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Mike Tuckerman

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We need to find you a strong, regional side that often punches above its weight and is the pride of the city. I’m thinking Vegalta Sendai.

Why we should all pick a J.League team to support this season

Are we marking you down as a Sanfrecce fan?

Why we should all pick a J.League team to support this season

I was at the return leg at Saitama Stadium when David Zdrilic missed that header!

Why we should all pick a J.League team to support this season

Who’s your team, Chris?

Why we should all pick a J.League team to support this season

I’ve designated you Nagoya Grampus, Mark. I hope you enjoy following them for many years to come.

Why we should all pick a J.League team to support this season

Nah, that’s fine. Once you pick a team… that’s your team.

Why we should all pick a J.League team to support this season

We’ll allow it.

Why we should all pick a J.League team to support this season

No one does!

Why we should all pick a J.League team to support this season

Haha, I still reckon Kose Sports Park is one of the most picturesque grounds in the league. (Well, the surroundings at least. Maybe not the stadium).

Why we should all pick a J.League team to support this season

You can keep an eye on Júbilo Iwata for us down there.

Why we should all pick a J.League team to support this season

Fair warning: I’m going to start designating teams to readers throughout the day if I’m not satisfied with the take-up rate. And there’s only one Urawa Reds and one Nemesis, so make sure you pick wisely and make your selection known in the comments if you don’t want to be lumped in with them.

Why we should all pick a J.League team to support this season

We certainly got our answer.

Can Steve Corica get the better of Ange Postecoglou in Yokohama?

How many cricket fans responded to it? Not a single one. Not sure there’s as many rusted-on Big Bash League fans as Cricket Australia would have us believe.

The code wars are here, so let's have at it

I’m from Sydney mate! “Have at it” is an old football phrase. I presume it’s English in origin.

The code wars are here, so let's have at it

“Have at it” is a phrase which means “go ahead”. ie. Let’s go ahead with this discussion.

The code wars are here, so let's have at it

Let me spell it out. “The code wars are here” (Rothfield’s column), “so let’s have at it” (this discussion). Hope this helps.

The code wars are here, so let's have at it

I come from Parramatta and have been a paid-up member of the Parramatta Eels for the better part of a decade; I don’t recall anyone on here claiming that Bankwest Stadium was built solely for the Wanderers.

But the difference, while you’re here, is that Simon Hill won’t get a half-page spread in the Sunday Telegraph next week to talk about NRL player behaviour, nor will you see A-League fans migrate to the Rugby League tab to talk about why their code is bigger.

The code wars are here, so let's have at it

I’m just responding to something in the Sunday papers. I guess if Buzz didn’t want people talking about his column, he wouldn’t have written it?

The code wars are here, so let's have at it

I’m not so sure about that, clipper. Rugby League clings to its myth of being a working class game because it offers a point of difference to rival codes, but how true is it? Look at the cost of State Of Origin tickets in Queensland – a supposed heartland – and you’ll find a more accurate answer.

The code wars are here, so let's have at it

What makes Buzz’s work so special that it’s above (or beneath) critique? Like him or not, he has a huge platform in a major metropolitan newspaper to write whatever he wants. Where has ignoring him ever got football?

The code wars are here, so let's have at it

I could have sworn I saw the same sentiments last year. And the year before that. And the year before that…

The code wars are here, so let's have at it

Why not? Because Craigo, the way it always goes with NRL fans like yourself is that proof is always demanded of the A-League’s popularity. But when it’s offered, suddenly the proof is irrelevant because the NRL team of choice is having a bad season or it’s a joint-venture club or nine thousand hardcore fans all had to walk their dog at the exact same time as the footy kicked off. It’s always the same, and it’s why I have no qualms pointing out when one number (like Sydney FC attendances) is larger than another (like St. George Illawarra’s).

The code wars are here, so let's have at it

I thought Carl Robinson spoke really well.

The code wars are here, so let's have at it

And yours is the same grandiose, wilfully ignorant, revisionist nonsense that pretends crowds of 2,000 in the NSL were actually 20,000 and that there’s an underclass of downtrodden football supporters in Australia, who don’t actually exist, but who will nevertheless fill stadiums around the country if only the football pyramid is opened.

Have we all just given up on the A-League?

It was highlighted to me on Twitter that the kick-off times I’ve listed are actually Queensland times. But the point remains the same.

Why does the A-League keep playing afternoon games in mid-summer?