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SUMO: 2017 Haru Basho Senshuraku [The Final Day] (Day 15)

It’s Day 15 of the 2017 Haru Basho, and I want to punch ozeki Terunofuji in the nose! We’re at senshuraku [the final day] so there’s no sense in holding back . . . but if you haven’t watched all the way through the end of Day 14, then you may want to go back and […]

SUMO: 2017 Haru Basho (Day 14)

It’s Day 14 of the Haru Basho and can things get any more dramatic than they did yesterday?!? Okay here’s your spoiler warning . . . if you haven’t seen the Day 13 matches yet, go do so before you read beyond this paragraph. No . . . really. Don’t say I didn’t warn you. […]

SUMO: 2017 Haru Basho (Day 13)

It’s Friday, Day 13 of the Haru Basho, and the tension keeps racheting up. Yokozuna Kisenosato remains undefeated atop the leaderboard, but yesterday both M10 Tochiozan and sekiwake Takayasu suffered their second losses, putting them out of the immediate race for the yusho [tournament championship], and leaving just ozeki Terunofuji one win behind the leader. […]

SUMO: 2017 Haru Basho (Day 12)

It’s Day 12 of the Haru Basho and things just got REAL! . . . I don’t know why I said that. It just seemed like a sports blog kind of thing to say. Things have been REAL the whole tournament, it’s just that we hadn’t had any significant changes to the leaderboard in days. […]

SUMO: 2017 Haru Basho (Day 11)

Two-thirds of the Haru Basho are in the book, and the Day 11 leaderboard remains the same as it’s been for the past few days. Yokozuna Kisenosato and sekiwake Takayasu have perfect 10–0 records and the lead over ozeki Terunofuji and M10 Tochiozan, who both are 9–1. Weirdly, with yokozuna Kakuryu’s vert sloppy loss yesterday, […]

SUMO: 2017 Haru Basho (Day 10)

Day 10 of the Haru Basho arrives with no changes to the leaderboard. Yokozuna Kisenosato and his stablemate sekiwake Takayasu remain in the lead with unbeaten 9–0 records. Directly behind them are ozeki Terunofuji and M10 Tochiozan. That’s not to say there have been no changes, though. Yokozuna Harumafuji lost his third match yesterday, putting […]

SUMO: 2017 Haru Basho (Day 9)

We roll into Week 2 of the Haru Basho with two stable-mates atop the leaderboard with perfect 8–0 records. Yokozuna Kisenosato and sekiwake Takayasu have both secured their kachi-koshi [majority of wins] in the minimum amount of time possible . . . but that’s just the start of what they’re aiming for. If they can […]

SUMO: 2017 Haru Basho Nakabi [The Middle Day] (Day 8)

It’s nakabi [the middle day] of the Haru Basho, and who would have predicted the situation we have here on Day 8? There are two undefeated rikishi remaining, and they’re both from the same heya [training stable]—yokozuna Kisenosato and sekiwake Takayasu. What makes that really interesting is that since they ARE from the same stable, […]

SUMO: 2017 Haru Basho (Day 7)

It’s Day 7 of the Haru Basho, and only three rikishi remain undefeated atop the leaderboard with 6–0 records—yokozuna Kisenosato, sekiwake Takayasu, and M10 Tochiozan. And only three rikishi are one win off the pace at 5–1—and ozeki Terunofuji, M3 Takarafuji, and M7 Chiyoshoma. Only two men within those groups has ever won a yusho [tournament […]

SUMO: 2017 Haru Basho (Day 6)

It’s Day 6 of the Haru Basho, and we’re down to five undefeated rikishi atop the leaderboard. Yokozuna Kisenosato, ozeki Terunofuji lead and sekiwake Takayasu lead the way, with M3 Takarafuji and M10 Tochiozan hanging tough, too. Of course, Terunofuji and Takayasu go head-to-head today, as do Kisenosato and Takarafuji, so tomorrow we’ll have no […]