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
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.
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.
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 Juryo banzuke for the 2014 Hatsu (January) Basho
The official banzuke for the 2014 Hatsu (January) Basho
Thankless 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
Welcome one and all to Day 12 of the Kyushu Tournament. Goldstein reporting to you live from my couch. I’m going to take a note from my people’s playbook and interpret something ex nihilo. You know, 12 is a very auspicious number. There were 12 ancient tribes of Israel, 12 disciples of Jesus, and 12 days of Christmas. We have 12 months in a year, and days are cut into two sets of 12 hours. Hours and minutes are calculated in pentanomials of 12. 12 people sit on a jury in the American legal system. There are 12 signs of the zodiac (Western and Chinese); Shakespeare wrote Twelfth Night; Odin had 12 sons; there were 12 principal gods in the Greek pantheon; Shia Islam recognizes 12 Imams; Joe Namath wore the number 12, as did Jim Kelly; there are 12 function keys on your keyboard; they come Cheaper by the Dozen; there were 12 Angry Men; and I have wasted 12 minutes on this. Continue reading
It’s good weather for ducks here in Akita. If you happen to be a duck however, I recommend steering clear for the time being though.
E-M13 Yoshikaze (4-6) vs W-M7 Endo (4-6)
Coming off a fine win from yesterday the crowd favourite Endo, against de Gama favourite Yoshikaze. Yoshikaze started fast with some nice tsuppari. But Endo got a left hand grip quite quickly and kept him in close. When Endo got the right hand shallow grip Yoshi tried to break Endo’s right grip, but failed, and then tried to break the left grip which only set himself up for a yorikiri loss.