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This blog is not about anything other than the things I want to write about.
For a long time this blog tried to be about darts and may yet again talk about darts
but for now it is about whatever suits my fancy.
If that entertains, engages or inspires you, then I guess we are in good company.
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Well first of all, I have to say that I have been getting a great response to my new darting nick-name of 'The Prophecy. All good fun!
I have had some disappointments with my plans to play in more and bigger tournaments however, as I was forced to miss the 'Marion Carli Memorial' tournament, due to being in the hospital. You see, I had something called 'transverse myletis' that caused damage to my spinal chord and removed my ability to move my foot (or walk). With treatment I was eventually able to walk using a walker, and know can get around OK with just a cane. Sadly, I will very likely be disabled for the rest of my life. I am just thankful that my arm still works and it is in my left leg, not the right, which means I can still play darts.
As far as playing tournaments goes, I had planned on going to Kingston in August, but seems that it is now cancelled due to the North American PDC qualifier happening in Vegas. This leaves the Kitchener tournament as my next option. Of course being off work in the meantime, this means that this endeavour is almost entirely being funded by my wife, which is very nice of her, but seems to me she could spend (her also very limited money), on herself. I guess I should just shut up and appreciate it,right?
I thought about starting a 'go fund me' campaign but well ..
1. There are a zillion better and equally if not more dedicated players more worthy of support.
2. I think people will give to cute baby with brain tumor over middle aged dart player every time.
Overall though, the darts have been going well, and might be creeping up on a new plateau. I had a week break from darts while in the hospital and I think that it was good for me. I also think having the scare that
I might not be able to play again (because , you know not walking at all is just a secondary concern) has maybe also helped me focus, but also focus on the enjoyment and not getting so frustrated with myself.
Although I still really don't like team darts I am playing on a team now. We are dead last in our division (with two matches to go) but overall it has been a decent run for me. I have a decent record in my singles games and have done so against some challenging opponents. If nothing else, it keeps me playing until I am able to take part in tournaments, and I am happy to be helping the team, who are all friends.
Anne Sleepy Kramer Blog Update
Just a quick update to let you all know that Anne Kramer's blog is now called 'OcheBuzz'
Check it out here: OcheBuzz by Anne Kramer
Anne is a great source of darts articles and information, so be sure to check it out!
Thank you, as always for taking the time to read. I am really hoping to have more, and more interesting things to talk about as I finally do start to play in some of the bigger tournaments. I am hoping to meet a lot of interesting people, and learn more about myself as a person and dart player. Really looking forward to the challenge!
'Well back again, but only because I actually have a few things to talk about this time around.
First of all, as you all know from last time that I wanted a change from my 'Abominable Throw Man' nick name, for many reasons, but also because it is simply too close to Mark Frost's.
I had a lot of great feedback including "Superior" (I was born in Thunder Bay on the North end of lake Superior) among many others, but have finally settled on 'The Prophecy'. I even went so far as to have myself a shirt made by projoy.
There is more news than that though. I have decided that I will cut most league/team darts out of my life.
No, I am not quitting darts, far from it, however going out every week, I would be spending a decent chunk of money for only a few legs of darts, and most of that in doubles, where I'd only be playing half a leg.
Some great people, and some great times, but not enough darts and impossible to focus on your own game.
So, instead I will put my focus in to going towards specific tournaments, and using my time in in between to practice, with the odd blind draw thrown in if I feel the need to go out. The money I would normally be spending on weekly league darts, will now be going towards going to tournaments every few months.
When Tuesday league ended on March 28 and I knew I was done with it, as well as the summer league that follows it, I felt regret, or even a kind of guilt, that I should be taking part and doing my part to support the league. Bit by bit that feeling has started to fall away though and the effect is a positive one.
My practice has become better and more focused. Ever since I have started darts I have felt a weight on my shoulders that I need to get better, I need to be good, and I need to do it now, because either the team simply needs it, or if they don't so I don't get judged as a bad player, which can and will happen off of only one or two games. With league darts there is also too much emphasis on the team and the team winning, which is fine (and even fun) if you are in to it, but invariably it means that only one or two players on the team get the big games, the big challenges and the rest are relegated in the name of 'getting a few wins'.
Oh I like winning, heck I'd even go so far as to say I hate losing, but I am willing to suck it up and lose, if it means that I am growing and getting better.
Growing and getting better also means being focused and "in the moment" for every turn, which I was not doing for league darts, where most of the time I couldn't wait for the night to be over. Then the losses became both frequent and depressing, as I was getting nothing out of them, and wasting opportunities against some pretty good opponents.
Now the focus is on me, my own game, my own development.
Will I never play league darts again? Well there are two answers to that. One is that I thought I might spare for a team, but now doubt I'll do even that. On the other hand the whole quitting league darts is also a bit of a fib, as really what I am quitting is a certain format of league darts. On Thursdays here in Toronto we have a league which is based on a four person format, and it is almost all singles and every body plays everybody.
It is not a bad system, especially if you are lucky enough to be on a team where each individual can focus on themselves. So, next Fall I expect to be out for that at least.
As for my current focus on Tournament, my first one will be the "2nd Annual Marion Carli Memorial Dart Tournament" in June. I only plan on playing in the singles of that event, but it is a start, and to be honest I think if I have to choose I'll go with singles in most cases, at least until I can find a doubles partner who I am fully comfortable with, but that's not my focus right now.
Now I feel good, I'm loving darts, and stepping forward.
Thank you all, as always, for reading. I hope someone somewhere out there gets some good from it.
Dave 'The Prophecy' Fox Sproull
and here is a quick snap of the new shirt bearing my new moniker.
oh and those funny symbols actually say/mean something. I'd be impressed if anyone
It has been a very long time since I have posted here and to tell the truth I am not sure how interested people would have been in the minutiae of my ups and downs as a very much fledgling dart player. (for the record it has been ups and downs with a mix of despair and blind faith).
All that aside, there is one issue, (that in my mind at least) has come to a head and needs to be tackled.
I recently got my wife her own dart shirt, complete with her own darting nickname. The shirt looks great and is good quality (I had it done by Projoy who do Canadian number one Jeff Smith's dart shirts).
Needless to say I am feeling a little dart shirt envy. I think I want one for myself. The only problem is what name and/or picture/graphic goes on the back?
I mean, I always sign off here as the 'Abominable Throw Man' but really isn't that just a bit too close to Mark Frost's 'Frosty the Throw Man' ?
Now I don't hate 'Abominable Throw Man' but wonder if there might be something a bit sharper.
The question is, then what??
Well I was born in Thunder Bay, so 'Lakeside Lobber' but I don't lob y darts, and well it is maybe more original, but even sillier than 'Abominable Throw Man'.
I live in Toronto so maybe 'The Big Smoke' but that is a nickname of many cities.
I know a bit of Taijiquan, but 'Golden Cock Stands On Left Leg' doesn't exactly roll off the tongue.
So help me out! Do I stand proud with 'Abominable Throw Man' or is there something else I can move forward with?
Please use the comment box below and give me your suggestions! I really want a dart shirt!
Thank you all for reading, even as off and on as I have been.
Dave 'The Abominable Throw Man' Sproull
Playing darts really does seem to impart a sort of loyalty/obsession once it grabs a hold of you. You want to get better and do well yourself, but also want the game to grow and do well as a whole, to have both the attention it garnered in the 1980's, coupled with the high levels of performance and overall professionalism/respectability of the modern darts game, that is our hobby/passion/sport/profession/divine calling.
We try to promote darts wherever we can, and as far as I can tell, the bulk of that effort is focused on getting new people into and excited about the game. Not a horrible tactic, right? Heck, they got you and me,right?
If the ultimate objective, however, is to make darts a fully commercially viable, possibly nearing mainstream sport on both sides of the Atlantic, then what darts needs is what every other great sport has in droves.
That is, people who avidly watch/follow the sport, but may or may not actually play it.
That's right, darts needs an audience! One that also includes people who do not actively play the game.
Now a lot of appeal can come from buzz created by the players themselves, whether it is top notch play from PDC pros like Taylor, MVG, or someone like a Peter Wright who has drastically elevated their game over the last several years, or even a little 'home town pride' such as was created here in Canada by Jeff Smith reaching the BDO finals.
These things are all great, I'd say even critical, but there is one more ingredient, which, whether we want to admit it or not is a key part of any and all widely popular sports, and that is the practice of sports betting.
Now some people may say that this takes away from the pure enjoyment of the sport, and to a degree they have a point, but really it is just another layer or facet of the overall sporting experience, and another level of engagement between the sport and it's fans/potential fans.
This is also, it should be noted, a symbiotic relationship as the bigger, reputable online betting sites put back into the game, perhaps most famously William Hill who are the title sponsors of the PDC World Darts Championships.
If you want to know how important these sponsorship are for darts, you need not do anything more than read up on the history of darts.
Of course by now you might even be curious about exactly how this whole darts betting thing works.
Well, to be honest, me too!
So I went to check out the William Hill darts page. A little bit busy, but nicely laid out and fairly intuitive to use. You can see how much you could expect to win before you submit your bet, and there are plenty of help documents and support available if you are unclear on anything with the process or the rules.
They also accept a wide range of payment options, which is nice if you are leery of using your credit or debit card online.
You also don't have to (and really shouldn't) go over board with this. I mean just have a couple of less beers a week or maybe skip your daily candy bar and there you go you can take part in the fun.
So let's say we have ourselves $5.00 to bet on the Gary Anderson vs Robert Thornton match the Premiere League darts? Do we go with the favoured 'Flying Scotsman' or the talented but more of a long shot Thornton?
Well with a bet of $5.00 a win for Anderson is expected to net a $6.42 payout at 2 to 7 odds, whereas a Thornton is listed at 11/2 odds and give a payout of $32.50.
Is Thornton likely to pull it off? Well, maybe, because he is a talented player, but Anderson is at the top of the game right now, so most likely you'd be saying goodbye to your $5.00, but even then your chances are a lot better than most lotteries. Upsets do happen in sports, and that is maybe a part of the fun of all of this.
If you are lucky you will make a nice bit of cash, and if not well if you are smart about it and play within your limit you'll maybe just lose that 'one extra beer that you really didn't need anyway'.
Darts betting wont be for everyone, and may even turn a few people off, but understand it does help with the growth of the game, as it does as a part of any major sport, and for many it adds another layer of fun that keeps them interested and engaged as a fan, and if you want to go with a site that you know is going to invest in darts, then I'd say William Hill is a sure bet!
Why not visit the William Hill site here, Dart Tournaments-Bet Now With William Hill, and check out the odds for yourself!
Thanks as always for reading! Best of luck to all of you who give betting on the darts a go. Just remember to keep it fun and play within your limit!
See you all next time!!
Dave 'The Abominable Throw Man' Sproull
Well I must say I have had a couple of really nice spots of darts recently having thrown (albeit at home under no pressure) a 12 dart game and then in a tournament (which ironically I ended up placing fourth in) a 16 dart game (although someone told me it was 14 but no it can't have been THAT good) and of course I didn't want to look conspicuous by actually counting.
Nonetheless a couple of my legs of my best darts ever plus I have a few things going on that I am looking forward to telling you about, but not quite yet!
No, with me feeling pretty good right now about my darts, I think it might be time to spend a quick moment to talk about something that holds back and impedes a lot of dart players before they even start. The thing that holds them back is 'The big lie'.
What is the big lie you might ask? The big lie is 'talent' and that you need it to be good at darts.
Now of course what really is 'talent' in the functional sense? Normally it is 'being a bit good at something wen you first have a go at it compared to your friends" That has nothing at all to do with the more important word which is potential, and I am sorry, but unless you truly are some sort of phenom, you are not ever going to know what that is, unless you put the time and effort and belief in.
We are pretty much conditioned to guard against disappointment, to the point where we fear to dream.
There are great players and champions, but they are always someone else, usually somewhere else.
Why not you? Of course, because they are special, they have 'talent' and you don't.
Well, let me tell you, that I used to worry about talent. As a kid I was picked last for pretty much every sport I played, if I was invited to play at all. I wasn't very good, and more to the point I believed I wasn't very good. I didn't have any 'talent'.
What I was really doing though, is telling myself a lie, like you might be telling yourself now. Forget 'talent' and replace it with 'Passion' and 'focus' and 'commitment' and 'obsession' and 'faith' and then just work at learning and doing your best. Yes YOUR best. That is the only standard that matters.
Now while you might protest and be tempted to reiterate that neither you or I could ever possibly be as good as player X,y or Z I'll agree you may well be right. The point is that you never know until you get there. You don't get there unless you take the journey.
They say Love conquers all. You can't start it like a car You can't stop it with a gun,
Thank you all for reading, see you next time!!
Dave 'The Abominable Throw Man' Sproull
P.S. If you still need some darts blog even after reading this, then why not check out Anne Sleepy Kramer's
You'll be glad you did, some great stuff there!