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  1. nagora

    What makes a great ozeki?

    I guess that regularly defeating the current ozeki would be one criterion, although if you're not also hitting the 11 wins average (or similar) maybe it's just a criterion for demoting the ozeki!
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    What makes a great ozeki?

    Clearly, a "great" ozeki is one that gains the rope. It's hard to see any argument that someone that never makes that promotion is "great" unless perhaps it's due to injury and retirement. A good ozeki is one that is generally losing only (and not always) to higher ranked opponents or the eventual Basho winner. It could certainly be argued that a strong Yokozuna can prevent an otherwise "great" ozeki from getting the final promotion, but history suggests otherwise. But, there is a subjective aspect to "great" in any sport. For some it's a numbers/stats question; for others style is an indispensable aspect and a competitor can rake in the championships and not earn respect, while others with poorer records are admired. I think for most people, there is a sweet-spot where ability and style meet to create a "great". And once comparisons are made between generations - between rikishi who never met - the subjectivity goes off the charts. Who was better? Ali or Tyson?
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    Nagoya 2023 discussion (results)

    I agree.
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    Nagoya 2023 discussion (results)

    There's been a noticeable tendency to push up on his chin, which I guess is easier because everyone else is starting so far below his chin and of course it makes it hard for him to see what he's doing or reach for the mawashi.
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    Nagoya 2023 discussion (results)

    Lot of balance issues today. I'm starting to feel sorry for young Hokuseiho; he just looks gormless out there at the moment, all height and no experience. Abi seem to have completely lost his focus while Tobi seems to have found an intensity that I don't normally associate with him. I'm not saying he has lasers coming out his eyes or anything but he seems to have a bit less of the relaxed attitude. Give him a gold star - oh, that's right, they already did!
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    Nagoya 2023 discussion (results)

    And if you want your opponent not to do foot sweeps don't do one yourself first. I've felt many times that Terunofuji's style/stance invites kicks that never come because of respect for him and his injuries. But that's not the game and his ceremony yesterday was very stiff and uncomfortable, so I doubt he would have completed the basho anyway. I don't know about Shodai. Is it possible he has a twin brother somewhere that turns up when the real one is busy doing something else?
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    Nagoya 2023 discussion (results)

    That was my view too. Tobi still won the bout, though. I thought he was going to have a heart attack in the post-match interview. He almost looked as wobbly walking in as Teru did. Match of the Basho, I think. It'd certainly be grand if we get something better down the line! "And the crowd goes wild" :D
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    Haru 2023 discussion (results)

    I guess Shodai has decided that he needs to take a run-up at the rope. A long run-up.
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    Hatsu 2023 discussion (results)

    The Kama Sutra has an entire section about what to do in these situations (I kid you not).
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    Hatsu 2023 discussion (results)

    That's not an upsent; Meisei was promoted far out of his depth.
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    Hatsu 2023 discussion (results)

    The wind was from the west today.
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    The end?

    As far as I know it's limited to users in East Asia. No use at all to people like me in the UK. As someone up-thread said: it's as if NSK doesn't want Sumo to spread. I know they may have a perception that they would have to do localisations and stuff but really, if you want to watch Sumo you'll probably not worry about the language issue at least while watching the matches themselves.
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    The end?

    YouTube has basically no staff for this. If someone complains about copyright, then you get a strike. To reverse that you need to go beyond just saying "fair use" or even "public domain"; YT doesn't care and doesn't have time to check. By and large you need to show that the strike request was malicious and fraudulent. If it really came from someone who looks like they probably do own the copyright then as far as YT is concerned that's the end of it. YT is one of those modern Internet companies who's business model is "If we did this right/well we would go bust, so we'll do it badly and make money".
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    Kyushu 2022 discussion (results)

    Henka are disappointing. It's as simple as that. They're not skilful and they're not entertaining in some other way, so the crowd generally is bored and fans of the loser are annoyed, only the supporters of the winner are happy (and not even all of them). So they leave at best a feeling of anti-climax and at worse an ill-defined feeling of cheating. As long as they are enforcing the "touch the ground" rule on the tachiai most of the time then it will be effective. If you go back to Chiyonofuji's day you'll see plenty of bouts where they basically start by waving at the floor and are upright from the off; there's no pretence of actually touching down.