I want to talk a bit about the Geek this morning because this afternoon is likely to be a pivotal moment in the Geek’s rise to Ozeki. A couple of days ago, I selected Homasho as my pick for the next Ozeki, and Valentine brought to my attention the fact that the Geek is in the running for ozeki promotion, perhaps following the end of this basho.
In my mind, Ozeki promotion involves a bunch of old, retired sumo types sitting around a table and getting blasted together. At the end of the night, if the drunkest one farts in his sleep, and the least drunk one happens to smell it, a new Ozeki is promoted.
Ok, so maybe there is a little more structure to it than that. I know for one thing, that 30 wins over the course of three basho is the minimum requirement, but that is just a minimum. The Geek actually had exactly 30 wins over the prior three tournaments when he came into this current tournament.
Here are a few things to think about. The natsu basho wasn’t technically a honbasho. As such, does the Geek’s record at that tournament count? For that matter, will they allow the Geek’s record to bridge the great yaocho debacle of 2011, or will they require that he gets all his qualifying wins in the new Era of Yaocho Free Sumo and Prosperity For All?
Another question is this: if Hakuho doesn’t allow the Geek to win (Haruma’s performance the other day seems to indicate that the Mongolians are not exactly going easy on the Geek), will he be allowed to promote? The last Ozeki I saw promoted was Kotooshu, and he won the entire tournament. That is quite a contrast to the Geek, who lost to an Ozeki, and is two losses off the winning record.
Just some thoughts for you all this morning.