Sport: Showdown at Trafalgar

After a hard day on the battlements, medieval warriors used to unwind with a spirited round or two. The Pilgrim fathers had at it on the Mayflower. And even good King George VI and his wife Queen Elizabeth were known to have had a fling. Over the centuries, the venerable game of darts became such a craze, in fact, that in 1939, on the eve of World War II, the British House of Commons engaged in a heated debate over the banning of darts in Scottish pubs. Darting not only fostered "ne'er-do-wellism," a Scottish...

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