Bonus Episode 11: American Yokozunas

As promised in our bonus episode about Americans in sumo, here is our research project on the most notable two of the bunch. We go in depth on the careers of Akebono and Musashimaru. Let us know what you think and drop us a line at 805-613-SUMO (7866)!

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Nagoya 2018 Recap

Congratulations to first-time tournament champion Mitakeumi! Regardless of injuries to some of the top guys, this basho was just lousy with young talent shining brightly and proving that the next generation will be just as exciting as the last. Join us for commentary, poor jokes, word from a sponsor at 40:05, and one last wedding quiz for Mak before he joins the ranks of married men. As always, find us on social media or drop us a line at 805-613-SUMO (7866).

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Bonus Episode 10: Americans in Sumo

For our latest history project, we delve into some of the Americans who have had success on the dohyo. We decided that since American yokozuna Akebono and Musashimaru totally deserve their own episode, we’d take care of everyone else here. Enjoy, and feel free to send us your questions or leave us a message at 805-613-SUMO (7866).

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Nagoya 2018 Preview

It’s time for sumo again, and after a letting everyone down with zero bonus episodes in June, we decided on a doubleheader ahead of Nagoya: we’ll be releasing a bonus episode alongside this preview. Check out our thoughts heading into the tournament and a word from our sponsor at 44:13.

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Yusho Race (A Poker Face Parody)

As some of you may recall, I have not had the best luck when it comes to the prediction series. Though I did win Natsu, I had previously lost Aki, Kyushu, and Hatsu. My Kyushu punishment was to transform a verse or two of a popular song and make it sumo based. Additionally, I had to sing said lyrics over the podcast. For those of you who tuned in, you know I went a little overboard and decided to transform the whole song instead. Below are the verses for Yusho Race! (A Poker Face Parody)

Original Song is Poker Face by Lady Gaga.

Next time you Karaoke to Poker Face just remember… Matta Matta!

~Mak
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Matta Matta
Matta Matta
Matta Matta
Matta Matta
Matta Matta

I wanna hold’em ’till the gyoji takes is place
Star’em, snare’em, flare’em hit that tachiai with grace (I love it)
Honbasho matches, badass rikishi from the start
But fall behind your betters as your yusho falls apart

Oh noooo Oh nooo Oh noooo oh nooooooo
Don’t have the heart, bad move from the start
Oh noooo Oh nooo Oh noooo oh nooooooo
Don’t have the heart, bad move from the start

Can’t get by, can’t reach my, no I fall in the yusho race
He’s not a badass rikishi
Can’t get by, can’t reach my, no I fall in the yusho race
He’s not a badass rikishi

Yu yu yu yusho race, yu yu yusho race
Matta Matta
Yu yu yu yusho race, yu yu yusho race
Matta Matta

I hit the clay with an Okurinage
Okuridashi’s lot more fun without me (don’t love it)
Hatakikome use the shoulder, back, and arm
But Fumidashi’s got to be the worst move of the art

Oh noooo Oh nooo Oh noooo oh nooooooo
Don’t have the heart, bad move from the start
Oh noooo Oh nooo Oh noooo oh nooooooo
Don’t have the heart, bad move from the start

Can’t get by, can’t reach my, no I fall in the yusho race
He’s not a badass rikishi
Can’t get by, can’t reach my, no I fall in the yusho race
He’s not a badass rikishi

Yu yu yu yusho race, yu yu yusho race
Matta Matta
Yu yu yu yusho race, yu yu yusho race
Matta Matta

Can’t do Izori or Tottari
Sabaori or Ashitori
Got no lovin, so I’m bummin
I keep trying, won’t be lyin, showin sick skills at this rhyming
But that basho, is the hot show
Grab your chusin and don’t be pushin
Soldout shows be watching dohyos
Rankin’ Makuuchi or the Juryos

Can’t get by, can’t reach my, no I fall in the yusho race
He’s not a badass rikishi
Can’t get by, can’t reach my, no I fall in the yusho race
He’s not a badass rikishi
Can’t get by, can’t reach my, no I fall in the yusho race
He’s not a badass rikishi
Can’t get by, can’t reach my, no I fall in the yusho race
He’s not a badass rikishi
Can’t get by, can’t reach my, no I fall in the yusho race
He’s not a badass rikishi
Can’t get by, can’t reach my, no I fall in the yusho race
He’s not a badass rikishi

Yu yu yu yusho race, yu yu yusho race
Matta Matta
Yu yu yu yusho race, yu yu yusho race
Matta Matta
Yu yu yu yusho race, yu yu yusho race
Matta Matta
Yu yu yu yusho race, yu yu yusho race
Matta Matta
Yu yu yu yusho race, yu yu yusho race
Matta Matta
Yu yu yu yusho race, yu yu yusho race
Matta Matta

Nagoya Banzuke Prediction

I’ve decided to try my hand a predicting the banzuke for the upcoming Nagoya Basho. As someone who has watched sumo for a little under 2 years and having never tried this before I feel that this will be the definitive banzuke prediction you will find on the internet. Like I said on the podcast if I get more than two spots incorrect on this list I will consider this whole thing a complete and utter failure.

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Natsu 2018 Recap

And just like that the basho is over and our long vigil til the next one begins. It was a great time though, and we break down our favorite parts. We have a special news bulletin at 39:45 and letters from some very special fans at 1:07:43.

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