Critics are calling our latest masterpiece ‘small-minded’ and ‘petty’

It’s great when your work has a real impact on someone. Our latest Twitter round-up has really hit home with Cricinfo reader, Big Frank.

Big Frank says: “First time I’ve read this particularly column -and the last.Small minded petty digs at international sportsmen who work hard to get and stay at the level where they are,plus the stick they have to take from the media.”

Petty and small-minded is pretty much what we were gunning for, so we take Big Frank’s words as a massive compliment.

He didn’t even take issue with the unusually faecal nature of much of this week’s subject matter.

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9 Appeals

  1. OZHORSE contributes:

    “@BigFrank, Are your comments a BigPrank? Are you giving this a BigCrank? Giving the ‘ol leg a BigYank?
    To Alex the author, I give a BigThank Each week, its laughs in the BigBank
    So BigFrank, you get a BigSpank ‘Cause you’re a bit of a BigPlank”

    What a time to be alive.

  2. My only beef with this episode of Twitter Round Up is that you missed the opportunity to close the piece with the faecal tweets, which would have made the reprise of the tweet about “social media crap” in your closing remark more apposite.

    I bigly liked @BigFrank’s misplaced use of the word particularly. But far be it from me to get small-minded and petty about grammar.

    • He doesn’t like spaces after his punctuation marks either, but at least he is consistent in his application of this ‘rule’.

  3. I must also take issue with your headline, KC. The use of the plural, “critics”, is surely exaggerating the matter, as I see evidence of only one critic.

    In an entirely unrelated matter, I got into trouble with Daisy a couple of days ago for similarly excessive/inappropriate use of the plural:

    http://ianlouisharris.com/2017/01/06/a-cosmic-rhythm-with-each-stroke-vijay-iyer-and-wadada-leo-smith-wigmore-hall-6-january-2017/

  4. If Big Frank tweets anything about slicing garlic thinly with a razor, mama’s cooking or sleeping with the fishes, perhaps we’d better let him say what he wants. It might be Frank Lastorino.

  5. I had a teacher who was both big and called Frank, but we didn’t call him Big Frank, we called him Frank the Tank. Then there is the Man With Way Too Few Consonants – Frank Paul Nuuausala. He is definitely big, although his official nickname for T-shirts and stuff is Frank Paul the Wrecking Ball, not Big Frank.

    It’s also possible that your critic is not a big chap called Frank, but is instead a frank chap called Big. Certainly his comment would suggest that he is at least forthright, if not out-and-out frank.

    But this seems unlikely. In the end we must conclude that the overwhelming likelihood is that you’ve been dissed by Frank Spencer from Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em.

  6. Judging by the punctuation on Shaun Pollock’s first Tweet, I think we may have finally uncovered BigFrank’s true identity.

  7. If he thinks your twitter round up, imagine what he’ll think upon seeing this place, and the small minded petty people who post cheap jokes about hard working international sportsmen.

    • I don’t think anybody, even those hard-working international sportsmen, should criticise anyone here for their small-minded, petty attacks on said sportsmen. We’ve all trained for years to be some of the best in the businses at petty small-mindedness; it’s not like they could do these trivial, mean-spirited attacks any better.

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