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  1. Basho Talk Natsu 2018 (SPOILERS)

    Why was Nishikigi’s win over Ishiura called as a tsuridashi? It looked more like a kimedashi to me. No belt grip. Sometimes I think the line between some kimarite is a little too thin!
  2. Basho Talk Natsu 2018 (SPOILERS)

    I have the same issue. It’s apparently to do with being down as an ‘inactive member’. It’s supposed to sort itself out but my account never has.
  3. Live Streaming - Natsu 18

    Grrr. My boss is away today and I was all ready to have QQ’s coverage on at my desk.
  4. Basho Talk Natsu 2018 (SPOILERS)

    Yes, that’s correct. Then if they both fail to do that, they’ll get one shot at winning 10 bouts as Sekiwake to return immediately to Ozeki.
  5. Basho Talk Natsu 2018 (SPOILERS)

    Although Takayasu was also on the banzuke of course.
  6. Basho Talk Natsu 2018 (SPOILERS)

    I believe Goeido and Terunofuji were both Kadoban as recently as September 2017. That was the latter’s final basho before demotion.
  7. Basho Talk Natsu 2018 (SPOILERS)

    It’s all setting up for a tomoesen. :)
  8. Basho Talk Natsu 2018 (SPOILERS)

    Not a big surprise. He’s been poor and if he’s going to MK, he may as well get some rest doing it.
  9. Japan Times Sumo Column Request

    Interesting questions. In the past I’ve often wondered if the appeal of sumo is similar in a way to how the military life is attractive to certain people. I suppose the extension of that is what you touch upon there: guys who do sumo for the lifestyle and who don’t necessarily see themselves as athletes competing to win, the way a soldier may be in the army for love of the corp d’esprit and barrack life, not a desire to go to war.
  10. Basho Talk Natsu 2018 (SPOILERS)

    I know Tochinoshin and Ichinojo often slug it out for ages, but today’s bout surprised me. Ichinojo looked a lot more comfortable than he has in recent days and, dare I say, was even in charge at times. Was that an attempted tsuridashi? Well done Tochinoshin on seeing it through, though there was no need to fondle his left tit at the end. There are boundaries. Goeido loses again. I think he and Tochinoshin should just swap places on the banzuke. Brave effort from Yutakayama but not sure the two-handed throttle attempt was the way to go. First man to makekoshi. The roughest of several rough weeks since he reached Makuuchi.
  11. Greetings From Hampshire

    Three of us. :) I’m originally from a place called Hythe on the western shore of Southampton water and have family all over the Southampton area. I’m living in China these days by way of Japan.
  12. Basho Talk Natsu 2018 (SPOILERS)

    It’s not like Goeido to do that. ;) Abi is having a good debut in the joi. 3-4 after a week in the sanyaku meat grinder is nothing to sniff at at all and tomorrow he gets to start working toward his KK against the hiramaku around and below him. We’ll see how he does though. It might actually be harder as I think he might face guys more familiar with his style. That said, even if he doesn’t KK, his first week performance should prevent a slip too far down the banzuke next time.
  13. Basho Talk Natsu 2018 (SPOILERS)

    Abi’s movement was more inashi than henka I think. Just good evasive maneuvering. He didn’t avoid the tachiai, only kept Goeido at arms length and pushed back off him.
  14. Basho Talk Natsu 2018 (SPOILERS)

    He wants a sansho. :)
  15. Basho Talk Natsu 2018 (SPOILERS)

    Sorry, I replied before I got as far as your edit. Not unlike me to be hasty! (Yeah, right)