Big Rick is a fan of Sumo, and he shot over a great link about the history of the sport. In fact, the site has a whole lot more info than I can digest right now.
Anyhow, it's all his fault that I've found myself watching Asashoryu either competing or in the news every night now. Good lord, there was an amazing match two nights ago with him and his competetor (OK, I still haven't gotten to learning anybody else's name yet) each balancing on one foot at the edge of the ring.
I wish I could understand the announcers and scoreboards they display on TV all the time, though.
Also, Sumo wresters eat nabe every night; that's some good livin'! I just made some for myself last night! Mmm!