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  1. Harumafuji scandal

    We're going to need a sumo-themed remake of Rashomon to sort this all of this out and find out what the real story is.
  2. Rikishi Status Kyushu 2017 - Day 9 return & w/d

    It's now being reported that Harumafuji will go kyujo.
  3. Harumafuji scandal

    Yikes. According to this Yahoo News report (Japanese only), the Takanoiwa injuries came at the hands of none other than fellow Mongolian and Yokozuna Harumafuji. Apparently Harumafuji smashed his head with a beer bottle. If true, I hate to think what the implications could be for Harumafuji's status as a Yokozuna.
  4. Quote of ze day-Aki Basho 2017

    Says the man who's stated goal is to reach Ozeki.
  5. Basho Talk - Aki 2017 (SPOILERS)

    I've seen him up close (like literally right in front of me) during Isegama-beya training camps and he is extremely muscular and huge even by sumo standards. Yet Terunofuji is so large himself that he makes even Takarafuji appear small by comparison.
  6. Basho Talk - Aki 2017 (SPOILERS)

    I think it was more that he lost his balance and knew he was going down, at which point all rikishi are well trained in how to fall properly, which can appear, as you noted, as if they are throwing themselves to the ground, where actually in this case it was simply a well-disciplined fall.
  7. Rikishi Status Aki 2017 - Day 15 no changes

    Does anyone doubt a fully healthy Terunofuji's ability to quite easily fight his way back to ozeki from the lower maegashira ranks or even juryo if it came to that? If he can fully heal by next basho then of course he should compete and seek to regain his status. But if he does so not fully healed, he'll be facing this same sort of carousel ride over and over without fully realizing his potential. IMO that would be an unfortunate waste of his talent.
  8. Rikishi Status Aki 2017 - Day 15 no changes

    Long term, Terunofuji dropping from Ozeki may be the best thing that could happen to him. Prior to his injury he was about as close to a lock as possible to become the next yokozuna. Now he can go kyujo for two or three basho, get fully healthy, and then get back on track toward his march to Yokozuna. This is presuming, of course, that he doesn't rush back next basho to try to get his 10 wins and back to Ozeki ASAP.
  9. Basho Talk - Aki 2017 (SPOILERS)

    Chiyotairyuu has impressed with his newly added heft. I wonder if he took note of Takayasu's success after Taka added significant bulk and decided to follow suit. Chiyo's always been tough to beat when he dominates the tachi-ai, and should be even more so now with the increased mass.
  10. Quote of ze day-Aki Basho 2017

    My favorite Day 3 quote, courtesy of guest commentator Takanohana prior to deshi Takanoiwa's bout during NHK's broadcast: Announcer: "Takanoiwa had been suffering from pneumonia leading up to this basho and was unable to train until just two days prior." Takanohana: "He shouldn't have gotten pneumonia!"
  11. Preparations of the Y/O-Aki 2017

    Fourth week of August.
  12. Preparations of the Y/O-Aki 2017

    Interesting, as he was completely absent from Isegahama-beya's August training camp in Niigata. Haramafuji was there, but his activity was limited to light sparring and some focused work on his tachiai.
  13. Heisei Hopefuls - prospect watch

    I recently had an up-and-close look at Midorifuji from Tier 2 over three days during the recent Isegahama-beya training camp in Yahiko. He was far and away the most skilled of the stable's non-sekitori rikishi. In fact his keiko performance was very reminiscent of Terutsuyoshi a year ago when he completely dominated his fellow lower-ranked stablemates at Maukushita-joi and later broke through into Juryo. However, Midorifuji is very light and may struggle in terms of size as he progresses up the ranks. Still a young rikishi to keep an eye on though.