Rugby v Football. Which is best?
What's better, rugby or football? What do you think?
Our daughter, Jennifer, plays for Arsenal Ladies and I see her games when she is in her Scotland strip and I am growing to love football. Our son, Johnnie, plays rugby, as did I.
Football first. I like the fact that football lasts longer so games open up more. I wish rugby had an extra 10 minutes too. If rugby lasted longer, the game would be more aerobic and players would be lighter.
But football's main advantage is that the game doesn't stop. When I watch Jenny, she is constantly running and the ball can go from end to end with pauses happening only when the ball goes out of play.
Every top-class footballer can dance on a sixpence and, when we went down with Jenny to see round Arsenal's training facility at Borehamwood, I was staggered at how small, skinny and incredibly fast the male players were.
Football's easier to play for fun too. Four of us could get a ball, throw down some jerseys for posts and have a kick about. And it's simpler.
But is simplicity an advantage? One of rugby's attributes is its complexity.
Lineouts are difficult. Letter beginning with "P" for the front, "S" for the middle and the hooker shouts out "psychology", whereupon everyone is confused and a strange choreographed procedure starts. Mauling is difficult, the offside line is hard to police, rucks are impossible, and I love it, I love it.
Up until "Bloodgate" happened, I'd have said that rugby players do not feign injuries. Football players, on the other hand, do it all the time and, if I had to watch one more Bulgarian women's player appear to die while playing against Scotland the other night, I'd have gone bonkers.
I was alone in trying to start a slow hand clap while Bulgarians dived to the ground and it was me shouting: "She's faking ref!" All the football fans around me accepted it. A mystery.
In terms of health, you are probably healthier playing football as rugby's spinal injuries are a real concern and it is probably a hundred times more physical than football.
But sport isn't really about high-level competition is it? It's not really even about competition, despite the fact that we keep score.
Sport provides chances for us to learn about life and to meet friends.
Take football and rugby together. A young man or woman playing either game gets a new crowd of friends and has to learn rules to play by. I like that.
Rugby is more dangerous, more physical, more complicated and it's the game I grew up with. Football is faster, more open, and simpler.
But here, to me, is the big difference. Sport is a microcosm of life. And in every sport, there is a figure of authority, in ours it's the referee. And I think footballers show little respect for the referee.
You might think I am going to say that rugby treats its referees wonderfully? Well, no. I think rugby is getting ever closer to football in terms of how we treat referees and that is worrying.
Anyway, which is better? Rugby, just.