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  1. Basho Talk Haru 2018 (SPOILERS)

    I’ve always liked Ikioi, if only for his pre-tachiai posture. It’s like in post-war photos of rikishi at the shikirisen, with back perfectly straight and parallel to the ground and knees tucked up tight alongside the waist. I’m not sure why but I find it a thing of beauty, perhaps because I am barely able to squat myself ...
  2. Basho Talk Haru 2018 (SPOILERS)

    Some, but there were plenty of smiling faces and audible applause on the video. Enough that my immediate thought was, “Huh. Guess you can forgive a henka when it’s by a hometown hero.”
  3. Basho Talk Haru 2018 (SPOILERS)

    Tamawashi won the M1 battle today. Both are running pretty close so far after near-identical schedules (Endo 4-5; Tamawashi 5-4). They could easily end up with equal records. With Tochinoshin and Ichinojo both on the verge of KK and Mitakeumi still within shot of the same, there could be just the one vacant Komusubi slot next basho. (Chiyotairyu is already MK). Who gets it? Does the head-to-head come into play there?
  4. Dohyo and Injuries

    People sitting in the front row should sit inside stacked rubber tyres as an additional crash barrier.
  5. Dohyo and Injuries

    I agree RE #2. I think about the only thing that could be done is to mandate that the rikishi have to lean a certain side, e.g. to the right, so they avoid or reduce head collisions, but that would undermine a lot of the tactical decisions a rikishi makes or even completely disadvantage them if they favour certain a certain grip.
  6. Basho Talk Haru 2018 (SPOILERS)

    Inconsistent from the shimpan today in overlooking the blatant gyoji error in the Aoiyama–Miyogiryu bout but then calling for the torinaoshi in Kakuryu-Takarafuji for a not dissimilar ending.
  7. Basho Talk Haru 2018 (SPOILERS)

    I don’t think Kakuryu and Aoiyama being leaders is all that surprising. The latter in particular ought to be there given the rank he’s fighting from.
  8. Basho Talk Haru 2018 (SPOILERS)

    Hey. Long-time sumo fan and forum reader, first-time poster. I’ve been trying to sign up for ages from inside China but I guess there’s some internet issue that prevented the security check working. Took the chance to sign up on holiday! Very much looking forward to the rest of the basho with the field wide open. My underdog tip to be in the yusho race is Aoiyama, fighting from M17 he should be able to put up decent numbers like he did last July.