How the other half live: Roadtesting one of Brisbane’s most iconic riverfront mansions

first_imgA grand staircase leads to the upper level.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus12 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market12 hours agoBack in the main house, I climb the magnificent staircase to discover four bedrooms, including the master suite, which happens to be mine for the next 48 hours.It also happens to be almost as big as my entire house. Padding my way through the bedroom on plush carpet, I make way into the luxurious marble ensuite where a giant spa bath awaits.I should mention I had buyer’s remorse for about six months after we bought our humble worker’s cottage and compromised on the one thing I now miss daily — a bath tub. So, perhaps not surprisingly, I was in that tub in no time. I have to crane my neck to look at the soaring ceilings decorated with intricate roses and a huge French chandelier.To my right is the grandest ‘Gone with the Wind’-style staircase I’ve ever seen and there is nothing but marble beneath my feet. The formal sitting room. Picture: Realestate.com.au.I suddenly feel very underdressed. But the view is beckoning, so out to the timber decks I go to take in the cool breeze and stunning vista. The University of Queensland is directly in front of me and to my right and left, the winding river stretches as far as the eye can see.I sit here for a while, captivated by this scene and inspecting the ornate, powder-coated aluminium lattice that adorns the veranda balustrades.It strikes me that although I am only minutes from the city centre, there is nothing but peace and quiet.I could definitely get used to this. Is it too early to open the bottle of bubbles I’ve brought with me? This magnificent house at 50 Dauphin Tce, Highgate Hill, is on the market. Picture: Realestate.com.au. The property is just as impressive in the day time.It’s not yet midday, so I refrain and instead make my way to the other side of the house where there is a much more ‘lived in’ living, dining and kitchen area.It’s clear this is where the owners spend most of their time. The circular, granite kitchen is practical and neat, with a huge island bench and plenty of storage. MORE: Agent puts money where mouth is I warm myself by another fireplace in this large, open-plan area with its polished, hardwood floors (made of timber from the old Brett’s Wharf no less) — all while admiring a glass atrium framing the rainforest outside.It is through this wall that I spot what the owners call ‘the treehouse’ — a separate, self-contained guesthouse spanning two levels joined to the main house by a large deck.A quick look inside takes me back to childhood, playing in a cubby house in the trees; except my cubby house didn’t have its own kitchen, bathroom, balcony and bedroom. The house is imposing when viewed from below.Brisbane really is at its best when seen from the river. As we glide along, we pass the homes of many of the city’s highest profile residents.Among them, former Olympic swimmer Susie O’Neill’s riverfront home and developer Mark Stockwell’s palatial residence.So, this is how the other half live. The river views from the home’s wide verandas.But believe it or not, the house is only two decades old — despite its period features and the fact it looks like it’s straight out of the Great Gatsby era.“It’s the kind of house Walt Disney would have built if you asked him to build a Queenslander,” owner Dr Chris Bradshaw tells me.“It’s like living in a luxury resort every day.”The history of the site weighs on me as I contemplate what to do with my time.I don’t even know where to start, so I turn right and find myself in a ballroom-sized, formal lounge and dining room, complete with a grand piano, marble fireplace, antique furniture and drapes I’m told are worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. The view from one of the verandas. Picture: Realestate.com.au.An hour or so later, it was time to pop that bubbly and watch the sky change colour as dusk turned to dark. What better way to do that than from my very own observatory tower?That’s right, a few steps outside the master suite lead me to an actual, five-storey tower, with a spiral staircase leading to the highest point of the house, from which the domed roof opens up to reveal the night sky and a view that would make even the most avid stargazer jealous.It’s impossible not to feel like a princess up here — or perhaps, Rapunzel. Let your imagination run wild … The view from the observatory tower.Before I know it, we’re back at ‘Nareke’, and alas, my time here is up. I write about a lot of dream homes, but to actually live the dream for a weekend is something else.With the banking royal commission and uncertainty around the federal election outcome behind us, Brisbane’s prestige property market is in a sweet spot.Agents say buyers have a renewed sense of urgency to act now, but top quality properties are few and far between.50 Dauphin Terrace is one of those properties. center_img The home comes with its observatory tower. Surrounded by its own private rainforest, with not a neighbour in sight, the house sits on nearly 4000 sqm of absolute riverfront land, only 2km from the CBD.This site was once the home of General Douglas McArthur, who was a highly decorate soldier of both world wars, during the Pacific Campaign in World War 2. 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The entrance to 50 Dauphin Tce, Highgate Hill. Picture: Realestate.com.au.As I walk away from the house, along the paved winding path flanked by manicured gardens, I realise this truly is one of Brisbane’s best kept secrets. Driving out of the regal gates in my humble Honda hatchback — in desperate need of a wash — reality hits and I realise the fairytale is abruptly over.‘Nareke’ at 50 Dauphin Tce, Highgate Hill, is for sale by negotiation through Christine Rudolph and Matt Lancashire of Ray White – New Farm. The property comes with a 23m gas heated pool.When I wake up the next morning, I’m in an unbelievably comfy bed; refreshed and ready to explore some more. Downstairs, I discover a completely separate apartment with a brand new kitchen, living room, two bedrooms, a bathroom, a laundry and a 2000-bottle, temperature-controlled wine cellar. Now I know the owners weren’t joking when they said they needed to call each other on their mobiles to find out where they were because the house was so big!The apartment opens out to a large timber deck and a 23m gas-heated swimming pool, overlooking the river. I’m tempted to take a dip, but it’s such a nice day, why not take the boat out? Courier-Mail journalist Elizabeth Tilley was given the keys to one of Brisbane’s most iconic mansions for a weekend. Picture: Peter Wallis.AS I walk through the front door, I can’t help but detect a certain swagger in my step.So, this is what it’s like to feel a million bucks.I’ve been given the keys to one of Brisbane’s most iconic, riverfront mansions for the weekend — and I plan to make the most of it.What first hits me as I enter the home is the sheer size of the place. RELATED: Inside look at Coast’s $7m homelast_img read more

Linebacker Henderson verbally commits to Syracuse’s Class of 2015

first_img Comments Published on July 15, 2014 at 7:33 pm Contact Matt: [email protected] | @matt_schneidman Facebook Twitter Google+center_img St. Edward (Ohio) High School outside linebacker Troy Henderson verbally committed to Syracuse’s Class of 2015 on Tuesday night, he announced on Twitter.Henderson is listed at 6 feet, 1 inch and 215 pounds by Scout.com. The site rates him as a three-star prospect and he chose Syracuse over Rutgers and Nebraska, according to his Twitter. He also received offers from Cincinnati, Western Michigan and Toledo, among others.He is the third outside linebacker in the class, along with two-star commit Shy Cullen and three-star commit Daiquan Kelly, and joins three-star safety Marquise Blair as the only other member of the class from Ohio.Henderson becomes the 23rd verbal pledge of the Orange’s recruiting class. SU’s 23 commits are the most of any team in the country. At this time last year, Syracuse had eight verbal commits and didn’t get its 23rd until Feb. 5 of this year. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

10 months agoMan Utd boss Solskjaer happy with victory at Newcastle: But there’s more to come

first_imgMan Utd boss Solskjaer happy with victory at Newcastle: But there’s more to comeby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was delighted with their 2-0 win at Newcastle/Marcus Rashford and Romelu Lukaku struck for the visitorsSolskjaer said, “Finally we kept a clean sheet. A very professional performance. We didn’t hit the heights that we can do but we were in control, kept plugging away and got the goals.”A good first touch from a sub! When you see big Romelu Lukaku running towards you, as a keeper you might take your hands away! We were sluggish in the first half, it was like a testimonial, too many square passes.”We go to Dubai after the FA Cup game, you need that fitness work because we will need legs come the end of March.”He also said, “You’d be happy with four wins from four – we haven’t conceded from open play yet either.”We were slow in the first half but we controlled the game well, we concentrated and overall it was a very professional performance.”In a five-minute spell we gave them two or three chances but then we settled down again. Newcastle is a fantastic club, fantastic crowd, you expect them to attack you but Victor Lindelof and Phil Jones were fantastic.”Marcus Rashford has the Cristiano hit, it swerves everywhere, but I liked his goal today. Calmed himself down, just passed it in. Well done.”He is only 21, you have to remember that. You need to rattle Paul Pogba at times to get him going, he has been immense for us.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Canadas envoy to Beijing briefs China on arrest of Huawei executive Freeland

first_imgOTTAWA — Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland says Canada’s ambassador in Beijing has briefed the Chinese foreign ministry on the arrest of a Chinese telecommunications executive in Vancouver.Freeland says that Ambassador John McCallum assured China that due process is being followed in Canada and consular access will be provided.Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of Huawei Technologies, was arrested Saturday while in transit at Vancouver’s airport after an extradition request from the United States.China’s foreign ministry has pushed Canada to reveal the reason for the arrest, while the Chinese Embassy in Ottawa has branded Meng’s arrest a serious violation of human rights.Freeland says McCallum told the Chinese that Canada is a country that respects the rule of law and that Canada is following its laws.Freeland reiterated what Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Thursday: that Meng’s arrest was part of an independent legal process that is separate from politics. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Business ties complicate Muslim states response to Rohingya

first_imgDUBAI, United Arab Emirates – When Rohingya Muslims fled persecution and slaughter in Myanmar in past decades, tens of thousands found refuge in Saudi Arabia, home to Islam’s holiest sites. This time around, Muslim leaders from the Persian Gulf to Pakistan have offered little more than condemnation and urgently needed humanitarian aid.The lack of a stronger response by Muslim-majority countries partly comes down to their lucrative business interests in Southeast Asia, experts say. Much of the Middle East is also buckling under its own refugee crisis sparked by years of upheaval in Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Afghanistan.More than 500,000 people — roughly half the Rohingya Muslim population in Myanmar — have fled to neighbouring Bangladesh over the past year, mostly in the last month. The United Nations human rights chief has described Myanmar’s military crackdown and allied Buddhist mob attacks as “a textbook example of ethnic cleansing.”Saudi Arabia is already home to around a quarter-million Burmese people who took refuge in the kingdom under the late King Faisal in the 1960s. The kingdom pledged $15 million in aid to the Rohingya this week.As the world’s biggest oil exporter, Saudi Arabia competes with Russia to be China’s top crude supplier. Expanding its footprint there requires Myanmar’s help.A recently opened pipeline running through Myanmar , also known as Burma, carries oil from Arab countries and the Caucuses to China’s landlocked Yunnan Province. The 771-kilometre (479-mile) pipeline starts at the Bay of Bengal in western Myanmar’s Rakhine state, from where most of the Rohingya have been forced out.In 2011, a subsidiary of state oil giant Saudi Aramco and PetroChina, an arm of China’s state-owned CNPC, signed a deal to supply China’s southwestern Yunnan Province with up to 200,000 barrels per day of crude oil, just under half of the pipeline’s capacity.Saudi Aramco did not immediately respond to a request for comment on shipments through the pipeline.“One could argue that Saudi Arabia is less likely to be outspoken on this (Rohingya) issue because it actually relies on the Burmese government to protect the physical security of the pipeline,” said Bo Kong, a senior associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies who has written about China’s global petroleum policy.The pipeline became operational in April following years of delays. It allows tankers to bypass the Strait of Malacca, cutting typical voyages by about seven days. A natural gas pipeline from Myanmar’s Shwe gas field runs alongside it.Daniel Wagner, founder of consulting firm Country Risk Solutions, said Saudi Arabia is moving ahead with its economic and political agenda in Mynamar and Southeast Asia, yet can still “claim to have stood the moral high-ground” by previously taking in refugees and providing financial aid.“The important point is that natural gas and oil flows through Rakhine state,” he said.Muslim-majority countries have been increasingly promising aid as the number of refugees swells in Bangladesh.Azerbaijan, which also appears to be exporting crude to China through the pipeline, has ordered 100 tons of humanitarian aid to be dispatched.Turkey, which like Iran jostles with Saudi Arabia to be the Islamic world’s centre of influence, has mobilized millions of meals for refugees in Bangladesh and vowed to maintain a refugee camp there. It has also provided clothing, part of more than 150 tons of humanitarian aid supplied overall.Iran, Saudi Arabia’s regional rival, has sent at least 40 tons of aid. Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei recently took a swipe at other Muslim countries with business interests in Myanmar, urging them to ramp up pressure on the government there.“There are tens of Muslim countries and governments, some of whom have financial and economic transactions with them,” he said. “If we sit somewhere and engage in condemnations, what is the use of this?”Images of burnt Muslim villages in Myanmar and of traumatized and often barefoot Rohingya women, children and elderly crossing into Bangladesh sparked protests in several Muslim countries.A large rally was held to denounce the crisis in Indonesia, which is working to boost bilateral trade with Myanmar to $1 billion a year.In Pakistan’s largest city of Karachi, tens of thousands protested. Lawmaker Farhatullah Babar of the Pakistan People’s Party has pushed his government to suspend or at least slow the implementation of defence agreements worth hundreds of millions of dollars with Myanmar.He told The Associated Press that an official responded to his request by saying Pakistan is pressing Myanmar through diplomatic channels to stop the violence.“Pakistan should not be seen as strengthening a regime that is using weapons against its own people,” Babar said. He declined to elaborate on the details of the defence agreements.A report by IHS Jane’s in February said Myanmar two years ago bought 16 JF-17 Thunder aircraft, co-developed by Pakistan and China. The defence weekly said Myanmar is now in advanced negotiations with Pakistan for licensed production of the fighter jet’s advanced third-generation variant.The 57-nation Organization of Islamic Cooperation held an emergency session on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly in New York this week to discuss the crisis.The organization, headquartered in Saudi Arabia, issued a lengthy statement earlier this month expressing “grave concern” over the exodus of Rohingya. But unless its member states take tougher action on their own, there is little the OIC can do to pressure Myanmar’s government.Jason von Meding, a specialist in disaster response at the University of Newcastle in Australia, said religious differences are not the only reason Rohingya are being forced out.The government in Myanmar has designated 3 million acres in Rakhine state for development of the area’s rich mineral resources, he said. Farmers and vulnerable minority groups in the state have protested such schemes, calling them land grabs for which they receive little to no compensation.“There’s no question that there is a lot of religious tension and ethnic division in society there,” von Meding said. “The problem is that it’s a convenient excuse for some people to get on with some very dirty political and business dealings behind the scenes.”___Associated Press writers Zarar Khan in Islamabad, Pakistan; Suzan Fraser in Ankara, Turkey; and Nasser Karimi in Tehran contributed to this report.___Follow Aya Batrawy on Twitter at https://twitter.com/ayaelblast_img read more

Thousands line the streets for the annual Santa Claus Parade in Fort

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Thousands of people lined the streets of Fort St. John for the annual Santa Claus Parade Saturday night.The parade was moved to a new date in 2018. In years previous the parade was scheduled for the third Friday of November.  The City felt moving the date and time of the event would be better due to safety concerns with after work vehicle traffic and the Parades proximity to Remembrance Day.After the parade, Councillor Gord Klassen announced the top three floats. Calvary Baptist ChurchFort St. John Figure Skating ClubChild Development CentreThe community also enjoyed free hot dogs from the Sunrise Rotary Club and free coffee from McDonald’s.Thank you to the City of Fort St. John for sponsoring our live video stream of the parade.  You can watch above on Youtube or below on Facebook.last_img

NTPC promotes traditional forms of art

first_imgHazaribagh: Reiterating its commitment to preserve and promote India’s local culture and traditions, the walls of NTPC’s Pakri-Barwadih (Sikri) Coal Mine office have been adorned with conventional forms of art. The walls, painted with natural colours by the artists, were embellished with Sohari, a prominent tribal art form from the states of Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh. Also decorated with Khovar art, the walls depict and illustrate various socio-religious traditions and exemplify social messages that emphasise on the importance of undertaking skill development, the need to empower women, to name a few.last_img

London: Minister Delegate for Foreign Affairs Presents Morocco’s African Policy

first_imgLondon- Minister delegate for foreign affairs Mbarka Bouaida presented, Tuesday in London, the broad lines of Morocco’s African policy which puts Africa at the center of its diplomatic priorities.Speaking at a working luncheon organized by Morocco’s ambassador to the UK Lalla Joumala, Bouaida underlined King Mohammed VI’s “special interest in developing ties with friendly African countries as part of a solidarity-based and active south-south cooperation.”“Morocco is tirelessly working, under the leadership of HM the King, to reinforce stability, development and prosperity of Africa,” Bouaida told around twenty African ambassadors who were invited to this luncheon. She also recalled the “huge success” of the latest tour of King Mohammed VI to four countries (Mali, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea and Gabon).This tour was crowned by the signature of 91 agreements on projects meant to promote cooperation on Agriculture, fisheries, social housing, rural electrification, energy, tourism and infrastructure, she said.last_img read more

One Of These World Cup Hosts Is Not Like The Others

After the arrests of several senior FIFA leaders and widespread evidence of graft, bribery and general corruption at the highest levels of the global soccer conglomerate, FIFA’s selection of Qatar to host the 2022 World Cup has come under renewed criticism. The indictments allege that vote-buying occurred in past World Cup host selections, and there have been other allegations that millions of dollars were paid to rig the vote for Qatar in 2010.And when you look at all the World Cup hosts since 1978, it’s clear that Qatar is in many ways an outlier.Compared with other World Cup hosts, Qatar is at the extremes on almost every metric I looked at. The data wasn’t perfect — two of the data sets I used weren’t measured annually when it would have been ideal if they were (the United Nations Development Program’s carbon-emissions reading and Reporters Without Borders’ Press Freedom Index). Also, the Press Freedom Index did not exist before 2002, so I used the 2002 mark for the World Cups that came before that year. It’s an estimation, but because that measurement is less susceptible to annual change, I felt safe in using it. And one last thing while we’re here: The Elo and GDP numbers for Russia and Qatar aren’t projections but are the most recent data available.Qatar was definitely not selected for its temperate weather in June, the typical time for the FIFA tournament. There has historically been some variation here — Argentina’s average June temperature is in the low 50s (it being in the Southern Hemisphere and all), and Mexico’s is in the mid-70s. But Qatar’s average June temperature is in the 90s.Perhaps Qatar is a real soccer up-and-comer, then? Not quite! I pulled the Elo rating of each men’s national team on the first game they played the year they hosted the cup1The last game of the previous year for Colombia, which resigned from hosting the 1986 cup and did not play soccer that year, and the most recent game for Russia and Qatar. to get the gist of how good the teams were on the world stage. Qatar has the second-lowest score ever.2Might they improve substantially in the next seven years? Sure, it’s possible. But the point is they’re not an unrecognized powerhouse in the sport at this point in time, and the fact that the host nation gets a free bid may mean they don’t have a ton of incentive to drastically improve.And it’s not like Qatar holds a bulk of the world’s population, either. Typically the country that gets the cup has somewhere around 1 percent to 5 percent of the world’s population, but not Qatar. With a projected population of 2.24 million in 2022, it’ll have a whopping 0.03 percent of the global population within its borders in a few years, not counting the spectators. What’s more, that population mostly comprises people who weren’t born in Qatar — as of 2013, according to the U.N., 1.6 million of the country’s 2.2 million people were international migrants.Although Qatar will be a global hub for sports journalists in several years, FIFA apparently did not select the country to highlight its illustrious human-rights record. Qatar has extreme restrictions on press freedoms that put it in league with Russia (the 2018 host) and Brazil (the 2014 one). They have a very high score on the Press Freedom Index, where a low score indicates a great deal of freedom.It’s also not for the nation’s climate record, either, as it’s by far the highest polluter — measured in metric tons of carbon emitted per capita. And that’s on a list that includes America. That was our category to lose!But Qatar does have one metric by which it is off-the-charts outstanding: gross domestic product per capita. Namely, it’s a small country that makes a whole lot of money. In the chart, we’re looking at the ratio of GDP per capita the year each nation hosted the cup to the United States’ GDP per capita that year, to keep it apples to apples.None of this proves vote-rigging, obviously. But when a country lacks many of the competitive advantages of other countries’ bids, some extra scrutiny is probably worthwhile. read more

America Has Spoken MLB Steroid Users Should Lose A Third Of Their

This weekend, only one batter — Houston Astros stalwart Craig Biggio — will be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. One major reason for the lack of swingers: The folks voting people into Cooperstown are (how can we say it?) skeptical of hitting records achieved during baseball’s “steroid era.”Spanning from the early 1990s to the mid-2000s, those juiced-up years saw a number of the game’s most treasured records assaulted by players who were later implicated in the use of performance-enhancing drugs. And that presents a bit of a pickle: On the one hand, players set new milestones in America’s pastime; we can’t just ignore those, right? On the other hand, a lot of those people were injecting a cocktail of hormones and steroids into their buttocks to reach those milestones. Factor in baseball’s revered position in American society and the diversity of opinions about how severe said crimes against the game actually were, and you have an ethical/bookkeeping quandary of profound proportions.This issue is particularly thorny for folks like us, who use statistics to understand the game. We could strike the steroid-era records entirely, and then all of a sudden, the all-time top list is the same as it was in 1993. We could count all of them, but that won’t make them legitimate in the minds of many people. So, what to do?Mutually exclusive solutions — strike ’em or count ’em — make this a tough nut to crack. Alternatively, though, we could apply a discount — a penalty in percentage terms deducted from players’ individual statistics. That would then alter the record books, penalizing players who juiced.We asked SurveyMonkey Audience to run a poll asking Americans all about baseball, and one question was whether a player’s statistics — such as home runs — should be partially discounted for the purposes of records and leaderboards if he is found to be using performance-enhancing drugs (PED), and if so, how much of a penalty should be applied.In the survey results, there were essentially three camps:The first group — 41 percent of all respondents — thought no discount should be applied and the records should stand as-is.An additional 23 percent said the records of juicers should be stripped entirely — press ctrl-a and then delete.Finally, 36 percent of respondents took a more nuanced view, providing a percentage1Ranging between 1 percent and 99 percent. by which offending players’ statistics ought to be docked.The median voter suggested a 20 percent penalty for juicers,2For self-identified fans of baseball, the median was a 10 percent discount. while the average penalty was 36 percent. The strip-everything crowd drags the average up. But if you cut out the all-or-nothing extremists, the median increases to 30 percent.So what would baseball history look like if we applied a few of these penalties to the steroid-era stats3Docking all users for stats accumulated between 1993 and 2004 — the widely acknowledged duration of the PED epoch — probably casts too wide of a net in some cases, but it’s also impossible to make case-by-case determinations of when each player began juicing. of implicated players? (Specifically, players who were suspended for PED offenses, were linked to the Biogenesis scandal, were named in the Mitchell Report or whose failed drug tests were leaked to the media.) Could we successfully penalize performance-enhancers without pretending that an entire era’s worth of great players didn’t accomplish a thing?Here’s how the all-time home run leaderboard would change if we applied discount rates of either one-fifth or one-third to the round-trippers mashed by PED users:The poster boy for steroid-fueled home run dominance, Barry Bonds would lose about 105 home runs under a 20 percent discount and nearly 174 if we dock users by 33 percent. The latter penalty would still land him in the top six for career dingers, but he’d also sit a distant 167 home runs behind Hank Aaron for the all-time lead. Also, Alex Rodriguez would go from fourth to 11th on the lifetime list; the quartet of Sammy Sosa, Rafael Palmeiro, Manny Ramirez and Gary Sheffield would drop by roughly 30 slots apiece; and Juan Gonzalez would fall by 73 spots.This process doesn’t have to be restricted to home runs. Here are the all-time leaderboards for position-player wins above replacement (WAR)4Averaging together the versions from Baseball-Reference.com and Fangraphs. if we apply the same discount rates detailed above:Perilously close to overtaking Babe Ruth as the GOAT in real life, Bonds drops to eighth in position-player WAR when we dock his steroid-era production by 33 percent. That leaves us with an all-time top five far more palatable to baseball traditionalists: Ruth, Willie Mays, Ty Cobb, Aaron and Honus Wagner.5Ted Williams still ranks 10th under either schema, a product of his multiple military-related absences from the game.The debate over steroids in baseball is bitter and divisive, but this solution represents a compromise, based on real data, that attempts to meet all camps somewhere in the middle.(Just kidding, this will never be settled and will remain a festering puncture wound to the game of baseball for generations to come. Play ball!) read more