If anyone was wondering why coverage was suddenly interrupted during the Grand Slam, it's because your humble author has not been very well for the last 3 weeks.
So ill was I that I was unable to attend the inaugural PDC World Cup Final! Although given that we were banking on England being in the final, and they spectacularly weren't - paella, flamenco, conquering South America: these are things the Spanish are renowned for; kindness to bulls, completing an extension on time, producing darts players who can beat Phil Taylor and James Wade: these are things they aren't - I guess it could have been worse.
I did enjoy the bits of the World Cup I was able to watch though; I thought it was an enjoyable format, and it also threw up darts players outside the group of usual suspects (such as the Spanish; humph!).
I was also deeply chuffed that Scott Waites won the Grand Slam; throughout the tournament he was playing like he'd spent the previous year on a planet filled with swamps, being trained by a little green bloke saying "Treble 18, double top you should go for".
The commentators seemed to think there was some prospect of Scott Waites coming over to the PDC. I really hope he does; he seems to play darts at a different level in the Grand Slam, he's a top notch player, and the fact is that he'll get more TV time in a year with the PDC than in a career with the BDO. Players like Waites need TV time, and TV needs players like Waites; it's a win-win scenario.
Hopefully my convalesence will progress sufficiently to let me blog more regularly from now on, especially with the World Championship starting on Thursday. Nothing short of being called to the great oche in the sky is going to stop me watching that, and that's not going to happen. And even if it did, I have no doubt that God will have the darts on up there; I'm a theologian - we know about these things :o)
A happy darting Xmas to all :o)