May 04, 2006

Perfection: [YouTube] in sport is a wonderful thing. In darts, perfection is achieved when a player scores 501 with just nine darts, otherwise known as a nine-darter. The video linked is of Raymond van Barneveld, one of the most gifted players of all time, producing that perfection while commentator Sid Waddell gets very excited. [more inside]

posted by JJ to other at 05:36 PM - 23 comments

This is the same game with Dutch commentators getting even more excited (if you can imagine that). This is John Lowe producing the first ever televised nine-darter. If you didn't already, do check out the Sid Waddell link above - he's truly the greatest commentator ever and the link includes many of his best lines, including: "When Alexander of Macedonia was 33, he cried salt tears because there were no more worlds to conquer... Bristow's only 27." and "The atmosphere is so tense, if Elvis walked in, with a portion of chips... you could hear the vinegar sizzle on them" And now, I promise I'll go to bed and lay off the YouTube for a while.

posted by JJ at 05:44 PM on May 04, 2006

a 9 darter is awesome..i've never seen one in real life other than television..thx for posting the link..

posted by ktown at 06:05 PM on May 04, 2006

JJ, I just want you to know, if Yukon doesn't post in this thread, it's because he's collapsed in a corner somewhere. So you'll have that on your conscience. (Don't lay off the YouTube. Let's use it while we've got it.)

posted by yerfatma at 06:53 PM on May 04, 2006

I don't follow the sport at all. I only watch it when TSN is filling the dead hours. I'm terrible at it, and have a hard time believing it's a "sport". But there are few things that get the hair on my arms to stand up than the cry of "One Hunnred den Ayyyy-taaay!". It's silly, but it's true.

posted by grum@work at 07:22 PM on May 04, 2006

Is this really the first one televised? This happens in bar rooms quite often. If it's during league play you get a pin. Sweet.

posted by kcfan4life at 09:51 PM on May 04, 2006

This page (last updated 22nd April this year) reckons there have only ever been six televised nine-darters. That seems unlikely to me, but maybe it's true. That is the first televised one, yep - 1984.

posted by JJ at 03:03 AM on May 05, 2006

I can only understand every other word, but i still love it. Did he say, "I can't believe my jaunty eyes?" No clue what that means but i love it. How 'bout the poor bastard he beat. You lose because you only hit five trip-20s on your first six darts.

posted by SummersEve at 05:09 AM on May 05, 2006

He said "I can't believe my Geordie eyes!" I love the Dutch one: "Man oh man! Man oh man!"

posted by JJ at 05:25 AM on May 05, 2006

the link includes many of his best lines Brilliant stuff... "He looks about as happy as a penguin in a microwave" gets my vote.

posted by SummersEve at 06:11 AM on May 05, 2006

Sid Waddell should be broadcasting in the NBA. What a treasure.

posted by WeedyMcSmokey at 08:02 AM on May 05, 2006

"man, oh man" ... "what an athlete" this is a GREAT post!

posted by Spitztengle at 10:23 AM on May 05, 2006

I didn't realize that Louie Anderson through darts...???

posted by herecometheirish at 10:24 AM on May 05, 2006

(Easy, tiger.) If you can watch this performance and listen to Waddell's call without smiling, you're probably in a pretty foul mood.

posted by chicobangs at 12:12 PM on May 05, 2006

It was quite remiss of me not to include a link to the first ever LIVE televised nine-darter, wasn't it? Phil Taylor in 2002, with our Sid commentating as ever.

posted by JJ at 12:36 PM on May 05, 2006

The slow-motion replays of the flying darts are most excellent.

posted by chicobangs at 12:52 PM on May 05, 2006

yerfatma wrote: (Don't lay off the YouTube. Let's use it while we've got it.) Somewhat off-topic, but is YouTube in danger of going away?

posted by holden at 01:03 PM on May 05, 2006

I once had a perfect score with my lawn darts. That was my proudest sports moment.

posted by Bill Lumbergh at 01:32 PM on May 05, 2006

holden - I heard there was a copyright problem with the kind of videos I linked to (i.e. copied from TV programmes), but I don't know details.

posted by JJ at 01:53 PM on May 05, 2006

Yeah, that's what I was referring to. I assume they will be shuttered soon, but the Hydra of video sharing will not die so easily! La lucha de suburbios blanco continua!

posted by yerfatma at 02:00 PM on May 05, 2006

Muera perros corporativos de televisión.

posted by HATER 187 at 02:34 PM on May 05, 2006

Chile con carne!

posted by The_Black_Hand at 02:55 PM on May 05, 2006


posted by worldcup2002 at 01:14 AM on May 06, 2006

holden, that's my contention too but my boss (who founded our (search engine) company and a few others, which I mention to give some authority to his opinion) doesn't agree. Not so much from a legal perspective but from a business one and he thinks they'll make deals to legitimize everything. SNL and Comedy Central, two of the bigger beneficiaries, are getting a huge boost from YouTube and SNL has even responded by increasing the number of YT-ready pieces.

posted by billsaysthis at 01:27 PM on May 06, 2006

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