Register a SA Forums Account here!
JOINING THE SA FORUMS WILL REMOVE THIS BIG AD, THE ANNOYING UNDERLINED ADS, AND STUPID INTERSTITIAL ADS!!!

You can: log in, read the tech support FAQ, or request your lost password. This dumb message (and those ads) will appear on every screen until you register! Get rid of this crap by registering your own SA Forums Account and joining roughly 150,000 Goons, for the one-time price of $9.95! We charge money because it costs us $3,400 per month for bandwidth bills alone, and since we don't believe in shoving popup ads to our registered users, we try to make the money back through forum registrations.
  • Post
  • Reply
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.

CBJSprague24 fucked around with this message at Feb 6, 2018 around 16:41

Adbot
ADBOT LOVES YOU

DJExile
Jun 27, 2007

If loving you is binturong, I don't want to binturight.

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

If loving you is binturong, I don't want to binturight.

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

If loving you is binturong, I don't want to binturight.

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

If loving you is binturong, I don't want to binturight.

Pvt. Public posted:

God the BDO is such trash.

lol i was wondering when you'd find this thread

DJExile
Jun 27, 2007

If loving you is binturong, I don't want to binturight.

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.

Adbot
ADBOT LOVES YOU

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?

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • Post
  • Reply