PDC World Darts Championship 2011
This entry was posted on Thursday, December 15th, 2011
5 Things to Expect.
1. Phil Taylor will reach the final
Taylor’s dominance of his sport makes Adam’s early years on earth look collegiate by comparison. Not since the PDC World Championship launched, have there been two consecutive finals without Phil Taylor, so having missed out last year, don’t expect lightning to strike the power twice. Back Taylor at e/w and watch him power through to the 2nd January final.
2. It won’t be the same without Sid
Currently fighting bowel cancer, the darts without Sid Waddell is pretty much the equivalent of darts without, well without a board. Millions tune in for his ingenius wordplay and antics, and although there are rumours that he may pop up a few times in the commentary box, Waddell’s humour will be sorely missed throughout the tournament.
3. Barney’s decline will continue
Having reached five finals in seven years up until 2009, Barney finished 4th in 2010, crashing out to the Wizard of Oz, Simon Whitlock. Last year however, the Dutch master didn’t even make the semis, getting derailed by the Flying Scotsman Gary Anderson in the Quarters. His 2011 Premier League performance was mixed, so we may now be witnessing the dying embers of a true sporting great’s career. He is 33/1 with Ladbrokes, and that sounds about right.
4. The format may be on the wane
Perhaps in these times of financial hardship, nobody wants to see darts players swanning around with hot blondes and huge prize money. Perhaps there are too many other tournaments throughout the year. Perhaps, it was always going to be a passing fad. Whatever the reason, tickets aren’t the hot cakes they once were.
5. Darts will become ever more international
Japan, Austria, Germany, Ireland, Denmark, South Africa, Hong Kong, Sweden, Phillipines, USA, Australia, New Zealand, Finland, Portugal, Serbia, Spain, Holland, Belgium and Canada <breathe> will all be sending reps to the Palace this winter. As it may have reached saturation point over here, perhaps the future of Arrows lies overseas.