Darts: a game where participants compete with one another by throwing small arrow like devices at a target that is round and has numbers and sections and an inner bull with an outer bull and so on. Darts now refer to the standard game with a specific bristle board design and a set of rules. Rules that are general to the game and rules that govern games like, “501,” “301,” and “Cricket.”

Darts is a traditional pub game that was and is commonly played in the United Kingdom as well as other places in Europe and across the pond here in the America’s.

Wikipedia tells hits history in a terse form, i.e., “The dartboard may have its origins in the cross-section of a tree. An old name for a dartboard is "butt"; the word comes from the French word but, meaning "target". In particular, the Yorkshire and Manchester Log End boards differ from the standard board in that they have no treble, only double and bullseye, the Manchester board being of a smaller diameter, with a playing area of only 25 cm across with double and bull areas measuring just 4 mm. The London Fives board is another variation. This has only 12 equal segments numbered 20, 5, 15, 10, 20, 5, 15, 10, 20, 5, 15, 10 with the doubles and triples being a quarter of an inch wide.”

There have been a variety of darts created over the years but the most common today is the tungsten dart. There are electronic darts but for this blog and for my efforts in tossing darts I remain a steel dart fan and enthusiast. I am recommending a book for novice darters but only because it appealed to me and my studies and rest assured most of the dart books out there are outstanding. In short, find one if this one does not fit your needs and get it. I can tell you when I started to play over twenty years ago, before I laid down my darts in 96, I tossed darts for several years without knowing some very important and critical mechanics, etc., of the dart game. As I take up once again my steel darts I have found a fountain of information to help make the game both enjoyable and competitive. Enjoy, diddle for the middle and let the darts fly!

Friday, August 26, 2016

Thursday Darts Mystery Out

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Mystery out, well, I didn’t give it much thought but I should have because although when buying a ticket I made the assumption that my ticket number would never be called. Sigh, last night unlike the other players who would buy two or more chances at the mystery out I went ahead and bought my single ticket. Buying the ticket is like my buying a lotto ticket, I want the chance although I understand that the odds are way out there beyond my world. Sigh!

Here is today’s rub, they called my ticket last night. I never bothered to find out how the mystery out worked so late at night, tired, brain dead and everyone is helping me think. For some reason I could not get the concept or the rules to stick until this morning after a nights sleep. 

In the mystery out you purchase a type of ticket much like the lotto and the matching ticket is put into a coffee can where a randomly chosen player will reach in and pull out a ticket. Being the idiot I am I wasn’t paying attention so they called the number again and louder then a moment later I said, “Oh shit, thats me.”

The embarrassing thing is that because I didn’t take the time to learn how that mystery out worked I kept going, “Huh,” when folks were trying so kindly to help me out. A friend even said, “Hey, he’s the new guy … yadda, yadda” in jest but finally, after fumbling around and getting brain-freeze trying to figure out the out … wait, I missed a part.

When your ticket is chosen you pull a poker chip out of another coffee can that has a number written on it so that the number for the out is random. I chose a chip with 89 on it meaning I had three darts to hit that out. Finally, after a gently, fun but constant telling me over and over till it sunk in I had time to throw nine practice darts then after I was given the opportunity to throw just three darts to out from a score of 89. I had this blank look on my face so the group was kind enough to assist me as the new guy.

Bob said, “Charles, do you know your outs?” I said, “Nope.” So Bob said, “T19 and D16, there’s a lot in the pot so go for it.” I threw three and because of my brain-freeze I would turn around and they would say, “Throw another three Charles.” Finally I got to my three dart chance at the out. I looked and aimed at the T19 and hit a 3, crap. So the two dart out for 86 should have been, DB and D18 but I hit a seven instead so - no possible out, bummer. 

Anyway, I have learned my lesson that there is always a ‘chance’ I will get the mystery out so now I can focus on the out, take the nine practice darts and then ‘go for it!’ Wish me luck for next time - oh, and about my performance last night I can only say, “Doah! (picture homer head slap here)” Note: Thanks to all the gang at Paddock Darts with Bob and Maggie Martell, the two folks who run the game. 

Oh, and in closing, I tossed a much better set of games this week, improvement is a good thing. I was actually breathing more and focusing on finding my throw during and especially between games. I had fun and everyone there was patient and nice and just a good all round group of folks - Thanks!

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