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  1. Miki focuses on the Tochinoshin-v.-Hakuho bout on Day 12 of the Summer Tourney. The article provides a good assessment of the Georgian's new (?) fighting style, but Miki does not address other aspects of the bout such as whether Hakuho "gave" Tochinoshin his preferred grip, not to mention the subsequent wrist injury.
  2. Tochinoshin returns to Georgia, Hakuho to Japan

    I see that he maintained the sumo dress code on this trip (even sporting a Hakuho yukata on his return trip to Japan). It is admirable of him to represent sumo during his appearances in public. Obviously, Tochinoshin's great achievement (i.e., promotion to Ozeki) won him permission to journey back to his homeland. By any chance, did the NSK pick up the tab for this trip, or did it come entirely out of his own pocket?
  3. Days After pics overview Natsu 2018

    Just curious if there is a way to get rid of the watermarks on the Jiji Press Photos. As they get displayed in your posts, the watermark does not appear. However, when I click on them to get the full size photo, the clean image is covered with watermarks. Not particularly attractive.
  4. Sumo Wrestlers Featured in Movies

    Just saw Yamamotoyama (and two other sumo wrestlers) featured in Episode 6 of Season 6 of the TV program "Elementary". Go to 11:21/42:51.
  5. Miki asks why an Ozeki like Takayasu would announce his intention to return to action halfway through a tournament from which he had withdrawn. In the end, Takayasu did not return anyway.
  6. Kyokutaisei gets noticed. Here's the ABC:
  7. Kensho Natsu 2018

    Six days in, Hakuho seems to be commanding double-digit kensho (i.e., 14, 15, and 14) when he fights in the penultimate bout, whereas Kakuryu has been getting single-digit kensho (6, 8, 5). On Day 2, Kakuryu took home six kensho - not much better than five. Aside from Day 1, Kakuryu is also getting fewer final-bout kensho than Hakuho. Perhaps Akinomaki can inform us the relative number of dedicated kensho that both Yokozuna hold.
  8. Basho Talk Natsu 2018 (SPOILERS)

    The resolution on my feed prevented me from discerning the sexes of the two pink-clad fans near the ring. Now that I see your photos, I will admit that you have the correct ID. On Day 5, those "fans" were wearing identical pink tops with the letter "P" on them, just as in the photo. One was wearing a pink hat, and the other not, just as in the photo. Furthermore, they were clapping fervorously during Endo's bout.
  9. Basho Talk Natsu 2018 (SPOILERS)

    Actually, there were two women in the third row, both dressed in pink (i.e., rabid Endo fans, generally female). Clearly they were there primarily to see Endo fight. And yes, you are absolutely right about Endo's balance.
  10. Basho Talk Natsu 2018 (SPOILERS)

    I didn't see any "grabbing" of Tamawashi's hair, although Mitakeumi's hand did push down on the top of Tamawashi's head. That helped throw Tamawashi off balance and out of the ring. The kimarite was hikiotoshi. What are the grounds for calling it hatakikomi?
  11. Basho Talk Natsu 2018 (SPOILERS)

    Sorry for the late Day 3 post, but... Anyone have any thoughts on why the first tachi'ai between Mitakeumi and Abi was called a false start. Abi's left hand was dangling so low as he waited for Mitakeumi to charge, I could swear his fingernails were down on the dohyo. Then, just a second or two before Mitakeumi dropped his fists, Abi seemed to lift his left hand. When Mitakeumi came forward, Abi simply stood up with his hands out so as not to engage. Mitakeumi had taken three steps before the referee decided to stop the bout. The chief shimpan raised his hand after Mitakeumi himself sensed he wasn't getting any resistance from Abi and let up. Can a wrestler have both hands down while waiting for his opponent to drop his, and then at the last second lift one of his hands so as to disqualify the opponent's charge? Doesn't seem right to me. We all saw what happened when Harumafuji let up in his bout against Kotoshogiku, and Kotoshogiku kept charging until Harumafuji was out of the ring. Perhaps Abi is lucky Mitakeumi let up...
  12. Day 2 pics overview Natsu 2018

    "I've fallen, and I can't get up." Hakuho may be the goat, but this fall definitely gave me the impression that he is getting old.
  13. Basho Talk Natsu 2018 (SPOILERS)

    In bout number 12, the referee's call was reversed by the judges (including crowd favourite, Takanohana). If I am not mistaken, that is the second time in three days that Kimura Konosuke has had his decisions overturned. This will definitely affect HIS chances of getting promoted any time a sanyaku spot opens up.
  14. Basho Talk Natsu 2018 (SPOILERS)

    You are one lucky sumo fan! Did the NHK cameras catch you? How exactly did you come by the premium tickets? Most mere mortals can't even dream about sitting that close to the ring!
  15. Basho Talk Natsu 2018 (SPOILERS)

    While it is still early in the tournament, there is a curious pattern that may or may not warrant discussion. Takanoiwa is 3:0 (in Juryo), while the Isegahama sekitori (Aminishiki, Terunofuji, and Homarefuji), with the exception of Takarafuji and Terutsuyoshi, are all 0:3. It seems to me that Harumafuji's disgraceful retirement has sucked the air out of the stable. PTSD or not, Takanoiwa is off to a good start. Talk about shifting fortunes...