Do you love sumo? Of course, we all do!
Want see who fights whom on Sunday, day 1 of the Natsu basho? Set thy web address thusly!
Some tasty sumo goodness, right off the bat, including:
Mitakeumi vs Daieisho – Team Oitekaze calling, would you like a nice oshidashi today, sir?
Abi vs Ichinojo – He who can lift this boulder shall be the ruler of Yamaguchi Prefecture!
Tochinoshin vs Shohozan – Big Guns vs the man that has the strength of a bear, that has the strength of two bears.
Kaisei vs Goeido – Señor Goeido, your side of Brazilian beef is here.
Tamawashi vs Hakuho – Ya feel’n genki, boss? I made ya some cookies…
Kakuryu vs Endo – Start big, finish hard.
[I’m going to be cheeky and hijack Bruce’s post to discuss the Day 2 torikumi, which was also released today. –PinkMawashi]
And, since the banzuke committee work two days in advance, the day 2 torikumi is up as well! Endo gets Yutakayama who, while a perfectly capable rikishi, probably feels like a day off after Kakuryu. Komusubi schedules are weird.
“Lucky” Abi gets to move from big&strong to strong&big, fighting Ozeki-hopeful Tochinoshin on his second day. Ichinojo gets Kaisei, which is probably not going to be a terribly fast-paced bout.
Goeido faces Shohozan, a match we’ve seen many times before in the past five years, with the history 11-7 in Goeido’s favour. Shohozan can never be counted out and Goeido is not the most reliable of rikishi ever to hold the Ozeki rank, so it’s anyone’s guess who’ll win this one.
Maegashira 1e is the toughest spot in sumo. Tamawashi faces his second Yokozuna, Kakuryu. He beat Kakuryu three times in 2017, with force-out techniques each time, and I fully expect him to stick to what worked then and maybe even pick up his third Kinboshi.
It’s Komusubi Mitakeumi‘s turn to have a go at a Yokozuna today, facing Hakuho in the musubi-no-ichiban. In six meetings, Mitakeumi has only triumphed over the Boss once. Personally, I rather hopes he manages it a second time, it would be a fantastic morale boost in his quest to regain that Sekiwake status.