Close Call

Grapes' Upset Bid Falls Short; Pointless Keeps Pace

Cathedral Station Blue Balls remained undefeated -- just barely -- and Trophy Room Pointless kept pace as the two teams near their final head-to-head showdown Monday in Beantown Soft-Tip Dart League action at Cathedral Station.

On Cathedral 2, Jeffri and Michael won the final two games to give Blue Balls (42-21 overall, 9-0 match record) a come-from-behind 4-3 victory over upset-minded Grapes of Wrath. The victory allowed Blue Balls to retain their five-game lead in the league standings. Brendan and Roger won their 301 games for Grapes of Wrath (23-40, 2-7).

Over on Cathedral 1, Tim's victory over Dan in final Individual Cricket gave Pointless a 4-3 victory over Cathedral Station Six in the City. The win kept Pointless (37-26, 6-3) within striking distance as the league enters its final four weeks of the season. Matt and Tom won their 301 games for Six in the City (33-30, 5-4), while Jim won his 301 for Pointless.

Greener Pastures (18-38, 0-8) had the Week Eleven bye.

Week Twelve features a crucial match between first and second place as Pointless visits Blue Balls on Cathedral 2, while Greener Pastures will be seeking its first win when it hosts Grapes of Wrath on Cathedral 1. Six in the City has the Week Twelve bye.

Results from April 23

Grapes of Wrath 4 -- Greener Pastures 3 @ Cathedral 1

Cathedral Station Blue Balls 4 -- Trophy Room Pointless 3 @ Cathedral 2

Cathedral Station Six in the City - Bye

Schedule for April 30

Greener Pastures at Cathedral Station Blue Balls @ Cathedral 1

Grapes of Wrath at Cathedral Station Six in the City @ Cathedral 2

Trophy Room Pointless - Bye

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

Spring 2018 Team Standings:

Team Wins Losses Average GB Match record
Cathedral Station Blue Balls 46 24 0.6571 --10-0-0
Trophy Room Pointless 40 30 0.5714 66-4-0
Cathedral Station Six in the City 33 30 0.5238 9.55-4-0
Grapes of Wrath 27 43 0.3857 193-7-0
Greener Pastures 21 42 0.3333 21.50-9-0

For full league statistics, please click here.

Bye Bye Bye

Pointless Clinches Fall Championship Without Throwing a Dart

Bye weeks were productive for Trophy Room Pointless during the Fall Season. On its previous bye week, Pointless (47-37 overall, 6-6 match record) had jumped into first place for the first time. This time, it won the whole thing.

Needing only a victory to clinch the title, Cathedral Station Six in the City handed Pointless an early Christmas present on Dec. 18 by falling in its final match of the season, gifting Pointless with the Fall Championship of the Beantown Soft-Tip Dart League at Cathedral Station.

Holding all the tiebreakers, Six in the City (45-39, 8-4) needed to win four games over a feisty Grapes of Wrath squad to claim the title. But after dropping the opening 601 game, Grapes of Wrath (42-42, 7-5) had other ideas, winning the next four games -- Brendan's 301 victory over Patrick dealing Six in the City the fatal blow -- en route to a 5-2 win. Robert won two of his three games for Grapes to claim the Overall Title with a record of 21-8 on the season. Six in the City finished tied for second place, two games behind Pointless. Grapes' solid season yielded a third-place finish, five games out.

On Cathedral 2, Mike's hat trick highlighted a 5-2 victory for Cathedral Station Blue Balls (45-39, 6-6), which also finished tied for second place. Robby and John won their individual games for Greener Pastures (31-53, 3-9), which finished in fifth place.

Steve L. Wins Cricket Tournament

The Beantown Soft-Tip Dart League would like to congratulate Steve Lavoie for winning the Winter Cricket Tournament on Jan. 29 at Cathedral Station!

Steve beat Roger, Raul and Jeffri before losing to Tim Y. in Game 25. He then eliminated DQ in the loser’s bracket and came back to beat Tim Y. twice for the double-elimination championship.

The league would like to thank the 15 players who participated in the tournament as well as Gary and the staff at Cathedral Station, which kindly provided some food for our Spring Banquet. And, as always, we would like thank league treasurer Tim Y. for his delicious buffet spread.

The Spring Season opens Monday at Cathedral Station and lasts 15 weeks, tentatively scheduled to end on May 14.




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)

209 Columbus Ave., Boston, MA 02116

Near the intersection of Berkeley St. and Columbus Ave.

26 Chandler St., Boston, MA 02116

Located at Berkeley St. and Chandler in The Alise - Boston hotel.