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    Exclamation Day # one, of the Hatsu Sumo Basho, was a scorcher!

    Well, it seems that we are in for a most thrilling Hatsu Sumo Basho! Both Yokozuna seemed on their mark. Asashoryu was ferocious and Hakuho was brilliant. Sadly, Chiyotaikai is still suffering from the injury Yokozuna Hakuho inflicted upon his right arm, last time around. Kaio was sly & mighty, Kotomitsuki was poetic, Kotooshu bested Miyabiama, Ama got a butt-whipping from Tochinonada, Aminishiki out-foxed Goeido, Asasekiryu was lightning-quick in his defeat of the Herculean Wakanosato, Homasho made me cry... does it get any better than this? These are "the good old days" ! While it's far-too-early to proclaim any dominant force in this Yusho, I suggest we all stay tuned to our NHK broadcast for this most exciting competition in years!

    Hey John McCulloch,
    What do you predict? Yes you, the "Jimmy the Greek" of the professional Sumo world. Does Asa look like the invincible force he used to be? Can Hakuho's cool and elegant precision, prevail to capture the yusho? These and many other questions are burning (like wasabi mustard) on the tip of our tongues! Quick, someone pass me a cup of sake! What do you think? Anyone else have an insights? Thanks All and be well!

    Later, Jon Palombi

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    Talking Asashoryu loses day 2 - on track for yusho

    Well... Asashoryu was out-Asashoryu-ed by Kisenosato on Day 2 - an exciting and strong win.

    I haven't seen the day 3 footage yet but so far my main impressions are that Hakuho is looking fine, Baruto and Chiyotaikai are looking hurt and the new big lad Ichihara looks like he could be the real deal (on Day 1's evidence).

    This is a good basho already!

    John McCulloch

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    I hope Asashoryu gets his ass kicked. The man is a disgrace to sumo. He should have been drummed out.

    It's a testament to the desperation of the Sumo Kyokai and the waning of sumo's popularity that he's still wrestling.
    Earl Hartman

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    Exclamation I kinda agree, but not to such an extreme.

    Well Earl,
    you may have an undeniable point. Asa is, in many ways, like the American World Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson. An indomitable force, yet, too wild to tame. When he defies the Sumo Kyokai Association (not to mention 1500 years of traditional educate!), he makes himself an obvious target to criticism and rebuke. Still, you've got to admit, look at what his presence does for the ticket sales! Sumo MUST be popular to survive into the 21st century. Yes? Also, I agree, he's had it way too easy, for far too long. Perhaps Yokozuna Hakuho will give him further instructions in proper Yokozuna behavior? Or will it just come down to their match? Thanks for your input.

    Later, Jon Palombi

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    The man can wrestle, no doubt about it. But he has no class.

    I like Hakuho. So far, he looks, acts, talks, and wrestles like a yokozuna should. I hope he beats Asa and brings some dignity back to the title of yokozuna.
    Earl Hartman

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    Question Does dignity necessarily secure a victory in this yusho?

    Hey Earl,
    I agree, after 8-0, Hakuho is performing magnificently. Yeah, he does behave with much more dignity and poise than Asashoryu. My wife, Alice, says he is "Takanohana-like". Yes, he sure is much like that composed and majestic Yokozuna. Even so, it will eventually boil down to the last handful of matches. I feel Asa will tire a bit, towards the finish of this tournament. By now Hakuho is way beyond his sophomore jinx, so I don't expect him to crumble from the pressure. He does indeed seem to hold the poise and stature of the Yokozuna, well indeed. Is it Hakuho's to claim? Can Asashoryu rally, by digging-in-deep, to reclaim his domain? Since none of the Ozeki seem to be likely contenders for the championship, who will rise to challenge the Yokozunas? I might have suggested Kotoshogiku but after his Day #8. match with Hakuho, I just hope he can continue to walk! It looks like it is going to be a barn-burner. Stay tuned, folks, for all the unfolding action!

    Hey John McCulloch,
    What's your take on this Basho? Baruto seems to be recovering fine. Kisenosato is quite promising. Ama is struggling but very hungrey. Most of the Ozeki are floundering... So, will it be a battle of Yokozunas, on Day # 15? Will it be composure or bravado, that rules the day? What do you think?

    Later, Jon Palombi
    Last edited by jonpalombi; 21st January 2008 at 02:47.

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