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SUMO: 2018 Aki Basho (Day 3)

It’s Day 3 of the Aki Basho, and it’s looking like it’s going to be a real classic of a tournament. All the yokozuna and ozeki won yesterday, meaning that Goeido is the only one whose record isn’t perfect (after his Day 1 loss to M1 Kaisei). Also as yet unblemished is the winner of […]

SUMO: 2018 Aki Basho (Day 2)

The Aki Basho is underway, and we started off with a really solid Day 1. There were lots of exciting matches, and all of the top rikishi won . . . well  . . . all except ozeki Goeido, who further cemented his reputation of being better in practice than he is in the tournaments.  […]

SUMO: 2018 Aki Basho (Day 1)

The long, hot, summer dry spell is over . . . it’s time for the Aki Basho [Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament]! For the next fifteen days, the big men will be competing in the big dohyo [ring] in the home of sumo—Tokyo’s Ryogoku Kokugikan! And even before a single match has been fought, it’s already […]

MEDICAL: I’ve Fallen, But I Totally Got Up

Yesterday I was walking to coffee shop when I noticed that I could save myself half a block of walking by hopping down from a foot-and-a-half retaining wall into the parking lot. No problem, I thought, that doesn’t even count as a jump. Well, I wish I’d ever stopped and re-thought that at my age, […]

I’m A Stretch Goal!

The fine folks at Monte Cook Games are running a Kickstarter for their newest project, “Your Best Game Ever“—a book to help you get the most out of your RPG whatever setting or game system you’re using. The Kickstarter got off to a rousing start here in a week that is filled with terrific gaming […]

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

Welcome to senshuraku [the final day] for the 2018 Nagoya Basho! With his win over M13 Tochinoshin yesterday, sekiwake Mitakeumi improved his record to 13–1 and secured his haru-yusho [first tournament championship]. The closest competitors remain M9 Yutakayama and M13 Asanoyama with 11–3 records, which is also pretty dang good! That doesn’t mean that there’s […]

SUMO: 2018 Nagoya Basho (Day 14)

It’s Day 14 of the Nagoya Basho and sekiwake Mitakeumi is still in the lead! In fact, with a 12–1 record he only needs one more win to secure his very first top division yusho [tournament championship]. To make matters even more interesting, the only rikishi who are even mathematically still in the running are […]

SUMO: 2018 Nagoya Basho (Day 13)

It’s Day 13 of the Nagoya Basho, and sekiwake Mitakeumi no longer has a perfect record! He lost to ozeki Takayasu (something I’ll have more to say about below), but at the same time, his two closest followers—M13 Asanoyama and M13 Tochiozan—ALSO lost. That means Mitakeumi maintains a two-win lead over the challengers . . […]

SUMO: 2018 Nagoya Basho (Day 12)

Day 12 of the Nagoya Basho is here, and sekiwake Mitakeumi remains undefeated and alone atop the leaderboard. Not only that, he’s got a two-win lead over his nearest competition. I was mistaken yesterday when I said that only one rikishi was in that second place slot. In point of fact, there were two . […]

SUMO: 2018 Nagoya Basho (Day 11)

It’s Day 11 of the Nagoya Basho, and I’m back from my personal kyujo [absence due to medical condition]. There’s been an interesting change in the standings, but not at the very top. Sekiwake Mitakeumi remains undefeated (now at 10–0) and is alone atop the leaderboard. However, his closest remaining rival, M13 Asanoyama, lost on […]