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Okay, The Pool Jump Is Officially Over

When I was a kid it was considered something of an accomplishment to have beaten “Mike Tyson’s Punch Out!” on Nintendo.  Then one day the kid who probably should have been in special classes beat it and brought in a Polaroid of the final screen as proof.  Years later he would start a wildfire that destroyed several homes and we never saw him again, but that’s not the point.  The point is, the pool jump is now to the sporting world what beating “Punch Out!” was to my elementary school.  Not that Jake Rosholt isn’t a fantastic athlete – he obviously is – but he’s also a kind of goofy-looking white guy who manages to make even the backwards pool jump look somehow unimpressive.  I don’t know how he does it.

Like the first time your dad referred to something as “the bomb,” the Jake Rosholt Pool Jump is the undeniable sign that pool jumps are no longer cool.  Time to move on to some other essentially pointless display of athleticism.  How about jumping out of a pool, through a hoop of fire, and into a different pool, all without spilling your drink.  You can’t tell me that there’s not some NBA player out there who’s bored with the off-season and looking for a way to kill an afternoon.

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caspersghost- August 20, 2009 at 4:39 pm
obviously they do... stop being a dick.
Da Spied Her- August 20, 2009 at 2:01 pm
I can do it with a backflip out of the pool and landing on the pool deck. It impresses the hell out of the lifeguards at the pool and gets me laid all the time.
UFC fan- August 20, 2009 at 1:15 pm
I could do it drunk. nothing to it.
have you tried it? or are you a fatguy with zero hops? nothing about pool jumping is impressive stop being such a mark.
No one spoke up cause no one fucking gives to shakes at a shit about it, so stop being a bitch.
Jay Smith- August 20, 2009 at 1:06 pm
@ caspersghost
Yeah, it does. Also, you hear all these people talkin shit about it, but when I asked earlier if anyone had tried it, only 1 person spoke up.
What about you UFC fan, have you done it?
caspersghost- August 20, 2009 at 12:52 pm
Doesn't the fact that Bj is a short guy make it more impressive?
cagefightmon- August 20, 2009 at 12:28 pm
Mike Milbury- August 20, 2009 at 11:41 am
It's unimpressive because the video totally comes across as a "Me too!" sorta thing. Not to mention he's essentially a nobody taping himself doing this (Well, he's known by hardcore MMA fans, I guess).

Anyways, the highlight of the video is the dude in the background with his face buried in his hands. Wayyy more interesting than Rosholt.
UFC fan- August 20, 2009 at 11:36 am
well this proves it BJ Penn is a over-rated pussy quitter who thinks everyone is greasing.
I thought the whole pool jumping out of thing was gay to begin with, NOW I know it.
Next thing that will be cool for BJ to do is jump the hell into reality...and bring his crazy fucking fans with him.
phaderlanx- August 20, 2009 at 11:30 am
@ Jay Smith
yeah, a couple weeks before ufc101 we were at a hotel pool before a wedding. Everyone tried it, but no one could do it except me, but I could only catch myself one-legged. (the left leg) for some reason my motor skills wouldnt bring the other one up. I shoulda played it off like i meant to do it that way, but after several tries i couldnt stick it with both feet. I was also quite stoned and had a few beers ...
AkilleeZ- August 20, 2009 at 10:55 am

2000 - "Bling Bling"
2003 - Aviator Sunglasses
2004 - Air Quotes
2005 - Popped Collars
2007 - Borat terms
2009 - The Pool Jump
Jay Smith- August 20, 2009 at 10:25 am
Im pretty banged up right now. Have been for a year, but I just had surgery and should be better in a couple months. I have not been able to try this myself yet, so I can't really gauge how difficult it is. You'd be a fool to think it was "easy" though. Anyone here try it?
LAS- August 20, 2009 at 10:20 am
This would be a lot more impressive if the 3 feet actually meant something. It's not like these guys are hitting a 36-plus inch vertical while standing in water. This is as much about hip flexibility as explosive strength.

I had a teammate who used to do crazy shit in the weight room, box jumps at probably 50 or more inches. Sure, they guy was a sick athlete, natural 7-foot high jumper, but he also would land on the box with his heels touching his ass. When I see some jump out of three feet of water and land knees slightly bent on the side of the pool, then I'll be impressed.
And fuck the fuckin Diaz brothers Fuck em all- August 20, 2009 at 10:12 am
LMFAO too funny
El Famous Burrito- August 20, 2009 at 10:10 am
How the Hell is anyone impressed someone jumping into a 3-foot pool backwards!?!?
Peppermint Nightmare- August 20, 2009 at 9:45 am
"...manages to make even the backwards pool jump look somehow unimpressive. I don’t know how he does it."

Am I the only person on Earth who realizes that the backwards pool jump is fucking EASIER?! Think about it people.
rokabee- August 20, 2009 at 9:44 am
My dad went on CP the other day and said it was "The Bomb". so sorry Ben's I'm gonna go find a new site today, its just uncool now.

But in other news: I would like to see what the man lady sprinter dude can do with a free afternoon if you know what I'm saying dawgs.
vyapaar- August 20, 2009 at 9:43 am
Either way, the fact that he can do it both forward and backwards, is pretty good. However, he does give the impression that if he can do it then everybody can. Fact is -- it is not easy at all to jump out of a pool like this. Problem is when BJ penn and the player from chicago bears did seemed to wow, that is hard and these guys are pure athletes. With jake doing it, it takes that wow factor away.