Osaka Basho 2014 Day 9

goldsteinGents and Ladies, Butterballs and Meat-slabs, welcome to Day 9 of the Osaka tournament.  Goldstein here, back again to bring you due coverage like a warm mawashi.  Our two Yokozunae lead the pack with Ozeki Kakuryuu and M11 Oosunaarashi one behind the game.  Endou is batting .500, and Kotooshuu is all kinds of not-even-trying.

Yeah, I’m slow on the pick-up today.  I want to do something in honor of my first coverage of an Osaka tournament, but I’ve yet to visit the place.  Or comprehend the dialect.  And that’s got me thinking.  Whenever a Kansai dialect is dubbed over into English, they turn it into a Brooklyn accent or a Southern accent.  I’m not entirely sure why.  But as I’m a Texas boy, I think I’ll settle on the latter. Continue reading

Osaka Basho 2014 Day 1 and 2 recap

MatagisawaGreetings.  As any of you who have lived in Japan know, this is the busy season.  The fiscal year is winding down, co-workers are getting transferred and new ones are coming in, and there are a plethora of farewell and welcome parties to attend.  Needless to say, this has one hell of an effect on the way things are run here at S&S.  As it appears, ol’ Creswell is holding down the fort all by his lonesome for the time being.  So ya’ll’re gonna have to deal with it.  Let’s dive into day 1 and 2. Continue reading

Osaka Basho 2013 Wind-up

MatagisawaI was going to write “Haru (spring) Basho” for the headline here, but I don’t have much reason to.  Up here in the frozen north of Akita (especially in my neck of the woods), things are still as cold an snowy as ever.  Spring is the time of new beginnings, and although the weather ain’t doing anything new, there are some interesting things going on in sumo.  Hakuho, Harumafuji, Kakuryu, Kisenosato (maybe), and of course the golden boy of the Japanese media… Endo. Continue reading

Hatsu Basho 2014 Day 14

S&S Briton-Meyer

Briton-Meyer here after some time away both from the blog and from Sumo.  As I sit down to write this, I am reminded why I haven’t been watching Sumo recently.  I have a puppy that eats everything within reach, and so I am constantly having to find that puppy and figure out what its eating off the floor.  Ok, I’m back.  It looks like it was some kind of paper, though it could have been spaghetti.  I know, I know, the guys here at the blog will think I’m making excuses, and to tell the truth, when I think about it, I somehow managed to write about Sumo back in the day when it was DeGama who needed watching when food and floor came together to form some glorious (and delicious?) mess (I miss you, man).

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Hatsu Basho 2014 Day 12

MatagisawaHere I am again for day 12.  Although this basho was Hakuho’s first negative day yusho, there has been some decent stuff going on.  It seems that two goons have been hired to toss Kotooshu out of the ozeki saloon by the scruff of his neck on to the dusty road permanently; the era of the euro-zeki flung out after him, flopping down on his head like a cheap dress (or is Freakanomics going to prove right again?).  It seems that Endo and the Pharaoh have reached a basic level of competence in makuuchi.  Kisenosato has gotten more egg on his face than an ovaraptor, and Kyokutenho is still about to hang in at 39.  Here are today’s highlight bouts. Continue reading

Hatsu 2014 Day 10

MatagisawaFirst off, apologies for the limited coverage from us this basho.  After 2 basho of me, Connolly and Goldstein scrambling to report on 15 days, we decided we needed to cut back.  Skeleton crew means fewer reports, but we’ll be there where it counts.  At least until Montana, Daly, DeGama, Berturm, Valentine, Chalmers, and Johnson can get their petty personal lives sorted and get back to what’s really important in life… no, not kids, or jobs, or small businesses… not hectic work schedules, nor higher education, nor sleep, nor spouses, nor important paperwork… but the most important thing to any REAL man.  Reporting on sumo.  Speaking of which here’s day 10. Continue reading

Hatsu Basho 2014 Day 8

Welcome ladies and gentlemen to the first basho of 2014, the Hatsu. As always this basho is hosted in the Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo. It started last Sunday, but we can only provide select coverage from today. I’ve chosen a select few bouts to cover today, the rikishi of interest.

E-M12 Gagamaru (5-2) vs W-M16 Satoyama (5-2)
Gagamaru notably weighs in under 200 kgs this basho, just. This is a positive thing because he was in need of being able to move faster. Only losing to Yoshikaze on Day 1, and Fujiazuma on Day 6 he comes into today with a 6-2 record. Continue reading