A Reader Gave Us A Good Idea…
Reader Tom commented:
We should have a section on the blog for pre-basho predictions beyond the banzuke – who will win, who might impress/ struggle etc
Which is, in fact, a damn fine idea. So post your speculation, no matter how wacky, in the comments, and I will pull the really good / fun ones up onto the page.
Associate Editor Bruce Writes:
After a startling first week that sees Yoshikaze in contention, Week 2 sees Kisenosato go kyujo with a re-inury to the pectoral. Goeido struggles to cope with his ankle injury, and in a day 13 in a bout with Terunofuji he re-breaks his ankle, and is forced to retire. Yusho winner is Hakuho, after a win over Junyusho and Shin-Ozeki the mighty Takayasu.
Reader Andrew Michael Daley Writes:
Terunofuji, wearing a devil mask and entering to the strains of Black Sabbath’s “Iron Man” wins with a zensho-yusho but is denied promotion for a lack of “hinkaku”. Hakuho knocks at least one opponent (probably Yoshikaze or Tochiozan) spark out with a “honest it’s not an elbow” forearm smash.
Reader Rian Writes:
My prediction is that the healthiest Yokozuna/Ozeki wins, assuming that there is a healthy one. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a basho where injuries weren’t a major factor? Hakuho’s toe, Kakaryu’s back, Kisenosato’s chest, Terunofuji’s knee, Goeido’s ankle, and poor Harumafuji is probably held together with duct tape and bailing wire at this point.
Add your predictions – serious or insane, in the comments section.