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  1. Ikioi marries pro golfer Mamiko Higa

    Mamiko is tied for 4th entering the final round of the Women's British Open, which has just begun. Ganbatte!!
  2. Nagoya Basho 2018 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    Hanakaze shared a banzuke with Oshio Kenji when he debuted in 1986. Oshio debuted in 1962. Someone in sumo today nearly shared a banzuke with someone from the pre-6 basho era. Tonight is going to be one of those nights where I spend hours exploring the Sumo DB
  3. Nagoya Basho 2018 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    Great fight by Yutakayama, he has shown great resolve off his hard fought 2-13 Natsu basho. Wanted Mita to get 14-1 and have the near perfect basho after the controversial Takayasu bout. I think 11 is now guaranteed needed for Ozeki consideration and 12 to force the issue. A win against a Y and an O would also help if they are standing by week 2 when Mita would be matched up against the, I thought I saw this earlier, but can't find it. Is Mitakeumi's 21 ozumo tournaments the quickest progression to winning a yusho? I can't imagine there being too many faster progressions!
  4. Nagoya Basho 2018 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    Congratulations to my favorite rikishi Mitakeumi! Have always enjoyed his style of sumo, as well as his great sportsmanship, it seems that his peers all respect and like him a lot. Always offering to help a fallen rikishi and bracing those he's pushed out from falling off when he can, Mita is one for Japan to be very proud of. Hope he can stay focused in the face of all the emotion he is going through to get win #14. Every win counts on his next goal to get to Ozeki!
  5. Nagoya Basho 2018 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    Three of the Four rikishi to ever go 0-15 in the top division retired within the next two tournaments as well.
  6. Nagoya Basho 2018 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    Very disappointing there was no torinaoshi. I hope this doesn't rattle Mitakeumi and cost him, but if he can re-rally now it will just be one more mental leap he's made on his growth in taking his sumo to the next level. LETS GO MITA!!!!
  7. Nagoya Basho 2018 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    I know I sound like a broken record at this point again, but MItakeumi working the belt again in today's victory. In previous losses to Geek when his oshi sumo wasn't effective, once his momentum stopped it was all Geek who was able to walk him back to the tawara. Today, Geek again started to push Mitakeumi backward, but this time Mita dug in, got a hold of the mawashi and was able to regain his forward momentum, even picking up Geek momentarily. This 7-0 start is far different than January's undefeated first week. While the caliber of rikishi is similar, the style of sumo seems much more versatile. Still a long way to go with week 2 bringing higher ranking rikishi, but with a depleted sanyaku, anything less than 12-3 would be disappointing. Then we can begin the obligatory Ozeki run talk, though he still has more to prove against the Y/O crew once they are healthy. Aminishki looking great! Makuuchi return looking likely and a KK in Aki would mean Makuuchi at age 40!
  8. Rikishi Status Nagoya 2018 - FINAL

    Tochinoshin out for day 7? Goodness this basho has been brutal.
  9. Nagoya Basho 2018 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    Mitakeumi using yotsu sumo again to get Shodai turned around and out. Marked improvement in this area as he moves to 6-0 and leading the basho. I put him and Tochi as the co-favorites for this basho with Goeido a notch below who has looked much more aggressive and focused in the last 2 days.
  10. Nagoya Basho 2018 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    With Hakuho and Kakuryu out now, it would be extremely disappointing if Mitakeumi didn't end with 11+ wins and the start of an ozeki run. Let's go Mita!!!!
  11. Nagoya Basho 2018 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    Mitakeumi showed some great sumo today. In previous losses to Takekeisho, it was from getting into an oshi battle. Today, Mita got pushed slightly back at the start, but the reason was his immediate attempt to go for Takekeisho's belt while keeping his ground. Once he got a firm grip on the front of the mawashi, Mita had control from here on out. It's this development of yotsu sumo that will take Mita to the next level on a potential Ozeki run. His combination of strength, oshi techniques, and superior balance & ability to keep firm center of gravity have gotten him this far, and if he can continue developing the yotsu techniques, he too will realize his Ozeki potential.
  12. Nagoya Basho 2018 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    Hattorizakura wins by letsjustbefriendshidashi!
  13. Nagoya Basho 2018 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    I thought Hattorizakura had a good chance of picking up his 2nd win in sumo, facing the 16 year old, 67kg Wakaoyama who went 0-5 in Maezumo. But alas, he was handled pretty easily. I expect Goeido to start using some tachiai tricks to get some desperate wins. With Hak, Kak, Tochi, and Takayasu all looking very genki, and Tamawashi/Mitakeumi/Ichinojo always dangerous, the loss to Shodai on day 1 makes for an uphill climb to clear his kadoban status.
  14. GTB - Nagoyim 2018 Basho - + Results!!

    I think I wrapped up around 44, had a case of the off by one's where rikishi were flip flopped at the W and next rank down E, which washes out to 0. Thems the breaks! And then Yutakayama only going down to 9 destroyed a lot of the middle to lower half of my banzuke.
  15. Promotion/Demotion and Yusho discussion Natsu 2018

    Meisei seems to have a more clear cut case for Makuuchi than other hopefuls from Haru. Nishikigi was spared demotion, but it was either him or Onosho that was going to stay since the next promotable candidates from Juryo were Gagamaru (8-7 from J5) or Kotoeko (10-5 from J8). With Meisei being 10-5 from J4 this go around, I don't see anyway they can keep him out of Makuuchi.