[sumo] Wakanoho - 2 interviews
hal6671 at sbcglobal.net
Tue Sep 30 21:15:09 EDT 2008
-->One radical solution might be for the Ozeki to face each other
-->earlier in the tournament, and for them to face lower ranked
-->rikishi with competitive records during the latter days, more than
-->is currently done. Even more radical would be for the final day's
-->matches to be announced after the day 14 results are known, so that
-->there are more rikishi with 7-7 records facing each other, including
-->I don't know that even I would appreciate that major a deviation
-->from tradition, but it's a thought.
Acturally I think they may have made a part of that change already. I
recall several years ago that the Senshuraku Torikumi wasn't announced until
after day 14 was complete but in those days you almost never had 2 rikishi
with 7-7 records facing each other.
Now it's not unusual as in this Aki basho to have 3 or 4 matches with both
participants at 7-7. Perhaps they started doing that to help alleviate the
yaocho claims. If so pitting all 7-7's (when possible) against each other
would probably help.
In the great scheme of things, with the Ozeki's we've got now matching them
up earlier in the basho would probably improve the quality of those bouts.
Hal "Chisaiyama" Shaver
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