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Mike Wesemann

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July 27 - I somehow had the uneasy feeling heading into senshuraku that all of the drama through the first 14 days was finished and that senshuraku would be a quiet day of sumo. I base a lot of my comments and expectations on precedent, and throughout Hakuho's tenure as Yokozuna, he has never once given up the yusho on senshuraku to enable an undeserving rikishi (i.e. Japanese rikishi) to hoist the cup. As I mentioned in my Natsu post basho report, Hakuho has enabled the following events to occur in sumo by dropping a few strategic bouts here and there:

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