Tis the season to be focused

| Dec 27, 2011

Tis the season to be focused

Unlike many sports, the sumo calendar can be predicted months, even years in advance. The start and finish dates of the six annual tourneys are pretty easy to work out when you know basho almost always start on the closest Sunday to the 10th ...

| Nov 30, 2011

Kisenosato promoted to ozeki, Hakuho on 21

When the Kyushu Basho down in Fukuoka drew to a close on Nov. 27, much of the conversation was centered on sekiwake Kisenosato and whether or not he deserved his all-but-publicly announced imminent promotion to the rank of ozeki. To some more comfortable with ...

| Nov 10, 2011

The next big thing, and one that never quite made it

Leading up to the 2011 Kyushu tourney down in Fukuoka, the world of sumo is looking to round off another annus horribilis. Court cases against the Sumo Association are still going through the notoriously slow legal system, having been brought by several rikishi fired ...

| Jul 9, 2011

Bringing the focus back to the rikishi and sumo

On July 25, yokozuna Hakuho, barring major injury, or another basho-cancelling scandal, will mount the dohyo at around 5:45pm to be presented with his 20th Emperor’s Cup to date. Expect a humble response from the best the modern game has produced. No Asashoryu-esque fist-pumps ...

| May 4, 2011

Scandals offer a silver lining

Over 20 rikishi have thus far been expelled. Some have gone quietly picking up very nice severance packages on the way out the door. Others have promised legal battles ahead that will, in all likelihood, be timed to avoid a clash with a particular ...