Well here we go again. I could open with something witty; substitute some letters of someone’s name to make a clever pun, or even just some toilet humor. Or I could open with some cheesy metaphor comparing sumo to autumn, and take the time to write some flowery lines about the change and fall of rikishi down the banzuke. But seriously you didn’t come here for a bunch of BS. So without further ado, here is this year’s Kyushu banzuke.
And here’s Juryo
Some of this is a bit surprising, some not so much. Gagamaru didn’t make as big of a jump as I would have hoped, while Hakuba made too much of one. No one here at S&S was surprised with the Banzuke through M2 east.
However, mostly all of us disagreed on who was coming up from Juryo and who would go down from Makuuchi, but Valentine and I were proven right. Personally I knew they would bring Okinoumi back up. The JSA has a hard-on for this guy, for what reason I do not know. His sumo is still a bit stiff, although his tachi-ai has gotten marginally better.
I feel bad to see Kakizoe head back down to juryo, I like the little guy. He always give it everything, but he has just been to eager and not centered enough lately, perhaps this will do him some good.
All of the gamblers are back (except for Toyohibiki) all of whom turned in at least results of 10-5 in Juryo. All of the guys up in Makuuchi for this basho are the usual suspects, who can usually hang on for a basho or two. So there should be any huge upsets. However having Miyabiyama, Goeido, and Toyonoshima so far down the banzuke means they’ll all probably have good a basho. Well, we’ll see with Goeido, with his “golden boy” image tarnished with a few shitty basho and a gambling scandal, we’ll see how he fairs.
There is an interesting situation down in Juryo… Shironoryu is up to J1 after a crackerjack 10-5 from J11 (being the only one to beat Toyonoshima.) It should be interesting seeing the shin-sekitori perform as well. If I’m correct 2 of the 4 are half Philipino. Which doesn’t make them technichally “Foreign Rikishi”, but close enough (at least as close as Taiho was.)
Fans of Sumo & Stogies, keep checking back, as we’ll have our usual daily basho coverage, plus breaking news, as well as debates on sumo related topics throughout the Basho.
Enjoy, and comment if you like.