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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

November Kyushu Basho 2013 Day 4

I’d like to start of this report today by taking you back to Day 2. Kotoshogiku faced off against Shohozan, or Shohoxan as Bertrum referred to him as, although I do expect that was a typo.

Kotoshogiku totally overpowering the Ox, with all forward moving sumo. But after the bout he was in a lot of pain, holding his right shoulder. Murray Johnson thought it looked like a dislocated shoulder but after being taken to hospital it was announced that he tore his pectoral muscle, what you or me might call pecs. Either way he was told it’s going to take 3 months to heal correctly!

My beef with the reports about his injury is how he managed tear the muscle. Continue reading

Kyushu Basho 2013 Day 3

MatagisawaChrist on a cheesecake…Tuesday really fucking sucked for me.  Trains were cancelled so i had to take a bus which took twice as long and cost twice as much, two separate ATM touch screens were broken, the toilet at work was busted, power went off in the middle of the day (which left me with no light an no heat) and I had no access to the breaker and had to wait an hour for the landlord to show up, copy machine’s toner ran out at the last second, and then a few personal emails sent me over the edge.   Subsequently I dropped the report, apologies.  So I will just be reviewing highlight, or bouts of import.  One thing is for sure though, my day was not nearly as bad as the day Kotooshu is about to have.  On to the report.

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Kyushu Basho 2013 Prebasho Report

MatagisawaIn a few hours this year’s kyushu basho will begin.  There are more than a few exciting points to cover here, retirements, promotions, possible ozeki; there is the possibility for lots of drama.  Let’s get going down in the lower ranks.  Takanoyama has sunk back down to makushita 2, where, let’s be fair, he continues to struggle.  I love the guy he’s a great wrestler, and i think he’s great for the sport, but if it hadn’t been for the yaocho scandal he never would have made upper juryo, much less makuuchi.  I think he’s more at home here win/loss-wise.   Tochinoshin is going to be absent again this basho, and since he’s scraping the bottom of the juryo barrel after an injury and an entire basho healing up it means he’ll be staring off 2014 in upper makushita. Continue reading

Aki 2013 Senshuraku

MatagiyamaSumo enthusiasts, conversationalists, thrill-seekers, Goggle-masters, porn-lovers, and all the rest,

Welcome to the final day of the Autumn Basho, Continue reading

Aki 2013 Day 2

MatagisawaLong time no see.  Time for day two.  You’ll have to excuse my business-like manner today.  No time for comedy.  Only sumo, and perhaps a cheeky glass of whisky.

Down in Juryo Chiyomaru picked up his first sekitori win over Takanoyama, meat ‘n ‘taters oshidashi.  Osunaarashi got into a sorority-style slap fight with Asasekiryu.  Boody came out on top with a katasukashi. Next was the best mata ever.  Chiyonokuni literally leap frogged completely over Sokokurai, made it all the way to the tawara then had to jog all the way back around to the shikirisen.  Sokokurai was all over this one.  Shifted right at the tachiai and worked his way back for an impressive uwatenage.  Now on to makuuchi. Continue reading

Aki 2013 Day 1

MatagisawaHave to apologize ahead of time.  We are on a skeleton crew this basho.  Valentine is still gettin back into life in the states, and DeGama and Bertrum are busy rolling each others sausages.  (They can’t keep their hands off the sausage since the wedding.) Connolly, Johnson, and I will hold down the fort as best we can.  So let’s get things started with day 1.

We’ll start the day off in The lower ranks.  Musashimaru’s nephew Musashikuni won today by an EXCEEDINGLY slow oshidashi.  Slow as it was the technique was sound.  Takanoyama picked up a win over Tanzo via arm bar which he then turned into okuridashi.  Satoyama had a possible injury to his right hand after his win over Kagamio.  Osunaarashi fell to Azumaryu after not being able to produce with his tsuppari.  Chiyonokuni is back after his ball crushing injury, out of the gates he looked goo, but Kyokushuho won via slap down.  Last, Sokokurai was looking in control but at the bales he lost to Takanoiwa by utchari.  Now on to makuuchi. Continue reading