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  1. Funny videos and photos of rikishi at play

    I believe the photo is a parody of a poster from the widely popular anime film, Your Name.
  2. Guess a rikishi - win a tegata

    Hakuho? Also, when will the winner be announced?
  3. New Juyro for Haru 2018

    Dang, Enho really made it! I knew he'd rise up quickly, but this is quite an accomplishment. I expect a MK, but let's hope it's not too much of one. Though who knows? Could he get double digit wins? His short stature really will be his downfall in his climb to sanyaku, unless he pulls out skills and techniques unlike anything the sumo world has seen before. Perhaps he'll become Mainoumi 2.0: Quicker, stronger, and smarter.
  4. First new Yokozuna during 2018-2019

    I'm on board with Takayasu being the next Yok -- I started watching sumo near the end of 2016 and I knew Kisenosato would be the next Yok despite I knew almost nothing about sumo. After he was promoted, I immediately placed my bets on Takayasu. And unless the other hopefuls surprise me, that's where I'm keeping my bets. But I also believe that it could be a year, or even three years until then. Although, I think it would be bittersweet for Hakuho to retire in 2020 without any definitive, promising rikishi (who is clear Yokozuna material) in the top division. He wants to be defeated by someone better than him before his time comes. It would be nice if that wish could come true, both for Hakuho, and for us sumo fans. Let the big guy go out with a bang of an even bigger guy in his place.
  5. Kisenosato-"I'm putting everything on the line!"

    Speaking of, won't Taka have to make up a new shikona once a potential promotion becomes serious? Or has there been a Yokozuna in the past who used their real name?
  6. Former Gyoji and Yobidashi

    Thank you, @Naganoyama! I was already aware of this page when I made this topic, but it's nice to look over them again. (Fingers crossed that there will be a tate yobidashi archive in the future.)
  7. Promotion/Demotion and Yusho discussion Hatsu 2018

    I think, regardless of Takayasu's performance in the next few basho, there's still a good chance that he could be on a tsuna run in 2019 (or perhaps even the end of 2018) should he stay consistent and not suffer any major injuries. The spotlight right now is on Tochinoshin and his potential to become Ozeki in the future. He could make a decent Ozeki, but I feel he would have fluctuating records (12-3 one basho, 6-9 the next) and go kyujo at least once or twice a year due to his knee or new injuries. But if he keeps up the performance he showed here, I think the only thing that would stop him from the tsuna is that knee, but I could be wrong. Thoughts? I'm looking forward to seeing Ryuden and Abi fight some tougher opponents in Haru. They both have sanyaku potential, although I'm leaning toward Ryuden.
  8. Osunaarashi scandal

    It'll be a real shame to see the first and only Egyptian rikishi go in such a way. He was one of my favorites, with that upbeat attitude of his. I'd love to see another rikishi from his country in the future (or any rikishi from Africa in general.) I wonder if he'd make good out of a bad situation and start training people in his country interested in sumo.
  9. Basho Talk Hatsu 2018 (SPOILERS)

    What a thrilling match between Kakuryu and Takayasu! He's finishing off strong, especially if he wins against Mitakeumi tomorrow. If Taka gets double digit wins at both Haru and Natsu, will the YDC consider him?
  10. Basho Talk Hatsu 2018 (SPOILERS)

    This is shaping up to be a historic basho! And nearly 10 years after Kotooshu's yusho too. I'm rooting for Tochi to finish 14-1. Anyone else feel the aftershocks of Takayasu's tachi-ai? I don't think I've ever seen him hit so hard.
  11. Basho Talk Hatsu 2018 (SPOILERS)

    I'm gonna make a risky call and say that Takayasu makes his way into the lead, and maybe wins the yusho in a hairpin turn of events. Although I'd much rather he win his first yusho having remained in the lead the whole time.
  12. Basho Talk Hatsu 2018 (SPOILERS)

    What an upset!! With Tamawashi fighting Tochinoshin tomorrow, we've got a very interesting few days ahead of us. If Tochinoshin wins the yusho, won't it be the first time a Georgian takes home the cup?
  13. Basho Talk Hatsu 2018 (SPOILERS)

    I like the way they're zooming in on the yobidashi and letting us hear them call the rikishi. Is it a one-time thing, or is this something they'll be doing more often? I hope the latter.
  14. Basho Talk Hatsu 2018 (SPOILERS)

    Takayasu is looking very solid as an Ozeki. I'm glad to see him come back after that initial kadoban. A Yokozuna run in the future is definitely possible! And, unlike his heya brother, he seems to handle pressure well. Should he ever make Yokozuna, he'll be much more consistent Yokozuna than our beloved Kisenosato. The way things are shaping up so far, I'm expecting Kakuryu and Mitakeumi to contend for the yusho going into the final 5 days. But Goeido could still come back and win, or Tochinoshin could surprise me.
  15. TORCHBEARER 2018: invitation, rules, and your picks

    Midorifuji Ms5E (Hope I'm doing this right, and best of luck everyone!)