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  1. Rikishi Status Natsu 2018 - Day 7 LATE

    He did look quite winded after the Day 5 win over Ichinojo, I wonder if he aggravated an injury then. Shame as it happens when he's made a career resurgence and finally broke into the sanyaku. Hoping he can return to form soon.
  2. Basho Talk Natsu 2018 (SPOILERS)

    Hoping Hokutofuji is okay, I've never seen him look as weak as he did with Daimami. Mitakeumi looked good, but got a little overzealous after having Hak on the brink. Hak doesn't look in top form, but I don't see him having much trouble with Shohozan or Kaisei, so it could be a 4-0 start and see him "struggle" to a 13-2 or 12-3 record. Hoping all can stay healthy so we can see some week 2 sanyaku battles that we've missed the past couple of basho. How much longer can Terunofuji go out there in his condition? He is getting pushed around with ease by rikishi 30 kg lighter than him. He used to be one of the strongest forces in the sport, I remember him picking up Tochinoshin before. Very sad to see both him and Kise struggling so much just over one year from their yusho playoff. Hoshoryu and Naya both with victories in their Jonidan debuts.
  3. Sumo goods

    Is it possible to order sumo goods from the US? There is some really great stuff here that I'd love to get my hands on .
  4. I see that on my cable as well @mbovo. It will be great to hear full live broadcast from Murray and John again. Last basho was great being able to hear their between match commentary and analysis.
  5. This May sound familiar- GTB

    52 - an improvement over some recent woes, which I'll gladly take. Should avoid the really bad MK I've suffered the past two basho. There were some that I was way off on Chiyotairyu and Takekeisho, and many others I was just one off, but that's GTB! Predicting Onosho would stay messed up some of my lower banzuke results.
  6. Pre-match/bout routines of certain sumo wrestlers

    Love Ikioi and Tochinoshin's scurry to the corner and Kotoyuki's lobster claw propellers. Amakaze makes some very strange facial expressions, opening his mouth and almost snarling baring his teeth. Wakaichiro nearly knocks himself out with how hard he slaps his face before the tachiai.
  7. Basho Talk Haru 2018 (SPOILERS)

    So much fighting spirit from Ryuden in the last 3 days, he was determined not to go MK and fought with quite a bit of tenacity. Great rebound after a 1-5 and later 3-7 start. I think Mitakeumi gets double digits in Natsu. He looked banged up this basho, but still had a ton of fight and his back to back battles with the two ozeki were very impressive. Glad to see Kakuryu get his 4th yusho. Hope he can continue on for another year or so.
  8. Basho Talk Haru 2018 (SPOILERS)

    Some really good bouts today, unfortunately the headliner was a dud. Mitakeumi v Hokutofuji was probably the best of the bunch. Agree with @Amamaniac on Hokutofuji's sportsmanship, it's clear these two college rivals have a lot of mutual respect for each other. Two promising rikishi who are struggling (possibly a bit banged up), but giving it their all. Ryuden is one of those reserved rikishi who goes overlooked, similar to a Kagayaki, but he came out fiery today, determined not to go MK today. Endo and Shodai are looking at the best I've seen them during my first year of following sumo. That was really impressive sumo by Endo against a Chiyomaru who is also fighting well. Championship weekend. Not out of the realm of possibility that we see Takayasu beat Mitakeumi and Goeido beat Kakuryu, setting up for a meaningful last bout on senshuraku
  9. Takayoshitoshi scandal

    Enho goes out of his way to politely ask the gyoji where he should stand upon his entrance, ensuring that he does everything right in his sekitori debut. Takayoshitoshi takes no accountability on being late to ringside by assaulting his tsukebito. We all understand that the sumo culture greatly values rank, honor, and respect. Behavior like this is simply disrespectful and dishonorable regardless of rank it's aimed toward. There are so many elements of sumo that exemplify this sport's beauty and tradition which we all love it for. Abuse like this is not one of those aspects and its time for archaic behaviors like that to go intai.
  10. Basho Talk Haru 2018 (SPOILERS)

    So keen to see Ichinojo vs Kaisei on day 10, both near the top of their game right now.
  11. Basho Talk Haru 2018 (SPOILERS)

    The Aoiyama judgement was poor, but the Kakuryu-Takekeisho judgement was spot on. The two different camera angles almost cause an optical illusion where you question whether or not it was the force of hitting the tawara or Kak's toe stepping out. Regardless, it was shini-tai, correctly implemented by the judges this time. I wouldn't have minded Kakuryu losing either, as I'd like to see Mitakeumi get back into yusho contention or Kaisei pull off an upset yusho.
  12. Basho Talk Haru 2018 (SPOILERS)

    How fun is Abi to watch? Great spirited battle between him and Kaisei and great mutual respect shown after the bout. Hope Abi is a mainstay in the top division for many years to come. Mitakeumi starting off strong again, but he did the same in Hatsu. Needs to keep it going in the early days and keep that momentum when he starts facing the sanyaku in week 2. Really rooting hard for him every day and hope this is the start of the Ozeki run. Not a fan of Tamawashi, but must admit he looks really good. Kakuryu not looking as strong as he did at the start of Hatsu, but certainly genki enough to get a Yokozuna KK. Ichinojo is looking very strong again, but I'm waiting for someone to tactically start forcing him to perform more lateral movement. Going head on is just not smart, need to force him to a side to potentially get him off balance and use his enormous momentum against him.
  13. GTB- the game that plays you..

    Got it in just in time. Hoping to rebound off my awful Hatsu performance!
  14. Basho Talk Hatsu 2018 (SPOILERS)

    All in rooting for Tochinoshin now! Was rooting for him, Kakuryu, and my fav Mitakeumi this basho. Now that it's so close, it would be amazing to see Tochinoshin get his first yusho. Kakuryu has prolonged his career with his results so far, I'd like to see him get 1 or 2 more wins to make it a very strong KK. Mitakeumi... just hoping for a KK at this point, which is no guarantee. Crazy to think after the 7-0 start.
  15. Basho Talk Hatsu 2018 (SPOILERS)

    7-4 at this stage is still a good record, but disappointing for fans of Mitakeumi given the 7-0 start and hopes of it being a potential ozeki run. He could still go 3-1 to finish with a double digit kk. In the long run, this might not be a bad thing. He just turned 25 and if he's not ready, he's not ready. Let him develop for a few more tournaments, continue to develop his lateral movement and mawashi techniques and make the push when he's ready instead of a premature promotion that leads to the kadoban carousel.