春場所2016: Hakuho Leads. Of Course.

The door is rapidly closing on Kisenosato’s yusho hopes. Harumafuji fought well and when the ozeki charged, Harumafuji pushed him down while retreating for the hatakikomi slap down. In the preceding bout, Hakuho chased Goeido into the crowd. I can’t blame Goeido on that one; I’d have run away, too. Hakuho has been vicious. Not a good sign for the resurgent Myogiryu if he should be in real contention down the line.

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Flashback: Sept. 2012

Tomorrow, we’ll have our first yokozuna show-down as Hakuho will face Kakuryu. Kisenosato will have a much easier time of it with Aoiyama, who’s facing makekoshi. Goeido will face Terunofuji…if Terunofuji isn’t kyujo. Y’all know what I think of injured wrestlers fighting. I’d much rather see them take the time to recover fully, go down to Juryo and whoop ass like Osunaarashi who’s 2 clear of Nishikigi for that yusho race.

Hakuho, Kisenosato, and Goeido Lead; Myogiryu One Back

Kisenosato was quickly ousted by Hakuho who’s looking like the good ‘ole Hak. He backed the 177 kg ozeki straight to the bales on the tachiai and then tipped him to the side as Kisenosato tried in vain to stay in.

Goeido is in this as he bowled over Harumafuji. Ikioi picked up his kachi-koshi against Ichinojo while Kaisei got his at the expense of Mitakeumi.

Meanwhile, Osunaarashi is still cleaning up in Juryo. He bounced back nicely after his one loss yesterday to utterly trash Chiyoo. Chiyoo had no hope. Endo was also pretty quick in his win over former makuuchi rikishi Seiro.

Satoyama Fells Gagamaru

Satoyama is about as large as Gagamaru’s right leg. He held on to that leg for all he’s worth and managed to topple the man-mountain.

Kisenosato keeps plugging away. Kakuryu had him on the ropes but with the yusho hopes on the line, the ozeki’s pirouette tipped the yokozuna over the side. His bout with Hakuho tomorrow could be the most important of his career. It will stand to either put him clear of all but Goeido, or potentially a 3-way tie with more waiting in the wings.

Daily Mail on Visiting Sumo Heya

I was shocked yesterday to see a decent sumo article in the Daily Mail. What I mean by decent is that it was actually a respectful, informational article. It’s about how to watch sumo practice and which stables have practices open to spectator viewing. Usually articles about sumo in mainstream press are stories that reduce rikishi to a circus sideshow…how many can fit into a car, or on an airplane, or the ever popular sumo wrestler race.

I really do need to continuously thank several websites I rely on for data and information about sumo. It’s not like NFL where there’s so much coverage that it bleeds into the evening news and is basically everywhere. We need to hunt things out.

Aside from this one article, not a lot of reliable coverage in English in mainstream press. I enjoy reading Dosukoi.fr to keep up with news and some live viewing of bouts via the Mongolian channel.

The SumoDB at Sumogames.de has SO MUCH information. It’s fantastic. If it had kenshokin/sponsorship and injury data, it would be the dream dataset. If someone knows where to find that, let me know.

Then aside from the sumo association’s live stream, for recorded bouts, the Youtube channels like Kintamayama and Jason’s Sumo Channel are great viewing.

The Sato-Shuffle

Screenshot (168)Kisenosato surprised the world with his dodge of Kotoshogiku. Well, forgive the hyperbole but he sure surprised me…dunno about you all. He’s getting close and yusho talk is picking up. The last time he was 9-0, he actually kept winning until Day 14 when Hakuho put an end to his yusho hopes. He finished 13-2 behind Hakuho’s zensho yusho. This time, though, Hakuho is already one loss back.

But obviously they’ve got several fights before a potential showdown with the yusho on the line. Hakuho will face a weakened Terunofuji who had his hands full of Toyonoshima. Kisenosato will face a Kakuryu hoping for redemption from getting bounced by Goeido of all people. Goeido secured his kachi-khoshi and stays in the yusho mix, tied with Hakuho.

Sadly, Ikioi fell one more loss off pace in an entertaining bout with Harumafuji. No words are needed. The picture below summarizes the bout brilliantly:

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Harumafuji (L) vs Ikioi (R)