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…An own goal can win a soccer game?

I’m a big fan of outside the box thinking, but this one takes the cake:

During the 1994 Shell Caribbean Cub between Barbados and Grenada,

    Barbados needed to win the game by two clear goals in order to progress to the next round. Now the trouble was caused by a daft rule in the competition which stated that in the event of a game going to penalty kicks, the winner of the penalty kicks would be awarded a 2-0 victory.

    With 5 minutes to go, Barbados were leading 2-1, and going out of the tournament (because they needed to win by 2 clear goals). Then, when they realized they were probably not going to score against Grenada’s massed defense, they turned round, and deliberately scored on their own goal to level the scores and take the game into penalties. Grenada, themselves not being stupid, realized what was going on, and then attempted to score an own goal themselves. However, the Barbados players started defending their opponents goal to prevent this.

    In the last five minutes, spectators were treated to the incredible sight of both team’s defending their opponents goal against attackers desperately trying to score an own goal and goalkeepers trying to throw the ball into their own net. The game went to penalties, which Barbados won and so were awarded a 2-0 victory and progressed to the next round.

[Via: Snopes Via: Kottke]

…Twitter is at war?

Color Wars 2008

The 2008 Twitter Color Wars has basically taken over the Twitter world recently, and is an interesting adaptation of a technology that, besides things like Color Wars and StrawPoll that people have created, serves no purpose. (Ok, so you can find out someone’s status, but really, where’s the fun in that?)

Twitter Color Wars is basically a popularity contest where the Twitterati rally around a single color and show their support by taking their profile picture in team colors.

    Anyone can play. To join a team: log on to twitter, search for the team of your choice, then follow that team.

The War goes well beyond just a popularity contest though, as games are going to pit teams against each other to compete for total domination.

Game #1 is a round of Bad Ass RoShamBo.

To play, members took a picture of themselves in their team colors throwing their throw of choice, and then uploaded that picture to Flickr with the appropriate tags. Then, a bracket style RoShamBo tournament will be held tonight with a best of three RSB match determining the winner.

I love the fact that this game evolved out of nothing and turned into a something that everyone wants to be involved in. It’s a fun adaptation of a technology that people continue to find uses for, and there’s a lot of potential for additional games.

Which side are you on?

(And to talk a little smack on the other teams, check out SmackTalk.)

Edit: It looks like zefrank is behind it all. Check out the Colorwar story here.

[Color Wars 2008]

[Twitter Color War]

[Via: Mostly Lisa]