Have your say on the NRL grand final
I have a confession to make - I want the Bulldogs to win the NRL grand final.
There I said it and as a life-long Parramatta fan it is not an easy thing to admit.
I have cheered long and loud against the Bulldogs since the 1970s. I still wake at night sweating that it is 1979 and my then seven year-old brother is crying and kicking the dirt after the Blue and Whites triumphed over the Eels.
Our champion Ray Price was wrongfully sent off by referee Greg Hartley. The same Greg Hartley later worked for the Bulldogs.
Not that I carry a grudge or have a long memory.
The clubs shared the honours in the 1984 and 1986 premiership deciders. Fast forward to 1998 and the never-say-die Bulldogs broke the hearts of Parra fans again in a famous semi-final.
More recently the salary cap scandal and events in Coffs Harbour by drunken players made the Bulldogs hard to like, let alone love. But all those involved are long gone from Belmore so I am letting that all go for one week for the greater good.
The Storm must be opposed by every Sydney rugby league fan.
Melbourne are all that is wrong with sport. They are an artificially created, tainted franchise that to this day won't name the players who were paid illegal fortunes to stay in Bleak City.
Yes a few are still there and will put on the purple this Sunday.
The club can never live down the fact they were stripped of two illegal competition victories. So I look towards Canterbury Bankstown to do the right thing.
The fact the 2012 Bulldogs have Ben Barba and former Eels such as Kris Inu, Kris Keating and Johnathan Wright makes the decision a little easier.
The tipping point on my road to Belmore was Saturday night. I went to ANZ Stadium with friends who are life-long Bulldogs fans - good seats to a great finals clash should never be passed up.
The Victorian capital won't ever embrace league the way south-western Sydney loves their Bulldogs.
If you live in Sydney and love the greatest game of all you MUST follow the Bulldogs on Sunday. You may not like the team, but be honest, you respect them and their fans' passion.
May the Melbourne Storm lose by 20 points.
Kevin Wilde is the State Political Correspondent for Nine News and a passionate rugby league supporter.
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