Strange moments in sports I

Updated: November 20, 2017

Betting advice is tough as it is but when the rules applied are not exactly well thought through, it makes the effort even harder. Some moments in the history of sports have served outright nightmares even for the best bookmakers.

The most active gamblers search for soccer picks and odds everywhere, not only among the top rated competitions around the world. It is a mighty complicated task to run a sportsbook with a lot of parameters which need to be updated continuously. One of the key players might suffer a serious injury the day before a game. The manager might be sacked ahead of a game, or the weather has drastically changed with heavy rain which means that the favourites will have slightly less of an advantage compared to perfect circumstances. Top bookmakers don’t reach their level of trust among gamblers by relying on chance either, why understanding the rules of the game in detail is crucial. Sometimes, however, the rules have been utterly confusing.

The Caribbean cup is – as the name reveals – a national competition for the Caribbean nations which was initiated in 1989, held annually until 1999 and has remained somewhat confusing to this day with what seems to be a whimsical approach as far as continuity goes. It is played every second year sometimes, there has been a three year gap between tournaments and at one point the organizers returned to the cup being played consecutive years. One of the most memorable moments was in 1994 when Trinidad & Tobago hosted the cup.

Barbados and Grenada were facing off in a decisive game where the winner would go through to the next round. However, Barbados needed to win the game with a two goal margin due to previous results and group standings. Now, for some reason the organizers had decided that each draw would be decided by penalties where a win after such would award the winners of the shoot-out with a 2-0 result. Perhaps an effort to produce prolonged excitement for the crowd and those at home in front of the telly, but when Barbados were ahead 2-1 with only a few minutes remaining, the rule proved to be a particularly daft one.

Naturally, with a few minutes left on the clock, trailing 2-1 but with a chance to reach penalties where they could get an extra chance, Barbados started to score own goals and defend Granada’s instead. Barbados having scored an own first making the result 2-2, Granada were onto them instantly and started to attack their own goal to put Barbados ahead with one. This lasted for the remaining five minutes, went to penalties which Barbados won.

There have been similar games throughout history where a defeat would put the losing side ahead thanks to some strange rule the organizers had put in place but obviously not thought through well. Some have finished with participating sides scoring over 50 own goals each and this is bad enough in lower national divisions, but on a international level the prospect is rather ridiculous.

/ Zvonko,