Jan 1, 2013, 10:23 AM EDT
I don’t know what’s more impressive about this video clip — 17 consecutive perfect darts, the way the crowd goes absolutely nuts, or the fact that this couple watches the entire thing in Kermit and Missy Piggy masks. Professional darts is weird.
Which means it is also awesome: and apparently right now Michael van Gerwen is its king. The 23-year-old from the Netherlands threw 17 consecutive perfect darts in his PDC World Championship semifinal with James Wade. That’s one throw short of two consecutive perfect nine dart finishes, which I’m told is this sport’s equivalent of throwing two consecutive perfect games in baseball. It has never been done on live TV. And certainly never been witnessed by Muppets. Jonathan Liew of the London Daily Telegraph estimates that the odds of that happening are 50,000-to-one.
Then, this paragraph happened:
For some, the scantily-clad dancing girls, loud pumping music and gaudy costumes will always detract from the spectacle. But then, it was Sid Waddell who said: “Darts is like a Christmas cracker. You need the wrapping more than the thing that bangs.”
Here’s the YouTube version.
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