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Four Recaps and a Funeral

We lost in the finals last season.

Scratch that.  We were demolished in the finals.  I think it was 7-2, but it could well have been worse than that.  Good to get that off my chest.  The Tracks team was just too good for us that night.  It was a complete 180 from our previous meeting, and I’m done with giving advice to opponents, for sure.  So with that, I’ll bury the memory of last season (but not the trophy we won for finishing the regular season in first place.)

Forty and Over for John

One day, I’m going to find out what their team name means.  Playing against a strong team anchored by one of the best players in the league, we were satisfied with a 7-6 loss at their place.

The Cards

A good group of guys, and strong dart players.  We caught them on an off night.  An 11-2 win.

Oil Ca ns

Probably the best team in the league, perennial winners of the A Division.  Inexplicably, they played poorly against us, and we’ll take it.  A 10-3 win.

Because so few teams compete in the summer league compared to the others, there is a wide range of talents in the division.  To compensate for this and give every team a fighting chance, a handicap system is in place which starts weaker teams off with one or more marks in cricket, and a lower score in 501.  Because of this, I’d predict that you’ll see wild swings in the standings throughout the season, as strong teams are by no means guaranteed to beat weaker ones.

Should be interesting!

Weeks 13 & 14 – The Cards & Brickhouse I

Well, another dart season’s gone…

Remember on 12/26 when I said we had a match the next day?  I don’t know how I could have misread the schedule–I probably didn’t even look at it–but of course, we had a bye the week between Christmas and New Year’s.

So, Red and I showed up for the match and played for a few hours since we were there anyway.  If you check the stats above, you’ll notice that he played quite a bit better the last two weeks.  Just sayin’.

Oh, and the league office wasn’t being lazy by not sending out the stats reports.  I always forget that he doesn’t issue them the last couple of weeks of the season to prevent teams tanking to one another to manipulate the standings and get into the playoffs in a less than honest fashion.  Kinda lousy to even imagine some people doing that, but they do.  The stats have been updated now that the playoff teams are set.

So, not a bad couple of weeks.  We lost to The Cards 7-6, but only after going down 5-0 to them to start the match.  It came down to the final game in the end, and while it would have been sweet to walk away with the win, I couldn’t be too upset about how we finished the match.

Then it was Brickhouse I last Tuesday, and we played better than we have in a long, long time.  What impressed me most was how well the other team handled what happened.  They were pretty sure that we were knocking them out of the playoffs and they reacted with genuine good humor.  As it turned out, of course, we only knocked them back from 3rd to 4th place, and so they’re still in.

We didn’t make the playoffs, but we didn’t miss by much.  And we didn’t hit .500, but we missed that by only a hair.  We could have all done better this season, but it’s a tough division and we didn’t embarrass ourselves.

All in all, a good time.

Final record: 90-92

I’ll let you know if anything interesting happens at the banquet.  Otherwise, I’ll see you when the next season starts.

The Cards – Week #6

What a match!

We came into it tied with The Cards, and as we were going into the final game tied 6-6, we all smiled at each other, shaking our heads.  I don’t think either team won two games in a row all night.

Back and forth, back and forth.  It was tense, but exhilarating.  Like two heavyweight prizefighters who can’t land the knockout blow.  Okay, given the standings I guess it was more like to middleweight fighters.  (Pound-for-pound the best punchers!)

Anyway, The Cards won the first game of the night, and we alternated wins the whole match, so you can do the math.

All right, lazybones: a 7-6 loss.

So, we’ve dug a hole for ourselves, but it’s not a particularly deep hole: three games out of the playoffs at the moment.  I admit it’ll be a challenge for us to break .500 in this division, but I’m having fun just being in the hunt.

Next week we have Brickhouse I.  We’ve played them in the past, but not for a couple of years so I’m not sure how we’ll do.  Looking at the standings, I’d guess not so good.  Let’s shoot for a 7-6 upset.