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CAN, MEX, USA hosts 2026 World Cup Finals; 48 teams instead of 32

The USA, Canada, and Mexico won the bid for the 2026 World Cup [finals] over Morocco. This means all 3 teams get a “bye” (automatic bid). With the number of teams also increasing from 32 to 48, it means CONCACAF, the federation from which those teams come, will get those 6 spots (3 automatic and 3 more).

Big questions?

  1. Will USA still be “friends” with Canada and Mexico at that point?
  2. Can Jamaica and T&T cement themselves into 2026 with more opportunities?
  3. How about other countries from the Caribbean?

It would be nice, if I am alive and well, to see 2 or 3 Caribbean teams into a World Cup finals… for real.

One can dream…

Five in a row for Edwin Allen, Seven for dominant Calabar

#Champs2018 is over with Edwin Allen Comprehensive and Calabar winning and retaining the Girls and Boys Champs respectively… Calabar winning early with relays In hand.

The meet saw many records tumble. Great meet though decided early.

 

Girls Champs

  1. Edwin Allen – 324 (last year 316.5)
  2. Hydel – 289 (last year 265)
  3. Holmwood – 285 (last year 243) – was 4th last year
  4. St. Jago – 178 (last year 246) – was third last year
  5. Vere – 105.5 (last year 125.5)

Boys Champs

  1. Calabar – 368.5 (last year 317)
  2. KC – 278 (last year 314)
  3. JC – 224.5 (last year 203)
  4. St. Jago – 146 (last year 157)
  5. STETHS – 95 (last year 114.5)
  6. Wolmers Boys – 94

Congratulations to the youngsters, some of whom may be representing Jamaica (and Uganda, Dominica and other countries?) in the near future..

Talk to me nuh.

Monday morning quarterback and soap-box, post-#Champs2017

A huge congratulations to Calabar High and Edwin Allen High for winning Boys and Girls Champs 6 and 4 consecutive times respectively. That’s indeed a great feat. The athletes were the best, they performed well, and their coaches were the best two coaches at the event.

The results on the Boys side was not expected by many, including me BUT I always knew it was a two-horse race between eventual winners Calabar and Kingston College (KC). On the Girls side, I always felt Edwin Allen had too much fire power to be caught but Hydel High, St Jago High, and Holmwood Technical made it quite interesting for most of the championships.

I congratulate ISSA, the TVJ staff, 1SpotMedia, the student athletes, coaches, the great fans, and others for a great championships. As analyst Bruce James said at the end, and I paraphrase,

“This is the best track meet in the world… notice I didn’t say high school?”

.On behalf of Yowlink, I beseech you to come together Jamaicans… Caribbean people, and see how we can impress the world with things like #Champs2017 and the brave kids 11-18 who performed well and hard. Those things build the great nation of Jamaica and their loving, God-fearing, law-biding, competitive citizens. It’s a good place. Let’s not continue to destroy our image with murders, rape, gangs, scams, fights, and nonsense. Lets stomp out the madness with great events and participation like this. Show the world, we can root for different teams and still be “one people”.

I must thank the Yowlink staff for their contribution during the entire #Champs2017.

Four in a row for Edwin Allen, Six for Calabar

#Champs2017 is over with Edwin Allen Comprehensive and Calabar winning and retaining the Girls and Boys Champs respectively.

Calabar High School and KC went down to the last event, the 4x400m relay, where heavy favorites Calabar expected to win easily.  KC had 309 points to Calabar’s 305 going into the that race.  See the assessment by @TheUnnamed. However, Calabar won as expected and got 12 points but KC, needing a 3rd place or better if Calabar won the race, was out of it in 5th. Edwin Allen made it 4 in a row and 5 total Girls Championships.

Girls Champs

  1. Edwin Allen – 316.5
  2. Hydel – 265
  3. St. Jago – 246
  4. Holmwood – 243
  5. Vere – 125.5
  6. Excelsior – 113
  7. Wolmer’s Girls – 54
  8. Immaculate – 40
  9. Rusea’s, Manchester – 35

Boys Champs

  1. Calabar – 317
  2. KC – 314
  3. JC – 203
  4. St. Jago – 157
  5. STETHS – 114.5
  6. Wolmers Boys – 77
  7. Petersfield – 71
  8. Munro – 52
  9. Rusea’s – 40
  10. Edwin Allen – 32

Congratulations to the youngsters, some of whom may be representing Jamaica (Great Britain and Uganda?) in the near future..

Talk to me nuh.