Kyushu 2019 Midway

*Spoilers through Day 8*

For those of you listeners who haven’t gone kyujo, here’s the GSB guys’ take on the first week of Kyushu 2019. We have another audiobook offer at 39:33 and plenty of premature griping about the Minnesota Vikings game. Drop us a line at 805-613-SUMO (7866) or find us on social media.

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Kyushu 2019 Preview

One more to go in 2019, so we head South to Fukuoka for the Kyushu basho. Plenty to talk about from the ever-shifting ozeki picture all the way down to an exciting juryo debut. We have an ad for some sumo audio books by the great author Charles Thickens at 1:10:26, give us a call at 805-613 SUMO (7866) to order!

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Pre-Kyushu Fantasy Sumo and Power Rankings

The last basho of 2019 is upon us, and so is another round of the numbers. Let’s dive right in.


Fantasy Sumo

Our guest this time is @KC_Mustang, who won our most recent fantasy contest by coming up with our favorite rikishi Halloween costume, Hokutofuji as Chunk from The Goonies. Now there’s a truffle shuffle I’d like to see. Here are our teams and scoring system:

Since we crushed our fantasy guest last time around, tradition dictates it is our turn to be crushed. Think it will happen?


GSB Sumo Power Rankings – Link to full spreadsheet

Back again to take the world of sumo dorks by storm are our power rankings!

We’ve created and maintained a ranking system based on professional chess’s Elo ratings. Each wrestler has a rating with the average defined as 1000. Over the course of the basho, wrestlers will give and take points from each other based on the outcome of their match as well as their probability of winning.

Based on the last 17 tournaments of our data, here’s the current top 10:

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Check out the link above any day of the Kyushu basho to see the current standings collected into graphs and tables and all that good nerdy junk. See you again after the tournament!

Dohyos & Deshis Episodes 1 and 2

Check out the first two episodes of our new series, Dohyos & Deshis, where the GSB guys begin a role-playing adventure using the rules from the brand new sumo discord game, Road To Yokozuna! Make sure to check out both episodes (the split is at 31:30) and feel free to give us feedback. We had a ton of fun with this one and plan to release more soon!

If you’d like to create a wrestler and play this game yourself, use this link to join the server on discord. RTY Discord Link

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We introduced a lot of characters in one go, so here’s a list of who’s who:

  • Akaguma-beya
    • Akaguma-oyakata 赤熊, the elderly coach and former dai-yokozuna
    • Kumanoyama 熊の山 (Ryan), an ambitious young upstart and former university star.
    • Kawa 川 (Mak),
    • Goniku 剛肉 (Flyric), the hungry (literally) veteran hoping to turn the corner and finally become a sekitori.
    • Ishinoshin 石の心, the huge and stoic wrestler who is the only remaining maegashira in the stable
  • Yaminoten-beya
    • Yaminoten-oyakata 闇の天, Akaguma’s old rival and fellow former yokozuna.
    • Yamizora 闇空, the heya’s best active wrestler, currently a maegashira
    • The three Yamis, a set of triplets currently in the juryo division
  • Ooguchi 大口, a large and happy wrestler. Kawa’s final opponent in makushita.
  • Futaneko 双猫, a small and feisty wrestler that Kumanoyama must face.
  • Hinodama 火の玉, a brutish fighter who always wrestles angry. Goniku’s opponent.

Post-Aki 2019 Fantasy and Power Rankings

***Spoilers, duh***

Well as is tradition, Aki continues to be the WTF basho of the year. A lot of top guys dropped out and we had some breakout performances where they weren’t expected, leaving a lot of our predictions in shambles… Check out our recap episode for our full breakdown.


Fantasy Sumo

Well, as is tradition, our guest either demolishes us or gets demolished. Weirdly surprising how rarely it’s anything in between. This time it was listener Brendan’s turn to take the fall. Despite having runner-up Takakeisho on his team, The Double Henka was brought low by a kyujo Hakuho and some under performing veterans. On the flip side we had Mak and The Gambarizers edging out the competition on the backs of a very strong top 4. Here’s our scoring system and the full results:

If you’d like to join us for fantasy sumo in November, find us on Twitter for our next contest.


GSB Sumo Power Rankings – Link to full spreadsheet

Next up is our patent pending GSB Sumo Power Rankings. For a quick description of how it works, here’s Last-Month Jake:

“We created a system based on professional chess’s Elo ratings. Each wrestler has a rating with the average defined as 1000. Over the course of the basho, wrestlers will give and take points from each other based on the outcome of their match as well as their probability of winning.”

Here are the top ten of those who participated in the full basho, showing where they started, how much they gained/lost, and where they ended up:

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Not a bad list at all if you are a fan of promising youngsters taking over the sport! A newer addition to our program is a graph of our wrestlers’ progress over the basho. In particular this month, I loved how Okinoumi (orange) barged his way into the elite ranks, took an ass-kicking, then soldiered through the final third to stick around near the top. You can also see really well how Hokutofuji (purple) pulled out a miracle in the second half to stay with the pack.

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That’s all this basho, keep an eye out for a bonus episode or few in October and our Kyushu preview coverage.

 

-Jake

Kyushu 2019 Banzuke Prediction

Ryan discusses what he thinks the banzuke will look like for Kyushu while Jake patiently waits for him to leave his house. We also go in depth on what we think will happen with Hokutofuji and whether or not he will make history. We also introduce the final fantasy sumo contest of the year; send us your submissions on social media or call us at 805-613-SUMO (7866)

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Aki 2019 Recap

Behold! Setting a new standard of aimless, rambling sumo talk is the GSB Aki recap episode. Wandering from extended discussions of henkas, to Shakespearean poetry, to horses…. we eventually get to to the meat of the basho we just completed. Yet another horrible sumo soap opera advertises at 1:08:23, and you you can leave us your questions or complaints at 805-613-SUMO (7866).

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Aki 2019 Midway

***Spoilers through day 7***

Uncertainty abounds….so why not make more bets on the yusho race? The GSB crew is as unsure as ever on who will win the Aki basho. With a dark horse out in front and 3 more hot on his heels, it is anyone’s tournament. Tweet us complaints or, if you feel like yelling, leave a voice mail at 805-613-SUMO (7866).

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