Both teams in the Zona Norte have a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series, and both teams in the Sur are tied 1-1.
It’s an off day today.
On a personal note, I went to both of the Diablos games. Saturday’s game was ridiculously one-sided. Vaqueros had played the one-off wild card-y game on Friday night, and the presence of their bus outside the stadium leads me to believe that they must’ve come directly from that game in Torreon (in northern Mexico) slept on the bus on the ten-ish hour journey, and then played a game at 4pm.
Sunday’s game was a lot better. One of the most enjoyable games I’ve seen in Mexico. Diablos took the lead in the first. Vaqueros lead 2-1 after the second. Diablos lead 3-2 after the third. Vaqueros took a 6-3 in the 4th. Diablos tied it up in the bottom of the 4th, and took a 7-6 lead in the 6th. Vaqueros tied it up in the 7th. Diablos re-took the lead in the 8th. One strike away from victory, and the Diablos shortstop made an error, and Vaqueros ended up scoring three runs, taking a two run lead in the top of the ninth. Bottom of the ninth, with one out, Japhet Amador homered. Then John Lindsey homered. Two solo homers, tie game. Two singles later and Diablos have runners on the corners, two outs. The number nine batter, Juan Carlos Gamboa, the short stop who made the error that allowed Laguna to take the lead in the top of the ninth, hits a line drive single. Diablos win.
So, the 2014 World Cup quarter-finals: French Republic v Federal Republic of Germany Federative Republic of Brazil v Republic of Colombia Argentine Republic v Kingdom of Belgium Netherlands v Republic of Costa Rica
In 1914, it would’ve been: French Third Republic v German Empire Republic of the United States of Brazil v Republic of Colombia Argentine Republic v Kingdom of Belgium Netherlands v Republic of Costa Rica
And in 1814: First French Empire v Confederation of the Rhine State of Brazil v Viceroyalty of New Granada United Provinces of the Río de la Plata v First French Empire Sovereign Principality of the United Netherlands v Viceroyalty of New Spain
In 1714: Kingdom of France v Holy Roman Empire State of Brazil v New Kingdom of Granada Viceroyalty of Peru v Spanish Netherlands Republic of the Seven United Netherlands v Viceroyalty of New Spain
In 1614: Kingdom of France v Holy Roman Empire Governorate General of Brazil v Viceroyalty of Peru Viceroyalty of Peru v Spanish Netherlands Republic of the Seven United Netherlands v Viceroyalty of New Spain
In 1514: Kingdom of France v Holy Roman Empire Indigenous peoples of what is now Brazil v Province of Tierra Firme Indigenous peoples of what is now Argentina v Habsburg Netherlands Habsburg Netherlands v Indigenous peoples of what is now Costa Rica
(All of this was “researched” by quickly looking at Wikipedia, so, y’know, sorry, actual historians. Feel free to correct me.)