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SUMO: 2018 Natsu Basho (Day 2)

It’s Day 2 of the Natsu Basho, and the most unusual thing (compared to recent tournaments) is that nothing particularly unusual happened on Day 1. There weren’t any major upsets, all the sanyaku rikishi looked good, with only komusubi Endo notching a loss (but then, he was fighting yokozuna Kakuryu, so that was to be […]

SUMO: 2018 Natsu Basho (Day 1)

Welcome to the 2018 Natsu Basho [Summer Grand Sumo Tournament]! There are a lot of “storylines” going on this tournament, and lots of drama . . . and, of course, lots of sumo! Things are busy here in the Stannex, though, so I may not be quite as thorough in my commentary—you’ll just have to […]

SUMO: Haru Basho 2018 (Day 11)

It’s Day 11 of the Haru Basho and we’ve has a very sudden and very extensive shift on the leaderboard. If you’ll remember, yesterday at this time we had two undefeated rikishi, no one-loss rikishi, and seven two-loss rikishi. Now we have one sole undefeated leader—yokozuna Kakuryu—followed by a single one-loss rikishi—M6 Kaisei—followed by just […]

SUMO: Haru Basho 2018 (Day 10)

It’s Day 10 of the Haru Basho, and our undefeated co-leaders—yokozuna Kakuryu and M6 Kaisei—now have a two-win cushion between them and the group of seven 7–2 rikishi who most closely trail them. Yesterday, the only remaining one-loss rikishi—M16 Daiamami—lost for the second time, creating that gap and giving the leaders some breathing room. Still, […]

SUMO: Haru Basho 2018 (Day 9)

Week 2 of the Osaka Basho kicks off with two rikishi still as yet unbeaten. Yokozuna Kakuryu has been putting in a stronger performance than I anticipated he would be able to, what with the lingering injuries to his right fingers. But those haven’t seemed to bother him since about Day 3, and he has […]

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

It’s nakabi [the middle day] of the Haru Basho—Day 8 of 15. Both our undefeated rikishi, yokozuna Kakuryu and M6 Kaisei, won yesterday and maintain their one-win lead over M13 Daishomaru, and M16 Daiamami. With the exception of Kakuryu, that’s a BUNCH of unexpected names. The action in Osaka is certainly living up to the […]

SUMO: Haru Basho 2018 (Day 7)

It’s Day 7 of the Haru Basho and only two rikishi remain undefeated—yokozuna Kakuryu and M6 Kaisei. Both of them looked strong in notching their sixth wins yesterday, though after the match, Kaisei was rubbing the back of his leg like his hamstring was sore. Directly behind them are a group of five rikishi with […]

SUMO: Haru Basho 2018 (Day 6)

Welcome to Day 6 of the Haru Basho—sumo’s Spring Tournament being held in the city of Osaka. We’re heading into the middle weekend with a relatively short leaderboard. Only three rikishi remain undefeated—yokozuna Kakuryu, M4 Shohozan, and M6 Kaisei. Of course, there are seven rikishi still only one win off the pace, so we’re set […]

SUMO: Haru Basho 2018 (Day 5)

Day 5 of the Haru Basho and the situation continues to be fluid in Osaka. Yokozuna Kakuryu and a group of four others remain unbeaten, while komusubi Ichinojo suffered his first loss, and BOTH ozeki already have two losses apiece. Also, last basho’s winner, shin-sekiwake Tochinoshin, also suffered his second loss on Wednesday . . […]

SUMO: Haru Basho 2018 (Day 4)

Here we are, Day 4 of the Haru Basho, and already only a two of the sanyaku rikishi remains unbeaten—yokozuna Kakuryu and komusubi Ichinojo. What’s more, there are only five other unbeaten rikishi in the whole division—M4 Shohozan, M6 Kaisei, M10 Chiyonokuni, M14 Ikioi, and M17 Aoiyama. That really encourages the kind of “what if” […]