Benny Loh & Stephen Thompson
In the third of our cartoon bonanzas, sit back and enjoy BL’s offerings and put a caption to ST’s pic to win yourselves a banzuke
Answer the Qs and win yourself next basho’s banzuke.
elbowing. It’s illegal and if Shaq did it, he’d sit on the bench with foul trouble every game. This defensive philosophy has caused the big man’s points per game to drop from his best year 2000, when he managed 29.7 PPG.
Now, Heat Head Coach Pat Riley is countering with his own philosophy – sumo. That’s right, the ancient Japanese sport. Sumo wrestlers from the Miami area are being called in to defend the basket against the All-Star Center.
“We’re going to bring them in and have them lean on him and lean on him and we’re not going to let him just back them in. He’s going to have to take 100 jump hooks and 100 turnaround jumpers.”, said Riley. Hopefully, this will give Shaq the resistance he needs to make more offensive plays and lead his team to the playoffs in May.
Now, when does he return the favor and show up at Takasago-beya for keiko with Asashoryu?
So you think you know your favorite celebrities? Some are sumo fans, just like you and me.
Appetite for Sumo
One can find restaurants in any town one might visit. One might have to do a little research, however, to find that particular restaurant one craves. Italian, Thai, Classic French, Mexican, Nouveau, Celebrity Chef – whatever you want can be found if you just dig a little.
While researching the connection between sumo and dining, I came across a bonanza of establishments that utilize “Sumo” in their names. These eateries are all Japanese – sushi, teppanyaki, chanko and bento…and they’re everywhere.
Sumo Sushi in Newport (Rhode Island) makes good use of its location on Thames St. near the harbor to cater to those who are out for a walk after Jai Alai, coming back to dry land after a sail, or browsing the features around town during the Newport Black Ships Festival. In fact, Sumo Sushi also sponsors the “Sushi Sail” during the Festival. For $30, you board a 100-foot schooner, sip sake and enjoy a bounty of sushi. Too bad it’s only an annual festival.
Sumo Japanese Grill in Wichita (Kansas) is one of the Midwest’s most highly-rated Asian restaurants, getting 5-star reviews from just about anyone with an opinion.
You can also dine a la Sumo in Dallas, Salt Lake City, Seattle, Manhattan, Virginia Beach, Santa Ana, Berlin, Adelaide, Dubai, Calgary, Cologne, Geneva, Athens and, of course, Tokyo.
So if the sumo-sized sumo reader gets a sumo-sized appetite, go Sumo. You can’t go wrong.
The NBA’s Miami Heat has one of the top centers in the world in Shaquille O’Neal. The monstrous 7’1”, 325-pounder is a shoe-in for the Basketball Hall of Fame, amassing a 19.3 points and 9.5 rebounds per game this season. His mere presence on the court causes opposing coaches to ditch game plans and simply attack poor Shaq. Rivals send out their biggest guys and just pound on O’Neal – pushing, shoving,