The one thing you get from me on this blog is how I feel. I see this as not only a cricket journal, following some of the threads others don’t, and trying to get the issues out in the open, but also how it interacts with my daily life. I’m a lot stronger in my mentality than I was this time last year, but have several moments, one of which resulted in me closing down the old blog and starting a new one. I may never go into why that happened in writing on here, but suffice to say I got spooked a little by other events to people quite close to me. Just because I’m paranoid, it doesn’t mean they ain’t out to get me.
I also get on my high horse about injustice to people or matters I care about. I care about English cricket, as I’ve been a fan for life, and yes, I loved watching KP bat. If that makes me a “KP Fanboy” then so be it. All those that do call me that, let me ask how you feel about the Ashes 2005 now, you unreconstructed hypocrites? Wish it had never happened? Wish we’d been skittled out for 150 and drawn the series? I saw an injustice in the singling out of KP for the Ashes failure in 2013/14, the fact that he performed less worse than others, and then the lack of insight or need to know, and importantly tell, why it happened. Blow by longread blow. Someone will make a fortune when they do.
Why all this, again, now? It started last night on Twitter. It’s a dangerous medium at the best of times, but also very rewarding. I have several rules of engagement.
1. I do not troll journalists. I just do not. I may ask them questions, or joke with them, but I do not tweet who I criticise. Some contact me, some I feel able to contact behind the scenes. Some of them, believe it or not, I like. They may even like me, I don’t know. But I am honest.
2. I do not control, nor would I have the affront to, those of you who comment on here. If some of you want to wind up a journo or two, then I can’t stop you. Those that want to read this stuff know where it is. Those who don’t, won’t.
3. I will not have people misrepresent me or my position, or even what I write, without attempting to correct it. Neil Harris acted like an arse last night and I called him on it. It was a factual rebuttal where I called his position at varying times “over-reaching” and “nonsense”. I won’t block him on Twitter, because I don’t do that (I didn’t block the one who threatened to mutilate me and my dog) but in turns I was branded a “sad individual”, “a KP fanboy” someone with “bile” “keep trolling journalists” – hilariously at one point after saying “and you decided to get a rugby journalist involved because…” the individual concerned said he wasn’t accusing me of anything. When it was pointed out to him the piece was on statistical analysis (from Steve James book) he had to even pipe down on the Anti-Cook brigade twaddle. I will defend myself, and this blog, to anyone. It turned to “do I know the person who did” which was shifting his goalposts, and it wasn’t worth another second of my time. Still, Steve is clear now, because Pam’s told him all about us.
4. I will discuss with anyone on DM on Twitter, on my e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) or on here anything. I’m open to criticism, but I will, nearly always respond.
5.I have four Twitter presences. DmitriOld is the main one. LordCanisLupus was set up when I was spooked, and is used only to link posts on another Twitter feed. I don’t check it very often. The third is OutsideCricket where Vian and I publicise posts on here. The fourth is a secret, I never tweet from it, and I use it to get around the fools who block me. I am open about pretty much all I do except the last one. Vian also has just two Twitter identities – his @blueearthmanagement handle and the Outside Cricket one with me. So, Pam, close down your Twitter to all but your close acolytes if you are that worried that I read you.
6. I use an alias, or a nom de blog, for my own personal reasons. If you don’t like it, you can choose not to read me.
The article in question, forwarded to Steve James, was the statistical one. The one where Monte can predict a game to some accuracy. I’m not clever or sophisticated enough not to call this nonsense, so I asked what it was about. One of our number forwarded it to Steve James. Harris didn’t do his homework, had a pop, and got all prissy when I called him on it. He may think the same. I can’t help that. Maybe he’s neutral about it all.
I’m bloody angry at the moment, because I knew this was coming. WIth every good news story, we, the refuseniks, get attacked. You see, with every bad news story, we attack those constructing the message and delivering it to us. Like celebrating a 48 against the 16th placed county in the country, just weeks after you know who hit 355 against the 17th and had it pooh poohed. I make no apologies for not having Alastair Cook as my favourite player. I similarly make no apologies for saying KP was my favourite player. Those who choose to proceed in their own way COULD be accused of being on the same side as Giles Clarke, which would be a lovely thing to say. I don’t ever question their support of England cricket and the love of the game. So don’t you damn well question mine. You think I do this for a laugh.
I’ve put this below thelegglance’s post as the cricket is more important than this. Just wanted to get a few things off my chest.
Have a good day. Because all I do is “attack attack attack”, and it’s all “anti-Cook”. I don’t think I’d be getting the number (and it isn’t massive or particularly representative – I know that) of hits if we (Vian and I) were that one dimensional.