Hatsu Basho 2014 Day 4

It’s a night of wrestling.  And drama.  Wrestlama.  They should come up with a better name for that.

Good evening, folks.  Goldstein here, introducing tonight’s main event.

They had their eyes on each other.  Two star-crossed heavy men in diapers on a date with destiny.  One, the big boy in the sumo equivalent of the scandalous red dress (leaving nothing up top to the imagination!), an ozeki with designs on the top spot.  He knew he had what it takes to win; he had the crowd on his side.  But his wily opponent… if Big Red let his guard down for just a moment, it could be all over.  That opponent, that dashingly ugly upstart in his baby blues—he could taste the glory, if only he could get the right grip.  He’s done it before.  Does he have another miracle in him?  The wind carries a whisper of his future; it says, “Kisenosatoooo.”  All eyes are on them.  Their intense but brief encounter would play out before millions—okay, let’s be honest, thousands—of eager eyes, four judges, and a noisy referee.  It all plays out in the ring.  The crowd is mildly excited.  The moment of truth nears.

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Kirishima vs Mitoizumi

This is the third, or turd in my mother tongue, and final trip back into history at some awesome fights that were. Be sure to check out the first two if you haven’t already (links below).

This was a great year for the construction industry here in Japan. It was the year the Great Seto Bridge opened, the Seikan Tunnel joined Honshu and Hakkaido by rail, and construction of the Tokyo Dome was completed. I assume many of you were born then, though perhaps only a few of you were here in Japan. It was the very last year of emperor Showa reign, Showa 63, what you and me might refer to as 1988.
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Asahikuni vs Kaiketsu

This is the second of three historical bouts I’d like to revisit before the Natsu basho kicks off next week. Let me set the scene:

A magnitude 7.7 earthquake in Miyagi killed 28 people, and triggered a small tsunami. The island of Okinawa switched from driving on the right to driving on the “correct” side of the road. Japan won 70 gold medals at the Asian Games to claim the top spot. And Japan and China signed a treaty of peace and friendship. That “friendship” recently “celebrated” it’s 35 year anniversary, albeit 2 months late due to disputes over rocks, and in a very low-key manner. Yeah you guessed it, the 53rd year of the emperor Showa, sometimes known as the year of Our Lord 1978.
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Takanohana vs Wajima

First off, I’d like to wish all our readers a very happy 2014.

A while back my bird showed me a TV program called Mariko & Ariyoshi no Ikari Shindo (マツコ&有吉の怒り新党). Now, while I’m not at all a fan of this show, at the end of every episode they have a highlight on random interesting stuff. This particular episode focused on 3 breathtaking sumo bouts. Today I’d like to share the first of those bouts.

Let me take you back to the same year a Japanese solider by the name of Shoichi Yokoi was discovered in Guam, after having lived in hiding in the jungle for 28 years. The same year Okinawa was returned to Japan after having been occupied and governed by the US for 27 years. And the year an avalanche on Mt. Fuji took the lives of 19 climbers. Yes, ladies and gentlemen it was back in the 47th year of the emperor Showa, better known to you and me as 1972.
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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas from all of us here at Sumo & Stogies!
Thanks for all the support during 2013.

Santa sumo

Santa sumo by Vincent Grisanti at Tainted-Ink

2014 Hatsu (January) Banzuke

Here is the banzuke for the January Hatsu basho. It’s gonna kick off on Sunday, January 12th and run through to January 26th. Former ozeki Kotooshu Katsunori finds himself down in the sekiwake rank for the first time since 2005. Kimurayama and Higonojo both retain their exact same positions as last basho despite both failing to earn their kachi-koshi.

Also I included a picture of the actual banzuke that I found floating around the Internet, I’m sure most of you have seen a real one before, but for those of you who haven’t, this is what it looks like.

The official Makuuchi banzuke for the 2014 Hatsu (January) Basho

The official Makuuchi banzuke for the 2014 Hatsu (January) Basho

The official Juryo banzuke for the 2014 Hatsu (January) Basho

The official Juryo banzuke for the 2014 Hatsu (January) Basho

The official banzuke for the 2014 Hatsu (January) Basho

The official banzuke for the 2014 Hatsu (January) Basho

Kyushu Basho 2013 Day 13

MatagisawaThankless jobs: janitors, garbage men, hookers, and reporting on Sumo & Stogies.   I had a rough work week and really wanted to go to the bar tonite and toss back a few relaxed pints with some buddies.  However, S&S is a cruel mistress.  I got home from work at 10:00 and i’ve got this report plus our betting sheets for tomorrow, plus 2 work reports to get wrapped up, and I got a 9:00 call tomorrow morning.  So I apologize if I didn’t cover every facet of every bout.  If you want to blame someone, blame Daly, Valentine, Briton-Meyer, Chalmers, and Montana for having families.

That aside we go in to today with a slightly interesting situation developing.  Kise is at 10-2.  Hakuho and Harumafuji are at 12-0.  Kise has got Haruma today, and Hakuho tomorrow.  If he beats Haruma today, and Hakuho wins, then Kise beats Hakuho tomorrow, and Haruma wins tomorrow, they will be tied going into senshuraku.  Which is good for tension.  However, if Haruma loses today and tomorrow, and Hakuho wins both, then Hakuho gets his 29th yusho.  Conversely if Hakuho loses to Kakuryu and Kise and Haruma beats both of them, then Harry will get his 6th yusho.  We’ll see how it goes. Continue reading