Sumo Fan Survey!

Our friends over at GSB have created a survey (link here and in the embedded Tweet below) to learn more about rikishi popularity. We all know Ikioi is the greatest but NOW is when you fill it in to a survey and see it actually reflected in data. As people may be aware with the Tableau dashboards around the website, Leonid’s prognostication and the encyclopedic knowledge of Bruce, Herouth, and Josh, we love data. Metrics are good. Sometimes it’s just because they make pretty pictures but often there are interesting things to learn. Mostly, I just like pretty graphs that move when I click and I expect the numbers will shift quite a bit next year when Terunofuji returns to Juryo…and hopefully Makuuchi soon after!

Seriously, though, who wouldn’t love a stats-based approach to running a heya? Even if it is just my armchair heya? I’m particularly interested in the heya popularity data.

The Empire Strikes Back is always the best Star Wars movie, and Terunofuji is Lord Vader. When he beat Kisenosato…or perhaps when he beat Kotoshogiku…and knelt to accept his kenshokin, was anyone else struck by how his oicho-mage evoked Vader’s kabuto-inspired mask? Or maybe it was the evil of the victory…I dunno. He’ll always be Vader to me and now he’s back! Dun, dun, dun…

Wow. Post-basho delirium is in full swing. (Send help.) Thank God for that amateur tournament in a few days.

Grand Sumo Breakdown Launches

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The crew at Tachiai welcome a new site dedicated to bringing English language sumo fans the rich media environment they deserve.  They call themselves “Grand Sumo Breakdown”, and they appear to be focusing on audio podcasts.

We have attempted, in the past, to establish a podcast regime, but the overhead of running the text content for the site and the pre/post production of audio was just more than our personal lives could manage. So we welcome the GSB crew, and look forward to actively listening to their contributions to the sumo world.

Their podcasts are available on iTunes and Stitcher (coming soon to Google Play).

Grand Sumo Breakdown.