I’m sitting here at work chatting away to fellow gentlemen about some sumo. Eventually I come to a realization of what may happen. I very well know that in about two hours my theory can be utterly disproved but hell I’m not the first gentleman on this site to be ridiculed.
Here’s the theory..
I don’t think its a stretch to think that Kisenosato is being prepared to head up. Previously I only thought that it was to be an Ozeki, but thinking more on it …perhaps Yokozuna. In the wake of public realizations of bout-fixing, two rikishi were promoted, Geek and Kise. From before this I think that the Sumo Assoc. were thinking about doing something with Kise, and Geek just happened to be in the right place at the right time. They focused on Geek first for promotion in the short term to take eyes off of Kise for any possible bout fixing. So when it happened, there was a big uproar with Geek being promoted and the next month Kise being promoted was just an after thought (not really but you get the picture).
After talking with Briton-Meyer, I theorize that the Sumo Association perhaps are putting pressure on Team Mongolia to not yusho this basho. In other words Hakuho has to lose at least once. Yesterday we know that he lost to Kak. Hakuho probably knew he had to lose and decided to give a handy to his compatriot. Now this is where today can break my theory:
1. Kise will beat Hakuho today. -> This puts Hakuho completely out of the running for yusho, and it positively contributes to Kise promotion cred.
2. Haruma will beat Baruto today. -> Briton-Meyer pointed out it wasn’t essential , but I think it will happen. This allows Team Mongolia to make up more ground for Hakuho’s forced losses and causes Baruto to drop to a tie with Kise.
Now if these two things happen I predict the two will fight against each other either Saturday or Sunday. Kise will win and win the yusho.
This will ultimately continue the media uproar and in the next basho show a higher sumo turn out. Then maybe in a few more basho with Kise scoring high marks … a promotion to Yokozuna.
Which will overall help Sumo’s popularity in Japan. So, who really loses…right?