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The Hoddle of Coffee: Tottenham Hotspur news and links for Thursday, September 17

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Happy Thursday, Tottenham fans! It's Thursday, and that means Europa League! While I'm excited that Spurs plays another match, I'm never excited about mid-week matches because they always take place during times when I'm at work and can't watch, or can only half-watch.

That said, some of my fondest Spurs memories have come while I was sneaking a peek at an illegal stream while pretending to do my job. Taxi for Maicon, for example. Or the Spurs victory in Milan. Erik Lamela's rabona. All happened during office hours. Which tells you that either I have a cushy job or I'm very, very good at multitasking. I'm not going to tell you which one it is (but I am in demand for my services).

And now, the "news"

Less than $500 to go in the Wachtel YouCaring campaign! |

I love this community, not just because you're smart and talented and wonderful Spurs fans, but also because you're good people who come out of the woodwork to help a friend of the blog whom you've never met and who is a member of a rival tribe. I'm immensely proud of the community that I've been asked to lead and whom I've had a small hand in helping to foster. I hope I'm never in the kind of situation that Thomas is in, but I do know that if I ever would be, I wouldn't be afraid to ask for help. Thank you.

Poche: Lloris commitment is vital | The Guardian

Lloris probably wanted to go to United this summer, and there's no real use pretending otherwise. But the difference is that Hugo never raised a stink, and is also fully committed to his club. I like the culture of progress and ambition that Poche is fostering at Tottenham Hotspur, and Hugo is a big part of that.

Oduwa issues apology to Rangers teammates | Vital Football

"I'm sorry I haven't scored yet, you guys." Legend. Keep making Scotland look like chumps, Nathan.

Luke Shaw's injury is a reminder of how fleeting a career really is | SB Nation Soccer

I haven't seen the Luke Shaw injury. I have no plans to ever see it. He may not be a Tottenham player, but my heart bleeds for him. I hope he plays football again.