Rioting Costumed Fans Halt Australian Darts Competition

The Darts Invitational Challenge in Melbourne, Australia yesterday was interrupted by costumed, drunken fans throwing hundreds of plastic chairs in the seating area. The match between–I kid you not with these nicknames–top-ranked Michael "Might Mike" van Gerwen and home favorite Simon "The Wizard" Whitlock had to be… » 1/10/15 1:40pm 1/10/15 1:40pm

Watch A Darts Player Produce "Magic The Like Of Which We May Have Never Seen Or Ever See Again"

I won't pretend to know the rules of darts—I guess you don't have to hit the bulls-eye? I thought that was the main thing—but it's obvious something special is happening here when Michael van Gerwen takes over the PDC World Championship by hitting "a nine-darter"—and then nearly doing it again. The crowd freaks, the… » 1/06/13 6:05pm 1/06/13 6:05pm

This Is What Passes For A Fight At The World Darts Championship

England's Phil Taylor beat the Netherlands' Raymond van Barneveld in the semifinals of the PDC World Darts Championship in London yesterday, but not without a little controversy. Van Barneveld appeared to refuse to let go of Taylor during the post-match handshake, the two exchanged words, and it was as on as darts… » 12/31/12 4:10pm 12/31/12 4:10pm

Raise A Pint For The Short, Fat, Drunk, And Dead Darts Legend Jocky Wilson

On this week's excerpt from Slate's Hang Up and Listen podcast, Mike Pesca tells the story of Scottish dartsman Jocky Wilson, who died in March. Wilson dominated the sport in the early 1980s, and spent the rest of his career as a wonderfully larger-than-life sort. Just one line from his obituary in The Guardian: "At… » 4/13/12 2:25pm 4/13/12 2:25pm

Holy Shit, This Guy's Fucking Hair Is Ridiculous

Here's pro darts player Peter Wright, somebody we spotted yesterday on NBC Sports Network and just couldn't avoid capturing. It turns out the dude's known for having hair that is absolutely fucking ridiculous, and it's not entirely clear what that viper on the side of his head is (paint? a tattoo?) except that the… » 4/01/12 9:00am 4/01/12 9:00am

This Man Made Over $1 Million Throwing Darts

Among other exotic revelations in this ESPN list of top-paid athletes, Phil Taylor has become a very wealthy man by throwing metal spikes at cork boards. Taylor, who took up darts at a local pub called the Crafty Cockney, earned $1,044,000 in prize money in 2010. I'm sure he's very serious about it now. How could he… » 5/03/11 3:00pm 5/03/11 3:00pm

Kids And Darts! What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

And so finally, we have the concept for the next Johnny Knoxville movie. The British Darts Organisation is campaigning for their sport to be included in the 2012 London Olympics; and to that end, they've opened the Darts School of Excellence in London. It's for for kids ages 7 to 18, as England attempts to groom the… » 10/02/06 1:30pm 10/02/06 1:30pm