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  1. All of Kintamayama's inages show up for me as "posted image."

    It doesn't seem like they are old enough to have expired . . .

    I really would like to see more images of these recruits!

    EDIT: Ok, not at all, but quite a few on page 1 of the thread.

  2. Kotooshu doesn't deserve the rank of Yokozuna. He doesn't possess the correct technical way. He's too monotonous, with a very good condition in a classic style but not too various.

    Are you familiar with the term, "Yokozuna-zumo"?

    I'll take that bet. Without two yusho I'd put the chance at zero.

    Very well, my good sir! My position is that with a 15-0 zenyusho and a 14-1 junyusho, Kotooshu will get promoted to Yokozuna. You believe he will not get promoted with such a record. If he fails to reach 15-0 and 14-1, the bet is off. If he wins two yusho the bet is off. What shall our stakes be? The chances of our bet becoming valid seems quite small, so we might as well make them high! (Holiday feeling...)

    Since your bet is sealed I believe I can safely add my two cents. Hana, you have cut your chances potentially in half! You were at liberty to set up the scenario, but allowed any combination of the two scores to initiate the bet. The only way you can lose is to begin with the zensho and follow up with the 14-1 yusho playoff loss.

    And I suppose it is implied but not stated explicitly that we are beginning only from Ozeki: Osh can be demoted to sekiwake and earn his zensho from there, and then following up with a 14-1 playoff loss he could not even be considered for promotion. In fact, not even with back to back zensho.

  3. This basho I will not be distracted with Chuck and miss the deadline. Last basho I wrote the entire banzuke guess out and just forgot to enter it and half way through banzuke day I realized that I hadn't submitted! Duh! Ok I am going now to enter!!!!

    I can't now remember what I was distracted by, but I tried to submit a day too late!!! Actually I didn't even know February was coming to an end and missed my own mother's birthday:-(

    Sorry MoM...

    And of course, I would have landed a respectable 12-3 had I known what day I was living and breathing.

    And so it goes.

  4. News item from Fox news:

    The strongman later told police he was a professional sumo wrestler."

    Fox in particular being the most "entertainment-based" of the media giants, let's not forget how blurry the media plays the line of "professional" in sumo. [i.e. no line at all...] This could be Alan Karaev for all we know, or worse yet some self-styled sumo star like the one that was posted from an American late night talk show.

  5. It's simple, they both try to avoid butting heads. Of course, they sometimes fail, and the consequences can be more than unpleasant - see for example the keiko Kotooshu headbutt breaking Harumafuji's tooth.

    Seems to me (=utter layman) that at the speed at which the rikishi come out of tachiai, one can avoid a butt only when one has some prior idea where the opponent's head is moving

    I think the heads are colliding far more often than we are aware of it. It all happens so fast an d unless the replay is focused in the upper body at just the right angle we might miss it.

  6. I was just wondering a bit about the history of tegata making in sumo specifically how long the practice has been going on. How did it begin? What are some of the oldest tegata in existence? What are some of the esoteric rules and/or traditions (if any) regarding tegata. I've been trying to build a small collection for myself and was hoping to find out more about the practice.


    Mainly just bumping, but I can tell you the only rule I (think I) know: only Sekitori can make them.

    Not sure how longstanding a rule it is, so hopefully this bait will bring out the experts.

  7. No one is really saying they don't like Bushuyama, we just didn't think he had what it takes, and yet he obviously does . . . have something . . . that still strangely doesn't look how we thought it should


    Anyhow, much respect to the big saggy man on Pinocchio legs.

    And may I add a fresh one? Sagatsukasa!


    I wish him all the best, though I cannot imagine him sticking around another basho. And of course he has a ton of heart so he will probably surprise me. :-P

  8. Ms3w Nakanishi at 3-3 paid a Juryo visit to YMY who was 7-7. He went straight at him and earned his KK. YMY goes MK.

    Should have secured his juryo debut with that, too, to go alongside stablemate Kurosawa. (Double shikona change coming up?) Good basho for Onomatsu-beya, even in case this Takanohana thing isn't working out...

    I've seen this a few places, but I wonder why not go with Matsutani as the 4th promotee? I know in the Makushita joi there us a bit of deference for higher rank, but 4-3 from Ms3 vs 6-1 from Ms7, really? The former has a better track record but I contend that it is also a lot more common and therefore more chances of occurring in a dry basho. OTO, the latter has a higher "lowest" promotion value, which kind of indicates it is regarded with a higher value.

    Also, when is the official list released?

    EDIT: I dug a little deeper and examined every case of 6-1 from Ms7. There are only a handful of examples that pit the result in direct contest with a 4-3 from Ms3 and most of those are old, 2005 being most recent. Still, prior to 2005 we see every instance in the 21st century favoring Ms3 and even once 4-3 from Ms4. We have to go back to Hatsu 1979 for an example of the Ms7 being treated as the better result, and that with both candidates promoted to juryo. While Makushita banzuke-making has been less than usual the past few basho, I can see why everyone feels this is a safe bet.

  9. Sadly Futenou is not on a one basho slide. I don't think he has mentioned injuries yet. He hasn't had a KK for 7 bashos.

    Except of course that he had 7 wins against 4 losses just last basho... And considering it a seven-basho slide also obscures the fact that the first two MK were at ranks at which he wasn't going to be competitive anyway (just check his two years prior). So his "slide" consists of going 7-8, 6-9, 6-9, 5-10, facing essentially the same quality of opposition every time, followed by a bounceback basho in high juryo that was cut short by injury and now all of six days in which he has looked unexpectedly weak. (I wouldn't be surprised if his hamstring or something related is still bothering him.) That's not very impressive, but hardly reason enough to sound the career death knell.

    My OP did say "if he falls to makushita I'm afraid he's finished" or something. So at least I qualified my speculation. Less darts and more my personal worry and sad intuition.

  10. To all the Kaisei haters out there . . . (Bye, bye...)

    He looks poised for a new career high rank!

    After a minor 3-4 setback in Kyushu, he came down from high Ms6W to Ms10E.

    And from Ms10E >>> 5-2 !!!

    This should bring him to Ms4W, striking range at last :-D

    Kaishin, moto-Kainohama, also is perched on the verge of a new career high. One more win and he would have seen a divisional debut in Makushita.

    There's always Haru (Sign of approval...)

    Previous high:Sd20E

    From Sd21 >>> 4-3 should bring him to about Sd8 [sd5 - Sd11].

    And from there, another 4-3 is just enough to earn makushita promotion. Ganbatte kudosai!

  11. Wow, very happy to get my first (?) sansho, and runner-up is not bad. I only regret that the term jun-yusho is not usually applied to Juryo, ah well. Maybe since we all got 10-5 I can feel like it was a yusho-doten?

    Thanks Zentoryu for kicking off another year of a fantastic game (Sign of approval...)

  12. But Baruto is showing a better ability than Kotooshu's to change his sumo, and will make it to Ozeki in no time.

    Are you saying it took Kotooshu too much time for making it to Ozeki?

    Seems quite the opposite: Osh made it so quickly that his sumo was still green. There was a lot of talk about what needed to be improved for him to do honor to the rank. The leg injury didn't help matters much, but it took him years to correct his bad tachiai and high stance. And those are still at maybe 80%.

    I think Baruto is now showing potential to surpass Kotooshu in skill level. I don't think Osh at his best could have pulled off the maki-kae against Hakuho. I was completely surprised by the caliber of that win, and had to reassess my "not until 2011" position. If Baruto can inject that speedy sumo into the mix when it matters most, he will be ozeki in May.

    EDIT: forgot to mention that the uwatedashinage vs Kyokutenho was also quite a surprise and shows great potential.

  13. Alright, Kairiki, Shintaku and Asaamami have a win now. One step at a time.

    And go Kaisei! I didn't follow him until ILoveTochinoshin told me about him and we made signs for him in Nagoya. I'm glad he is doing so well, I hope this means his knee is healed (well, as well as anything ever heals for active rikishi I suppose).

    Chiyonofuji fought on endlessly with a chronically injured shoulder. AFAIK it eventually healed 150%. And word is he healed it with thousands of push-ups.

  14. No talk of it means nothing really. There have just been more pressing manners on everyone's (reporters') minds so the question was just never asked.

    With 13 it would definitely be discussed, though I imagine passed on without a win over a yokozuna as others have said. Even 13 wins without much forward moving sumo would likely fail, but Baruto doesn't seem to be doing much backpedaling this basho.

    I guess it's all moot if he can't get more than 11 wins... (Shaking head...)