I sit out here by the pool in 85 degree (almost 30 for you celsius folks) weather writing this because I am stuck. The road home is closed by a massive winter storm delivering more than half my height in snowfall. Such are the oddities of life, I suppose.
It takes a 5 wins or better by one or the other of the rikishi in a bout to get my attention today. Here we go.
Takaranofuji vs. Takanoyama
Soft tachiai from Takanoyama, more of a love bump against Takaranofuji than anything else, then Takanoyama gets Takaranofuji’s arm and spins him right out of the ring. Hikkake win for Takanoyama
Shotenro vs. Tenkaiho
Tenkaiho places his boobs in Shotenro’s capable hands at the tachiai and Shotenro thrusts and grunts his way to victory, much like the storyline of any novel you can buy in the checkout aisle at the grocery store. Oshidashi win for Shotenro, which puts him at a cool 6-1 this basho.
Okinoumi vs. Fujiazuma
Okinoumi displaying the clean sumo I am coming to know him for took on Fujiazuma like a problem to be solved. And solve that problem he did. The solution? Yorikiri win for Oki. Oki is proving he is easily able to fight down at M9. He might not quite be jo’i material yet, but if he finds his fire, he soon will be.
Asasekiryu vs. Takekaze
Takekaze looking good down in his domain. His strategy today was to turn his opponent into a fulcrum… the pivot point, you ask? Takekaze. By virtue of his diminutive stature, he was able to make Asasekiryu work to even get at him. Work that never paid off. Sukuinage win for Takekaze. M8 is a good rank for Takekaze and Takekaze being at M8 is good for the basho.
Takayasu vs. Aioyama
False start here. Lots of shoving by both. Then Aioyama tries the opposite and wins with a slap down Hatakikomi.
Toyohibiki vs. Homasho
Two rikishi I like face off here. Hibiki looks strong at the beginning of the bout. Homie fending him of with his right arm and taking small steps towards the edge. Homie characteristically keeps his head and braces against the rope while he slips his arms through Hibiki’s armpits and lifts Hibiki up. During the reversal, Homie reverses his arm position and grabs the back of Hibiki’s belt, taking command of the bout. Hibiki steps out, yorikiri win for Homasho in a well fought bout.
Goeido vs. Aran
Aran starts the tachiai off with a Buzz… the lack of captial letters on that BUZZ! reflects how whimpy Aran’s henka was. Aran leaps up, abandoning the solid low ground and puts both hands on the back of Goeido’s neck. This quickly looked to be a bout to be redeemed by Goeido. For a time things are looking good. The crowd cheers as Goeido defends to a lock up. Then Aran simply yanks and Goeido goes down, killing the cheers of the crowd. Such is the effect of Aran’s sumo… it kills the cheers of the crowd.
Baruto vs. Aminishiki
Baruto goes against Aminishiki. Fairly straightforward bout towards the end with Baruto apologetically cupping Aminishiki’s bust. Baruto (who looked surprised that he had survived Aminishiki’s henka attempt) not looking quite yokozunal today, but still protecting his shot at the promotion.
Toyonoshima vs Kotoshogiku.
I’ve figured it out. Kotoshogiku is that annoying end of level boss in a video game. He is hard to beat, but at the same time you just want to get it over with so that you can get on to the good part of the video game. You know what Kotoshogiku will try to do, but the tricky part is stoping him from doing it. Toyo stopped him today. Sukuinage win for Toyonoshima.
Yoshikaze vs. Kotooshu
Kancho win for Yoshikaze.
Kakuryu vs. Harumafuji
Great bout here. Kakuryu and Harumafuji vie back and forth again and again. Haruma’s grip is weaker, he can’t quite get the belt, Kakuryu has his arms folded around Haruma’s biceps. Haruma is making up for his weaker grip by shaking his legs to throw Kakuryu off balance, and it works, but Haruma is on the defensive throughout this bout. Kakuryu never gives Haruma the chance to take control, and Haruma, very much against his wishes, is eventually forced from the ring. Yorikiri win for Kakuryu.
Hakuho vs Kyokutenho
The bout starts with less than a spectacular tachiai. I begin to doubt whether Hakuho still has his old fight. As though sensing my doubts Hakuho turns Kyokutenho to form a semi-parallel line with the ground, and dumps him out of the ring. Uwatenage win for Hakuho.
And that brings us to the end of the day. Kakuryu and Hakuho are in the lead with 7-0 while Baruto runs along behind yelling, “Hey guys, wait for me!” To Baruto’s consternation, Shotenro calls out, “Oh and me, too!” Its still an interesting tournament here at the end of day 7 and anything could happen.
I hope my fine reporting didn’t get you wet, because there’s not a chance in hell that Daly’s gonna hang you out to dry tomorrow.