Hi, Hoddle people!
I’d like to start by wishing a Happy Hanukkah to those celebrating. Enjoy the holiday — and the latkes (yes, I’m back to talking about potatoes).
Now, to the ramble!
Ramble of the Day
As I’m sure many of you know at this point, Mauricio Pochettino said yesterday that Érik Lamela is in contention to start against Brighton today. If he does, it would mark his first start for the club since October 22, when the team tied 0-0 at Bournemouth.
To mark the occasion, should it happen, I was contemplating what exactly I should do to celebrate. Find some empanadas? Maybe some maté? What if I don’t like maté? Should I suck it up for Lamela? What he went through in his year away was probably worse than I what I would go through if I took a sip of maté and didn’t like it, so maybe it is worth it.
I’m looking for some more ideas, so if you have them, please share.
Disclaimer: Cartilage Free Captain is not responsible for any injuries sustained because people decided to celebrate Érik Lamela’s return to the starting lineup by elbowing others.
(It is worth noting that I would not have included that disclaimer if my lawyer sister did not tell me to.)
Oh yeah, you want links or something.
Links of the Day
No fun coach number one of the day: Arsène Wenger wants players to be more like sumo wrestlers, as they do not openly celebrate their victories.
No fun coach number two: Sam Allardyce has canceled Everton’s holiday party.
This is an old video that has since gotten plenty of attention thanks to Arsenal’s Europa League draw, but Ostersunds FK players were background dancers to a performance of “There’s No Business Like Show Business” at the Football Gala 2016.