The Professional Darts Corporation is the top level of darts, it has achieved much since those fraught days of legal threats following the split from the BDO and continues so to do.
With Barry Hearn running the show, PDC events are well attended, well run and punters who go along get to see top class darts and generally have a good time. There’s a lot of love for the PDC and in particular the European Tour here.
That said, there is a festering, malodorous presence lurking around the PDC. Its name is The Darts Regulation Authority.
The ECB’s Cricket Discipline Commission has been given a justified kicking here. Now it’s time for the DRA to get the treatment.
Continue reading The Darts Regulation Authority – Another Kangaroo Court
This piece is one that had been brewing for a while. Recent events compelled its completion.
More and more it seems that a career in professional sport is seen as a springboard into the media covering that sport. Broadcasters and journalists are being replaced by former players, some of whom are little more than mouthpieces, puppets or poor jester impersonations.
Continue reading On Former Players Turning Pundits
It’s that time of the year when people dressed as bananas can be seen in the vicinity of the historical building that is Alexandra Palace. It can only mean that the PDC World Darts Championships are here.
In a first attempt at punditry, Yates offers a few thoughts on possible upsets. First round games can sometimes be twitchy, if there are going to be any upsets they’re likely to be in this round.
Being a good Methodist boy Yates knows nothing about betting so take these predictions with a pinch of salt. Please don’t take these tips personally; Chez Yates we have our favourites and we wish them well regardless of what the tips may say.
As Lemmy sang, “It’s all about the game and how you play it”. A raised glass and good luck to everyone taking part.
Continue reading PDC World Darts Championships Predictions: Round 1
Folk may have seen the odd tweet or two about darts. Please say hello to Mike “The Elephant” Yates in this autobiographical post.
Growing up we always had darts on the tv if it was on. Winmau World Masters, News Of The World, Unipart Home Internationals and of course the Embassy World Professional Championship. World Of Sport sometimes showed Darts and it was on World Of Sport that I saw John Lowe hit the first televised 9 dart finish.
Eric Bristow was the big cheese, cocked little finger, cigarette in hand and big mouth. He was on his way to 5 world titles so could walk the walk as well as talk the talk. John Lowe was the England captain, calm and dignified. Pear shaped flights with unicorns and rainbows on. Still my favourite flight design now. My darting hero was and remains Bob Anderson.
Continue reading Introducing Mike “The Elephant” Yates