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Blue Balls slapped by Greener Pastures, Drops Into 1st Place Tie

After a wild first two round robins, the Beantown Soft-Tip Dart League enters the last third with the standings as close as they've ever been 10 weeks into the Fall season; and last week's biggest beneficiary of the shenanigans did not even play a game.

Trophy Room Pointless jumped into a tie for first place after its bye week as fifth-place Greener Pastures handed co-leaders Blue Balls its second consecutive 5-2 defeat. After dropping the first game on Cathedral 1, Greener Pastures (23-33 overall, 3-5 match record) ripped off five straight wins before Mike C. salvaged the Individual Cricket game for Blue Balls (31-25, 4-4). Greener Pastures had dropped its previous three matches.

Over on Cathedral 2, Six in the City moved within two games of the lead, despite having the best match record, after a 5-2 victory over Grapes of Wrath. After dropping its first game, Six in the City won the next five games before Robert - who also tossed a Ton 100 -- won Individual Cricket for Grapes of Wrath (26-30, 4-4), which remained five games off the pace. Matt set the new High-In with a Ton 100 for Six in the City (29-27, 5-3).

Pointless (31-25, 4-4) had the productive Week Ten bye.

The final round robin of the season begins Monday as Pointless visits Six in the City on Cathedral 1, and Grapes of Wrath hosts Blue Balls on Cathedral 2. Greener pastures has the Week Eleven bye.

The Beantown Soft-Tip Dart League opened its fall season on Monday, Sept. 11 at Cathedral Station with a 15-week season and five teams. One team will have a bye each week. All matches this season will begin promptly at 8 pm on Mondays at Cathedral Station, and the final matches for the fall season will be on December 18.

To see the entire Fall schedule, click here. To see the Fall team rosters, click here.

Check with league treasurer Tim Y. on securing a sponsor (sponsorship is $50 per year, covering two seasons). League dues will remain at $20 per player per season. If you haven't already paid, please see Tim.

Several league members have asked about where the best places are to buy soft-tip darts and accessories. The BSDL recommends Woodway Darts in Somerville, also known as Dutchman Darts (www.dutchmandarts.com). The store is located at 1198 Broadway, near Teele Square. It is about a 10-minute walk from Davis Square and the Red Line, and there are several bus lines that stop right in front of the store, which is open until 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Mention the BSDL. Sometimes he gives a 10% discount, sometimes he doesn't. The website does have some soft-tip darts for sale, but you have to search for them.


Results from November 13

Greener Pastures 5 -- Blue Balls 2 @ Cathedral 1

Six in the City 5 -- Grapes of Wrath 2 @ Cathedral 2

Trophy Room Pointless -- Bye

Schedule for November 20

Trophy Room Pointless at Six in the City @ Cathedral 1

Blue Balls at Grapes of Wrath @ Cathedral 2

Greener Pastures - Bye

All matches begin promptly at 8 pm.
Cathedral 1 is closest to the bar. Cathedral 2 is to the left of Cathedral 1.



Fall 2017 Team Standings:

Team Wins Losses Average GB Match record
Blue Balls 35 28 0.5556 --5-4-0
Trophy Room Pointless 34 29 0.5397 14-5-0
Six in the City 33 30 0.5238 26-3-0
Grapes of Wrath 29 34 0.4603 64-5-0
Greener Pastures 23 33 0.4107 8.53-5-0


For full league statistics, please click here.





     


Dan Karlin Wins Cricket Tournament

The Beantown Soft-Tip Dart League would like to congratulate Dan Karlin for winning the summer Cricket Tournament July 24 at Cathedral Station!

Dan beat Tim, Charlie and DQ to reach the Final Round. There he came-from-behind to defeat Bob S. to clinch the championship in the single-elimination tournament.

The league would like to thank the 14 players who participated in the tournament as well as Gary and the staff at Cathedral Station, which kindly provided some food.



     


     


     


     



Magnificent Seven Wins Spring Championship

Ace in the Hole Caps Good Season with 2nd Place Finish

With all six players compiling a winning individual record, Cathedral Station Magnificent Seven won the spring championship for the Beantown Soft-Tip Dart League on May 15 at Cathedral Station.

Successfully defending its fall championship, Magnificent Seven (63-42 overall, 10-5 match record) beat Trophy Room Three Darts to the Wind, 5-2 on Cathedral 2, to win the title by eight games. Tim finished with the overall record title with a mark of 17-4, one game better than teammate Michael, who finished at 17-5. The highlight of the night for Three Darts to the Wind (50-55, 5-10) was Bill and Rob's victory in double cricket, which handed the tandem of Tim and Tom their first loss of the season.

On Cathedral 1, Cathedral Station Ace in the Hole (55-50, 9-6) capped a fantastic turnaround with a 5-2 victory over Crouching Tiger Mama Hidden Daddy (42-63, 6-9) to finish in second place. The team, which added Gary for the spring season, improved markedly after beginning the fall season with an 0-10 record.

The Beantown Soft-Tip Dart League would like to thank the fine staff of Cathedral Station, for their great hospitality throughout the season. The BSDL would also like to thank our other sponsors: Trophy Room and Tiger Mama!

And once again, the league would like to thank everyone for a great season, and congratulations to Magnificent Seven team captain and assistant commissioner Tom, Mike C, Tim, Jeffri, Jason and Kevin for a job well done!



Spring Champions: Cathedral Station Magnificent Seven



Second Place: Cathedral Station Ace in the Hole



Third Place: Trophy Room Three Darts to the Wind



Fourth Place: Crouching Tiger Mama Hidden Daddy


About Our Newest Home -- Welcome to Cathedral Station!


Cathedral Station is a Sports Bar and Pub catering to the LGBT community and its neighbors in Boston's South End. Operated by much of the same management as our old home Fritz, Cathedral Station is a Sports Bar and Pub that welcomes everyone. The location provides a bar area, dining area, entertainment area with pool table and dart boards, as well as an outdoor patio area.

Providing a large assortment of beverage options, including eight beers on draught, Cathedral Station also serves dinner between 5 pm and 9:30 pm, Monday through Saturday.

The bar is easily accessible on the SL4 and SL5 routes of the Silver Line, and is about halfway between Back Bay Station on the Orange Line and Broadway Station on the Red Line. For those of you who drive, there is a FREE 40-car parking lot behind the building, which can be accessed from Perry Street.

     
     


     


About the Beantown Soft-Tip Dart League:

The Beantown Soft-Tip Dart League (BSDL) is a not-for-profit soft tip dart league. Matches are played at and sponsored by local gay and lesbian bars in Boston, as well as several individually sponsored teams. The BSDL is one of the fastest-growing sports in Boston's gay, lesbian and bisexual community. The BSDL was started back in the spring of 2002. To gauge the interest of darts in the LGBT community, the BSDL began as a short eight-week season, and had a surprisingly good turnout of four teams comprised of three players each. Helping to build a sense of community and friendship between host bars and players is our mission. Playing darts with a competitive spirit and providing a social atmosphere to meet new people and make friends is our goal.

The term "soft-tip" applies to dart points which are made of plastic rather than steel. The plastic points were originally intended as a "safety" dart to replace those steel points which someone obviously discovered can pierce flesh. The dartboards used are molded in plastic and are full of holes to accommodate the darts. Each hole is beveled to ease the darts' entry. These are typical of the electronic dart boards that are becoming increasingly popular.  But in the BSDL, we use the traditional English bristle board that is usually associated with steel-tip darts. 

Because matches are played at bars, anyone over 21 years of age is invited to join the league. BSDL does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, color, religion, national origin, economic status, ability, gender identity or expression or sexual orientation.  



Where we play/Sponsors:

1222 Washington St., Boston, MA 02118 (South End)

Cathedral Station is on the corner of Washington and Perry Streets, just west of Berkeley St. There is free parking behind the bar off Perry St. (SL4 and SL5 Silver Line: Berkeley Street)


1363 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02215

On the corner of Boylston and Kilmarnock St. in the Fenway.


26 Chandler St., Boston, MA 02116

Located at Berkeley St. and Chandler in the Chandler Inn.