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The Hoddle of Coffee: Tottenham Hotspur News and Links for Wednesday, March 14

Ramble ramble ramble.

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Hi, everyone!

It’s cold outside! (Sorry about the constant weather updates.)

Ramble of the Day

Today’s ramble is about writing rambles. [Insert Inception related joke here.]

I frequently end up writing these somewhere between 8:00 p.m. and 12:00 a.m., lately mostly on the earlier side. When I do end up writing these, and other things, in the later hours of the day, I find that one television show ends up being good background noise: Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen on Bravo.

Honestly, the only time I watch this show is when I am up late writing. I have never made it a regular thing to tune in, and this is not to disrespect Andy Cohen. He’s a pretty likable person and is also fairly good at his job. That being said, I tend to tune into talk shows mostly based on the guests.

I only now, three paragraphs in, realized that some of you may have no idea what Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen is or who Andy Cohen is, or maybe even what Bravo is. A small explanation: Andy Cohen is, you guessed it, the host of Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, and could probably be described as the American equivalent of Graham Norton, though he is less funny. (That, of course, is not to insult Cohen, considering it is incredibly difficult to live up to Norton, and Cohen does his job very well.) The show is on the channel Bravo, and guests include the likes of famous actors promoting their latest films and television shows and the reality stars of the many unstructured reality shows on the channel. This includes stars of Bravo’s best unscripted reality show, Vanderpump Rules, and the stars of their many Real Housewives programs, all of them boring.

The best thing about watching Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen is that the guests speak lively enough to keep me company while no one else will, but they are not entertaining enough to distract me from my writing. Every now and again, I will jerk my head in the direction of my television because some Real Housewife said something I did not expect, like talking about hanging out with the First Lady of the United States when it just seems like she’s only pretending to know her.

For whatever reason, I seem to find some of my greatest focus in a day during Andy Cohen’s show. (Note: I did not watch it while writing this ramble.)

tl;dr: A small look into the world of my rambles, including a small dig at the Real Housewives of everywhere.

Links of the Day

The Premier League did not enforce a ban on Blackpool owner Owen Oyston after the club was promoted in 2010, though he was technically not a “fit and proper person,” as the rules require of owners.

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde has called Andre Gomes “brave” for speaking out about his tough time at the club.

Uruguayan club Centro Atlético Fénix has been punished after the club director kicked a chicken.

In case you haven’t seen it, David Squires’ latest cartoon is about the West Ham situation.

Today’s longer read: The New York Times’ Tariq Panja on a mystery man who has been part of some of football’s biggest off-the-field deals