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Bo-Taoshi: Super Happy Pole Pulldown Sport Time

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The United States imported $220.8 billion worth of goods and services in the month of April. Petroleum products and cheap Chinese factory goods made up a nice portion of that total, but there’s one thing we haven’t imported yet that needs to come here immediately: Bo-Taoshi.

With the NFL set to take Sundays off this fall, perhaps this Japanese military sport can find a home on U.S. television — lord knows once you see it you’ll want to watch more.

Details are admittedly scarce, but a loose Google translation and tidbits picked up from other sources tell us that this game played at the National Defense Academy of Japan involves 75 defending a pole and 75 attacking said pole (there are likely quite a few gay porn films from Japan based on this sport, pixelated of course). Deuce of Davenport adds this tidbit about the pole: “It only had to go down 45 degrees until 1973 when the rules were changed to force teams to drop it to a 30 degree angle.”

Another game:

Seriously, would you not watch that? That looks like the greatest live sport ever.

(via Lenny)

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