I have been away from the sumo forum for the past few weeks.
In regards to what Bob would have wanted....
Whilst he was still with us (and soon after he sent his intai message to the sumo forum), I sent him the following email....
I don't know if you recall, but back in 2007, I sent you a long email,
which included the following....
'Another point, do we have a back-up plan for the 'run-over-by-a-bus'
scenario? I know it is a bit morbid, but should anything happen to
you, is there a plan in place to allow Bench Sumo to continue?'
To that part of my email, you replied....
No real plan ... Zenjimoto, Doitsuyama and Golynohana have keys to the
server as does Akisunni of course. If I convert to
ASP.NET, Doitsuyama and Golynohana have the skills to maintain the site. It
*almost* runs itself. A few things need doing for each basho and one thing
every year or two. The results grabber runs all the time. If I put some
extra smarts into the send lineups program and the autopicks program they
could run continuously.'
Well, we seem to have warning of that hypothetical bus, and whilst we
all hope and pray that it will take a wrong turning, our game will
certainly continue, thanks to your support in ensuring a smooth
hand-over to Doitsuyama.
Several players have asked for something Bench related to be named
after you, and this will be done .
Gochisozan has offered to rename the current Gochisozan Oyakata Prize
in your honour.
"I have no idea what (if anything) is being considered for a “Kofuji Award”
as Marushiki suggests below. While I am confident that you and others will
come up with an appropriate tribute, I did want to make a modest
"I will be more than happy to “relinquish” the Gochisozan Oyakata Prize so
that it can be renamed in honour of Kofuji. He has done so much more for
all of BS than I have done that it seems only appropriate that he get the
recognition instead of me for all those oyakata who do the best that they
can do regardless of rank, record, or division."
I also had a think, and I recalled that you were a fan of the BLAH
cup. After a bit of detective work to get a working email address
(thanks to Jakusotsu and Marquisozan), I have contacted Manamiwaka to
see whether it would be okay to bring back this prize. This is his
"I am very much in favor of honoring Kofuji, and if the BLAH award
would bring a smile to his face, I am totally in favor of that. I
would also join bench sumo again and pledge to provide inane, useless
comments every day. How about the "Kofuji blahblahblah cup"?"
However, there is some (natural) concern that you may not wish to have
your name connected with 'mediocrity' for the future - and you may
prefer the Oyakata Prize instead - or you may have your own idea. So,
we would like to know your thoughts on the matter.
Additionally, Pandaazuma says he would be honoured to name his new
Meta-Sumo Game after you - as this includes not just Bench Sumo, but
also a number of your other games. As it is played by the serious
sumo gamers, and is based on the sumo gamers too, then I think this
would be very appropriate too.
All the very best,
I received no reply. He surely had more important things on his mind.... or possibly, he was not interested.
However, we do know that Bob is interested in keeping the memory of those important to us. For several years now, his Bench Sumo basho entry comment has included a 'Lest we forget', which grows a little longer from time-to-time. This is his message from the last basho....
ms10W Kofuji (email@example.com)
Lest we forget: Sokitumi, Sunibono, Fujisan's Grace, my Dad
So, I would say that he would be in favour of having his name remembered.
Several years ago, I raised the topic of having a 'Bench Sumo Hall of Fame' in a admin email. I thought at the time that this would be a good, fun idea.... but the Bench Sumo community were mostly against it, thinking that it could cause resentment, and was unnecessary. Bench Sumo is (of course) just one game of many sumo games, but I think that there might be similar problems if done on a larger scale.
So, overall, I would like to remember Bob in some way, but I am not sure that a Hall of Fame is the best way to do it. But, if this turned out to be the majority opinion of sumo gamers here - and in the other sumo forums (has this topic been opened in any of the others?), then I would support it.