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SUMO: 2018 Aki Basho Senshuraku [Final Day] (Day 15)

What a tournament this has been! It’s Day 15, senshuraku of the Aki Basho, and I can EASILY say that this was the best basho of the year . . . quite probably the best in several years! Sure we come into the final day with yusho [tournament championship] already decided, but this has been […]

SUMO: 2018 Aki Basho (Day 14)

My stay in the hospital kept me from reporting on the middle of Week 2 of the Aki Basho … which is a real shame because this has continued to be a GREAT tournament. But I’m home now, and there’s A LOT going on today:   * If yokozuna Hakuho wins he secures both his […]

SUMO: 2018 Aki Basho (Day 11)

We’re two-thirds of the way through the Aki Basho, and Day 11 starts with tow yokozuna still undefeated atop the leaderboard—Kakuryu and Hakuho. However, we’ve had a bit of a drop off in the contenders as only ozeki Takayasu remains one win behind the leaders. Takayasu squared off against fellow ozeki Goeido yesterday. It was […]

SUMO: 2018 Aki Basho (Day 10)

It’s Day 10 of the Aki Basho and our leaderboard is beginning to thin out. At the very top, still unbeaten, are yokozuna Kakuryu and yokozuna Hakuho. One loss behind them are ozeki Goeido, ozeki Takayasu, and M13 Ryuden.  Interestingly, both Hakuho and Kakuryu seemed to dodge bullets yesterday. Hakuho got wrapped up in a […]

SUMO: 2018 Aki Basho (Day 9)

Today begins Week 2 of the Aki Basho, and the leaderboard has quite suddenly become more manageable. Only two undefeated rikishi remain—yokozuna Kakuryu and yokozuna Hakuho—with four rikishi trailing at one loss apiece—ozeki Goeido, ozeki Takayasu, M9 Hokutofuji, and M13 Ryuden. Of course, there’s still A LOT of drama going on among those not on […]

SUMO: 2018 Aki Basho Nakabi [Middle Day] (Day 8)

Here we are, nakabi [the middle day] of the Aki Basho and four rikishi are tied atop the leaderboard—yokozuna Kakuryu, yokozuna Hakuho, ozeki Takayasu, and M9 Hokutofuji. Immediately behind them are four rikishi with 6–1 records— yokozuna Kisenosato, ozeki Goeido, sekiwake Mitakeumi, and M13 Ryuden. Interestingly, in my commentary during Week 1, I had very […]

SUMO: 2018 Aki Basho (Day 7)

We’ve made it to the middle weekend of the Aki Basho, and the number of undefeated rikishi is down to four—yokozuna Kakuryu, yokozuna Hakuho, ozeki Takayasu, and M9 Hokutofuji. Both yokozuna Kisenosato and sekiwake Mitakeumi lost for the first time yesterday, but they’re still with a strong group (which includes ozeki Goeido) that trail the […]

SUMO: 2018 Aki Basho (Day 6)

It’s Day 6, one-third of the way through the Aki Basho, and there still are so many undefeated and one-loss rikishi to say that a real “leaderboard” has formed yet. That’s incredibly competitive sumo, and a super exciting tournament! The 5–0 rikishi include all the yokozuna, one ozeki, and one sekiwake. The big name match […]

SUMO: 2018 Aki Basho (Day 5)

Day 5 of the Aki Basho dawns to a sight that the sumo world hasn’t seen for twenty-nine years! Back in March 1989, in Osaka at the Haru Basho, was the last time that three yokozuna reached Day 5 of a tournament and ALL still had unbeaten records. That’s 12–0 between them. In that tournament, […]

SUMO: 2018 Aki Basho (Day 4)

Things are looking pretty good at the Aki Basho. Here we are on Day 4 and all three yokozuna are still undefeated. Granted that’s really how it SHOULD be, but over the past year or two this kind of steady performance at the top of the banzuke has been in short supply. As if to […]