WEDNESDAY'S front page headline 'Lifeline' captured the essential truth of Jamaica's situation regarding qualification for the 2014 World Cup football finals in Brazil. This, after Mr Jermaine 'Tuffy' Anderson's time-added goal gave the Reggae Boyz a 1-1 draw against Costa Rica.
However, it must be said that it's a very thin and tenuous line.
For that lifeline to hold true, there are various events -- most outside the control of the Reggae Boyz -- that must come together to allow a fourth-place finish and a play-off spot against Oceania kingpins New Zealand.
To begin with, Jamaica with four points, at the bottom of the CONCACAF qualifying round of six, must win their two remaining games against the United States in that country on October 11, and Honduras at the National Stadium in Kingston four days later to end their campaign with a maximum 10 points.
Lest we forget, victory over the USA in that country would be a first for any Jamaican national football team.
At the same time, Jamaicans will be hoping and praying that Mexico -- incredibly in danger of missing out on a spot in Brazil -- and Panama play to a draw on October 11, and that both lose to Costa Rica and the United States on October 15.
For all those factors to come together will surely take a miracle. But it is part and parcel of the human condition that miracles are always just around the corner.
One who surely believes in the possibility of that miracle is Mr Anderson, the latest of a long line of Jamaican folk heroes to have sprung from local football.
In terms of technique and pure talent, Mr Anderson is clearly not in the same category as some football folk heroes we have seen such as Messrs Theodore Whitmore and Walter Boyd of recent vintage or Mr Allan 'Skill' Cole of decades ago.
However, Mr Anderson brings to the table an irrepressible self-belief and will to succeed that are as necessary in all aspects of life as is talent. No doubt, the admirable support he received from his followers in Waterhouse, who even took to the streets with placards earlier in the year to insist that he should have a place in the Jamaica team, reinforced Mr Anderson's overwhelming confidence.
So while many others, not least, coaches and football analysts, saw his weaknesses, Mr Anderson -- a big, strong, fearless striker -- believed and relied on his own strengths.
Hence his post-game comment: "Critics are the ones that build you and break you... it doesn't matter what people say as some will always say bad and others will say good, but everything is left to me..."
Mr Anderson reminds us that regardless of the endeavour, a positive attitude goes a far way.
Here is a case of Trinidadian philosopher CLR James' timeless line "what do they know of cricket, who only cricket know?" being equally applicable to football.
Regardless, of what happens in October, Mr Anderson has taught all of us -- within the football fraternity and without -- a most valuable lesson.