Sumo wrestlers fatten up on chankonabe.

Dispatches from the dark corners of sports.
Nov. 30 2004 7:59 AM

From Soup to Guts

Sumo wrestlers fatten up on chankonabe.

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"Not bad!" Meat Bomb bellowed. "Mine's grrrrreat!" The wrestlers smiled andnodded. After polishing off their bowls, they asked for seconds. And thirds. Sometime after bowl No. 6, the wrestlers rose in unison, bowed deeply, and cantilevered to their bedrooms. It was time to take a nap.

Franz Lidz is the author of the memoirs Unstrung Heroes and Fairway To Hell and the urban history Ghosty Men: The Strange But True Story of the Collyer Brothers.