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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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Nagoya 2013 Day 12

S&S Briton-Meyer

I was out enjoying the fine summer weather on my bike today and thinking very little, my pedals were spinning around and around and my bike was flying forward.  With each spin of my feet, my mind emptied further and further.  At the time it was highly enjoyable, but now, I am afraid I have nothing in my mind to provide you with a good introduction.  So with nothing more from my empty mind, I give you… Day 12. Continue reading

Nagoya 2013 Day 8

Hajinochikara

Glad to be back here.  My year has flown by with more commitments than I was able to keep and I am afraid that sumo was one of the casualties there for a while.  It didn’t help that my chosen rikishi – Homasho – fell by the wayside.

I had chosen Homasho because he seemed to be the pinnacle of honest sumo.  I chose him as sumo came out a kind of dark chapter that had left me a bit disillusioned with the sport.  Now, I have to admit that I haven’t been following along this past year, so perhaps there are some lurking problems that I don’t know about, but as I threw my sumo feed up onto my television and started watching I was surprised by the quality of the sumo I saw.  Day 8 was exciting stuff and I sat wrapped up in it from beginning to end. Continue reading

Kyushu Basho Warm Up

At the risk of being boring, all I have to say by way of a warm-up this basho is that I’m still following my interest in Homasho and I am glad to see him ranked at Komusubi.  I hope to see him kachi-koshi this time.  A year ago, Homasho was also ranked Komusubi and he went 4-11 at Kyushu last year.  I would like to think Homie has improved over the last year, and this is the basho to find out.

Feeling the lack of inspiration, I asked the fellow commentators at Sumo and Stogies to step in and let you know what they would be following.  I’m glad to find that I have a fellow commentator rooting for a rival rikishi.

Daly has this to say about Myogiryu:

Myogiryu is one to watch this basho. This reporter believes Myogiryu will be the next Ozeki. Period. He went 10-5 last basho in his debut as a Sekiwake. It might take him some time, but mark my word, the forward moving, fearless, aggressive rikishi from Hyogo prefecture will be an Ozeki. Don’t be surprised if he gets a kinboshi and beats 3 out of the five Ozeki at the Kyushu Basho.

The last time Daly and I went head to head in rooting for a rikishi, I was, as always, rooting for Homasho and Daly was rooting for Okinoumi, both rikishi were ranked M1 in that basho.  Last time, Homasho was able to outperform Okinoumi, but this time I have to concede that outperforming Myogiryu will be both very hard and a long shot.

In other news, this will be Harumafuji’s first basho as a Yokozuna – I hold off on saying whether this is a good thing or a bad thing until after I see his performance this basho.  My eyes, for the first time in a long while, will be on the top of the banzuke this basho – hopefully, this means that Sumo as normal (with all its normal problems) has returned and the scandals are over.

I’m looking for some wood to knock on after making that last statement, but this post has come out kind of limp, and it looks like Daly hasn’t gotten his post up yet either.  Don’t you worry though, Daly is gonna get it up for you and then this basho is going to start rocking.

Aki Basho 2012: Warm-up

Its been a busy four months for me, and I haven’t had a chance to keep up more than passing tabs on sumo until last week.  I was at the liquor store pondering what bottle of whiskey to buy.  I skimmed over the plush bottles I used to drink without a thought back in my single days when money was always a second thought.  I was tempted.  I really was, but instead I moved down the aisle towards where they store the Dickle.  I stopped before I got there, realizing that it has been a long while since I drank a good rye whiskey.  I made my purchase, a bit of a compromise, instead of a good rye whiskey, I bought myself a “not bad” rye whiskey.

Armed with my bottle of Bulleit Rye, I settled into a week on catching up on what has happened in the world of sumo.  As I read along, I was struck by Harumafuji being in the spotlight for yokozuna promotion… wait wasn’t that last year?  Yes, yes it was.  I got to thinking that for this warm-up we should take a little trip back in time to see what’s different and what’s the same. Continue reading

Natsu Basho 2012: Day 5

There comes a moment when a man must admit defeat.  Today, like all sumo days, that moment came for roughly half the rikishi who fought today.  Sadly, my chosen rikishi was in that half today. Sadanofuji reminded me more of Kimurayama today then he did of Homasho.  This is my way of saying that his sumo was powerful like that vacuum they always advertise for around 2 in the morning,which is, in turn, my way of saying his sumo sucked.

Homasho is over ranked at Komusubi,and has yet to pick up a win, but at least he’s showing a little fight in each of his bouts.  He managed to escape Hakuho once before the big man pushed him out of the ring.

Okinoumi, however, is ranked at the M5sweet spot andfought a great bout against Aoiyama today.  I actually thought Aoiyama looked to be incontrol most of the bout, but near the end, the footwork brought Oki a win.

I’ll have to apologize for the brevity of this report.  Technology is not on my side right now and I am homeless or perhaps I they’ll say I am between homes.

Things will be back to normal soon, but not sooner than Daly’s report on Day 6.

Natsu Basho: Moneyshot Roundup

Sorry for the tardiness of this post.  A few weeks ago, I was drinking some tea as I was typing up a paper, and thought that perhaps my laptop would like some, too.  I thought it might be a good idea to pour the remainder of my tea into my keyboard.  As it turns out, this was not such a good idea and I am now typing on a new keyboard.

Late though it may be, I am finally able to reenter life with a computer with the Natsu Basho Moneyshot Roundup.

The rules are simple.  Choose a rikishi who got a makekoshi last time and cheer for them in hopes that they will get a kachikoshi this time around.

Moneyshot will also have a winner:  the winner will be decided by The Ganbatta Factor.  Basically, you need to add up your cumulative Difficulty of Schedule (click here if you need to know how to calculate DoS) score for rikishi over the course of the tournament.  You can keep track by using this handy sheet.

Then, at the end of the basho, you can use the handy chart below to find out how many wins your rikishi was expected to get based on past performance.

Divide the actual number of wins your rikishi got by the number of expected wins and you will have your Ganbatta Factor.  (The top row shows what I would expect to see in terms of DoS for Yokozuna, Ozeki, Well-Ranked Makuuchi, and Overranked Makuuchi).

Alternatively, forget the math and just cheer.  Its always more fun when our comments section fills up.  Let us know who you are cheering for in the comments section below.

Your list of rikishi who got a Makekoshi last basho:

Aminishiki

Gagamaru

Tochiozan

Myogiryu

Tochinowaka

Tokitenku

Yoshikaze

Kyokutenho

Tochinoshin

Wakakoyu

Shohozan

Chiyonokuni

Sadanofuji

Asasekiryu

Tenkaiho

Daido

Fujiazuma

Takarafuji

Tamawashi