Love The Darts
Two nine-darters, by the same guy, in the same day. That's the headline
Nine-darters, much like the no-hitter in baseball, have become a little too common. The difference, though, is that televised nine-darters are always absolutely electric, while no-hitters, which are still remarkable achievements, can sometimes be anticlimactic.
Case in point, this Gerwyn Price performance from Thursday on Night Three of the Cazoo Premier League (a very real thing that exists). For the casual dart-watcher, which is to say the person who sees the highlights on social media, Price is the guy who looks like he is roided the hell up for the extremely strenuous sport of ... darts. The World No. 1 has recently credited his rise to the work he puts in in the gym, which appears to be paying off both physically and mentally.
On Thursday, Price threw not one, but TWO nine-dart legs, one against the legendary Michael van Gerwen (ranked No. 3 in the world), and the other against James Wade, the World No. 4 who has nine-darters thrown on him like they are going out of style (we'll get to this in a second). Just sensational scenes:
Un. Be. Leivable. Honestly, yes, the two nine-darters is the story here, but his second turn against van Gerwen, when he dropped the dart and was still able to recover, stay focused, and hit the treble 20 was nothing short of heroic. That's why you spend all that time in the weight room, kids.
OK, back to Wade. Recognize him? If you do, he's the guy from the legendary video of Phil Taylor throwing two nine-darters in the same match against him. No one knows pain quite like James Wade:
The man lives to have nine-darters thrown directly in his grill. And to add insult to injury, he got dunked on for exactly that by whoever is behind the PDC Darts Twitter account. B-r-u-t-a-l: