[sumo] What's Next?
klemmerj at webtrek.com
Sun Apr 5 22:38:59 EDT 2009
Jack Gartin wrote:
> Greetings Loyal People of the SML,
> Post-basho thoughts and provocations (for discussion), Here's some things
> to argue, gently, about:
Here's my completely unsupported and meritless opinions on these.
> Lots of stuff to watch for in May:
> 1. Will Asa come back - strong?? Or will we see him slowly give up his
> dominance of the sport? And perhaps retire??? I'm betting the latter by the
> end of this year or first quarter of next. He's the kind of guy when he's
> no longer king of the sandbox, picks up his toys and goes home. And when he
> does retire I'm betting it's not gonna be pretty.
If he can get his body back into pre-psychotic breakdown shape I can
see him raising back to the top. I don't think we'll ever see another
90-0 year (ok, it wasn't actually that but it sure did feel like it).
> 2. Will Kisenosato redeem himself and move back up to sekiwake? Or is he
> due for a slide, at least for a while?
If I keep choosing him in Bench Sumo he's going to plummet.
> 3. Will Goeido - along with Kise - the two hopes for the future - move/stay
> into sanyaku this next tournament or will they hold Goeido back and see if
> he stays strong then move him in July.
I'd love to see Guido cranking up the ranks but I think he's going to
need a little more seasoning. Paprika, maybe. Or cumin.
> 4. WHAT WILL KAIOU DO? Even the vernacular press is starting to ask if it
> isn't time to go. Not just the foreigner fans. I think/agree he wants to
> hang in and retire in/after Fukuoka in November. But the pressure may get
> to be too much. Certainly the body is visibly failing.
I'm not sayn' nutin' 'bout Kaio. Every time I thought he was ready for
the scrap heap he busts out a great Basho. It would be great to see him
go out with a Yusho but at this point almost all of Sanyaku through M3
would have to be out.
> 5. Same applies to Chiyo. Can he come back? There's got to be some soul
> searching going on at the heya these days about his future. Remember his
> Shisyo (master) is Chiyonofuji (Kokonoe) who brooks no silliness or
> slacking. Hmmmmmm? BUT, he's the highest ranking Kokonoe beya rikishi and
> Kokonoe may want to keep him going for a while yet.
Taikai could probably milk a few more years out of Sumo.
> 6. Is this the beginning of the Hakuho era - much as Taiho, Chiyonofuji and
> Takanohana started??? Has he got it all together and now just gets smoother
> and better? Gonna be a lot of fun this year and LOTS of changes coming, I
I'd love to see an Asa-Hakuho era. Having two monster Yokozuna would
be fun and it might get more butts in the seats, too.
> 7. Then there's Baruto. He looks increasingly like a strong candidate for
> Ozeki maybe late this year. His sumo is getting better and he's already
> strong as an ox. He just has to figure out how to deal with guys who are a
> lot shorter than he is. Get lower at the tachiai and plow forward seems to
> be the answer. We'll see.
Godzilla... I mean Baruto is a favorite of mine. Primarily because
he's built like I was WAAAAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYYYY back in the day. Big ol'
white boy with a belly. But his Sumo is good and if he can get an edge
on his weaknesses I'm thinking Ozeki, too.
> 8. And LAST - really - of all: Who is gonna be the next Yokozuna
> candidate? That's always fun to watch for. There'll be some false starts,
> of course, but somebody will finally surface above the crowd and start a run
> for it. Maybe not this year but the beginnings should start to turn up.
> No, I don't think it'll be Harumafuji. Slick and fast, technically very
> good, but he loses his concentration at the darnedest times and, then, loses
> the match(es). It's gotta be somebody with focus and technical skill. I'm
> watching Goeido. He looks like he's got the 'right stuff' but we'll see.
> Kisenosato, although strong and improving technically, doesn't seem to have
> the tight focus required. He'll be an ozeki soon, but probably not yokozuna
Here is where I have no clue. Well, I have no clue about the previous
seven questions but here I can't even pretend I have an idea.
> There now, Let's have a civilized discussion about these and any other
> topics to fill in the slack, non-basho time.
Heh, that would be a nice change of pace.
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