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  1. Basho Talk Hatsu 2018 (SPOILERS)

    Looked like it to me as well
  2. seeing Orora

    But seriously my advice (from my one day at the sumo ten years ago) is to get there about lunchtime and soak up the atmosphere, enjoy the lower division bouts, eat a bento and drink a couple of beers, go to the museum downstairs, watch the crowd and the excitement slowly build as you get higher up the banzuke, and make the most of the experience. One of the great days of my life and I hope to do it again sometime soon.
  3. seeing Orora

    And anyway, you will get to see Gagamaru at least.
  4. Basho Talk Hatsu 2018 (SPOILERS)

    Is Osunaarashi at 1-6 at J8 in danger of demotion to Makushita? How many more wins does he need to stave that off? When he and Endo came up at the same time there was talk of them having a long and storied rivalry and both making Yokozuna, before injury and inappropriate medical treatment wrecked it for both of them. Very sad how injuries have made a couple of very promising rikishi end up with mediocre careers. I think Endo could still get there but Osunaarashi is just a shell of his former self. In an alternative universe both are currently injury free, both are now Ozekis and the big discussion in sumo is which one will make Yokozuna first...
  5. Basho Talk Hatsu 2018 (SPOILERS)

    Ichinojo always had technique. He just forgot about it for a while. Go back and watch his Makuuchi debut basho performance. He won most of those bouts with throws.
  6. Basho Talk Hatsu 2018 (SPOILERS)

    Yep, I thought to myself as it was happening that you don't beat Shohozan by slapping him in the face. That just makes him angry
  7. Basho Talk Hatsu 2018 (SPOILERS)

    That bout was a clear example of why having good footwork and lateral movement is crucial in sumo. Lots of rikishi can go forward strongly but it is the ones who can go sideways as well when needed that usually take it.
  8. Basho Talk Hatsu 2018 (SPOILERS)

    It isn't just that he has "yokozunaitis" it is also that he is extremely one-dimensional and so the better rikishi can exploit the fact he has only one real plan. He is very good at that plan but doesn't have much capacity to change to another if it doesn't work. Rikishi that will go chest to chest with him in an old fashioned belt battle will struggle, but there are many other options beyond that. He is one of my favourites but I would be extremely surprised if he kept winning and took the yusho.
  9. Kyujo Updates - 2018 Hatsu

    It is the same model that Stone Cold Steve Austin used to use in the wrestling. There was a thread on here a few years ago about it.
  10. Basho Talk Hatsu 2018 (SPOILERS)

    I was really looking forward to seeing Tochinoshin vs. Hak and hoping the former would finally beat the latter based on current form... And my money is on Mitakaeumi for the yusho rather than Kak. This is the one where he goes to the next level.
  11. Basho Talk Hatsu 2018 (SPOILERS)

    Bad Wig Man was there today with a friend of his, rather than one of his many daughters. They seemed to be having a great time. Shodai has really hit a form trough and is stuck in the mid maegashira doldrums. The three Yokozuna matches were excellent - Kak looks really solid and Kise seems to have regained some of his lost strength.
  12. Your "hearts banzuke"?

    In no particular order, my favourites are Kotoshogiku, Yoshikaze, Kisenosato, Hakuho, Endo and Tochinoshin. I like all of these for different reasons, some for the individuals and some for their skills. For example, I accept that Hak engages in some questionable behaviour, but it is an absolute privilege to watch him do his thing. He is demonstrably so much better than everyone else. For Endo I like his balance, for Yosh and the Geek and Kise and Tochinoshin their heart and perseverence. I have a soft spot for Okinoumi and Chiyotairyu but both are extremely frustrating to watch because the often lose when they should win. I used to not like Gagamaru much but after he cried when he got his kinboshi I started to like him and now I go for him all the time. Of the new guys I really like Mitakeumi and Hokutofuji but I need to watch people for a while to really cement them as favourites. I suspect both of these will become my solid favourites before too long, and I am convinced Mitakeumi will be the next Ozeki. There is no-one I actively dislike. I respect them all for getting up there and their skills and the entertainment they provide. The last rikishi I actively disliked was Asa, because he was such a complete jerk.
  13. As an Australian I have grown up in a heavy drinking culture and am consequently an experienced heavy drinker (in the local idiom "a total pisshead"). And it is certainly possible to get black out drunk. But the one time I went out drinking in Osaka, the new friends I made in the whisky bar I ended up in, got me as drunk as I have ever been. They just kept buying me drinks. The way they drank was unbelievable.
  14. Preparations of the Y/O Hatsu 2018

    I'm interested - how often (if ever) does a Yokozuna do Butsugari Geiko? It seems like something they would be dishing out rather than taking. It demonstrates the humility of Kisenosato that he was prepared to go back to basics to get himself back to form
  15. Mitakeumi in 2018

    Ozeki before the year is out