What did our beloved Claret and Cobalt do the evening of March, 10th? They did what they trained for. They did what they most wanted. They did what they are capable of. They “came to score” (The Aggrolites).
If you don't know the tiebreakers in CONCACAF Champions League by now, I suggest you go take a look at what I wrote over at RSL Soapbox this morning or — if you'd rather — at this piece by over at the "dot-com." After last night's 2-1 win by Herediano over Tauro, it all becomes a bit relevant.
It all boils down rather simply though: We must win by either a 1-0 scoreline or two goals or more to progress. Any other sort of scoreline gives Herediano a rather significant advantage, in that they go through. Ouch. It's funny to note that if Tauro hadn't scored last night and the scoreline sat at 2-0, we'd have been subjected to the drawing of lots. Wait, really?
Sortition, or the casting of lots, has its roots in Ancient Greek democracy, and philosopher Aristotle took to it in his Politics. Of course, Plato, being a notable non-fan of democracy, wouldn't much have liked the casting of lots, but this is another issue altogether. Without further ado, here are some interesting things done with the casting of lots that aren't tiebreakers in the CONCACAF Champions League.
So, you see, there are a number of circumstances in which this is done. I fail to see why you'd draw lots when there could be more tiebreakers — you know, like yellow card accumulation, red card accumulation and the like. Oh, that would hurt us, wouldn't it? Oh…
Here are some methods I think might be more fair than casting lots to determine a CONCACAF Champions League tiebreaker.
Anyhow, let's just be glad it didn't come to this. Soccer wins again.