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Kensho Standings (Kyushu 2004)

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Here we go again...

The Standings after Shonichi:

Rikishi         #         Yen
Kotomitsuki    17     935,000
Asashoryu      13     715,000
Toyozakura      6     330,000
Tochiazuma      5     275,000
Wakanosato      2     110,000
Roho            2     110,000
Kisenosato      2     110,000
Chiyotaikai     1      55,000
Hakuho          1      55,000
Kyokushuzan     1      55,000
Kaiho           1      55,000
Tamakasuga      1      55,000

Kotomitsuki hit the jackpot on day 1. Kaio's Tsuna hopes has generated a lot of sponser interest in his bouts and Mickey was the first to benefit. The Komusubi's defeat of Kaio netted him no less than 17 kensho.

Toyozakura found himself in the top 3 after defeating fan and sponser favorite Takamisakari.

Young Kisenosato generated some interest as well. Two kensho were placed on his bout with Elvis.

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After Day 2...

Rikishi         #         Yen
Asashoryu      18     990,000
Kotomitsuki    17     935,000
Kaio           10     550,000
Tochiazuma      9     495,000
Takamisakari    7     385,000
Toyozakura      6     330,000
Roho            4     220,000
Wakanosato      2     110,000
Hakuho          2     110,000
Kisenosato      2     110,000

Asashoryu added 5 kensho to his total, giving him 18 over the first two days. Back in September, the Yokozuna had 34 kensho placed on his first two bouts of the Aki basho.

By comparison, Kaio has had 27 kensho placed on his first two Kyushu bouts, while only 4 were placed on his first two in Aki.

Clearly, the sponsers have shifted their attention to the Ozeki and his tsuna push. It's also his home basho, which certainly accounts for some of the kensho increase.

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Good to see Kaio finally catching up on kensho, as he's been poignantly neglected in one of the best years he ever had.

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After Day 3...

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Edited by Zentoryu

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After Day 4...

Rikishi         #         Yen
Asashoryu      34   1,870,000
Kaio           26   1,430,000
Kotomitsuki    17     935,000
Takamisakari   13     715,000
Tochiazuma     12     660,000
Roho            8     440,000
Toyozakura      6     330,000
Kotooshu        6     330,000
Hakuho          4     220,000
Kyokutenho      4     220,000

The overall kensho numbers appear to be down this basho.

After the first four days the top 10 rikishi have picked up a total of 130 kensho between them. By comparison, the top 10 rikishi after the first four days of the Aki basho had 155 kensho between them, and none had less than 7.

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Are the numbers down because it is in Kyushu? I would think that would be the case being quite far from Toyko. (Eating...)

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After Day 5...

Rikishi         #         Yen
Asashoryu      42   2,310,000
Kaio           37   2,035,000
Takamisakari   19   1,045,000
Kotomitsuki    17     935,000
Tochiazuma     12     660,000
Roho            8     440,000
Kotooshu        7     385,000
Toyozakura      6     330,000
Wakanosato      4     220,000
Hakuho          4     220,000
Kyokutenho      4     220,000

Kaio took home 11 on day 5, while the Yokozuna notched 8. The gap between them dwindled and the Ozeki would actually be in front were it not for his day one loss to Kotomitsuki.

Takamisakari moved into his familiar third place position behind the leaders after he picked up the six envelopes placed on his bout with Shimotori.

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After Day 6...

Rikishi         #         Yen
Asashoryu      49   2,695,000
Kaio           46   2,530,000
Takamisakari   25   1,375,000
Kotomitsuki    17     935,000
Tochiazuma     12     660,000
Roho           10     550,000
Kotooshu        7     385,000
Toyozakura      6     330,000
Wakanosato      5     275,000
Hakuho          5     275,000

Not much change from yesterday.

Kaio continues to outdraw the Yokozuna in terms of kensho placed on his bouts.

He has a legit chance of becoming the first rikishi this year to earn more kensho than Asashoryu during a single tournament.

The overall numbers are definately down across the board, as outside of the top 3 and the now absent Tochiazuma, only Roho, Wakanosato and Hakuho appear to be drawing any sponser interest.

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Kaio continues to outdraw the Yokozuna in terms of kensho placed on his bouts.

He has a legit chance of becoming the first rikishi this year to earn more kensho than Asashoryu during a single tournament.

This will probably depend on who will when their match on senshuraku.

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Kaio continues to outdraw the Yokozuna in terms of kensho placed on his bouts.

He has a legit chance of becoming the first rikishi this year to earn more kensho than Asashoryu during a single tournament.

This will probably depend on who will when their match on senshuraku.

Yeesh. Can you imagine if we get a 14-0 Asashoryu versus a 13-1 Kaiou? Probably set a record for Kyushu kensho and might approach some of those huge numbers Asashoryu was getting earlier this year (which I'm sure someone will remind me what they were).

Need to make sure Dale or whoever has the capture card running. I still marvel at that one video of the banners that took two passes.

Edited by Mattjila

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After Day 7...

Rikishi         #         Yen
Asashoryu      58   3,190,000
Kaio           57   3,135,000
Takamisakari   31   1,705,000
Kotomitsuki    19   1,045,000
Roho           13     715,000
Tochiazuma     12     660,000
Wakanosato      7     385,000
Kotooshu        7     385,000
Hakuho          6     330,000
Toyozakura      6     330,000

Kaio added another 11 to his total after day 7 and closed to within one of Asashoryu.

Outside of this, there wasn't too much change in the standings. Takamisakari is 5-2 this basho and thus hasn't surrendered too many of the kensho placed on his bouts. So not too many windfalls for his opponents. ;-)

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After Day 8...

Rikishi         #         Yen
Asashoryu      73   4,015,000
Kaio           71   3,905,000
Takamisakari   37   2,035,000
Kotomitsuki    19   1,045,000
Roho           15     825,000
Tochiazuma     12     660,000
Wakanosato     10     550,000
Chiyotaikai     8     440,000
Hakuho          7     385,000
Kotooshu        7     385,000

For the first time this basho Yokozuna Asashoryu had more kensho placed on his bout than Kaio did on his. Asa picked up 15 in his matchup with Kotonowaka, while Kaio took home the 14 placed on his go around with Tamanoshima.

Chiyotaikai returned to the top ten for the first time since day 3. He only has 8 kensho from 4 wins though, a far cry from what Kaio and Asashoryu are getting.

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Yeesh. Can you imagine if we get a 14-0 Asashoryu versus a 13-1 Kaiou? Probably set a record for Kyushu kensho and might approach some of those huge numbers Asashoryu was getting earlier this year (which I'm sure someone will remind me what they were).

I hope Kaio and Asashoryu are 13-1 and 14-0 respectively on the last day. The excitement in Kyushu will be amazing and win or lose I think Kaio gets promoted!

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Yes, KaioU with 13-1 versus Asa with 14-0 on the last day.

KaioU wins, putting up a kettei-sen, in wich he demolishes Asa and gets the well-deserved tsuna, whilst the crowd goes wild, zabuton all over, people coming up and destroying the dohyo and Asa is forced to sign a contract that states he will be fired if he dares to take kensho-evveloppes with his left hand again...

Amazing!!

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After Day 9...

Rikishi         #         Yen
Asashoryu      83   4,565,000
Kaio           83   4,565,000
Takamisakari   37   2,035,000
Kotomitsuki    19   1,045,000
Roho           17     935,000
Tochiazuma     12     660,000
Wakanosato     10     550,000
Hakuho         10     550,000
Hokutoriki      9     495,000
Chiyotaikai     8     440,000
Kotooshu        8     440,000

And we have a tie!

OK, nothing to get really excited about, but it is the first time all year that Asashoryu hasn't held the solo lead in the kensho standings.

Hokutoriki makes his first appearance in the top ten courtesy of Takamisakari.

Poor Chiyotaikaia just isn't feeling the love this basho:

His comments from Jonosuke's Rikishi talk say it all:

Chiyotaikai (vs Shimotori) by Oshidashi

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"Here I am just about in my home territory (from Oita Prefecture in Kyushu) but I don't even get a single Kensho. I can't believe this. I am in debt every day."

Priceless. (In a state of confusion...)

On a side note, Asashoryu has passed the 1,000 mark in total number of Kensho won this year. He now has 1,008. I'm not sure, but I suspect that may be a record for total won in a single year.

At the current exchange rate, after deducting taxes, thats nearly $300,000 USD and should help push his total earnings for the year well above $1,000,000.

Edited by Zentoryu

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After Day 9...

Hokutoriki makes his first appearance in the top ten courtesy of Takamisakari.

Poor Chiyotaikaia just isn't feeling the love this basho:

His comments from Jonosuke's Rikishi talk say it all:

Chiyotaikai (vs Shimotori) by Oshidashi

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"Here I am just about in my home territory (from Oita Prefecture in Kyushu) but I don't even get a single Kensho. I can't believe this. I am in debt every day."

Priceless. (No, no, no...)

Takamisakari is finally collecting on his popularity/notoriety again. It's been a few tournaments since he's done this well. I guess the mid-ranked maegashira haven't got enough hunger for kensho to find the extra bit a strength to beat him.

It's nice to see Roho get in there. He and Hakurozan were pledging some part of theri winnings to the victims or that horrible incident at the school in north ossetia last basho. Since they apparantly hail from that region I'll bet the Ossetians are continuiong to benefit from Roho's success in some way. Hakurozan seems to be on a slower track however...

I feel for Chiyotaikai a bit. I would have thought that he would have more fan support in the November tournament but he has been rather lacklustre the past couple of tournaments. Also, Kaio comes from a much more highly populated prefecture, Fukuoka - also the location of the tournament. How many Oita companies even bother to buy kensho?

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After Day 10...

Rikishi         #         Yen
Asashoryu      94   5,170,000
Kaio           83   4,565,000
Takamisakari   43   2,365,000
Hakuho         23   1,265,000
Kotomitsuki    21   1,155,000
Roho           17     935,000
Wakanosato     13     715,000
Tochiazuma     12     660,000
Kotooshu        9     495,000
Hokutoriki      9     495,000

Asashoryu has the solo lead again.

Hakuho took one look at Kaio today and this is what he saw: (Greedy...)

Maybe not...

The M1w is indeed a bit richer today after he earned the 13 kensho placed on his matchup with the Ozeki.

Edited by Zentoryu

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After Day 11...

Rikishi         #         Yen
Asashoryu      94   5,170,000
Kaio           94   5,170,000
Takamisakari   43   2,365,000
Hakuho         34   1,870,000
Kotomitsuki    22   1,210,000
Roho           17     935,000
Wakanosato     13     715,000
Tochiazuma     12     660,000
Kotooshu        9     495,000
Hokutoriki      9     495,000

Kaio and Asa are even again after Asa's loss to Hakuho.

Hakuho has won 24 kensho over the last two days as he has defeated the top two ranked rikishi on the banzuke. He'll have the opportunity to add more against Chiyotaikai on day 12, though not very many kensho have been placed on Chiyo's bouts thus far, so the number may not be quite as high.

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After Day 11...

Rikishi         #         Yen

Hakuho         34   1,870,000

Hakuho has won 24 kensho over the last two days as he has defeated the top two ranked rikishi on the banzuke.

Hey, life must be pretty good if you are 19 years old and you've got 1.87 Mil Yen in your pocket (OK OK he has the half of that now but still..)

So the kid must be thinking, "Now if I can get that Kumagatani out of my back ..."

Just kidding... (Eating...)

I guess it's time to go to bed now... (Neener, neener...)

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After Day 12...

Rikishi         #         Yen
Asashoryu     109   5,995,000
Kaio           94   5,170,000
Takamisakari   43   2,365,000
Hakuho         34   1,870,000
Kotomitsuki    22   1,210,000
Roho           17     935,000
Miyabiyama     16     880,000
Wakanosato     13     715,000
Tochiazuma     12     660,000
Kotooshu       12     660,000

On a day of upsets, Asashoryu was the one top ranker who held true to form. He grabbed the 15 kensho placed on his bout and became the first rikishi to pass the 100 kensho mark this basho.

In fact, Asashoryu is the only rikishi this year to have collected over 100 kensho in a single basho. He's done it in all 6 tournaments this year, including 2 tournaments where he picked up more than 200 kensho.

Miyabiyama makes his first appearance on the top ten list after his stunning upset over Kaio.

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Late Thanksgiving reply from Mattjila!

In fact, Asashoryu is the only rikishi this year to have collected over 100 kensho in a single basho. He's done it in all 6 tournaments this year, including 2 tournaments where he picked up more than 200 kensho.

I imagine he is also the first/only to ever get 100 kensho per basho, right? Man...good run for Asashoryu.

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I imagine he is also the first/only to ever get 100 kensho per basho, right?  Man...good run for Asashoryu.

While I have no evidence to support this, I think it's highly probable that some of the big names of the past (Takanohana, Chiyonofuji, Kitanoumi, etc) may have had basho where they scored more than 100 kensho. In the case of Takanohana, this was certainly possible during the Waka/Taka boom of the mid-nineties.

Of course, I could be completely wrong....

Edited by Zentoryu

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After Day 13...

Rikishi         #         Yen
Asashoryu     125   6,875,000
Kaio          107   5,885,000
Takamisakari   43   2,365,000
Hakuho         34   1,870,000
Kotomitsuki    23   1,265.000
Roho           17     935,000
Miyabiyama     16     880,000
Kotooshu       16     880,000
Wakanosato     15     825,000
Tochiazuma     12     660,000

Both Asa and Kaio won, so no change at the top. Today was one of the few days of the basho that an Asashoryu bout drew more kensho than one of Kaio's.

Four kensho were placed on the highly anticipated (well on this forum anyway) bout between Kotooshu and Hakuho, with Osh walking away with the envelopes.

Inspite of not having competed since day 5, Tochiazuma is still in the top ten. Says a lot about the scarcity of kensho this basho compared to last.

Edited by Zentoryu

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After Day 14...

Rikishi         #         Yen
Asashoryu     148   8,140,000
Kaio          120   6,600,000
Takamisakari   43   2,365,000
Hakuho         39   2,145,000
Kotomitsuki    23   1,265,000
Roho           19   1,045,000
Miyabiyama     17     935,000
Kotooshu       16     880,000
Wakanosato     15     825,000
Tochiazuma     12     660,000

The sponsers placed a tournament high 23 kensho on the matchup between Yokozuna Asashoryu and Ozeki Chiyotaikai. There should be even more placed on the tilt between Asa and Kaio on Senshuraku.

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