Brand South Africa joins the country in mourning and honouring the fallen firefighter heroes

first_imgJohannesburg, Wednesday 12 September 2018 –  Brand South Africa joins the country in mourning the three firefighters who lost their lives in the line of duty during the blaze which erupted last week on the 23rd floor of the Bank of Lisbon Building in the Johannesburg inner city. Twenty-eight-year-old Simphiwe Moropane, 40-year-old Mduduzi Ndlovu and 37-year-old Kathutshelo Muedi are being honoured in a memorial service today in Ellis Park, Johannesburg. Brand South Africa’s Chief Marketing Officer, Ms Linda Magapatona-Sangaret said: “The country has had a number of these tragic fire related incidents in recent years and months. The tragic results have been the loss of lives, the destruction of people’s homes and their displacement and often the destruction of industrial production and the livelihood of people.”Magapatona-Sangaret added saying “Today’s memorial service is more than a ceremony. It’s an obligation, a recognition that, in a life spent too often caught up in the pursuit of the trivial, we owe it to Muedi, Ndlovu and Moropane that we ensure that people not yet born will someday come to know what they did for society and honour them. We extend our deepest sympathy to their families and are deeply saddened by the loss they have encountered.”The fire broke out just after 4am on Tuesday 04 September. Firefighters battled a fire on the other side of the building, which took about 45 minutes to extinguish,” said Johannesburg EMS spokesperson Nana Radebe.The safety of structures in the inner city have been the center of attention after it was revealed that the Bank of Lisbon Building failed to meet regulations. The Gauteng Provincial government has vowed to prioritise occupational health after the deadly fire in the Johannesburg buildinglast_img read more

Step inside my geocache. — Tschröuwe-Galari (GC3V52D) — Geocache of the Week

first_imgQuite possibly the first time these people ever went inside a geocache. Photo by geocacher xentiscarbonGeocache Name:Tschröuwe-Galari (GC3V52D) Photos:The geocache. No not behind the house, it IS the house. Photo by geocacher MCDeniflInside the geocache. Photo by geocacher DL3BZZSigning the logbook while still inside the geocache. Photo by geocacher moses_was_hereWhat’s the largest geocache you’ve ever found? Tell us and post photos in the comments. Why this is the Geocache of the Week:Giant ammo cans, buckets, even whole cars—there are plenty of large-sized geocaches out there. However, few are large enough for you and a few of your friends to comfortably fit inside. In fact, you could even stretch out and take a mid-day geocaching nap inside this geocache. This geocache was once an unused farm house in the Austrian countryside. The geocache owner decided to breathe new life into this once ‘useless’ structure and turn it into something that brings to joy to geocachers across the world. The real question is, once you’re inside the geocache, do you become a piece of SWAG? What geocachers are saying:“…I’m at the cache and I see a very nice place! Hard to miss. I’m taking a little break here and I’m surprised about this location, never been ‘in’ a geocache…  A favoritie point is well deserved for this beautiful location! ” – Coyote0510“While completing the series of PT Hochalpele, we took a deviation to find this cache without having seeing the pictures. When we arrived we were atonished! This is the biggest cache we have ever found! Fantastic!” – Zascandiles[translated from German] “Super cool idea, we were excited! That was the largest I’ve done so far. We dried off, ate, drank and logged! The break was perfect for us to wait for better weather. I left a favorite here!” – Red-Habanero Difficulty/Terrain Rating:1/3 Continue to explore some of the most engaging geocaches around the globe. Check out all the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog.If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, just fill out this form. Thanks!Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedGetting warmer… — Fire and Ice (GC4TXB2) — Geocache of the WeekJanuary 8, 2015In “Geocache of the Week”A Cacophony of Creepy Caches – MEGA HERTZ (GC5ENHH) – Geocache of the WeekOctober 30, 2014In “Geocache of the Week”Rubik’s Cache (GC5YGFM) – Geocache of the WeekJuly 30, 2015In “Geocache of the Week”last_img read more

Silent Saver Under Attack

first_imgResearch and developmentThere are about 50,000 home builders in this country. Most of them don’t have R&D budgets. So BTO, along with the national labs and universities it supports, is critical to developing new energy efficiency technologies like the ones I mention above. For example, Mark Modera and colleagues at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab recognized that a lot of the energy used to heat and cool buildings escapes through leaks in the ducts. They developed a new way to seal those leaks by blowing particles through the ducts that plug the holes as the air leaks out. He started a company, Aeroseal, which makes the equipment and sealant in Centerville, Ohio, and trains people around the country and the world to use it.Last month BTO released a report that highlights 27 technologies, as well as 112 LED lighting components, that BTO helped develop and that resulted in commercial products between 2010 and 2015. There is a refrigerator that separates the cooling from the freezing, a smart control for air conditioner fans, cheaper and better LEDs, windows that become darker or lighter as needed, a sprayable sealant, improved manufacturing of windows and LEDs, building energy management software, and more. Facilitating useOther BTO initiatives help bring those technologies into more widespread use. The Home Energy Score shows the efficiency of existing homes and ways that families can save on their energy bills, including sealing their ducts. Home Performance with Energy Star (BTO runs this part of Energy Star) has helped more than 600,000 families in communities throughout the country get quality energy upgrades to their homes, thus creating jobs in construction, equipment installation, and manufacturing. From lab to marketThe technologies BTO develops don’t save energy unless someone uses them, so BTO works on commercialization, too. Its Building America program works with teams of builders to incorporate new technologies in more efficient and comfortable homes. For example, it has worked with Habitat for Humanity volunteers to build super-efficient homes for low-income families in Denver, Colorado, and Lenoir City, Tennessee, and efficient homes throughout the Gulf Coast and the nation. Research and DevelopmentThe standards form a base for the development of even better technologies. Light bulb standards have led the way to cheap, efficient LED bulbs, and now BTO is working with companies to expand LEDs to other kinds of bulbs and to develop organic LEDs, which might be used in flexible panels rather than bulbs. Thus the efficiency spiral circles back, but with greater energy savings and greater economic and environmental benefits.Homes built since 2000 are on average about 30% larger than older homes but use roughly the same amount of energy. BTO innovation and assistance has been essential for those savings and for the jobs, better comfort, more stable electric grid, and reduced air pollution that result. Funding a robust and diversified buildings research and deployment program will be just as essential to future savings. By LOWELL UNGARThis post originally appeared on the ACEEE Blog.Are you happy to have cheap, efficient light bulbs that don’t flicker and hum? How about a large refrigerator that uses less electricity than the old incandescent bulb? A small government office has played a key role in all of these innovations and now helps the average American family save almost $500 each year in lower energy bills.Yet this silent saver is under attack. Like Energy Star and other effective federal energy efficiency programs, the Building Technologies Office (BTO) would be slashed in the administration’s proposed budget for 2018. It may not be “sexy,” as the last president once called insulation. But few offices are more important to consumers.Our recent fact sheet shows how BTO helps consumers save money, creates jobs, fosters innovation, makes businesses more competitive, and helps states and local governments. BTO is one of 11 program offices in the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Office, which in turn is a small part of the Department of Energy. Energy and Building Programs Brace for Trump BudgetGreen Building in the Trump EraEnergy Star Delivers Big for America: Why Put It at Risk?Congress Urged to Save Energy Star ProgramDisappointing Energy Savings for Energy Star HomesChoosing an Energy-Efficient RefrigeratorWill the Energy Star Homes Program Survive Version 3?Government Ups the Energy Star Antecenter_img At a cost of less than $2 per household, BTO is helping you save almost $500. Actually, that’s just in appliances, equipment, and lighting covered by efficiency standards that BTO issues. BTO helps throughout what I call the virtuous spiral of energy efficiency market transformation. Universal savingsWhen the technologies are widespread and cost-effective, they can justify standards that ensure a minimum level of energy performance for all homeowners. BTO helps develop effective building energy codes for homes and commercial buildings, helps states adopt the codes, and helps builders show they meet them with tools like ResCHECK. Buildings built to new codes could save $150 billion (net present value) compared to efficiency levels a decade ago. Lowell Ungar is a senior policy advisor at the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. RELATED ARTICLES last_img read more

Music Showcase! 10 Dramatic Royalty Free Tracks

first_imgThe best dramatic royalty free tracks to add tension and suspense to your game or video project!One of the best ways to emphasize drama in your game or video is by including a driving and stimulating soundtrack.  From epic movie trailer scores to subtle music beds, the following dramatic royalty free tracks will draw the listener in and keep them engaged!last_img

Product Announcement: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000, 4K Under $900

first_imgFlashYes – Built-In Burst ShootingUp to 50fps Crop FactorN/A LCD Size3 inch touch screen; 921,000 dots Shooting 4K footage with a Leica designed lens, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 might be a great entry level camera.If you’re a filmmaker or a photographer I’m sure this happens to you all the time…You’re at a social gathering, typically a wedding, and people see you with your big fancy camera. Which prompts them to ask you something like “I was looking to get a new camera, do you know of any good ones?“. In reality this question makes about as much sense as saying “I was looking for a new car, do you know of any good ones?” Even so, we might have found the perfect go-to camera for individuals looking to buy their first “serious” camera, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000.FZ1000 Quick LookThe FZ1000 is what’s known as a “bridge camera” meaning it is a step up from a point and shoot and one step below a DSLM/R camera like the GH4. Definitely the most incredible feature included in the FZ1000 is the ability to capture 4K footage. The footage isn’t RAW but that shouldn’t be a problem for someone just entering the filmmaking world. The camera also comes with a Leica designed 25-200mm f/2.8-4 lens, which is a pretty decent kit lens for the price.The FZ1000 features a 1″-type MOS sensor. The unit also has built-in Wi-Fi connectivity, allowing for users to offload their photographs without connecting their camera to a computer. An OLED viewfinder enables users to see 100% of the image frame.Pricing and AvailabilityThe FZ1000 is is going for $897.99 on the B&H website, which includes the camera body, built-in lens, rechargeable battery with charger, lens hood, & a one year warranty. The FZ1000 is expected to be available by July 31, 2014.FZ1000 Technical Specs Storage MediaSD, SDHC, SDXC Sensor20.9 MP MOS Sensor Autofocus49 focus areas Shutter Speed60 Sec – 1/16,000center_img View FinderTFT LCD 2,359k-dot w/ diopter; 100% coverage Wireless FlashYes Sensitivity RangeISO 125-12,800 (Extended Mode to 25,600) VideoMOV: 3840×2160: 30 fps, 1920×1080: 30fps & 24fps, 1280×720: 30fps, 640×480: 30fps BatteryDMW-BLC 12 Battery Pack Image StabilizationHybrid I.O.S. What do you think of the Panasonic FZ1000? Would you recommend it to someone just starting out in the photography/video world?  Share in the comments below.last_img read more

Top seed Meralco comes back to beat Star in semis opener

first_imgRead Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “It’s always gonna be a defensive struggle with Star. They really hit us hard in the beginning of our game and took us out of our offense,” said Meralco head coach Norman Black.“Luckily for us, our defense held up and kept us in the game and eventually, our shots got falling and that gave us in the game. But again, it’s really going to be a defensive struggle against Star.”Meralco recovered from its dismal start when it was held scoreless for the first six and a half minutes of the game as Star took an early 20-3 lead and forced the Bolts to the lowest scoring quarter for the season with just seven points.But with the help of Dillinger, Meralco patiently chipped away the lead eventually tied the game at 41 after a Durham basket with 6:57 left to play in the third quarter.“It shows your ability to get back,” said Black on the Bolts’ third straight come-from-behind win. “We tried to do our best to surround Durham with floor spacers, so if we can just get those guys make their shots in the next games, we’ll be alright.”ADVERTISEMENT Baser Amer had 10 points, four assists, and three rebounds as the Bolts survived the absence of Chris Newsome, who fouled out midway through the fourth quarter.Jio Jalalon paced Star with 15 points on a perfect 9-of-9 clip from the charity stripe, with six rebounds and three assists.Paul Lee and Mark Barroca had 11 markers apiece, but lost their poise in the endgame for the Hotshots. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president LATEST STORIES BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Meralco aims for a 2-0 lead in the best-of-5 series on Tuesday at Sta. Rosa Multipurpose Complex in Sta. Rosa, Laguna.Jared Dillinger was instrumental in the heist and fired 15 points built on three triples to go with five assists and three rebounds off the bench.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe fearless slasher drilled two treys in the final two minutes and sank the go-ahead layup with 1:02 left.Allen Durham topped Meralco with 23 markers, 23 boards, and four dimes, including the game-clinching bucket in the final minute. PBA IMAGESBIÑAN — Defense once again did the trick for Meralco as it drew first blood with a 72-66 comeback win over Star in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup semifinals Sunday night at Alonte Sports Arena here.The Bolts locked down on defense down the stretch, forcing the Hotshots to commit six turnovers inside the last three minutes to complete their rally from 12 points down, 59-47, in the fourth quarter.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  View comments Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary NCAA Season 93’s Best 7: Week 12last_img read more

Starless Clippers ready to shop in summer free-agent market

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess MOST READ Bucks expecting another hard-fought matchup with Celtics FILE – Los Angeles Clippers’ Lou Williams, left, and Montrezl Harrell celebrate a basket made by Williams during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics, Monday, March 11, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 140-115. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Clippers overcame low expectations and a roster without any current or former All-Stars to win 48 games, make the playoffs and push the two-time defending champion Golden State Warriors to six games.Now they’re ready to go shopping. A blockbuster list of free agents comes on the market this summer.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “That’s a beautiful basketball team,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “They’ve got a bright future.”Some things to watch:IMPACT ROOKIES: Two of the team’s three rookie guards made a big impact. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander started 73 of 82 games at the point, averaging 10.8 points, 2.8 rebounds and 3.3 assists during the regular season. He scored a Clippers rookie playoff record 25 points against the Warriors. Landry Shamet joined the team in February in a trade from Philadelphia, where he played his first 54 games. He finished fourth all-time in 3-pointers made (167) by a rookie during the season, when he shot 42 percent. Jerome Robinson showed promise while struggling to find minutes in a crowded backcourt, dealing with a nagging foot injury and going back and forth to the G League. The trio’s presence could help make the Clippers an attractive free-agent destination, knowing their youngsters can make plays in big games and have huge upside. “They were complete pros,” Lou Williams said. “They took every challenge that we had for them, on the road, in practice.”GETTING A STEAL: C Ivica Zubac came over from the Lakers in a steal of a deal at the trade deadline in February. The 7-foot-1 center started 12 of 33 games for his new team, averaging 8.5 points and 4.9 rebounds. He had a playoff career-high of 18 points and 15 rebounds against Golden State. Zubac and Montrezl Harrell formed one of the best center combinations in the league. Zubac, a third-year pro, can become a restricted free agent after the season.OFF THE BENCH: Harrell and Williams, a candidate for his third Sixth Man of the Year award, proved a lethal combo off the bench. They notched the highest combined scoring average of any reserve duo in NBA history at 36.9 points. Williams led the league in bench scoring at 20.1 points (also tops on the team) while becoming the No. 1 bench scorer in league history. Harrell was fourth at 16.8.ADVERTISEMENT The Clippers have depth and a cohesive bunch of players who fight to the finish — comeback wins of 31 points in Game 2 against Golden State, 28 points at Boston, 25 points at Detroit and 20 points at Charlotte — and that should help catch the eye of big-name talent.They went 48-34, extending a franchise record with their eighth consecutive winning season. Their 13-2 mark was the NBA’s best in March.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“We did more than most thought we could,” coach Doc Rivers said. “This is the start of something great here.”After missing out last year, they returned to the playoffs for the seventh time in eight years. As an eighth seed, they lost in 4-2 in the first round to Golden State, but not before their Game 2 comeback — the biggest in NBA playoff history. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Read Next Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess View comments FRONT OFFICE: The Clippers have a solid front-office to pursue free agents. President of basketball operations Lawrence Frank presides over general manager Michael Winger, assistant GMs Mark Hughes and Trent Redden, and consultant Jerry West. Winger is so committed to seeing the franchise build a long-term contender that he took himself out of contention for Minnesota’s basketball ops job. Under Frank, the team traded its highest-scoring players each of the last two seasons (Blake Griffin and Tobias Harris) for multiple draft picks and other players while freeing up room under the salary cap to offer maximum deals to free agents this summer. Coach Doc Rivers is locked in for what’s to come, having said in March he’s working out a long-term contract extension.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparclast_img read more

Video: Ohio St’s D’Angelo Russell Shows Off His Ridiculous Dribbling Skills – With A Football

first_imgd'angelo Russell dribbles a football in his gym.d’angelo russell dribble footballD’Angelo Russell can handle a basketball pretty well. The former Ohio State star guard proved this dozens of times during his first-and-only season with the Buckeyes. The future NBA first-round pick had crazy highlight plays like this and this. It turns out that he’s nearly just as good with a football. Russell showed off his handling ability to former Kentucky guard Devin Booker while the two were working out together. Russell is expected to be a top-10 pick in the upcoming NBA Draft, which is set to take place on June 25.last_img read more

General Confederation of Entrepreneurs presents in London investment opportunities Morocco

first_imgBordeaux- The President of the Moroccan General Confederation of Entrepreneurs (CGEM) presented the country’s attractiveness during the 9th World Islamic Economic Forum held in London. Ms. Miriem Bensalah-Chaqroun highlighted the strengths of the Moroccan economy and exposed investment opportunities in various sectors.The forum provides an occasion to meet potential investors and convince project leaders to settle in Morocco, a country known for its economic openness and tolerance. It provides a gateway for business between the Muslim and non-Muslim world, she said. “Each Islamic country interacts with its first sub-region such as Morocco with the EU. However, promising business flows can be created between Muslim countries and Morocco can bring a lot of experience in infrastructure and the development of certain industrial sectors,” she concludedlast_img read more

This Could Be The Biggest AlabamaAuburn Matchup Ever

Georgia32.2-1.9+2.82.2 SatGeorgia Tech165423.7Georgia212219.4 Ohio State27.8+3.2-4.83.8 RKSEASONALABAMAAUBURNALABAMAAUBURNCOMBINED So with 62.4 percentage points of total CFP probability on the line — in terms of how much the game projects to swing our model’s odds across every team in the country — Alabama-Auburn is easily the most important game remaining in the regular season: 10199314✓22198120041992 32016✓3012246819902204 SatOklahoma217787.3West Virginia173416.5 FriPittsburgh150015.6Miami221614.8 Auburn21.0%-20.6+31.0+/-24.7 Clemson70.0-1.7+2.62.1 82011✓4214218718642013 Oklahoma58.1+1.2-1.91.5 SatFlorida166142.5Florida State16744.0 And the stakes of this particular Iron Bowl could scarcely be higher. Not only will the winner go to the SEC title game as West division champ,2Either Alabama will have an 8-0 conference record or the teams will be tied at 7-1 in conference games and Auburn would have a head-to-head tiebreaker over the Crimson Tide. but the outcome will also have a big influence on who ultimately makes the College Football Playoff.According to the FiveThirtyEight CFP prediction model, Alabama and Auburn are two of the eight remaining teams in the country with at least a 20 percent probability of making the CFP. If Bama wins, that would bump the Tide’s playoff odds from 67 percent to 84 percent; if they lose, that number falls to 42 percent (meaning ’Bama might well miss the CFP for the first time). The stakes are even higher for Auburn: If the Tigers prevail, their odds will rise from 21 percent to 52 percent, but a loss would effectively eliminate them from the CFP race. And the ripple effects extend beyond the SEC, as seven other teams figure to see their playoff probabilities shift by at least 1.5 percentage points depending on what happens on the Plains. USC9.5+1.6-2.41.9 As of Nov. 20, 2017. Includes teams where the average swing is at least +/- 0.5 percentage points 12017??237421612262 Alabama66.9+16.6-25.120.0 TEAMCURRENT CFP CHANCEBAMA WINSAUB WINSCFP SWING SCOREELO RATING 61994✓2114208921082098 72015✓2913239017642030 How the Iron Bowl could change the playoff pictureSwings in each team’s chances of making the College Football Playoff depending on who wins the Alabama-Auburn game SatWashington196176.5Washington St.19128.5 DAYSCHOOLELO RATINGWIN PROB.SCHOOLELO RATINGTOTAL SWING SatAuburn216139.9%Alabama2374+/-62.4 2201328✓34234920962215 Miami51.1-1.6+2.41.9 The most important games of Week 13According to total swing in all teams’ likelihood of making the College Football Playoff based on the game’s outcome 52014✓5544230019752125 Elo ratings are scaled so that an average team has a rating of 1500. SatStanford200444.3Notre Dame199710.4 SatSouth Carolina189118.6Clemson219214.5 CHANGE IN CFP CHANCES IF … SatMinnesota156513.2Wisconsin216512.0 SatMichigan187225.7Ohio State199225.5 4201027✓28215622102182 9198920✓30205119451996 On paper, this year’s Iron Bowl looks like the best in yearsHighest combined Elo ratings (according to their harmonic mean) for Alabama-Auburn matchups, 1988-2017 Week 13 in college football — aka rivalry week — promises to be one of the most chaotic of the year, with dozens of teams playing hatred-filled games that will have major College Football Playoff implications. No. 2 Clemson travels to face in-state rival South Carolina; No. 7 Georgia hits the road for its annual meeting with Georgia Tech; and No. 9 Ohio State heads to the Big House to face “That Team Up North.” But of all those high-intensity games, it’s the one between Alabama and Auburn that has the most riding on it.The Iron Bowl has given fans some of the most spectacular college football moments in recent memory, including “The Drive” in 2009, when Greg McElroy drove Alabama back to a 26-21 win at Jordan-Hare Stadium via a touchdown with less than 90 seconds left. Or “The Camback” in 2010, when Auburn, led by Cam Newton, stormed back from 24 points down in Tuscaloosa to stay undefeated (they’d eventually go on to win the National Championship). And most famously, there was the “Kick Six” in 2013, when Alabama took a 57-yard field goal attempt with one second remaining, but the ball fell short, and Auburn’s Chris Davis ran it back 109 yards to win the game.But this Saturday’s Iron Bowl could top all of those others, given its importance and the sheer quality of this year’s Tide and Tigers squads. For starters, these two teams are the best they’ve been in decades. We can measure how strong a given matchup is using our Elo ratings, which assign each team a score based on their quality at any given moment. And currently, Alabama boasts the No. 1 Elo in the country (what else is new?) while Auburn ranks sixth. If we combine those Elo ratings using their harmonic mean — which allows us to look for matchups where both teams have high ratings — we find that this year’s Iron Bowl features the greatest combination of Alabama and Auburn squads since at least 19881Our Elo Ratings for college football only go back that far.: TCU11.0+1.8-2.72.1 Notre Dame1.1+0.4-0.70.5 HOME TEAMAWAY TEAM In terms of ridiculous, heart-stopping finishes, it would be hard for Saturday’s game to top the 2013 edition, which ranked second in terms of combined Elo ratings, so don’t hold your breath for another miraculous kick six. But even though we don’t know how it will end, this Iron Bowl is set up to be special. The teams are at their best, the winner will likely go to the College Football Playoff while the loser will likely stay home, and the game’s outcome could help throw the rest of the country into chaos. The Alabama-Auburn rivalry is legendary and the game would still be tense even if both teams were 2-9 — but with the road to the national championship passing squarely through Jordan-Hare Stadium on Saturday, this season’s edition should be one for the ages.Check out our latest college football predictions.CORRECTION (Nov. 22, 9:30 a.m.): A previous version of the third table in this story reversed the home and away teams for several games: Auburn-Alabama, Georgia-Georgia Tech, Pittsburgh-Miami, South Carolina-Clemson, and Stanford-Notre Dame. The table has been updated. read more