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.

EloGraph

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

 

-Jake

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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Aki 2019 Fantasy and Power Rankings

***Day 2 Spoilers***

“Better late than never,” I say while figuratively sauntering into the sumo office two days late…


Fantasy Sumo

This basho, our social media contest to join us for fantasy sumo was to come up with sumo-themed super heroes. Keep an eye out for our next contest after Aki. Our winner this month is Brenden, and you can check out his team below along with our scoring rules.

 

Who do you think will take it? Will our guest kick our asses like usual?


GSB Sumo Power Rankings – Link to Spreadsheet

If you, like any real sumo fan, are into crunching numbers to analyze the sport, you’ll love our sumo 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 3 years of competition, here is the top 10 coming into the Aki basho:

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Kakuryu unsurprisingly topped the list, with now-kyujo Hakuho and Takaysu close behind. Obviously those two won’t stay close now, but it’ll be fun to see who can catch up. Check out the link to our spreadsheet if you want to see current stats, I update at least every other day during the tournaments.

Aki 2019 Preview

Another basho is upon us and the GSB crew break down the storylines to watch for. After looking into the top stories we have a trailer for a brand new sumo soap opera at 58:27 followed by our most ridiculous prediction series draft to date. Drop us a line if you like at 805-613-SUMO (7866) or find us on social media.

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Aki 2018 Preview

Sumo’s finally back so you get to listen to more sumo podcasts, lucky you! Can Mitakeumi follow up his first yusho? Will Kisenosato finally finish a tournament? Is there anywhere you can go to escape the American political season? Probably not, hopefully, and no. We have breaks at 51:35 and 1:25:14 but you can feel free to call us to complain anytime at 805-613-SUMO (7866).

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Aki 2017 Basho Recap

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“Wacky Aki” is finished and boy was it a wild ride. Have a go at our recap episode featuring two new ads and a whole lot of slightly-less-ignorant-each-time sumo analysis! In our final segment (starting at 45:41) we wrap up our prediction series and fantasy league and feature our first listener contest. Check it out if you are interested in joining the GSB official fantasy league!

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