Hatsu 2020 Midway

*DAY 8 SPOILERS*

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Halfway in and we have a real weird pack of front runners. Join us as we try to come to terms with Tokushoryu being tied for the lead and hear from our new clairvoyant sponsor at 51:48. After the break we introduce our new injury tracking project.

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Hatsu 2020 Preview

The first sumo of the year is nearly upon us. Join the GSB crew for a (long-ass) episode on what we expect to see. We have a new sponsor at 1:15:20 and after that we review our new fantasy sumo rules that we’re going to try. Find us on social media or leave us a message at 805-613-SUMO (7866).

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Bonus Episode: Totally Original Sumo Game Show

A few months back we recorded and subsequently lost a fun little bonus episode of sumo trivia in Ryan’s favorite format: the TV game show knock-off. Please enjoy this show once thought lost and feel free to send complaints and angry ramblings to us on social media or leave us a message at 805-613-SUMO (7866).

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GSB Bi-Annual Popularity Poll

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Hey fellow sumo fans, have you ever been curious about which rikishi is the most popular? Is it Hakuho, the GOAT? Is it Asanoyama, the promising up and comer? Or could it be Enho, the acrobatic, pixie wizard? The guys of the Grand Sumo Breakdown podcast are curious as well and we need your help.

We have put together a short survey that will ask who your favorite, and least favorite, rikishi currently are. The rankings for the rikishi are based on where they were ranked for the Kyushu basho. There are also a couple of questions about your favorite heya, and some completely optional demographic questions.

This is something we plan on posting every 6 months as we want to track who the most popular rikishi is over time and use current events to figure out what drives rikishi popularity. We will follow up in a few weeks with our results. Feel free to pass this along to fellow sumo fans as we want as many responses as possible. Thank you all for your help in determining once and for all who the most popular rikishi in sumo is.

 

Kyushu 2019 Recap

Not the most drama we’ve ever seen in a yusho race, but still plenty to talk about for the last basho of the year. From the wreckage that is the ozeki rank, to the resurgent debate about the height of the dohyo, join us for a recap of Kyushu. We have one more ad from our audio book sponsor at 1:12:01, and you can leave us a message at 805-613-SUMO (7866).

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Dohyos & Deshis Episode 3

The boys from Akaguma-beya are back from their time off after a thrilling playoff last basho. It’s time for them to grit their teeth and train harder than ever if they want to get their feet in the door in Juryo. If you like this little side project of ours, send us feedback on social media or leave us a message at 805-613-SUMO (7866).

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This episode features:

  • Akaguma-oyakata 赤熊, the former dai-yokozuna and coach of Akaguma-beya
  • Kumanoyama 熊の山 (Ryan), an ambitious young upstart and former university star. A strong, no-nonsense bruiser of a rikishi
  • Kawa 川 (Mak), a mysterious orphan making a living however he can. He uses his speed and skill to dance around larger opponents
  • Goniku 剛肉 (Flyric), the hungry (literally) veteran hoping to turn over a new leaf after bating his stablemates in a playoff for the Makushita yusho last month

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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