Friday, May 11, 2018

Take Mom to a Sumo Wrestling Match - For Something Different!

Every year, choice restaurants are booked solid.  We found ourselves at Ports one time and I asked the bathroom attendant (an old friend) how many they were expecting on this Mother's Day and she said, succinctly, "3,000."

Well, this event is the day before Mother's Day so you could go to the sumo match and then saunter into a nice restaurant and be seated rather immediately.

The match will be held tomorrow (Saturday) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Walter Pyramid at Cal State Long Beach, 1250 N. Bellflower Boulevard, Long Beach.  Tickets are $25 - $150.  Visit for more information.

As I read up on sumo, I discovered a couple things about it that will appeal to your mother because they will take her right back to the days when her Precious Baby  (you) was just a kid.

This is what sumo is:  a contest inside of a large ring with two sumo contestants inside of it.  The object of the sport is to push, shove, grapple the other guy out of this ring or make him touch the floor of the ring.  Only the soles of the feet are allowed to touch the mat.  She will sigh and think fondly of your days as King of the Hill and the ensuing rough housing.

The average sumo is 330 pounds.  They eat only two meals a day, for a total of 20,000 calories.  The average calorie consumption for an active male is 2,500 per day.  She may gaze fondly at you and murmur, "Clean up your plate!  There are children in (pick a country) starving to death!"

This appetite is not a good thing to emulate.  Here are some of the afflictions that visit the average sumo wrestler - their lifespan on average is 60 to 65 years.  Diabetes, hypertension and cirrhosis of the liver (beer is the quaff of choice.)

They are paid huge salaries though (the better to never run out of food and beer?)  A primo contestant makes $30,000 a MONTH.  Not year.  The juniors who are just gaining a rep get (in contrast) a miserable $11,000 a MONTH.

And if she likes to see fat men in loincloths - you are in like Flynn!

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