Darts in the Olympics?

Stan SillimanCorrespondent IIMay 30, 2011

FRIMLEY, ENGLAND - JANUARY 09:  Martin Adams of England (L) plays in the BDO World Darts Championship final against Dean Winstanley of England (R) at the Lakeside Country Club on January 9, 2011 in Frimley Green, England. The reigning champion Martin Adams is attempting to secure his third championship and claim the 100,000 GBP first prize.  (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)
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Darts, an Olympic Sport?


Darts, in the Olympics? Okay, all together. Let the laughter roll.

We hate writing about things that will never come to fruition. But darts, as an Olympic game, we write about?  Call me meshuga, crazy, whacky, or British.

The last one, the British, they’re the goof balls. They think just because the 2012 Olympics will be held in London that the Olympic committee will adopt darts as a sanctioned game.

A little clause in the Olympic hosting contract makes them all chipper about the prospect: “All host nations are allowed to promote a sport/game with origins from their own country.”

Don’t they get the picture? Don’t they realize the U.S. hosted the Atlanta Olympics and we couldn’t push bowling through the committee?

The Brits are so short-sighted. They trotted out the “All host nations…” clause but then they didn’t turn to page 6, paragraph 4 which reads “Any sport in which you can perform while holding a mug of beer in one hand will never be considered an Olympic sport.”  

Not only does the Olympic committee not want darts or bowling or pool, they can’t even fathom a Mark Roth (bowler) or a Phil Taylor (darter) or a Minnesota Fats (pool hustler) strolling through the Olympic Village.

They don’t want to have to re-define the word athlete.  They don’t want pizza delivery trucks backed up trying to get in the Village.

Dart lovers are always saying “Well, if archery can be an Olympic sport, why not darts?” Didn’t I just tell them? It takes two hands to do the archery. You can’t drink a beer while yanking on your longbow. Hey, hey… hey! Don’t go porn on me.

It’s the same argument bowlers tried with Curling, the winter Olympic sport. “Well, curling is just bowling… on ice.” No, it’s not. Curling involves a broom. And page 8, paragraph 3 of the rules and bylaws says “If your sport has a broom, welcome to the room.”

Yes, darts is similar to archery. Both have circular targets in which you aim pointy things. Yes, it started in the English town of Dartford. Yes, their town jester soon learned not to wear target adorned garb.

Yes, the first dart games involved little bitty arrows and little tiny bows. Yes, this went on for a while until William Tell threw down his bow and said “I will toss the bloody arrow.” Yes, bloody because you can’t hit the apple every time.

Yes, the Brits, the Scandinavians, the Dutch and the Canadians are all crazy about darts. Yes, now we understand why there is such a high beer consumption associated with this game. Yes, darts is the pub equivalent to Dungeons and Dragons.

Yes, darts sounds a little like dates. Yes, the word “dates” is ironic because both World of Warcraft and Dart players never get them. Yes, we would make that joke in front of Dungeons and Dragon players.

And yes, we do not make that joke in front of dart players… cause they’re holding those little pointy things.

The other factor going against darts in being considered an Olympic sport – it can’t be viewed in a large venue. Too close in a game. It is only a few steps removed from a board game.

The carnival game – Skee-ball stands a better Olympic chance. Would we say this to a dart player? Ummmm… no, they are still holding those pointy things.