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    Wakanosato Retires (This time it's official)

    C seats and non-reserved seem to be the same price.

    Aminishiki New Goal @ 37

    http://www.nikkansports.com/battle/sumo/news/1547846.html Aminishiki turned 37 on 10/3. With the retirements of Kyokutenho and Wakanosato, Aminishiki became the oldest sekitori as of the Aki basho. He added a new goal for this upcoming year, which is to return to sanyaku. He went 8-7 at M6 so he will move closer to the joijin next basho and perhaps closer to his goal.

    Ichiro Makes MLB Pitching Debut

    I am a fan of Ichiro and am glad to see that he has at least achieved a dream of getting to pitch. Also glad to see he made it through the whole inning, and I'm sure that he got to get in there since the team really had nothing left to lose. Hopefully he is going to get another team to sign him next season as he is looking to get to 3000 hits in the MLB. http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/mlb-big-league-stew/dream-comes-true-for-ichiro-suzuki-when-he-pitches-one-inning-in-finale-002730043.html http://www.nikkansports.com/baseball/mlb/news/1548537.html

    Latest set of urakata promotions decided

    I've been wondering about whether you are allowed to switch occupations for urakata in the Kyokai. I would imagine it's very, very rare, but are rikishi allowed to become urakata if they have to retire due to injury nowadays?

    Juryo Promotions - 2015 Kyushu

    Takasago can use another sekitori, glad to see him in Juryo. Now let's see about how he can fare to make to Makuuchi.

    Hype rikishi goods

    8 lbs is a pretty nice size for a newborn but I guess Daddy's body size makes little one look tiny.

    Becoming Sumo-Oosunaarashi documentary

    He has a bright future ahead of him, and I definitely hope he'll make sanyaku next year.

    Basho Talk - Aki 2015 +++ Spoiler alert! +++

    This I would agree with. Everybody I feel would be a lot more satisfied it Teru's who tsuna run is fleshed out over a course of three basho (Aki, Kyushu, Hatsu) rather than two, because the records so far for him in my mind are really borderline. I would like to see him get to yokozuna just about as much as anybody else, but we can't expect to just cruise straight through to the next rank without at least having settled in and gotten some more experience at ozeki. Better to be prepared.

    YDC convenes-After Aki 2015

    Even if he were to achieve a 13-2 or above, I think he needs a little more time. Better to make sure he is truly ready, and make sure that he is healed of injury.

    Kitanoumi Rijicho kyujo

    If he is missing from Kyushu, then what happens? Who is next in line after him on the board? Hakkaku since he has been the face of the kyokai for the last two basho?

    Trivia bits

    Wow that Juryo playoff brings back so many memories. I think there were a couple people that could have won outright if they won their matches on senshuraku. And with all the names in there, it was pretty something.

    Basho Talk - Aki 2015 +++ Spoiler alert! +++

    And of course, nothing whatsoever to do with the fact that he is Terunofuji's Oyakata... Word. The fact that Isegahama (let's see, Harumafuji is Terunofuji's stablemate and they are yokozuna and ozeki) himself stated that a tsuna run is open for kyushu comes out fishy right off the bat. What oyakata wouldn't want two yokozuna in his stable? 11-4 and 12-3 are really good for his first two basho as an ozeki, but I really think he's receiving too much credit as is. To me there is a bit of a difference between 12-3 and 13-2. Let's see how Kyushu plays out and we can go from there. Reading some of the Japanese articles about last night, it appears Kakuryu's shoulder was acting up after the Okinoumi match according to the one down below (in Japanese). Looks like that may be why his sumo might have changed up a bit in the closing days of the basho? http://www.nikkansports.com/battle/sumo/news/1545202.html

    Aki 2015 Videos- Promo + Days 1-15

    Thank you Kintamayama once again for your excellent coverage of this basho. While I was able to watch most of the days live in Japan, there were a few that I missed, so these videos really helped me keep updated. Thanks again!

    Basho Talk - Aki 2015 +++ Spoiler alert! +++

    Well Kakuryu is relieved to have finally won a yusho as a yokozuna, and honestly I am relieved that it is over for now as well. I was on the edge of my seat through the whole first match to the playoff. With all that happened, I do say congratulations to Kakuryu for winning, he did have to fight for it as much as Terunofuji and Kisenosato did. I am hoping that Terunofuji will now focus on recovering, try to focus on a good finish for Kyushu and if he does win in the next basho, look for that tsuna. While I was not a believer of the OBSC, the last few basho had left me wondering, but the Kisenosato-Goeido match removes any indication of the OBSC for me. Now let's see how we're all going to predict the banzuke for next basho between Aki and Kyushu.

    Sansho Aki 2015 - Special Prizes

    According to this article from Nikkan, Yoshikaze received 100% of the votes for the shukun-sho from the 17 member panel. http://www.nikkansports.com/battle/sumo/news/1544776.html

    Basho Talk - Aki 2015 +++ Spoiler alert! +++

    Well I guess we can shelve any discussions about an ozeki run for Tochiozan until next year now.

    Basho Talk - Aki 2015 +++ Spoiler alert! +++

    So far Ikioi was able to win his match, so all three sansho are being handed out this basho. Which I believe is a rare occurrence? Great to see Yoshikaze finish 11-4 as well, if he's lucky he might jump Tochinoshin to sekiwake. Hopefully Oosunaarashi isn't hurt too bad, but at least he has his kachi-koshi and it's day 15.

    Basho Talk - Aki 2015 +++ Spoiler alert! +++

    Yoshikaze will receive both his first Shukun-sho and Gino-sho (automatic). Both Ikioi and Tochinoshin need to win their matches today to win Kanto-shos.

    Basho Talk - Aki 2015 +++ Spoiler alert! +++

    8 rikishi fighting for the Makushita yusho, should be interesting to see how this turns out :-)

    Kokonoe Oyakata hospitalized-will miss the Basho

    He was in the announcer's box today for the makuuchi matches.

    Basho Talk - Aki 2015 +++ Spoiler alert! +++

    Please explain why should they do this?! Since when is a henka a disgrace for a yokozuna? Ok, Kakuryu is not the best yokozuna we have ever seen (and I don't see the need that he has to be one of the best), but he never sticked out in a negative way as yokozuna. It's called "hinkaku." Which is basically the quality of behavior which a Yokozuna exerts himself both on and off the mat. The Kyokai and the Yokozuna Deliberation Council will consider this when an Ozeki is trying for a tsunatori and also after he becomes a Yokozuna. To my understanding the Kyokai and the YDC do not like it when yokozuna pull henka because it is unbecoming of a yokozuna to sidestep an opponent, as a yokozuna should always accept a challenge head on. Bad hinkaku yokozuna cases include Asashoryu and Futahaguro.

    Basho Talk - Aki 2015 +++ Spoiler alert! +++

    For the record I have never been a fan of Harumafuji doing henka nor anybody in general doing henka. I understand that it is completely legal and that people have to do whatever they can to win. However in a match like the one today, it tears down the hype of what could have been an even more exciting match. Feel free to disagree with my way of thinking.

    Basho Talk - Aki 2015 +++ Spoiler alert! +++

    Pure BS by Kakuryu today. Not only did he attempt henka before the shimpan called the matta, he did it AGAIN on the second go. Seeing how bad a shape Terunofuji is in right now, this yusho pretty much goes to Kakuryu, who is going to waltz Terunofuji out of the ring for sure. In the meantime, Goeido is definitely going to escape makekoshi now that Kisenosato is out of the race. Disappointing how this has turned out. The only thing I'm glad about so far is that Yoshikaze got his 10th win which I'm hoping is enough to jump Aoiyama for that sanyaku spot.

    Basho Talk - Aki 2015 +++ Spoiler alert! +++

    http://www.nikkansports.com/battle/sumo/news/1544135.html Nikkan reports (Japanese article) that he will be competing today. He faces Goeido today, who is definitely fired up to avoid that makekoshi.

    Basho Talk - Aki 2015 +++ Spoiler alert! +++

    Watching the match and it's immediate replay, I think Terunofuji pulled or strained something in his leg which caused him to fall. Seeing as how he made sure he was walking back to the shitakubeya and refused the wheelchair, I think he will try to fight it out to the end.