Sumo May Natsu 2013 Basho Day 1
Welcome to my coverage of the May Natsu 2013 Basho. My hope is to do each day. Pictures/Gif's may not be possible for everyday but then again it may.
I'm picking Hakuho to win the basho, like always. He went undefeated last basho and at this point it is hard to pick against him. I'm also expecting a good performance out of Baruto. He looked stronger last basho and his injury should be better by now.
I don't know what to expect from Harumafuji other than a near perfect record or a 10-5. I don't see any middle ground for him, but I think the near perfect record is more likely since the Sumo Association is riding him hard due to his performances. This extra pressure may assist Hakuho.
I'm also hoping for Kotooshu to either get inspired or get demoted. His performances have been lazy and shameful as of late and certainly not worthy of an Ozeki.
I have been disappointed with almost all of the Ozeki and expect much better performances from them this time around. Ozeki is a high rank with a lot of honor to it and I feel it has been shamed lately.
Goeido is one to watch here. He needs 12 to get a possible promotion to Ozeki by getting 30 wins in three tournaments. Less than that and he could be waiting another tournament and who knows what could happen by then.
Takarafuji should be worth keeping an eye on too. Last basho, he went 11-4 but fought almost no one of great value.
Jokoryu will be another person to look out for. He's up to M7 rank and he could be continuing his ascension here.
As usual, I'm also rooting for Takanoyama, Osunaarashi and Kyokutaisei. Osunaarashi and Kyokutaisei both really need to go undefeated here to start the process of getting into Juryo. Takanoyama looked like a beaten man last basho and hopefully he can change things up a bit. He's kind of like a Rey Mysterio, where he is one of the most talented people out there, but just doesn't have the size.
Here are the abbreviations:
Y = Yokozuna
Starting at Ozeki, you will see for example Kotoshogiku listed as O2e. O = Ozeki. The number next to it (2) is his rank amongst the other Ozeki, where the higher the rank the better they are. There is then a letter next to the number which for Kotoshogiku is "e". E stands for East and is higher ranked than W, which stands for West.
O = Ozeki
S = Sekiwake
K = Komusubi
M = Maegashira
- Anyone below this line is in the second division of Sumo, like an ROH or a Triple A of baseball -
J = Juryo
- Anyone below this line is in the third division of Sumo -
Ms = Makushita
As usual, I'll try to do more in the opening days as we figure out who is hot and who is not. As we go further down and people drift in and out of contention, I will follow them accordingly. However, you can probably bet that I will watch all of the Yokozuna, Ozeki, Baruto, Jokoryu, Takanoyama, Osunaarashi and Kyokutaisei matches.
Today I will be watching:
Ms15e Kyokutaisei (0-0) vs Ms15w Aozora (0-0)
Ms7e Osunaarashi (0-0) vs Ms7w Higoarashi (0-0)
J10e Tokushinho (0-0) vs J10w Takanoyama (0-0)
J8e Tochinowaka (0-0) vs J8w Tanzo (0-0)
BONUS - Shotenro vs Gagamaru
M7w Jokoryu (0-0) vs M6w Takekaze (0-0)
BONUS - Shohozan vs Takayasu
BONUS - Aoiyama vs Toyonoshima
M3w Aran (0-0) vs S1w Baruto (0-0)
M2w Tochinoshin (0-0) vs O2w Kotooshu (0-0)
O2e Kotoshogiku (0-0) vs M2e Kitataiki (0-0)
M1w Aminishiki (0-0) vs O1w Kakuryu (0-0)
O1e Kisenosato (0-0) vs M1e Myogiryu (0-0)
K1w Okinoumi (0-0) vs Y1w Harumafuji (0-0)
Y1e Hakuho (0-0) vs K1e Tochiozan (0-0)
I'll start the rankings tommorow.
Overall thoughts: No upsets really at all today but it was fine for what it was. An okay day of sumo.