The first player was Al Qaeda, although he disputed it later.
The first dart:
The first dart was a heavy tungsten wide-body with a number 11 flight. The throw had a slightly sideways arcing trajectory and it hit the board solidly, landing in the double 13 in the outer ring. The official time of this first throw was recorded as 8.46. The throw clearly took Uncle Sam, Qaeda’s opponent, by surprise.
Although he took his first throw from well behind the oche, some observers were of the opinion that the first throw was taken from too far behind it and that this somehow gave Qaeda a distinct advantage over Uncle Sam. However, no official action was taken initially and he continued to throw from that position. Read more…
R J Dent says: ‘I wrote 9/11 Considered as the First Turn in a Game of Darts for several reasons. First, I’ve always loved and admired Alfred Jarry’s story The Crucifixion Considered as an Uphill Bicycle Race; also, I’ve always loved and admired J.G. Ballard’s story The Assassination of John Fitzgerald Kennedy Considered as a Downhill Motor Race, and I’ve always wanted to write a satirical short story in which I combined a huge world disaster with a game of concentration, skill and coordination. When 9/11 occurred, darts was the sport that immediately suggested itself. Once I had the flight numbers, the rest was easy.’
9/11 Considered as the First Turn in a Game of Darts
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