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Robert Heckman
Seattle sports don't suck. This (Seattle area) man kicked ass in international dart competitions last year.
Yesterday Forbes declared Seattle the most miserable

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Forbes Says Seattle Is Miserable for Sports, But It's Not (If You're Into Darts and Beer Pong)

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Robert Heckman
Seattle sports don't suck. This (Seattle area) man kicked ass in international dart competitions last year.
Yesterday Forbes declared Seattle the most miserable sports city in America.

To justify that designation, the magazine listed Seattle's many athletic disappointments over the last few years: no baseball playoffs since 2001; the Seahawks are 9 - 23 over the last two seasons; and Kevin Durant is kicking ass in Oklahoma because we don't have a basketball team anymore.

But things only suck athletically here if you follow the big three (NBA, NFL, MLB), which is so cliche.

There are the obvious rejoinders to Forbes' designation: the Sounders won the U.S. Open Cup last year and the Storm are WNBA post-season regulars. But where the Pacific Northwest really stands out is in the bar-based events darts and beer pong.

John Husman is technically a dart thrower from Auburn, but we're happy to adopt him as he did the NW proud, joining Team USA at the Le Prestige Cup in La Rochelle France last year. He also took home $1,250 at an international tournament in Las Vegas, beating out a guy from Spain.

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Seattle is also home to highly competitive beer pongers, thanks to our proximity to Western Washington University in Bellingham. "When I was in school there, we played daily or weekly," says Kyle Kinder. The regular play led Kinder and his friends to create a 16-team international tournament between the US and Canada. "Overall the US teams won in the first round," Kinder says. "Only one team failed to do so."

Now, he says, as happens with many Western grads, former tournament greats have moved to Seattle where they can compete in the regular rounds hosted by the likes of the Roanoke Tavern in North Capitol Hill.

Anybody can be good at traditional sports with a mix of good genes and training, but it takes exceptional talent to excel in events that are played over a round of brews. See, Forbes, Seattle is an awesome place for sports.

 
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