good day all,

The 2017 prize is getting packaged to send to Nantonoyama.

So it's time for the once-a-year invite to the easiest picking (guessing) sumo game ever. No need for daily picks, no need for pre-basho picks; just a pair of picks will last a whole year! Here's how it works.

The symbolic TORCH starts with the last rikishi and last rank on the 2017 HATSU BANZUKE (rikishi/rank at the bottom of jonokuchi). If the rikishi wins his bout (called a TORCH MATCH), he keeps the TORCH. If he loses, the TORCH is passed to the winner. Through the year, the TORCH will eventually make way up the banzuke as it is always passed to the winner. The object of the game is to pick the one rank and one rikishi you think will end up with the most points throughout the year's six bashos. Points are awarded to every rikishi and rank involved in a TORCH MATCH; and to players who finish closest to the final TORCH position at the end of the year. FINAL TORCH POINTS AT THE END OF THE 2017 KYUSHU BASHO:

25 points if you picked the final TORCH holding rikishi.

25 points if you picked the final TORCH holding rank.

PLUS...

10 points to the player(s) closest to the final TORCH holding rikishi.

10 points to the player(s) closest to the final TORCH holding rank.

9 points to the 2nd closest picks.

8 points to the 3rd closest picks.

7 points to the 4th closest picks.

6 points to the 5th closest picks.

5 points to the 6th closest picks.

4 points to the 7th closest picks.

3 points to the 8th closest picks.

2 points to the 9th closest picks.

1 point to the 10th closest picks. (so if my math is correct, a minimum of 110 points (55 rank/55 rikishi) are guaranteed to be handed out at the end of the year) TORCH MATCH POINTS 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 match your chosen rank loses. 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 For historical reference, here's where the torch ended up in previous years: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)

2012, J2e (highest position J1e)

2013, Ms48e (highest position Ms4e)

2014, Ms49e (highest position Ms3e)

2015, J6w (highest position J1w)

2016, J11e (highest position J6e)

2017, Ms10w (highest position J13w) Highest number of points: 59 by Profomisakari in 2009. To play, please submit:

1) the rikishi you think will get the most points between now and the end of the 2017 Kyushu Basho.

and

2) the rank you think will get the most points between now and the end of the 2017 Kyushu Basho.

The deadline for entries is one minute before the first TORCH MATCH starts... JST. Send new entries or updated entries to shimodahito(at)yahoo.com, by message on the forum, or post on this sumo forum thread. For players who miss the deadline, your 2017 picks will carry over to TORCHBEARER 2018 (as long as your rikishi pick is still active). A "wildcard" drone pick, by default will be the lowest rikishi and rank on the HATSU BANZUKE and cannot be selected by any other player. Good luck! The game is painless...one rank pick, one rikishi pick... no daily picks needed…. And a prize. Ten+ years and still going! -shimodahito

The 2017 prize is getting packaged to send to Nantonoyama.

So it's time for the once-a-year invite to the easiest picking (guessing) sumo game ever. No need for daily picks, no need for pre-basho picks; just a pair of picks will last a whole year! Here's how it works.

The symbolic TORCH starts with the last rikishi and last rank on the 2017 HATSU BANZUKE (rikishi/rank at the bottom of jonokuchi). If the rikishi wins his bout (called a TORCH MATCH), he keeps the TORCH. If he loses, the TORCH is passed to the winner. Through the year, the TORCH will eventually make way up the banzuke as it is always passed to the winner. The object of the game is to pick the one rank and one rikishi you think will end up with the most points throughout the year's six bashos. Points are awarded to every rikishi and rank involved in a TORCH MATCH; and to players who finish closest to the final TORCH position at the end of the year. FINAL TORCH POINTS AT THE END OF THE 2017 KYUSHU BASHO:

25 points if you picked the final TORCH holding rikishi.

25 points if you picked the final TORCH holding rank.

PLUS...

10 points to the player(s) closest to the final TORCH holding rikishi.

10 points to the player(s) closest to the final TORCH holding rank.

9 points to the 2nd closest picks.

8 points to the 3rd closest picks.

7 points to the 4th closest picks.

6 points to the 5th closest picks.

5 points to the 6th closest picks.

4 points to the 7th closest picks.

3 points to the 8th closest picks.

2 points to the 9th closest picks.

1 point to the 10th closest picks. (so if my math is correct, a minimum of 110 points (55 rank/55 rikishi) are guaranteed to be handed out at the end of the year) TORCH MATCH POINTS 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 match your chosen rank loses. 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)

2012, J2e (highest position J1e)

2013, Ms48e (highest position Ms4e)

2014, Ms49e (highest position Ms3e)

2015, J6w (highest position J1w)

2016, J11e (highest position J6e)

2017, Ms10w (highest position J13w) Highest number of points: 59 by Profomisakari in 2009. To play, please submit:

1) the rikishi you think will get the most points between now and the end of the 2017 Kyushu Basho.

and

2) the rank you think will get the most points between now and the end of the 2017 Kyushu Basho.

The deadline for entries is one minute before the first TORCH MATCH starts... JST. Send new entries or updated entries to shimodahito(at)yahoo.com, by message on the forum, or post on this sumo forum thread. For players who miss the deadline, your 2017 picks will carry over to TORCHBEARER 2018 (as long as your rikishi pick is still active). A "wildcard" drone pick, by default will be the lowest rikishi and rank on the HATSU BANZUKE and cannot be selected by any other player. Good luck! The game is painless...one rank pick, one rikishi pick... no daily picks needed…. And a prize. Ten+ years and still going! -shimodahito