Greetings, Hoddlers. Vince is taking a few days off, so you get a substitute Hoddle author for a few days. Don't worry, Vince will be back before you know it, but in the meantime you'll just have to read my ramblings. Or maybe Ed's if I can convince him to take a shift here in the short term.
We're all disappointed this morning. Yesterday's draw finally hit home the fact that the title is simply not in the cards for Tottenham Hotspur this season. Oh sure, I came to that conclusion about three weeks ago, and yes, Spurs are still not mathematically eliminated from the title, but I think this is the match where it finally sunk in for many of you. This crushes me as much as anyone. It sucks.
But I still maintain that, no matter what happens in the remaining three matches of the season, this is a year to celebrate if you're a Tottenham fan. We're gonna get Champions League football next season. We're five (four, at best) points away from banishing St. Totteringham's Day for a season. It's been the most fun year I've had watching Spurs since I first started following Tottenham in 2006. Don't be one of those Twitter people who melt down on social media. Enjoy this.
Audere est facere.
And now, the "news."
Nope, too soon, Tony.
Yes, yes, we get it, you're positively full of hate. Shut up.
Oh, Diego, you SLAY me.
Welcome to the Spanish third division. Javi Gomez plays for UD Socuellámos, a town of 13,000 a couple hours southeast of Madrid. The Spanish third division gives no f**ks. What does it say about a player that he would chest a ball at the position he's in and just say to himself "Hmm, I think I'll try and BICYCLE KICK THIS INTO THE GOAL"? And what does it say about the Spanish third division that it ACTUALLY WORKED? I expect to see 33-year old Javi Gomez sign for Liverpool this summer.