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SUMO: 2018 Nagoya Basho (Day 7)

We’re entering the middle weekend of the Nagoya Basho, but we’re doing so with ANOTHER top rikishi having withdrawn from the tournament. This time it is ozeki Tochinoshin, who lost his share of the lead and severely jammed his big toe in yesterday’s match against komusubi Tamawashi. That leaves just ONE rikishi undefeated and alone […]

SUMO: 2018 Nagoya Basho (Day 6)

It’s Day 6 of the Nagoya Basho, and still we have a pair of undefeated rikishi leading the pack—ozeki Tochinoshi and sekiwake Mitakeumi. But what’s more, we have another big name withdrawing from competition.  This morning, yokozuna Kakuryu reported that he has suffered some unspecified injury and is going kyujo [absent due to injury], meaning […]

SUMO: 2018 Nagoya Basho (Day 5)

Well, well, well . . . what a difference a day makes, eh? Because Day 5 at the Nagoya Basho looks NOTHING like Day 4 did! At the start of the day yesterday there were a bunch of undefeated rikishi (including most of the top-rankers). Now with Hakuho having gone kyujo [absent due to injury], […]

SUMO: 2018 Nagoya Basho (Day 4)

It’s Day 4 of the Nagoya Basho and things are really heating up—literally. Nagoya is the most physically demanding of all the hon-basho because it takes place during midsummer in a city where you can count on the temperature being over 90F and the humidity being around 90% (or higher if a typhoon happens to […]

SUMO: 2018 Nagoya Basho (Day 3)

It’s Day 3 of the Nagoya Basho, and the most notable thing about yesterday’s bouts is that ALL of the top-ranked rikishi won. Granted, this is how it is SUPPOSED to be, particularly this early in the tournament, but based on recent experience, we know that it rarely seems to go that way. Still, there […]

SUMO: 2018 Nagoya Basho (Day 2)

The Nagoya Basho is off to a terrific start, and we’re ready for action here on Day 2. There was only one major upset on Day 1, and that was ozeki Goeido losing his opening match to M1 Shodai. Goeido is kadoban [threatened with ozeki demotion] this tournament, so he NEEDS to reach kachi-koshi [majority […]

SUMO: 2018 Nagoya Basho (Day 1)

Greetings, sumo fans! We survived the long eight-week drought and made it to the big summer tournament in central Japan—the Nagoya Basho is here! Fifteen days of sumo begins here and now, and I for one can’t wait! To refresh everyone on the results of May’s Natsu Basho, yokozuna Kakuryu won his second yusho [tournament […]

MEDICAL: Insurance Troubles

I was planning to make a post to let folks know that today’s the day for my cardiac ablation—the procedure I was talking about in my previous medical update. By the time most of you read it, the procedure would probably be done and I could answer questions and show off my newly ablated heart. […]

What’s On the Drawing Board

Yesterday I made a post about some changes in my schedule, including broadly stating that I was going to devote more time to cartooning and some personal projects. Since I’m doing my best to eliminate vague-booking in my social media, today I’m gonna spill the details. (Well, SOME of the details. I have to leave […]


The other day I made a post giving details for past medical vague-booking, and that got me thinking that there was ANOTHER bit of vague-booking I’ve done that I never got around to explaining. So I guess it’s high time that I did an info dump on what’s going on in my professional life, too. […]