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A Hoddle of Coffee: Tottenham Hotspur news and links January 12, 2016

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Terrible taste Tuesday takes a break

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Happy Tuesday, Spursland!

Today we take a break from any form of Terrible taste Tuesday.

Without a doubt we will get to the daily rumor mill, and next week the schtick will return, but I would be remiss to not pay my own small tribute to David Bowie today. The Hoddle was already written and published by the time I learned of his passing yesterday so I was not able to say anything.

I grew up in a family that did not really care too much about music. Sure, my uncle was a musician, but he was usually dragging from his last night out at family functions and he didn't teach me much about rock and roll. To be honest, I grew up listening to hip hop music, coming to other genres later. Once I heard Bowie, though, and learned a bit about him, I was a fan. Forget the hits. The guy had the guts to do what he wanted, the courage to live his life on his own terms. All the people I admire in life have this in common, and he is no different.

I am not a Bowie scholar or an expert on every deep cut the man recorded. What I can do is provide a memory, an emotion that David Bowie evokes.

In the mid-2000s I worked the door at a bar. The juke box consisted of only UK artists and was, to be honest, one of the perks of the job, as it was well stocked. The only thing that would get on my nerves, however, is that sometimes the popular choices would get too melancholic/Coldplay heavy. Whenever this would happen I would step in. Almost always this was the first song I chose to kick off my "set". Not because it was the best song he ever did, but because it was so damn rock and roll.

And I'll tell you one thing: the bar always woke up. So here's to us waking people up one last time, Mr. Bowie. Rest in peace.

And now for the "news":

Tottenham announce new deal with EZTrader| Squawka

The Lizard people are not commenting as is their customary modus operandi.

U21 highlights of Spurs 4-5 Chelsea| NBC Sports

This may be USA only, but I'm not sure so it's going in as a link! And if you can't see it, Tom Glover is eternally grateful.

Spurs can challenge| ESPN FC

I like Ian Darke, but I think I put more effort into the Hoddle every day than he did on this analysis.

Newcastle set to trump Spurs bid for Berahino| London Evening Standard

No, they don't plan to search high and low for his place of birth, ban him from the country, or make England great again; they just want him to play center forward. The Magpies are supposedly willing to pay 18M sterling for his services, more than four million less than Spurs offered this summer. Seems Saido is depreciating faster than a Chevy Malibu.

And for the best choreography...this Japanese high school soccer team| SB Nation Lookit

If you thought this was good, you must catch their revival of Chicago this spring!