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  1. Preparations of the Y/O Haru 2018

    As the official score keeper of the Go-Go-Goeidou Fanclub, I'm sad to report that Goeidou is three basho away from turning in an adequate performance. I've deduced that his erratic technique requires him to power up with a double-kadoban before he can unleash his unblockable attack. But don't tell anyone. This is a secret to everybody.
  2. Takanohana-devil's advocate

    It was ghost written by Kintamayama. The book is a quick round up of the various verbal matches between the parties in digest form, and the fourth chapter is written in different fonts. It's very entertaining! But personally, I'd wait a day and pick up the corrected version of book.
  3. 42nd Grand Sumo Tournament

    I miss Takamisakari and his crazy warm ups.
  4. Haru jungyo 2018

    I've always meant to ask...the jungyo are mostly PR/hype events right? Do spectators pay to attend, or are these events free?
  5. New recruits for Haru 2018

    Amajanai Kohei (33, 186cm, 133kg) from definitely not Mongolia will join Isegahama-beya. He apparently has never done sumo before, but is transferring over from university where he was studying to be in law enforcement. When asked about accepting such an old recruit with no sumo experience, Isegahama oyakata responded that "although old, he's in pretty decent shape and is picking up sumo really quick. he'll definitely be ready for haru!"
  6. Harumafuji scandal thread- part 2

    Has Takanohana reported any bean-related injuries from this latest incident?
  7. Basho Talk Hatsu 2018 (SPOILERS)

    I dunno. I watched Cowboy Bebop, and that guy using the "Bloody Mary" drug got super awesome techniques and made him look pinkish and...wait, what do you mean Cowboy Bebop wasn't a documentary?
  8. Basho Talk Hatsu 2018 (SPOILERS)

    It doesn't applies to Asashoryu at all. Asashoryu was already an ascendant star and already better than the existent competition. And yes, his yokozuna competition was on its way out, and his fellow ozekis were perennial 8-10 winners, but a competitive void is hardly the same. So no, Asashoryu didn't seize upon banzuke opportunities, unless "being way, way better than all of your competition" counts. :D
  9. Basho Talk Hatsu 2018 (SPOILERS)

    Sorry, I didn't intend to imply it wasn't.
  10. Basho Talk Hatsu 2018 (SPOILERS)

    I think maybe I misunderstood your initial statement. I'm not dissing Takayasu's potential to grab the tsuna. With the much shorter competitive playing field, if he can demonstrate the level of sumo that he did getting his ozeki promotion, he will probably earn the tsuna. But the YDC isn't going to lower the bar for him. And you're correct - this year seems like the right time to do it. Kakuryu certainly snagged his promotion by taking advantage of opportune banzuke dynamics; it'll be interesting to see if Takayasu will do the same.
  11. Basho Talk Hatsu 2018 (SPOILERS)

    I seriously doubt they are in that much of a rush. Takayasu hasn't shown particularly good numbers in the year since his ozeki promotion and concurrent injury.
  12. Kisenosato-"I'm putting everything on the line!"

    Some of us are still waiting for him to look like an Ozeki...
  13. Osunaarashi scandal

    I'm hopeful, though not optimistic.
  14. Basho Talk Hatsu 2018 (SPOILERS)

    I suspect that after such a long lay off, Kakuryu simply didn't have the stamina to finish a tournament strong. I thought he looked good (up until he reverted to his backwards sumo) and I'll be really surprised if the YDC does more than the usual non-yusho-winning-grumble about his return performance.
  15. Osunaarashi scandal

    I don't see how he stays in sumo after this. The NSK has had enough of police troubles, I think, and this one is pretty clear cut.