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CBJSprague24
Dec 5, 2010

Again, Torts took him to a very high mountain and showed him Nationwide and all its splendor.

"All this I will give you," he said, "if you will lay down and block for me." -Jackets 15:16





If you're familiar with The Darts, you might like this thread. If you've never heard of The Darts, you're missing out.

Take the best of the obnoxious flash of professional wrestling, the vocal, animated, progressively drunker crowds of English soccer, and a game lots of people half-drunkenly play at the corner bar/pub, and you have Unibet Premier League Darts.

Why Should I Watch The Darts?
I mean:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lLDZ_7FkqSw

just look at that...and then the crowd:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ykhc3rdNYOw

...wears costumes and has unlimited access to alcohol, chants along to the matches, and loses their minds at many events, often cheering for both players simultaneously as opposed to one or the other.

How Does It Work?

It's typical darts, with a points system determining an end-of-season playoff system.



If you don't know how The Darts are played (as I didn't until I started watching on FS2 and FS Ohio a couple years ago), the large sections under each number result in their corresponding score. The outer ring is worth double, the inner is worth triple. The outer ring of the bullseye is 25 and the "middle bit/red bit" is worth 50. The game counts down from 501 and must be finished by hitting a double or the bullseye. (For example, you have 100 left. One finish could be Triple 20 (60), Double 20 (40) to win the leg/game/set. It doesn't work the other way around.)

The fastest way to end a game is through the incredibly rare nine-darter. As the name implies, the game is finished with nine darts: two 180s (triple 20s twice), then most easily one of the following:

quote:

treble 20 (60), treble 19 (57) and double 12 (24)
treble 20 (60), treble 15 (45) and double 18 (36)
treble 17 (51), treble 18 (54) and double 18 (36)

In several years of watching, I've seen one nine-darter and the crowd hits an unthinkably higher gear when it happens:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pGNZ3GqYrVY

Why Do You Keep Calling It The Darts?

Because they insist on using the definite article in front of "Darts". One of the most common fan chants is "If you love The Darts, stand up". I don't make the rules, I just have attending on my bucket list.

You Sold Me. Sign Me Up

-After random coverage on FS2 and FOX Sports regional networks in the US before disappearing, The Darts has gloriously reappeared on BBC America in the US, 10pm Eastern on Thursday nights now through May. Check local listings. When we get to December, the World Championships may also reappear on BBCA.
--Bored at work? Stream full episodes here: http://www.bbcamerica.com/shows/dar...-round-1-dublin
-Coverage is on Sky Sports in the UK.
-PDC also streams events throughout the season. Keep an eye out for their posts advertising them: https://www.facebook.com/OfficialPD...dLY2-H0A3Ws7B68

CBJSprague24 fucked around with this message at Oct 5, 2018 around 01:45

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DJExile
Jun 27, 2007

ba-ba-DOOP DOOP DOOP DO-DO DOOP DOOP DOOP


WAAAAAAANNNNNN EIIIGHHTTTTTYYY

HJB
Feb 16, 2011

I can't get enough of are Dan


I'm amazed that darts is so big nowadays than an American has started a moderately ironic thread about it in the sports section of an Internet comedy forum. Time was when there was one week a year we'd all cheer on Wolfie and Barney and then forget about it for the next 51.

DJExile
Jun 27, 2007

ba-ba-DOOP DOOP DOOP DO-DO DOOP DOOP DOOP


Chase The Sun is a cool and good song and a bunch of drunk as gently caress brits trying to sing it makes it all the better

CBJSprague24
Dec 5, 2010

Again, Torts took him to a very high mountain and showed him Nationwide and all its splendor.

"All this I will give you," he said, "if you will lay down and block for me." -Jackets 15:16



HJB posted:

I'm amazed that darts is so big nowadays than an American has started a moderately ironic thread about it in the sports section of an Internet comedy forum. Time was when there was one week a year we'd all cheer on Wolfie and Barney and then forget about it for the next 51.

I genuinely find it wildly fun to watch in the strangest way possible.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ql3ZxqE-SAQ

I mean ^that^ is ridiculously entertaining and the competition is almost secondary to the fans and commentary.

DJExile posted:

Chase The Sun is a cool and good song and a bunch of drunk as gently caress brits trying to sing it makes it all the better

It's now the goal song for the Colorado Avalanche and I associate it more with The Darts.

That clip is also great because the announcers also get into it hardcore. I remember one time the color analyst wishing the Worlds were "best of thirty-seven BEST OF A HOONDRED ELEVEN!"

CBJSprague24 fucked around with this message at Feb 2, 2018 around 15:58

runoverbobby
Apr 21, 2007

Fighting like beavers.


Checking-in to the Dartistry Thread.

Barney is my favourite dartist because his post-win interviews in 2013 were all a variant of "couldn't even see the board cos of my diabetes."

PotatoJudge
May 22, 2004

Tell me about the rabbits, George

CBJSprague24 posted:

I genuinely find it wildly fun to watch in the strangest way possible.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ql3ZxqE-SAQ

I mean ^that^ is ridiculously entertaining and the competition is almost secondary to the fans and commentary.


It's now the goal song for the Colorado Avalanche and I associate it more with The Darts.

That clip is also great because the announcers also get into it hardcore. I remember one time the color analyst wishing the Worlds were "best of thirty-seven BEST OF A HOONDRED ELEVEN!"

LoL at the guy in the stands week 1 with a "I'm here to see Phil Taylor" sign.

CBJSprague24
Dec 5, 2010

Again, Torts took him to a very high mountain and showed him Nationwide and all its splendor.

"All this I will give you," he said, "if you will lay down and block for me." -Jackets 15:16



PotatoJudge posted:

LoL at the guy in the stands week 1 with a "I'm here to see Phil Taylor" sign.

I got a kick out of the blonde woman with a "GIVE US A KISS PHIL" sign in one of the videos.

e- Oh wow, you can stream full episodes: http://www.bbcamerica.com/shows/dar...-round-1-dublin

There is somebody in the crowd with a T-rex costume. The crowd has outdone itself.

CBJSprague24 fucked around with this message at Feb 6, 2018 around 16:45

runoverbobby
Apr 21, 2007

Fighting like beavers.


Episodes? I think you meant to say matches. The dartistry is the pinnacle of sporting prowess. Game on.

scuz
Aug 29, 2003

You can't be angry ALL the time!


Oh my god a darts thread

Showing my friends pro darts videos makes their loving heads spin, I love it.

CBJSprague24
Dec 5, 2010

Again, Torts took him to a very high mountain and showed him Nationwide and all its splendor.

"All this I will give you," he said, "if you will lay down and block for me." -Jackets 15:16



There's a local (Ohio) sports radio host who featured The Darts in an episode of his personal podcast and it was great. He played the audio of Phil's double nine-darters from the video upthread.

runoverbobby posted:

Episodes? I think you meant to say matches. The dartistry is the pinnacle of sporting prowess. Game on.

BBC America shows condensed one hour or hour and a half versions of each week's event in the US, as FOX Sports did before them, so they're more like episodes here.

runoverbobby
Apr 21, 2007

Fighting like beavers.


Suspicious of that. They probably edit out the fun stuff.

e: I am sorry I used the forums' image uploader and I can't make it smaller now

Only registered members can see post attachments!

CBJSprague24
Dec 5, 2010

Again, Torts took him to a very high mountain and showed him Nationwide and all its splendor.

"All this I will give you," he said, "if you will lay down and block for me." -Jackets 15:16



What's fun about this in terms of the matches is, as I mentioned in the OP, the fans will pull for both players over the course of the match. You might have somebody who's highly popular (Phil), but the crowd will also actively pull for his opponent. You're not going to see that in any other sport.

runoverbobby
Apr 21, 2007

Fighting like beavers.


Yeah that's an English thing. If the favourite falls way behind he becomes the underdog, and The Underdog Shall Always Be Supported, else the event turns boring.

It happens at Wimbledon too, even if Andy Murray is involved (but unprecedentedly, it doesn't happen with Roger).

runoverbobby
Apr 21, 2007

Fighting like beavers.


Also 99% of the people at the darts are there to drink and wear fancy dress and shout at anything exciting regardless of who does it.

DJExile
Jun 27, 2007

ba-ba-DOOP DOOP DOOP DO-DO DOOP DOOP DOOP


runoverbobby posted:

Also 99% of the people at the darts are there to drink and wear fancy dress and shout at anything exciting regardless of who does it.

This is really why it owns, tbh

HJB
Feb 16, 2011

I can't get enough of are Dan


If you have "respectful" crowds that watch every dart this is how the standard ends up

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q49xYlgoeCo

C. Everett Koop
Aug 18, 2008

by Smythe


runoverbobby posted:

Also 99% of the people at the darts are there to drink and wear fancy dress and shout at anything exciting regardless of who does it.

So the excuse is throwing things instead of watching the ponies, got it.

Pvt. Public
Sep 9, 2004

I am become Death, the Destroyer of Worlds.

HJB posted:

If you have "respectful" crowds that watch every dart this is how the standard ends up

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q49xYlgoeCo

God the BDO is such trash.

DJExile
Jun 27, 2007

ba-ba-DOOP DOOP DOOP DO-DO DOOP DOOP DOOP


Pvt. Public posted:

God the BDO is such trash.

lol i was wondering when you'd find this thread

DJExile
Jun 27, 2007

ba-ba-DOOP DOOP DOOP DO-DO DOOP DOOP DOOP


https://twitter.com/BBCAMERICA/stat...244992114929664

BBCAmerica and the WWE are having a fun twitter feud about entrances

CBJSprague24
Dec 5, 2010

Again, Torts took him to a very high mountain and showed him Nationwide and all its splendor.

"All this I will give you," he said, "if you will lay down and block for me." -Jackets 15:16



Smith and Gurney can't hit 180 to save their lives.

CactusWeasle
Aug 1, 2006
It's not a party until the bomb squad says it is

I hadnt noticed this thread until now

Rob Cross is poo poo now apparently; I havent seen any event since the world championship though

HJB
Feb 16, 2011

I can't get enough of are Dan


CactusWeasle posted:

Rob Cross is poo poo now apparently; I havent seen any event since the world championship though

He's good again now.

CBJSprague24
Dec 5, 2010

Again, Torts took him to a very high mountain and showed him Nationwide and all its splendor.

"All this I will give you," he said, "if you will lay down and block for me." -Jackets 15:16



Wh...why did we get a 15 minute pre-show two weeks ago in a one-hour program? Why did we only get one and a sixth's worth of matches and then a message saying "For more Darts, go to BBCAmerica.com"?

Is that what this is going to be?

CBJSprague24
Dec 5, 2010

Again, Torts took him to a very high mountain and showed him Nationwide and all its splendor.

"All this I will give you," he said, "if you will lay down and block for me." -Jackets 15:16



PDC's Facebook page is live streaming this week's event from Nottingham right now: https://www.facebook.com/OfficialPD...stp7i3Hv8yd4GwQ

CBJSprague24
Dec 5, 2010

Again, Torts took him to a very high mountain and showed him Nationwide and all its splendor.

"All this I will give you," he said, "if you will lay down and block for me." -Jackets 15:16



This is a thing:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gqS2ZFg-wCU

...I didn't know I needed in my life but I have never wanted to blow $5 on an app more in my life.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/...ayAndroid&hl=en

Pvt. Public
Sep 9, 2004

I am become Death, the Destroyer of Worlds.

Perfect, I know what to use some of my Play store credit on!

DJExile
Jun 27, 2007

ba-ba-DOOP DOOP DOOP DO-DO DOOP DOOP DOOP


Oh hell yeah purchased

CBJSprague24
Dec 5, 2010

Again, Torts took him to a very high mountain and showed him Nationwide and all its splendor.

"All this I will give you," he said, "if you will lay down and block for me." -Jackets 15:16



Does that have a darts game built in or is it just a scorekeeper?

Live Darts from Glasgow: https://www.facebook.com/OfficialPD...29716460620712/

CBJSprague24
Dec 5, 2010

Again, Torts took him to a very high mountain and showed him Nationwide and all its splendor.

"All this I will give you," he said, "if you will lay down and block for me." -Jackets 15:16



MY MUM FANCIES SIMON WHITLOCK may be the best sports sign I've seen in a while.

https://www.facebook.com/OfficialPD...38015013124190/

Pvt. Public
Sep 9, 2004

I am become Death, the Destroyer of Worlds.

That was a bit of a horror show from Cross and Anderson there. Also, RIP Mensur

codo27
Apr 21, 2008



FIX THE loving BOARD IN THE OP ITS ASKEW. I was about to make a thread but then I found this on page 4. I even had a title thought up, "Darts: you dont have to be in shape for this sport!"

We played on and off here but I bought my first set of darts about a year ago and shortly after stabbed my first 180. We threw a league together in late October, and in January won 2/3 regional divisions we entered teams in. I'm a competitive person but in true goon fashion, not really good at things requiring real athleticism, just shooting and stabbing people in video games. To get to go and compete in something for the first time since high school feels awesome and I'm really glad we put together the beer league. I'm burning away too much time practicing, but its paying off. Shot a 107 average 14 dart leg the other day, had 4 or 5 18 darters and a couple 138 checkouts.

If there isn't anywhere with a good selection of supplies local to you, hell, even if there is, you oughta check out Darts Corner. As long as you aren't ordering anything big like a board or something the shipping is really cheap and your darts, shafts and flights etc are all very cheap as well. I was looking at the Van Barneveld 80% tungsten darts and the cheapest I could find locally was nearly $70 tax in. Ordered from Darts Corner, along with 29 (!) sets of shafts, 3 sets of flights and a free gift thrown in, 54 bucks total.

Theres also Webcam Darts where you can set up a webcam and play with people online, but most peoples setups are understandably not good and the whole thing just feels too awkward to me.

Watching darts can be a real pain from across the pond, being on in the middle of the afternoon and my provider doesn't offer any way to watch it legit. Sportixer on youtube has replays of most matches up quickly after they are done. The PDC does offer a legit streaming service for people in the UK as well as international viewers, but I dont think that covers whats on Sky, I'd have to double check.

Finally, as amusing as the Russ Bray scorer must be, for Windows PCs you should definitely check out this app for keeping your scores. It syncs across devices, provides graphs and stats to track your progress, and allows you to play against the computer. I'm currently on level 5. It even allows you to use your own audio files for announcing the scores (Microsoft robot by default) , I've been thinking about ripping Bray's call from one of the many videos online and even just adding the 180 in there.

CBJSprague24
Dec 5, 2010

Again, Torts took him to a very high mountain and showed him Nationwide and all its splendor.

"All this I will give you," he said, "if you will lay down and block for me." -Jackets 15:16



Nice post, thanks!

I'm getting caught up with previous shows now and have made it to Judgment Night. Holy gently caress, poor Gerwyn Price.

DJExile
Jun 27, 2007

ba-ba-DOOP DOOP DOOP DO-DO DOOP DOOP DOOP


https://twitter.com/OfficialPDC/sta...569138047221760

this loving crowd pop, god drat

codo27
Apr 21, 2008



Still gutted MVG went out in the fuckin first round. I've started a couple legs with 180 the last few days. Its great to see the practice paying off

CBJSprague24
Dec 5, 2010

Again, Torts took him to a very high mountain and showed him Nationwide and all its splendor.

"All this I will give you," he said, "if you will lay down and block for me." -Jackets 15:16




This is what I love.

CactusWeasle
Aug 1, 2006
It's not a party until the bomb squad says it is

The final was utterly amazing. Never would have thought Sulovic would have been in with such a chance to win it, made for great viewing

codo27
Apr 21, 2008



Though Gary is head and shoulders above everyone not named van Gerwen, this is why people like to see MvG lose. If he is gone, you are very likely to get a good close match like this in the final. I was getting a bit concerned after the last few outings, and Gary had said van Gerwen might get into a bit of a funk and its hard to shake, then Wright said he's "good not great". Might have known that would light a fire under him.

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CBJSprague24
Dec 5, 2010

Again, Torts took him to a very high mountain and showed him Nationwide and all its splendor.

"All this I will give you," he said, "if you will lay down and block for me." -Jackets 15:16



More live The Darts: https://www.facebook.com/OfficialPD..._video_explicit

Does anyone know the song behind the LALALALALALALALALA....Peter, Peter WRIGHT, PEEEEEEEEEEEETER, Peter WRIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIGHT (or any other name which fits) chants?

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