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TORCHBEARER 2012: invitation, rules, and your picks

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good day all,

the 2011 prize was sent to crall who should be receiving it shortly.

and now that the banzuke is out, it's time to invite you all to the easiest picking game of them all because your picks last a whole year!

here's how it works.

the torch will start with the last rikishi and last rank on the 2012 HATSU BANZUKE. this rikishi/rank will pass the torch to whoever defeats him during the tournaments (torch match). your task is to pick one rank and one rikishi that you think will end up with the most points throughout the year's six bashos.

THROUGHOUT THE YEAR:

3 points for every torch match your chosen rikishi wins.

3 points for every torch match your chosen rank wins.

1 point for every torch match your chosen rikishi loses.

1 point for every torch match your chosen rank loses.

THEN AT THE END OF THE 2011 KYUSHU BASHO:

25 points if you get the final torch holding rikishi.

25 points if you get the final torch holding rank.

OR (if the exact rank and/or rikishi is not chosen by a participant)...

10 points if you are closest to the final torch holding rikishi.

10 points if you are closest to the final torch holding rank.

PLUS SOME BONUS POINTS FOR THOSE WHO GET CLOSE TO THE FINAL TORCH POSITION:

10 points if your chosen rikishi is one position from the final torchholder, 9 points if two positions, 8 if three positions... and so on down to 1 point.

10 points if your chosen rank is one position from the final torchholder, 9 points if two positions, 8 if three positions... and so on down to 1 point.

the player with the most points at the end of the year will get a prize.

for historical reference, here's where the torch ended up in previous years:

2006, J2w

2007, Ms33w (highest position J7w)

2008, J7e (highest position J6w)

2009, J5e (highest position J3e)

2010, Ms58e (highest position J3e)

2011, J6e (highest position J4w) -- in only 5 basho!!!

please submit:

1) the name of the rikishi you think will get the most points between now and the end of the 2011 KYUSHU BASHO.

and

2) the rank of the rikishi you think will get the most points between now and the end of the KYUSHU BASHO.

deadline for entries is before the first hatsu match starts... JST. send entries to shimodahito@yahoo.com or post on sumoforum or sumotalk.

the "wildcard" pick, by default will be the lowest rikishi and rank on the HATSU BANZUKE-

i've already received a few entrees. thanks.

good luck! so easy...one rank pick, one rikishi pick.

-shimodahito

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Good day all,

Keep 'em coming.... curious if anyone dropped off the radar after the Haru-less 2011. Hope not!

Entries so far:

RANK PICKS:

wildcard's default pick: Jonokuchi 17 east (lowest rank on the banzuke)

Achiyama: Juryo 2 west

Chozo: Juryo 10 east

Hayakutake: Juryo 14 east

Kameumi: Juryo 2 west

Oshirokita: Makushita 4 west

Simon: Juryo 1 east

Wamahada: Maegashira 9 west

Yoohoo: Juryo 7 west

yorikiried by fate: Juryo 7 west

RIKISHI PICKS:

wildcard's default pick: Hamaobu (lowest rikishi on the banzuke)

Achiyama: Wakayama

Chozo: Asahisho

Hayakutake: Satoyama

Kameumi: Chiyootori

Oshirokita: Sakumayama

Simon: Sakumayama

Wamahada: Takanoyama

Yoohoo: Sakumayama

yorikiried by fate: Wakamisho

still plenty of time to make your picks, change your rikishi, or change your rank.

You can post your entries here, send me an e-mail, or forum message.

Best Holiday Wishes to All

-shimodahito

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shimodahito picks:

RIKISHI: Sasanoyama

RANK: JURYO 9 WEST

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Give me please Chiyozakura!

He will come to Juryo 8e

Profomisakari

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RIKISHI : Wakamisho

RANK : juryo 12w

Gibuten

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Happy 2012.

Don't have time for games that require daily picks? TORCHBEARER is for you! Your selection of one rikishi and one rank will last the whole sumo year. You can pick any rank and any rikishi -- they don't have to be holding the same current banzuke position (and probably shouldn't if you want to spread your chances for points). 4-5 days left depending on which time zone you live in.

Entries so far:

RANK PICKS:

Achiyama: Juryo 2 west

Chisaiyama: Juryo 6 east

Chozo: Juryo 10 east

Daughter of Sukubidubidu: Maegashira 9 east

Gibuten: Juryo 12 west

Hayakutake: Juryo 14 east

Holleshoryu: Juryo 1 east

Kameumi: Juryo 2 west

Kitanoedo: Juryo 4 west

Oshirokita: Makushita 4 west

nomadwolf: Juryo 6 east

Profomisakari: Juryo 8 east

shimodahito: Juryo 9 west

Simon: Juryo 1 west

Sukubidubidu: Juryo 4 east

Wamahada: Maegashira 9 west

wildcard's default pick: Jonokuchi 17 east (lowest rank on the banzuke)

Yoohoo: Juryo 7 west

yorikiried by fate: Juryo 7 west

RIKISHI PICKS:

Achiyama: Wakayama

Chisaiyama: Sasanoyama

Chozo: Asahisho

Daughter of Sukubidubidu: Gagamaru

Gibuten: Wakamisho

Hayakutake: Satoyama

Holleshoryu: Sakumayama

Kameumi: Chiyootori

Kitanoedo: Tsurubayashi

Oshirokita: Sakumayama

nomadwolf: Sensho

Profomisakari: Chiyozakura

shimodahito: Sasanoyama

Simon: Sakumayama

Sukubidubidu: Goshi

Wamahada: Takanoyama

wildcard's default pick: Hamaobu (lowest rikishi on the banzuke)

Yoohoo: Sakumayama

yorikiried by fate: Wakamisho

To enter your picks, change your rikishi, or change your rank; you can reply your entries here or send a note.

-shimodahito

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Okay, don't have any clue how to handle this one , but what the heck!

Wakayama

Juryo 2e

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good day everyone.

There's still time to enter this once-a-year, prize awarding contest. No need for daily picks. I have 23 entrees so far.

Gambarimase. Everyone Welcome.

-shimodahito

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good day all,

There's still 24 hours to make your selections for TORCHBEARER 2012. Don't have time for games that require daily picks? TORCHBEARER is for you! Your selection of one rikishi and one rank will last the whole sumo year. You can pick any rank and any rikishi -- they don't have to be holding the same current banzuke position (and probably shouldn't if you want to spread your chances for points). So far 23 have entered and I'd like to at least match last year's 36 entrees.

Entries so far:

RANK PICKS:

Maegashira 9 east (Daughter of Sukubidubidu)

Maegashira 9 west (Wamahada)

Juryo 1 east (Holleshoryu)

Juryo 1 west (Simon)

Juryo 2 east (kuoimori)

Juryo 2 west (Achiyama & Kameumi)

Juryo 3 east (Jason)

Juryo 4 east (Sukubidubidu)

Juryo 4 west (Kitanoedo)

Juryo 6 east (Chisaiyama & nomadwolf)

Juryo 7 west (Yoohoo & yorikiried by fate)

Juryo 8 east (Profomisakari)

Juryo 8 west (Kiritsubaki)

Juryo 9 west (shimodahito)

Juryo 10 east (Chozo)

Juryo 12 west (Gibuten)

Juryo 13 west (ronnie)

Juryo 14 east (Hayakutake)

Makushita 4 west (Oshirokita)

Jonokuchi 17 east (wildcard's lowest-rank-on-the-banzuke default pick)

RIKISHI PICKS:

Asahisho (Chozo)

Chiyootori (Kameumi)

Chiyozakura (Profomisakari)

Gagamaru (Daughter of Sukubidubidu)

Goshi (Sukubidubidu)

Hamaobu (wildcard's lowest-rikishi-on-the-banzuke default pick)

Imao (ronnie)

Rikishin (Jason)

Sakumayama (Holleshoryu & Oshirokita & Simon & Yoohoo)

Sasanoyama (Chisaiyama & shimodahito)

Satoyama (Hayakutake)

Sensho (nomadwolf)

Takanoyama (Kiritsubaki & Wamahada)

Tsurubayashi (Kitanoedo)

Wakamisho (Gibuten & yorikiried by fate)

Wakayama (Achiyama & kuoimori)

To enter your picks, change your rikishi, or change your rank; you can reply your entries here. Help get to 37 entrees.

Thank you. Gambatte.

-shimodahito

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Hi.

I pick Daichi as a rikishi, and W-Makushita 17 for a rank.

Thanks.

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good day all,

We have 32 entrees so far .... very nice ... and still time.

The 2012 TORCH starts at the bottom of the banzuke, currently held by rank JONOKUCHI 17 EAST and rikishi HAMAOBU. Since the TORCH is not on the day 1 torikumi, your chance to enter TORCHBEARER 2012 has been extended 24 hours.

Good news for those of us who occasionally miss entree deadlines.

-shimodahito

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good day all,

The day 2 torikumi shows no match for the lowest rank and rikishi on the banzuke (which is not so unusual for the bottom place holder)... so the TORCH hasn't started.

Which means another 24 hours is available to make your entrees. Join the 37 others for the TORCHBEARER 2012, once-a-year, prize sumo game.

Thanks.

-shimodahito

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Could we already have picked Sunaarashi ? :-P

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