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  1. Basho Talk Hatsu 2018 (SPOILERS)

    Silly Chiyoshoma, Shohozan is like 50% face, your noodly slaps cannot harm him! Seriously, though, that was exactly the wrong strategy. I credited him with more brains than that.
  2. Basho Talk Hatsu 2018 (SPOILERS)

    Oh, and I'm pretty sure Shohozan was intentionally trying to provoke Kotoyuki. Kotoyuki can be pretty fast, but only in a straight line and he's not good at stopping, either. Looked like Shohozan wanted to get him riled and then use Kotoyuki's charge against him. Kotoyuki really needs to learn to chill, he defeats himself half the time by being too hasty.
  3. Basho Talk Hatsu 2018 (SPOILERS)

    Daaaaaang, Tamawashi got wrecked! I want to see more of that flavor of Ichinojo. Tochinoshin still looking like a monster, which is typical for him, really, but more so this basho. You let this guy grab you, better have a plan. Mitakeumi showing that same tenacity he's always had, but also poise and focus. I think (and hope) these two have leveled up. The surprise bout of the day for me was Kakuryu v. Kotoshogiku. I figured this one would be over in a blink, but no. Amazing defensive work on display here. Kakuryu isn't taking chances. Where was Yoshikaze on days one to three? Glad to see him getting wins, but what the heck, dude?
  4. Basho Talk Hatsu 2018 (SPOILERS)

    Props to Tochinoshin and Goeido for an excellent match. Great to see him doing so well. I'm very pleased with Mitakeumi as well.
  5. Basho Talk Hatsu 2018 (SPOILERS)

    I think probably not much longer. I would love to see him come in and stage a comeback, but he just doesn't seem to be firing on all cylinders. Of course, he's proven me wrong before. I hope he does again.
  6. Basho Talk Hatsu 2018 (SPOILERS)

    So, with Hakuho's withdrawal confirmed, that really does make it wide open. Kakuryu looks strong, but he's missed so much sumo of late that I'm not convinced he's in top form. We'll see, but let's not forget he has an entire pack of hungry and talented up-and-comers with which to contend. I don't envy him that.
  7. Basho Talk Hatsu 2018 (SPOILERS)

    And it's only day four...
  8. Basho Talk Hatsu 2018 (SPOILERS)

    Wow, a double kinboshi day. I would rather if Kisenosato had won, but Ichinojo does deserve some credit. He came in with a strategy and is looking determined here at M1. Hokutofuji has gone and made things more interesting for us. Takakeisho is really starting to impress me.
  9. Basho Talk Hatsu 2018 (SPOILERS)

    Surprised Ichinojo was able to defend; usually when Hak swings you around like that a hard impact with the clay is imminent, no matter how heavy you are.
  10. Basho Talk Hatsu 2018 (SPOILERS)

    In response to the mentions from the other gentlemen, yes, Takakeisho is serious business. He's still a "tadpole," but his legs are out and the tail is retracting. He has excellent mobility while also packing surprise power in that frame. He seems to have good instincts as well.
  11. Basho Talk Hatsu 2018 (SPOILERS)

    I agree with Kinta, this is going to be a hot basho. Veterans had better bring their A game. EDIT: I'm just not going to talk about Kisenosato. Don't wanna jinx him.
  12. Basho Talk Kyushu 2017 (SPOILERS)

    Again. It would be so easy to overlook a dame-oshi if it wasn't for the fact that Hakuho does dame-oshi all the damned time. The Hakuho apologists always want to treat every infraction as though it were an isolated incident, but the fact is that Hakuho has a well-established pattern of misconduct going back years. Yes, he's an amazing athlete, absolutely. You would need to be blind not to see that. But you would need to be equally blind not to notice that he's a jerk. So, with that said, just a few thoughts here as the basho winds down to a close... Ichinojo: I like Ichinojo, when he fights. He's had injury-related problems, but I suspect there are psychological issues which have hurt his record even more in the long term. I want to believe he's back and ready to seize his destiny, because if this guy gets fired up then makuuchi had better brace for impact. Only time will tell. Onosho: It's good to be fast, but you have to realize when it's the right moment to apply that speed. He's learned a lot about that this basho. If you look at his record before getting to makuuchi (by which I mean strictly the numbers) then it looks...respectable, I guess, but not stellar. So, did all that experience finally click in his head, or what? I'm going to be cautiously optimistic about Onosho. I like what I see. Chiyoshoma: I'm going to give him the benefit of the doubt on that late slap from earlier in the basho, but it most definitely was not a good look on him. If you can't comport yourself like a gentleman then you have no business in sumo, period. But, this is a combat sport and sometimes the guys get fired up and forget themselves. As long as it doesn't become a pattern of behavior then I'm willing to overlook that incident. I think he has a lot of potential, but no amount of talent will excuse habitual disrespect. We shall see. Yoshikaze is getting old. He's not ready for the wheelchair yet, but unlike Aminishiki, I can't see him resorting to tricks. He will continue to bludgeon his opponents' hands with his face until the day he retires, God bless him. How can you not love this guy? Chiyonokuni's record does not reflect his fighting spirit. Really hoping he can hang around, and I think he will. He's ferocious. Tochinoshin! Another hard fighter, and he has power to burn. I always look forward to his matches. What a monster. Hoping he gets well soon. Endo: I used to think he was a scrub, but that was unfair. He's a pretty good wrestler, but I still feel like he's too inconsistent. But, I do think he has the potential to place in lower sanyaku someday. Not going to hold my breath on his going beyond that point, though. Aminishki: Ouch, what a losing streak. Do whatever you need to do, Grandpa, we'll forgive you pretty much anything at this point.
  13. Basho Talk Kyushu 2017 (SPOILERS)

    lol! Well, Chiyoshoma sure did want that win today with that everything and the kitchen sink approach. Just found it humorous. Poor Takarafuji, man...just not able to capitalize on his positioning. Probably still kicking himself...
  14. Basho Talk Kyushu 2017 (SPOILERS)

    I certainly want Aminishiki to get wins, but Okinoumi needed it to at least keep up a nominal role in the yusho race. So, I'm glad he took the win in this case. Yes, it does look like Kotoyuki went down before Aoiyama stepped out. I guess they gave it to Kotoyuki since he was the aggressor? If so, I wish they would be consistent about that. I guess it's also possible there was a mass derp among the shimpan. Wouldn't be the first time. Chiyoshoma: Well, if you must henka, then try to do one like that. Looks like Tochinoshin'll be able to claim his kk this time, despite his injury. Here's hoping he'll be well for the next one and put on a good showing. When Tamawashi got Takakeisho on the tawara, I was sure that was it. But no! Excellent movement from Takakeisho there. He's both faster and stronger than he looks. I hope Yoshikaze is ok. Good match, though. Surprisingly entertaining bout between Goeido and Ichinojo. Goeido is usually the sort of rikishi who either wipes the floor with you, or else gets his behind kicked all up and down the dohyo, so it was nice to see him demonstrate that he has some good defensive chops in his arsenal. Didn't seem much able to move that big ol' slab of Ichinojo, though. Does this mean Ichinojo is finally going to achieve his true potential? I wish, but probably not. Still, we can hope.
  15. Your main problem is that you don't show enough of that sweet broom action.