On Sunday, Leonid Yelin registered his 500th career win. But when he spoke about the monumental victory Tuesday he remained levelheaded.“Normal,” the head coach said when a reporter asked how the win felt.After a 0-4 start to Syracuse’s Atlantic Coast Conference tenure, the Orange has started to pick up the pace. SU has won three of its last four matches, all on the road.This weekend the Orange (8-12, 3-5 ACC) will try to continue its success as it faces Georgia Tech (7-13, 1-7) on Friday at 7 p.m. in the Carrier Dome and Clemson (10-9, 4-4) on Sunday at 1 p.m. in the Women’s Building.During the first half of the season, the players had a tendency to get down on themselves. Whether this has to do with the lack of hope or just a physical inferiority to the teams faced early in the season, the team is in better spirits now.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“It feels awesome,” outside hitter Silvi Uattara said. “After we beat Maryland, we got this feeling we can compete with all the teams in ACC.”Yelin doesn’t feel the team has really done anything different to improve chemistry. Instead, it just happened naturally.“We didn’t change anything,” Yelin said, “I hope they are learning something. We kept doing what we were doing, it was just a little bit better.”Setter Erica Handley said keeping a positive attitude could go a long way.“Yes, I have won in the past,” the freshman said, “but I have also lost in the past, too. You can be down about it for a while and be upset because you lost, but you have to build off those mistakes and be positive for the next game.”But Yelin insists there’s been no change in morale. It’s a natural transformation that comes with success.“I think people are always happy when they are winning,” Yelin said.With the team gaining confidence, other teams have begun to notice. Being an underdog has benefited Syracuse.“No one expected anything from us because we are a small team,” middle blocker Monika Salkute said. “And we did it so powerful. When we started playing our game they were so scared. You could see it in (Pittsburgh’s) eyes.”Uattara explained that getting into the heads of the other team is key. Syracuse can target one player and attempt to disrupt her, or intimidate the whole team. Uattara and Salkute both said they could see the other team shaking with fear.A newfound sense of urgency is beginning to take over.“We have to beat them,” Salkute and Uattara said simultaneously. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 23, 2013 at 11:48 pm Contact Eric: [email protected]
Wondering how to tune in to the contest Friday? Below is everything you need to know about how to watch Steelers vs. Buccaneers.MORE: Watch the Steelers vs. Buccaneers live with fuboTV (7-day free trial)What channel is Steelers vs. Buccaneers on today?TV channel: NFL NetworkLive stream: fuboTVThe Steelers vs. Buccaneers game will be televised on NFL Network. You can also live stream the game on fuboTV, which offers a 7-day free trial.What time does the Steelers vs. Buccaneers game start?Date: Friday, Aug. 9Start time: 7:30 p.m. ETKickoff between the Steelers and Bucs is scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m. ET on Friday. The game will be played at Heinz Field, located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.Steelers preseason schedule 2019DateOpponentTimeAugust 9vs. Buccaneers7:30 p.m. ETAugust 17vs. Chiefs7:30 p.m. ETAugust 25at Titans8:00 p.m. ETAugust 29at Panthers7:00 p.m. ET Buccaneers preseason schedule 2019DateOpponentTimeAugust 9at Steelers7:30 p.m. ETAugust 16vs. Dolphins7:30 p.m. ETAugust 23vs. Browns7:30 p.m. ETAugust 29at Cowboys8:00 p.m. ET The Steelers will host the Buccaneers on Friday, the second night of the Week 1 NFL preseason schedule.The Steelers are coming off a dramatic season in which Le’Veon Bell didn’t play a single down and Antonio Brown grew disgruntled, leading to Pittsburgh’s first playoff miss since 2013. Now that Bell and Brown are playing for different teams, the pressure is on a new supporting cast for quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and coach Mike Tomlin, who is going into his 13th season with the team.On the other hand, the Bucs began last season strong, starting Ryan Fitzpatrick at QB after having to sideline Jameis Winson for the first three games. The high quickly came to an end, resulting in a five-win campaign and the firing of head coach Dirk Koetter after three seasons.The Bucs went on to hire Bruce Arians as Koetter’s replacement, convincing him to come out of his two-year retirement. Friday’s contest will be the first glimpse into Tampa’s new offense under Arians.
Will the globalists start calling on citizens and businesses to reduce their nitrogen footprint?We breathe it. It surrounds us. It makes up 78% of our atmosphere. Nitrogen, element 7 in the periodic table (see Mendeleev), is as common as air. But it’s about to become the next planet destroyer, threatening the environment even worse than carbon (element 6) is said to be doing. If draconian measures are deemed necessary to sequester carbon from the environment, burying it deep under the sea or destroying our energy infrastructure to reduce CO2 emissions, what will be necessary to reduce a far more common element, nitrogen?In an article reminiscent of the DHMO parody, a report on Phys.org warns, “We must wake up to devastating impact of nitrogen.” They have a point. After all, with DHMO, its solid form really can cause tissue damage, and its liquid state is associated with cancer. Similarly, some forms of nitrogen can do bad things.More than 150 top international scientists are calling on the world to take urgent action on nitrogen pollution, to tackle the widespread harm it is causing to humans, wildlife and the planet.The scientists highlight that “the present environmental crisis is much more than a carbon problem” and are asking all countries “to wake up to the challenge” of halving nitrogen waste from all sources globally by 2030.About NitrogenThe diatomic molecule N2 in air is non-reactive and stable. The atoms are difficult to separate, requiring high heat in the Haber-Bosch process used to make fertilizer (10 Sept 2013, 6 March 2010), or lightning (4 July 2019). Nitrogen-fixing bacteria, with their complex nitrogenase machines, separate the atoms at room temperature (a feat humans have not mastered yet, 5 Oct 2015). Most molecular nitrogen, though, floats around harmlessly, providing bulk for the atmosphere so that the much-more-reactive oxygen doesn’t overwhelm us with wildfires. In his film FireMaker (free online), Michael Denton elaborates on the delicate balance of molecules in Earth’s atmosphere that make life possible.Good and BadAs with carbon, nitrogen can have an evil side. Carbon compounds exist in both sugar and rat poison, DNA and tailpipe soot, protein and cyanide. Compounds of pure carbon include diamonds, graphite in pencils, buckyballs, coal, and the upcoming stars, graphene and carbon nanotubes — useful and relatively safe molecules. Once diatomic nitrogen is “fixed” or separated, each nitrogen atom with its three valences can combine with many other elements, forming useful or harmful substances. If carbon dioxide is a greenhouse gas to be worried about, how about nitrous oxide?Nitrogen, through its many forms—which include ammonia, nitrogen dioxide, nitrous oxide (‘laughing gas’, a greenhouse gas 300 times more powerful than carbon dioxide) and nitrate—is polluting our air, soil and water, posing a threat to human health, biodiversity, economies and livelihoods.A future focus on sustainable nitrogen management would help prevent millions of premature deaths, help ensure food security, and simultaneously help protect wildlife and the ozone layer.Similarly, carbon-based CH3 (methane) is hundreds of times more potent than carbon dioxide as a greenhouse gas. It would seem that global warmists ought to focus on those, more than the weaker carbon dioxide, which tends to get all the attention.Wise StewardshipHuman beings can misuse good things like carbon and nitrogen. The scientists at the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology have a point: beneficial nitrogen compounds, like fertilizer, can be mismanaged, leading to accumulation of waste. The molecules of our environment pass through natural cycles: the water cycle, the carbon cycle, the nitrogen cycle, the oxygen cycle. Environmental policy should seek to maintain these natural cycles.Rather than scaring people about nitrogen in the style of the DHMO parody, we should recognize the role of nitrogen in the good design of the Earth and use it wisely and responsibly. Nitrogen is an important component of a wondrous natural system, in which everything works together to support life. Thank God for it. Don’t make nitrogen into a bogeyman. Imagine the horror film a clever scriptwriter could make about water: avalanches, floods, icicles used as javelins, toxic solutions, burns from hot water, and all the rest in the satire, ending with a clip of a cancer patient slowly raising a cup of water to his lips, the haunting music rising and ending with a scream. The same could be done with nitrogen. Let’s understand what’s driving some of these scientists. As with carbon, the nitrogen police want government control. They are globalists, seeking to regulate the behavior of all humans on the planet. Take their legitimate concerns to heart, and enact reasonable policies that manage this good, beneficial resource for the benefit of all life. Just don’t give the globalists power, or they will rob us of our liberties.(Visited 469 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
A cell phone company that strictly follows the rulesThe day after my sister was discharged from the hospital, we went to a Boston-area storefront of her cell phone service provider to get her iPhone replaced. It had taken a direct hit from some shrapnel and was unusable. She was told that since she had no insurance and it was too early for an upgrade, she was going to have to pay $750 for the replacement. We figured this was just a poorly trained sales clerk, so we went to another store. Same story: nothing could be done, regardless of the unique circumstances of the damage to the phone.My sister resorted to the provider’s website and customer service phone numbers and got the same response from every source: she would be allowed no leeway whatsoever on the rules, and it didn’t matter what she had just gone through. No one was prepared to let the matter go one step up in the hierarchy to someone who might have more latitude in easing the situation.There seemed to be a deeply entrenched fear of hinting that there might be even the smallest chink in the institutional armor — the customer service representatives appeared to have been trained to think that if they were to show one customer any sort of humanity, the barbarians would be at the gate the next morning. To this company, no customer with a complaint was any higher than a “3” on a triage scale of three — if even that high.Keep in mind my sister was not asking for a lot: she just wanted a little bit of a break on the $750. Legally and technically, the provider’s representatives were in the right not to offer any sort of discount. They were following rules that my sister had bought into when she acquired the phone. Yet somehow it seemed weird and Orwellian to be so rules-bound — the whole nation was rallying behind the bombing victims, it seemed, except for this one company. Priorities and valuesA larger point to keep in mind is that triage is for emergencies, not for day-to-day operations. If it seems like you’re always performing some sort of triage — shifting staff around to respond to client annoyance levels, frequently fixing mistakes or having to explain what the scope of work is to someone or another, constantly putting out fires — then it’s time to step back and perform a sort of macro-triage on your business. Think hard about which bad habits and flawed practices need to be fixed immediately, for once and for all, and focus all your resources on one or two of those problem areas, where your efforts will have the most leverage.I have one last bit of advice for you. This, too, I learned as a result of the bombing, and although it comes just by itself and not as one of a group of three, I think of it as a form of triage, an effective way to determine if you’re allocating limited resources appropriately.At the end of each day ask yourself, “What did those closest and dearest to me learn about my priorities and my values by how I chose to spend my time today?” Answer the question as honestly as you can. As you learn over time how to get the answer you want, you’ll find that in this practice is the essence of triage: Attend to those things where your efforts will do the most long-term good, and let everything else take care of itself. Nip problems in the budHere are some lessons I think I can draw from these experiences:1. Your reality and your client’s reality are not the same. You might be in front of a French café, but they might be in front of a Lenscrafters. Make an earnest attempt to put yourself in their shoes and hear their story.2. Nip problems in the bud. Respond quickly and decisively even to what appear to be small complaints. Our clients put a huge level of trust in us and can be reluctant to criticize — many of them don’t want to come across as difficult to work with, because, in custom remodeling and construction, they’re going to be stuck with us for a long haul. A seemingly small complaint can represent the tip of a seriously big iceberg.3. But be aware that sometimes, with some clients, you can end up at the bottom of a deep hole, frantically digging to try to get yourself out of the hole. Know when you have to admit defeat and stop trying to make a terminally angry client happy, so that you can move on and apply your time and energy more productively for all around.To illustrate this last point, my sister’s cell phone provider e-mailed her a customer satisfaction questionnaire a few days after she had gotten the free phone from the Apple store. She filled out the online form, describing her customer “service” experience in frustrated detail. Very shortly afterwards she got a sheepish and embarrassed call from a high-ranking representative of the cell phone service provider — who ended up offering her a screen protector as way of apology. The call only served to make the company look even more ridiculous and insensitive. Memory is undependableA year ago I had to witness triage in its most primitive form, and only recently have I been able to start to sort out what I learned.I was standing near the finish line of the Boston Marathon when the first bomb went off about 15 feet away. My sister was between me and the bomb and was hit by clusters of shrapnel. She’s fine now, no lost limbs — she was the second luckiest person in our immediate circle of spectators. I was the luckiest.I don’t remember very well what happened right after the explosion. When the FBI questioned me in the hospital afterwards, I was very careful to distinguish for them between those things that I thought happened and those things that I knew happened. I later found out that almost everything that I “knew” happened was wrong. For instance, I was convinced we were right in front of a French café when the blast hit us. I had had time to study the storefront sign while trying to tend to my sister, call my wife and brother-in-law to let them know we were basically OK, and avoid looking at some of the more seriously wounded getting cared for around us. It turned out we had not been in front of a French café; we had in fact been in front of a Lenscrafters franchise.I do recall that after a bit of time a series of trained professionals started to come by to evaluate my sister, who was on the ground and in shock. They were performing triage, trying to figure out whether to get her right to an ambulance, get her to a wheelchair to take her to the medical tent, or let her lie there for a bit longer while they tended to more urgent cases. Eventually (3 minutes? 30 minutes?) a wheelchair and a first responder arrived and she was taken to the medical tent. Exceptional careThat tent was a horrific scene, as you can imagine. But it was also a model of self-organization by exactingly trained and dedicated professionals. Although in this blog I am making an analogy between the work of those first responders and the work of a small business owner, I want to be very clear how well I understand that those first responders, in any five minute period that afternoon, did (and do) more good than I can ever hope to accomplish over the span of my entire career. I understand that as clearly as anyone.The personnel in the tent were tagging victims with color-coded cards that had a 1, 2, or a 3 on them. There was some question whether my sister was a 2 or a 3, and they eventually settled on a 3. I was mostly relieved, partly disappointed — relieved because her injuries were manageable compared with those of the people around us, disappointed because I wanted her to be a 2 so that I could get her (and me) the hell away from the awful scenes in that tent as quickly as possible.The staff at Boston Medical Center were every bit as wonderful at caring for the blast victims as you may have heard they were, in every capacity — from the doctors who met our ambulance at the emergency room doors to the aides who brought the meals to the people who kept the rooms clean and tidy. At one point my sister, groggy from painkillers, mildly complained to a nurse about a delay in getting a test done that might mean she would have to spend an extra night in the hospital. Within minutes, there appeared in her room a team consisting of a nurse supervisor, two senior physicians, a social worker, and a comfort dog. My sister apologized to them for having complained. In this blog I will periodically discuss particular numbers and other metrics that I think can be of value in helping you run your business.In this installment, I discuss the concept of “triage,” which ultimately derives from the Latin word for “three.” Literally and historically, “triage” refers to a simple way of allocating emergency medical care among a group of injured people who outnumber available medical resources.In its original form — dating from the Napoleonic Wars — these were the three categories to consider when doing triage:1. Those who will likely survive regardless of the level of immediate attention they receive;2. Those who are much more likely to survive if they do receive immediate attention;3. Those who will likely not survive regardless of the level of immediate attention they receive.Metaphorically, “triage” can refer to any system of determining how best to allocate resources when more resources are needed than are immediately available. It’s important for a small business to have a (metaphorical) triage system in place, but it’s even more important to keep in mind that if you find yourself actually needing to do triage, something has gone wrong, and once the crisis has passed you need to be sure to do a root cause analysis.The long-term strategy to develop from that analysis is the creation of systems that enable you to avoid triage situations to begin with — what I like to refer to as making the transition in your business from fire fighting to fire prevention. RELATED ARTICLES Strength in NumbersThe Business of Building a ‘Building Business’Book Review: Small Giants Every Green Builder Needs to Have This Book on the Shelf Better customer service from AppleMy sister gave up and returned home, without a phone. The morning after her arrival she walked into an Apple store. I’ll let her finish the story:“We checked in at the Genius Bar. An employee, Reece, asked if there was anything she could do to start my process. I took a deep breath, pulled out my phone, and said, ‘A week ago today, I was in Boston watching my niece finish the marathon…’ She stopped me and said, ‘Wait here, I am going to get my manager and we are going to get you a new phone.’“They let me stand in a quiet corner while I cried, again, but with relief that I was finally being treated like I warranted even just a little bit of attention after a horrible week of pain, fear, and frustration.“I wish I could remember the name of the Genius Bar employee who helped me set up my replacement phone to 100% of what my old phone looked like. It was amazing to me that I didn’t have to re-download my apps and music, or even set up my folders. It looked just like my old phone. I said I was happy to pay the $229 replacement cost, and he looked at me like that was the craziest thing he had heard. He explained how he couldn’t sell me AppleCare, which I wanted to be sure I had after what I had gone through. He put a note on my phone how I could call and order it, but made sure I understood it might not be available as that product is going away.“He asked me if there was anything else he could do for me. The only thing I asked was if I could give him a hug, and I am not one of those people under normal circumstances.”In effect, the staff at the Apple store understood that, in the context of all customers who would come into that store that day — perhaps even that year — my sister was a “1” on their triage scale, and they responded accordingly. Paul Eldrenkamp is founder and owner of Byggmeister, Inc (www.byggmeister.com); a principal of the DEAP Energy Group (www.deapgroup.com), and an instigator of Building Energy Bottom Lines (www.nesea.org/be-bottom-lines). If you have any interest in donating to a good cause that that was created in response to the Boston Marathon bombings, Paul urges you to consider the Martin W. Richard Charitable Foundation, established to honor the generosity, kindness, and memory of 8-year-old Martin Richard.
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EDMONTON, A.B. – Alberta Opposition leader Jason Kenney says it’s time to take immediate action on the oil-price differential before it leads to further job cuts and losses to the province’s core industry.Kenney says he will work with Premier Rachel Notley’s government to fast-track a new law that would order companies to cut production by 10 percent.He says it’s a drastic solution but one that is necessary. Alberta oil is now selling at sharply discounted prices due in part to bottlenecks in pipelines.Alberta Energy Minister Marg McCuaig-Boyd says her department is open to all ideas.But she says opinion is divided on whether legislated cuts to oil production are the answer.Premier Rachel Notley has been searching for solutions to get more oil to market and her government is now in negotiations to buy rail cars for increased transport.
The steamy scenes from ALT Balaji’s Gandi Baat 2 made Anveshi Jain an internet sensation overnight. Her bold and sensuous performance in the web series won her the tag of ‘Most Googled Woman’, which in turn gave a major lift to her career.But all good things come with a price. Though Anveshi looks happy with the popularity and love coming her way, the insensitive trolling and harsh criticism can become a stumbling block for her. In an exclusive interview, the actress talks about her reaction to such trolls and to what extent it affects her: Also Read – An income drop can harm brainYour performance In Gandi Baat 2 was appreciated as much as it was criticised by a section of people, who in fact created controversies. Does that bother you? No, it doesn’t bother me at all. I have always believed that ‘Ignorance is Bliss’ and I am only getting better at it. I am appreciating all the positive things happening in my life…there is so much to be grateful for. Such things are way too small to sweat about as I know what I did and where I am headed. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma Award Do you believe that Indian society has become more accepting of sexual fluidity? Absolutely they have. With the constant exposure to international content, with easy accessibility to the net, and technology making the sharing of information and content easy, it was something that was bound to happen. Plus, the millennials as a generation are also maturing a lot faster and early. Social media connectivity helps in the collective consciousness, which questions social mores a lot more vociferously. We don’t seem to have a myopic moribund approach to sex and it’s expression on celluloid anymore. It doesn’t shock us or make us curious, we are fairly casual about it. Having said that, portrayal of sex to shock and awe won’t work anymore either, it has to be a part of a coherent narrative for it to work. Was Gandi Baat 2 the turning point in your career? How did things change after the success of that web show? Yes, No matter how much I would want to deflect the reality but it surely became a turning point in my life. Before ‘Gandi Baat’, I was video blogging about human behaviours and dating advice but none of that gave such boost to my career. After the success of ‘Gandi Baat’, life has become easier in terms of work projects. I am getting the kind of work that I always wanted to do. I am busy doing travelling and hospitality shows, movies and web projects. You have signed a Gujarati and Kannada movie. Do you think it would be a good decision to step into films when you are doing extremely good on web platform? Why not? As an actor I feel so privileged and lucky to have the opportunity to express myself through all mediums. For me, what eventually matters is the content and storytelling, and the fact that I am straddling two totally different cinematic diaspora just excites me further. In fact, I wait for the day when I can do multi lingual projects so that I reach out to newer audiences every time. I want to do good work, whatever be the medium. What are the other projects in the line? You are going to see me next in ALT Balaji’s ‘Boss- Baap of Special Services’. Post that I will be doing four more projects including a Gujarati movie, a Zee 5 show, and a web series with Rajpal Yadav and Vijay Raj, but I can’t reveal much details about it.
Hyderabad: Attacking both the BJP and the Congress, TRS president and Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on Wednesday claimed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has turned out to be an “utter flop” despite having a complete majority in the Lok Sabha.People had seen the governments of Congress and BJP, but development had not taken place as it should have been, he charged. “Definitely, a good government needs to come if good is to happen in this country. We have seen both parties. We have seen Congress party and also BJP party. People had lot of hopes from Narendra Modi. But, he has also been an utter flop,” Rao said. “Modi ji has been Prime Minister for the last five years with complete majority and complete opportunity. But what (good) happened I am asking,” he said, He also said while Congress president Rahul Gandhi alleged TRS was with Modi, the prime minister alleges it was with Congress. But, TRS was not with anyone and was the agent for the people of Telangana, he said. “Telangana people are the bosses for TRS,” he said at election meetings near Andole under Zaheerabad and Narsapur in Medak Lok Sabha constituencies. Noting that former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi came up with the slogan ‘Garibi Hatao’ in 1970s, he said her grandson Rahul Gandhi (Congress president) was still talking about eliminating poverty through ‘NYAY’ scheme. “How many decades will these slogans be? How long do people have to witness such drama?… It is the same slogan from grandmother’s time to grandson, how bankrupt is their thinking,” he said. Referring to Modi government’s reported promise to bring back the black money stashed abroad and deposit Rs 15 lakh in the bank account of every citizen in 2014, he alleged that no sincere efforts had been made. Rao urged the people to elect TRS candidates in 16 Lok Sabha seats in the state (leaving Hyderabad represented by AIMIM president Asaduddin Owaisi) in the coming elections.
Nagpur: There are possibilities of a government changing every five years and social organisations should not depend on it for help, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat said on Monday.Addressing an event to mark the 125th birth anniversary of Mahamahopadhyay V V Mirashi, Bhagwat said social and research organisations should work towards a strong and permanent source to carry out work for the welfare of the society. “Those who want to speak to government should approach it. But, I don’t feel that social organisations should be dependent (“aashrit”) on government. Because, governments keeps changing, earlier the royal (“rajwati”) government used to change in 30 to 50 years. Now, there are possibilities of a government changing in five years. Hence, there is no faith, until it is there, utilise it,” he said. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Bhagwat highlighted the importance of research and knowledge for the welfare of the people. “Presently, gaining knowledge can be for various purposes. Gaining knowledge could be for self interest or for welfare of the society. Knowledge is the way for eternal life. Actually, knowledge is for eternity and giving eternity to all,” he said. Bhagwat further said that Britishers did a lot of research for modern India. “The country’s population census and geography still runs on the basis of their research. But, their research cannot be said as ‘Sanshodhan Maharishi’ as their purpose was selfish and not for the welfare of the people,” he said.
Friday’s games mark the start of the quarterfinals and feature a UEFA vs. UEFA matchup in the morning followed by a CONMEBOL vs. CONMEBOL game in the afternoon. In the first match of the day, Germany has a 52.5 percent chance of defeating France and advancing to the semifinals, according to FiveThirtyEight’s World Cup predictions. In the second, however, Brazil is heavily favored to defeat Colombia (72 percent to 28 percent) and play the winner of Germany vs. France in the semifinal next week.France vs. Germany: 12 p.m. EDTBrazil vs. Colombia: 4 p.m. EDTIN BRIEFSee our World Cup predictions for the latest probabilities.IN DEPTHAll eight teams still in the tournament won their respective groups, so there are no true underdogs left. But if we go back to the beginning, Brazil and Germany both had very good chances of reaching this stage of the knockout rounds (80 percent and 68 percent) compared to Colombia and France (46 percent and 45 percent).France and Germany are old foes, having faced each other 25 times since 1930 (prior to 1990, Germany competed as West Germany). In those games France has been victorious 11 times compared to Germany’s eight. However, almost all of these games were friendlies. The last time these two teams met competitively was in the 1986 World Cup semifinals, and Germany edged France 2-0. ESPN’s Soccer Power Index rates France vs. Germany as the most evenly matched of all the quarterfinal games.Brazil vs. Colombia, on the other hand, is supposed to be anything but even. Strangely, these teams have also met 25 times, and Colombia has managed to win only twice. A Seleção have slaughtered Los Cafeteros on more than one occasion, 9-0 in 1959 and 6-2 in 1969, but this is a different Colombia team. Their last meeting with Brazil, a friendly in the U.S. in 2012, ended in a 1-1 draw.Brazil trumps Colombia in overall and offensive SPI ratings (90.6 and 3.1 to 89.4 and 2.6) but Colombia’s defense is slightly better, with an SPI rating of 0.4 average goals allowed to Brazil’s 0.5 (lower defensive scores are better). Brazil’s defense has something to worry about in James Rodriguez, this World Cup’s breakout star for Colombia, who has tallied five goals — the most of any player so far — including this beautiful chest-to-volley on the turn against Uruguay:But Brazil’s Neymar (and Argentina’s Lionel Messi and Germany’s Thomas Muller) are only one goal behind Rodriguez, so if Brazil clinches a win in this clash of the golden boys, Rodriguez may be out of the race for this year’s golden boot.OFF THE PITCHFrance and Germany are neighbors, and each has international power and its own distinct culture — berets and baguettes vs. lederhosen and bratwurst. So given the ease of travel between the countries, it’s not surprising that there’s a lot of cross-tourism. According to the French Ministry of Handicrafts, Trade and Tourism, there were about 6.3 million overnight stays in France from German tourists in 2012. Conversely, the German National Tourist Board reported that there were roughly 3.1 million, or half as many, overnight stays in Germany from French tourists in the same year. When adjusted for each country’s total population at the time, this means that about 8 percent of Germany’s 80.4 million people stayed overnight in France at least once in 2012, while about 5 percent of France’s 65.7 million people stayed overnight in Germany. They may not be the best of friends, but it looks like the old enemies have at least upgraded to a friendly rivalry — at least as far as tourism goes. — Hayley MunguiaFURTHER READINGWith the U.S. Out, Which World Cup Team Will Americans Root For?Tim Howard Lost, But He Just Had the Best Match of the World CupA Chart For Predicting Penalty-Shootout Odds in Real TimeCORRECTION (July 4, 10:57 a.m.): An earlier version of this post had the incorrect year of the last competitive meeting between France and Germany. While the two teams did face off in 1982, they also met in the 1986 World Cup semifinals.