No, the thing that has annoyed me most is the excuse that it has given rugby league's parochial flat-cap tendency to get all dewy eyed about "roots" and "tradition" and "community", implying it is a Northern sport that should stay there. At least Simon Kelner was honest enough to state this openly ("The betrayal of a heritage", Sport, 18 April). However, I must disagree. Like him I am a Northerner and, yes, rugby league is my game. But I don't watch it because I admire its "moral authority" or because I want to follow the traditions of my forefathers. I watch it because I enjoy it. For me it is simply the greatest game, one which for speed, aggression, skill and sheer entertainment value leaves all other sports looking pedestrian. I want to see rugby league become the national sport it deserves to be, not the national joke it frequently is.