Saturday, 16 July 2011

Missing Football? Why Not Try 'Pole Down'

With the new football season still a few weeks away, and only meaningless friendlies and audacious transfer rumours to keep us company. I've decided to get the nation playing, watching, living and breathing a new sport. 'Pole Down', or Bar down, from the land of the rising Sun.

You may expect this sport to be an honourable sport, where pride is pivotal, thought up by wise old Japanese men with long thin grey beards smoking long thin pipes whilst sat in dojos. It's not.

It is in fact a barbaric mess, which would make your average rugby player look like a coward. See for yourself...

From what I can tell, the 'rules' are simple. Keep your pole in an upright position whilst also trying to knock down your opponents pole. I'm not really sure if there are any other rules stamping, spear tackles and even shirt pulling all seem perfectly acceptable.

Closer inspection of the sport shows that 75 'attackers' have two minutes to pull the pole, defended by another 75 men down to 30 degree angle.

So in the remaining weeks until the football season kicks off, I urge you to get together with your friends, family or any willing participants to get two big poles and have a good old fashioned game of pole down.

What's the worst that could happen?