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The Hoddle of Coffee: Tottenham Hotspur news and links for Thursday, October 11

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A ramble fit for a Thursday.

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Hello, Hoddlers!

We’ve got a lead image debut for Oliver Skipp today. Congrats to the youngster!

Ramble of the Day

It’s a ramble appropriate for a Thursday, because I have a hot take associated with the day: Thursday is the best day of the week, or at the very least the best weekday.

Before I explain, this obviously only applies to those that work on some semblance of the more common Western world schedule. In that case, it’s pretty easy to rule out Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. Mondays and Tuesdays just drag out longer than they have to, while Wednesday does so, but comes with the added perk that you made it through Monday and Tuesday. That leaves, of course, Thursday and Friday as the remaining weekdays.

Of course, Friday is the usual candidate for best day of the weekdays, but I find Fridays to be a little bit overrated. They’re obviously great; there’s an end in sight to a long and routine string of days, and everyone is in better spirits compared to the start of the work week. Yet, on Fridays, people tend to understandably check out, their minds elsewhere, and likely somewhere better. There’s an eagerness to leave because the end is in sight, and so while Fridays are easy, they’re also a little low on energy.

Thursdays, though, have the energy Fridays don’t. There’s a sense of hope one feels on a Thursday morning. The end is closer than it was before, and so there’s an energy attached to that hope. Additionally, my school years did quite a bit to form this opinion of Thursdays. That was the day of the week in high school when all of the important clubs met for collaborative efforts and meaningful interactions, which also happened to be the case in college. More importantly, though, there was more free food on campus on Thursdays when I was in college than any other day of the week. (There was also a decent amount on Mondays and Tuesdays.)

Ultimately, everyone is just happier to interact with the people they’re forced to see most days of the week, those they like and those they don’t, on Thursdays. I will save an honorable mention for the very special Saturday morning feeling for another time, but I just wanted to pay tribute to Thursdays on a Thursday, and maybe drop a hot take in the process.

(Plus, casually watching the Europa League is fun, but this is an opinion of mine that extends to most football matches.)

tl;dr: I like Thursdays. A lot.

Links of the Day

Cristiano Ronaldo’s Las Vegas based attorney has admitted that the agreement between him and Kathryn Mayorga exists, but argued that the documents that are the subjects of Der Spiegel’s report are at least partially fabricated.

44 different raids were held in a Belgian fraud and match fixing scandal yesterday, including football clubs in the nation.

Aston Villa has hired Dean Smith from Brentford, while John Terry will join his coaching staff.

Liga MX president Enrique Bonilla said there have been conversations to create a combined American, Canadian, and Mexican top division.

Cirque du Soleil will have a show based on the life of Lionel Messi, beginning in 2019.

Today’s longer read: Tariq Panja on Benfica’s attempt to clear its name of corruption and other wrongdoings by suing bloggers for The New York Times