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Reggae Boyz hang on by a thread in World Cup qualifiers
October 16, 2012
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Only the US can help save the The Reggae Boyz football team (Jamaica) who let a good opportunity slip through their net in the 85th minute against Guatemala on Friday.  A tie would keep them in 3rd position with 8 points, behind Guatemala 8 and USA 10.  Only the top 2 teams from this group advance to the CONCACAF final stage for World Cup 2014 in Brazil.  All was going well for the Boyz until goalie Miller lethargically punched a ball outside and gave up a corner for a ball he could have held had he been more alert.  Guatemala made no mistake with their corner which was headed home, giving them a 2-1 win and putting them on 10 points, keeping Jamaica on 7 and in a serious pinch.

The save by goalkeeper Miller was reminiscent of the one attempted against USA that allowed the USA team to defeat Jamaica 1-0 after losing 1-2 to Jamaica a few days before.

What is the situation tonight?

  1. Jamaica plays Antigua and Barbuda at The Office (Jamaica National Stadium);  USA plays Guatemala at home
  2. For Jamaica to qualify, they need a non-tie in the USA-GUA match and a win by more than 1 goal in their match against Antigua.
  3. A tie in USA-GUA match results in both teams advancing and JAM eliminated.
  4. A USA win by 1 goal and a JAM win by 3+ goals would put them in the next round, eliminating GUA.  (minimum +4 goal difference in favor of Jamaica)
  5. A GUA win by 2+ goals and a JAM win by 3+ goals would put JAM into the next round, eliminating USA.  This is a highly unlikely scenario with the USA playing at home and needing just a draw. (minimum +5 goal difference in favor of Jamaica)

I only hope my update will be that the Jamaicans take care of business and, somehow, the USA defeats GUA… though neither team needs to win.  A draw puts both of them through. Jamaica has not qualified for the World Cup Finals since their first outing in France 1998.

Please say your piece.

 

West Indies are Champions… Finally
October 7, 2012
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The West Indies defeated Sri Lanka today to win the coveted T20 International trophy.  Congratulations to the West Indies players, and cricket fans.  Special thanks to Jamaican Prime Minister and others who petitioned the board to get Chris Gayle back on the team.  Without Gayle throughout, and huge contributions from countryman Marlon Samuels, and spinner Sunil Narine, the West Indies stood no chance.

In the preliminary rounds, the West Indies lost their credibility after being destroyed by Australia and Sri Lanka.  It was poetic justice that they demolished Australia in the semi-finals and then dispatched Sri Lanka in the finals.

Congrats again.