Another week, another round of Spike likes Fridays! Take a look and see what the Spikesters are liking this week!
Spike: Check out the latest video from Spike and the Noisemakers and order some band tattoos!
Chris: While I don’t like natural disasters, I do like the fact that today’s technology can actually help those in need instead of just spewing out the same news coverage over and over again. For example, check out Google’s Crisis Response page complete with real time updates and a “Person Finder” to help locate those who were affected by the massive quake.
Erin: This song & performance cheers up any Seattle grey day for me!
Rachel: Microsoft Outlook plug in helps edit passive aggressive emails- before you send them.
John: Looking forward to the NCAA Tournament starting up next week and Spike’s Bracket Challenge. Tim “AutoPick” Hodgson is the defending champion and will be out to prove that last year just wasn’t a fluke.
Willem: The Noun Project: A bold idea with a simple mission statement: “Sharing, celebrating and enhancing the world’s visual language.” Essentially, the Project aims to collect, organize and add to the universal library of symbols and images that make up our visual language.
Andrew: The Husky’s pulling away with a win against the Cougs in the PAC10 Tourney. Gotta give my hometown pride to UW.
B team wins championship playoffs, A team upset in semifinals!
My “Chips” team won the Seattle B Spring League 2010 Darts Championship; this follows our Fall/Winter League Championship. It was a great match at Cooper’s Ale House. We were down 9-6 (first team to 11 wins) and ended up prevailing 11-9 over “Who Darted.” See our photos here. Individually, I ended the season ranked #14 of 31 players. Overall a great clutch team effort, led by captain Kirbie Predmore and fellow arrow slingers Russell Nash, Tim Hannon, Frank Martel, and Rob Schwenn.
Meanwhile, Gary Meyers’ A team, “Dartmatter” (Gary, Bill Baltra, Andy Baker, and Taylor Callaway) got whipped in the semi-finals by the “Roach Motels,” whom “Dartmatter” had handily beaten twice in the regular season. I asked Gary what happened, and he said, “Those Roaches kicked our butts.” Gary finished up at #9 of 46, individually.
The dart team has split yet again. I’ve stayed with our defending “B” league champions, Chips, while Gary Meyers moved up to “A” league play with Dart Matter.
Currently Chips is in second place behind Who Darted. We play out of Cooper’s Ale House every Wednesday night. Dart Matter also sits in second place in their division, represents Cooper’s too and plays Thursday nights.
There’s typically about 40 players per league. Gary’s currently 10th in A league and I’m, let’s just say, working my way up the standings in B league.
Gary reports that the A league has better team names, specifically the Roach Motels, league powerhouse Aucham’s Razor, Knarr-cosis (representing the Knarr Shipwreck Lounge), and what has to be the all-time favorite, the No Talent Ass Clowns.
That is how I would sum up the championship dart finals that Gary Meyers and I, and the rest of our Chips team participated in on Wednesday night at Coopers, our home tavern. We were matched up against The Dart Bags, and they were ready to go, jumping out to a 5 -1 lead. First team to 11 wins took the crown, so at this point we were beginning to get a little concerned. We crept back into it, and before you knew it we were tied at 7-7.
Then we went to work and took the next two matches. Two more wins and the title was ours. This is where the atmosphere got intense. We were up both games, on the cusp of the championship, and then lost them both on the crucial bulls-eye throws.
So, with the score tied 10 to 10 we go to the “team” match of 801 to decide the night. Neck and neck throughout the whole game and it comes down to the first team to “double out.” Each player had an opportunity to win it, to be the hero, and each player failed, not once but twice. Then our team captain, Kirbie steps up for Chips and nails the double 4. VICTORY!!!! Well done guys. Cheers to a great season.
From left to right, Kirbie Predmore, Gary Meyers, John Kennedy, Frank Martel, Russell Nash, Robert Schwenn.
The long 18-week dart season is now down to the final match. Our team, Chips, took first place in the regular season standings, with Gary ranking individually at number three in the league, and myself at number eleven. The playoff format is a best of 21 games, and we were matched up against Dart Vader in the first round last Wednesday night. Vader smacked Gary down in the first match, before we ran off a 10-game winning streak, culminating in an 11 – 2 rout. On to the championship next Wednesday (2/3) against The Dart Bags. First dart is at 7:30. Get there early for the best view of the action (if you can call dart throwing “action”).
After a bye week that conveniently fell between Christmas and New Year’s, the Chips team was back in action last night taking on the dreaded Dart Vader. The Chips team was really challenged through the first half of the match. Down 7 games to 5, the Chips pulled off a stunning 9 straight wins to take home a 14 – 7 victory. A solid win over a good throwing Dart Vader team. I wouldn’t be surprised if we face off against these guys in the first round of the playoffs.
With two weeks left in the regular season the Chips continue to maintain a strong lead in the team standings. Individually Gary and I both had quality nights, each going 5 and 1. Gary jumped up to 4th in the overall individual league standings while I’m left at 10th for the umpteenth week.
Next Wednesday evening we’re on the road again, visiting the Knarrcoleptics at the Knarr Tavern in the U District. Check out the Knarr reviews posted on Yelp (especially Nicholas E. – he’s dead on). Hope to see you there.
A frustrating week at the oche for the Chips, but we managed to squeak out a 12 – 9 victory against The Ladies in Waiting.
After a four win and four loss night, somehow Gary Meyers managed to hang on to the number two ranking in the league. My night was only slightly better (5 and 3) leaving me at number six in the league.
We’re back at Cooper’s on Wednesday night for a second go round with Who Darted.
The Chips keep rolling with a 13 – 8 victory over Ars Gainne Mill (don’t ask me what that means). Half way through the season, we’re sitting comfortably in first place.
In the individual rankings, Gary’s number one ranking is being challenged by Brian Metz of Unimeese (again, don’t ask me what that means). For now they are tied for the league’s top spot. I continue to hang around the top ten, currently in seventh.
With the holiday next week our usual Wednesday night match has been moved to Monday. You will find us on the road playing The Dart Bags downtown at the Owl ‘n Thistle. First dart at 7:30 PM.
Come for the darts or a Guiness in one of Seattle’s true Irish pubs. Gary is buying.
Enjoying Wednesday nights in Seattle’s best and worst taverns and dive bars.
After two years of finishing out of the playoffs, half the H/M Spike dart team defected to another team (you know who you are). The remaining Spikers’ contracts were bought for a Black Butte Porter and bowl of pretzels. Gary Meyers and myself now play for Cooper’s Alehouse “Chips” team.
After four weeks, we’re hanging on to first place over Dart Vader. We squeaked past Who Darted (no kidding) for a third straight win, but were humbled last week by the Blind Nuts with an 11 – 10 loss.
Individually, I dropped to 8th in the individual league rankings out of close to 50 players, and Gary has been just shy of the top 10 all season.
Stop by Cooper’s this Wednesday to watch us take on the Unimeese. First dart at 7:30 PM.