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Pointless Retakes Lead By Half-Game Entering Final Matches

Trophy Room Pointless took care of business and leapfrogged back into first place entering the final week of the Fall Season, but Cathedral Station Six in the City will dictate who wins the championship.

Six in the City, a half game out of first place, owns a 3-0 season series advantage (5-2. 4-3, 4-3) over Pointless and also owns the best match record tiebreaker, so all it needs to do is to simply win Monday's match over Grapes of Wrath to claim the title.

On Dec. 11 on Cathedral 1, Blue Balls (which led the standings for much of the season), jumped to a 2-0 lead over Pointless (47-37 overall, 6-6 match record). But spurred on by Raul's hat trick in Double Cricket, Pointless swept the last five games to defeat Blue Balls, 5-2. DQ tied the High-In mark with a Ton 100, and followed it up with a Ton on the next throw as well for Pointless. Bob also tossed a Ton for Blue Balls (40-37, 5-6).

On Cathedral 2, Robert's victory over Kevin in final Individual Cricket gave Grapes of Wrath (37-40, 6-5) a 4-3 victory over Greener Pastures (29-48, 3-8). Robert currently leads the race for Top Overall Record (19-7) over Dan K. (13-6).

Six in the City (43-34, 8-3) had the Week Fourteen bye.

Final Week Fifteen action features Grapes of Wrath visiting Six in the City on Cathedral 1, while Greener Pastures hosts Blue Balls on Cathedral 2. Pointless has the Week Fifteen 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 ( 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 December 11

Trophy Room Pointless 5 -- Cathedral Station Blue Balls 2 @ Cathedral 1

Grapes of Wrath 4 -- Greener Pastures 3 @ Cathedral 2

Cathedral Station Six in the City -- Bye

Schedule for December 18

Grapes of Wrath at Cathedral Station Six in the City @ Cathedral 1

Cathedral Station Blue Balls at Greener Pastures @ 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.

Fall 2017 Team Standings:

Team Wins Losses Average GB Match record
Trophy Room Pointless 47 37 0.5595 --6-6-0
Cathedral Station Six in the City 43 34 0.5584 0.58-3-0
Cathedral Station Blue Balls 40 37 0.5195 3.55-6-0
Grapes of Wrath 37 40 0.4805 6.56-5-0
Greener Pastures 29 48 0.3766 14.53-8-0

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)

26 Chandler St., Boston, MA 02116

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