Not-So Basho Preview

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Welcome to the twilight zone! This is our preview episode for the cancelled basho that we will be simulating. Listen back to our Natsu 2020 Cancellation episode for more details and send us your thoughts on what you hope to “see” this tournament. *Explicit language in post-credits bit*

The new and kick-ass Not-So theme is by @MrJWags and our regular theme music is by David Hall via SoundCloud

Haru 2020 Preview

Mokarimakka! Everyone ready for the “Ghost Basho” this month? Join us as we discuss the details and implications of one of the strangest tournaments in recent years. Also in memory of the recently departed Byamba, we are putting out a call for your favorite stories/cameos/acting roles/etc. about the big Mongolian. Byamba was the face of sumo outside of Japan for many years and we want to hear what he meant to each of you. Leave us a voicemail at 805-613-SUMO (7866) or find us on social media, we’ll be compiling responses into an upcoming bonus episode.

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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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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!

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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Nagoya 2019 Preview

It’s finally here, the first ever basho with GSB podcasters in attendance! Well, for day 8 at least… Join us for a preview of the storylines going in and an ad from our travel agency at 1:09:56. Look for pictures and fun junk from our trip on our social media accounts and give us a call at 805-613-SUMO (7866).

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Natsu 2019 Preview

Sumo’s back, and with it is a new and improved GSB. No, we’re still losers who treat each other poorly, but now we’re on YouTube and Instagram! I suppose that’s pretty cool. Check out our new sponsor at 1:06:07 and our improved Intro to Sumo episode (for real this time, I promise). Leave us a message to tell us how bad an idea this is at 805-613-SUMO (7866).

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