponents for a string of tournaments.
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    Haru 2020 Basho Discussion (SPOILERS)

    It might have been a long while back since the two Yokozuna had exactly the same score going into senshuraku.
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    Haru 2020 Basho Discussion (SPOILERS)

    I know it's a joke and with their match as Yusho decider, both would show up 100%, so that if one of them couldn't compete, the other could pick up the fusensho. With that being said there has never been a Double Fusensho, has there. Also, my memory may fool me, but I remember reading somebody refusing either a victory (and maybe even subsequent Yusho) when he got a win, but this was back when draws and holds where commons. And I may be off....
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    Haru 2020 Basho Discussion (SPOILERS)

    I won't call it a robbery, but from the replays, decision reversal in Kakuryu's favour seemed the least justifiable decision. I still have trouble interpreting the shintai rule right, admittedly.
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    Haru 2020 Basho Discussion (SPOILERS)

    He had fusensho in two of his three sanyaku Basho, and only beat Kakuryu on one occasion. While I like his sumo and his skill impresses me, I am really on the fence regarding Ozeki Promotion, and very likely the kiyokai is aswell. If he wins out, he 100% gets it. If he beats Kakuryu, it is likely. If he beats - probably - Aoiyama, I'm not sure. If he loses both, no promotion. 31/42 with three consecutive losses to end the campaign aren't results worthy of promotion imo.
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    Haru 2020 Basho Discussion (SPOILERS)

    The guy from the Natto channel put and effect like this in his videos as a joke when Kakuryu dropped his first Match. He also edited a artificial sounding "whoooo" into the video on one of Terutsuyoshi's Salt throws. Nothing beats the Mario jump sound effect @Kintamayama edited in one of Kotoyuki's matches a while back though. I'm not sure if I can handle an Aoiyama Yusho. Kudos to the big guy, but I'm really not much of a fan.
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    Basho cancellation?

    I remember getting 39.5 or something when I had an infection as a kid. I remember how I thought I'd heard the doorbell, then I sat outside in front of our door, in below zero temperature startled how I got there. My brain felt fried. I wish Chiyomaru a speedy recovery, hope he gets cooled down properly.
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    Basho cancellation?

    I think at this point, the temperature itself seems even more worrying than even the question if it is a Corona Virus or not. 39.7 and 40 degree celsius on consecutive days is pretty darn serious, as in dangerous, for Chiyomaru himself.
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    Banzuke for Haru 2020

    Oh, I totally missed that. Thanks. It seemed so very special when it occured.
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    Banzuke for Haru 2020

    Thanks. The amount of unusual banzuke configurations over the last years is very interesting... Yokozuna-Ozeki after 38 years, seven sanyaku after 86 years, four Komusubi for the first time ever...
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    Banzuke for Haru 2020

    It hasn't happened a lot in the Post WW II era that there were only seven sanyaku ranked Rikishi, has it?
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    Nice photo, so own thread..

    It has been said a lot, but it bears repeatung: Araiso Oyakata looks very happy in almost all his Media appearances since retiring. It was heartbreaking seeing the desperation and tension in almost all his bouts post-injury in the final two years as Kisenosato. He seems to be at peace with himself, his path and his current situation, and this makes me very happy. Loving the photo.
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    Goeido to Retire

    I always have the feeling the Mongolians who are good at Yotsu, especially the Yokozuna, are willing to go chest to chest and not go all out in regards to resisting/trying to get last minute desperation throws at the tawara. I can understand the sentiment of considering this for an dishonest effort, but to me it seems to be more of a Gentlemen's agreement. Like when football (soccer) teams kick the Ball over the sideline when a player goes down with an injury or people in the early days of MMA not using punches to the groin or hairpulls despite those being allowed back then. If the idea / concept of dishonesty in Sumo is that you always approach every match in a way that yields the best (Match) result for you as an Rikishi, there are probably multiple dishonest efforts at least every Basho. Goeido would be to blame aswell, because with seven losses on the clock he decided not to go for what worked best for him during the last few years (aka bullrush pushouts), but went to a belt battle with Asanoyama, who is really good and had youth, strength and fitness on his side. To me it seemed as if Goeido decided against a more promising approach (regarding chances of winning) in favour of showing up and fighting a good fight. Hakuho (maybe) gifting Kotoshogiku a Yusho after a ten-year-wait is of course not in the same vein. But again, there is also a head game in sumo, like in every other sport. As soon as the mere thought of "well, maybe it's not bad if a Japanese wins this! And that Kotoshogiku dude is a nice guy... " enters the head, even if you decide to not throw the game, you will very likely not get into the right mode. It looks really iffy, but there is also the possibility of a big mistake accompanied by arguably the greatest of all time not getting his head into the game. I can definetly see a foundation for the points of @sekitori and @robnplunder
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    Goeido to Retire

    Maybe it's case of: "The bigger the lie, The harder it is to detect...", but if this was a fight thrown on purpose, the job was so poorly done, especially with the fresh Match fixing scandal not too far removed. I won't say it is a thrown fight, but I won't say I know this to be 100% legitimate contest. That being said, no matter how good you are, mistakes do happen, better athletes loose to lesser ones even in sports which are decided over way longer durations, due to Individual mistakes. A sumo bout tends to be over within seconds, a moment of doubt can easily be enough to break your rhythm and cost you the Match. It doesn't happen often to Hakuho, but this doesn't mean it can never happen to him.