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This is how I see it!

Well been a bit lazy on the blog but I think it is only good to write something worth writing about... SANDBAGGING!

Now for many people who read this will have no idea how this ties into DARTS as they play steel darts.  Steel is about do what you do and work hard enough to move up the ranks.  In SOFT-TIP darts there is players, sadly too many players, that think by cheating aka SANDBAGGING that they can go to major dart tournaments and win because they have gotten a handicap or rating they just plain don't deserve.  Thus they play against lower rated players then they normally would so they feel they have a better shot at winning.  This is not exclusive to darts... it's in golf, bowling and pool.  I played a golf tourny years a go as a 10 Handicap and after day two the leader in my division is par!!!  So do you think he wins respect ?? HELL NO I mean even if he was shooting good he should be like +14-+16 right??  So what is this player doing?  CHEATING to win something that really has no value because everyone there is looking at you saying "SANDBAGGER" or if they have a backbone "CHEATER".

Now the response I get when I call someone out on it??  "Everyone does it" or " "I don't like the guy that runs it".... So does that make it ok????

HELL NO!!!!  NOT EVERYONE DOES IT!!!! You do not CHEAT the guy running it you cheated all the honest players!!!!  I will lose every day doing my best but never NEVER will I throw a game, throw a dart off nor allow another to win that does not deserve it.  PERIOD!!!  I started years ago and re rated myself up in soft tip because I knew I was better then what I ended up.  How  did I know?  Well long story but the short version is I bet the #1 guy 8 games straight for money and go " what are you rated?"  I was 6 points under him!!!  I called the goverening body and said "I need to be a 17"  They replied" No one does this.."  I reply" I do not care what everyone else does I just beat the best guy for money and I realize I am handicapped wrong" reply " well you can be a 15"

So I go to my first real dart shoot they ran???? Rerated to a 17 at the end like I had asked!!  So can I throw stones?  Yes because in the History of Medalist I am the only player to my knowledge (and yes I asked again this week) that has every asked to be re-rated up.

My long winded soap box point?  Sandbagging is real is a nice word for cheating.. you cheat yourself, you cheat your fellow players and you cheat the beginner.  If you want to win SOOOO BAD practice, practice some more, play tournaments and then enter the highest level possible and win... THEN YOU ARE A WINNER.  Then you can say WORLD CHAMPION and mean it.

All I ask all of you is have pride in what you do!!!  Have respect for the game!!!! Do what you do and do what you need to do to be the best... do not short cut it.. do not undermind the proccess ....

If I have offended you??? Then this is for you!!

Play darts, pool, golf or bowling fairly and be who you are!!!   See you on the board.

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