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Huge meets huge: Sumo at the Mall of America

“You’ve never had this before in Minnesota,” the emcee told the crowd of shoppers who lined the MOA’s rotunda for two exhibition matches.

What could be better than watching three huge sumo wrestlers push each other around on a stage flanked by Sea Life and fast-food joints? Nothing, decided hundreds of people who lined the Mall of America rotunda Saturday morning and afternoon for two exhibition matches that lasted seconds each and consisted of an emcee and three former world champions who weighed a collective 1,400 pounds.

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What did we learn? Not much, other than the fact that mall shoppers will stop to rubberneck at/tweet about anything; that the goal is to push your opponent outside the circle; and that the big boys eat “three times as much as the normal person does.”

The Wikipedia entry for the Japanese martial art is more illuminating than anything that went down Saturday, as is the website for the event’s sponsor, USA Sumo.  

“You’ve never had this before in Minnesota,” the emcee told the crowd; this is what history looks like:

MinnPost photo by Jim Walsh
MinnPost photo by Jim Walsh
MinnPost photo by Jim Walsh
MinnPost photo by Jim Walsh
MinnPost photo by Jim Walsh