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The Hoddle of Coffee: Tottenham Hotspur News and Links for Thursday, January 4

It’s match day! Again!

Swansea City v Tottenham Hotspur - Premier League Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images

Hi, Hoddle people!

It’s match day again! The last one was such a long time ago.

As for me, a snow day is most likely coming my way and I’m probably going to drink hot chocolate during the match. Enough about that, though. I need ramble more formally.

Ramble of the Day

When I was in London last spring (I cannot believe it was that long ago), I spent the little time I had not touring the city in my hotel watching the great British selection of reality television. I already knew and enjoyed The Great British Bake Off, like most other humans, and had heard of a few others, like Come Dine with Me, which I discovered because Nottingham Forest defender Eric Lichaj’s wife was a contestant on the show. The marathon I ended up watching on my last morning in the capital was Dinner Date, which I found to be rather hilarious.

That was the moment I realized British reality television is much better than American reality television. Shows like Come Dine with Me and Dinner Date would make absolutely terrible television in the States. I still have not been able to explain why exactly, but I know this to be true.

Anyway, a few months ago when I needed something to occupy a weeknight, I remembered Come Dine with Me and decided to take a peek at Channel 4’s options. The titles were enticing. Tattoo Fixer! Very British Problems! Eventually, Don’t Tell the Bride became the show of choice, and what a show it is.

I am sure plenty of you know, but for those of you that do not — a groom gets £12,000 and three weeks to plan a strangely themed wedding without running any of it by his soon-to-be spouse. You end up with a lot of grooms that forget their brides need hair and makeup, have some questionable taste in bridesmaids gowns (ex: Lee, who bought tweed dresses for a summer wedding), and strange venues (ex: Jordan, who got married in a boxing ring).

My sisters and I binged it. Sometimes we tell jokes about Harry Kane having a Tottenham themed wedding if he was on the show. (I need to stop picking on the guy, don’t I?)

It is probably the last thing I binged, since I am not actually good at binging shows. Maybe I will watch some today if I get snowed in...

Wow, that was a bit longer than I expected. Let’s get to the links now.

Links of the Day

There’s another bad statue out in the world, this one of Michael Essien.

According to the Soccerex Football Finance 100, Tottenham is the fifth richest club in the world.

ESPN’s Gabriele Marcotti wrote his 30 wishes for the sport in 2018. You folks may like number 14.