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The Hoddle of Coffee: Tottenham Hotspur News and Links for Monday, March 26

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Who doesn’t love fictional shows about football?

Swansea City v Tottenham Hotspur - The Emirates FA Cup Quarter Final Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images

Hello, everyone!

I spent a lot of time over the last few days watching Netflix, and now I am going to tell you all about it.

Ramble of the Day

The international break is tough for many of us, myself included. I needed something to fill my time, and Netflix was thankfully there to keep me occupied. There are plenty of options, but I selected 21 Thunder.

One of you Hoddlers recommended the show, though I was aware of its existence before its original run on CBC last summer. I have wanted to watch the show since, and was very happy when it finally made its way to Netflix. I have no idea if it is available in other territories, so I apologize in advance if you check your Netflix app and it is not there.

Anyway, here is what it is about, the show focuses on the fictional Montréal U-21 team, the Montréal Thunder, from on-the-pitch activity to the drama off it. It sounded entertaining enough to me, but in case you were not intrigued enough, I must tell you that this show has everything (or close enough). Let me list them for you:

  • Murder!
  • Match fixing!
  • Tax evasion!
  • More murder!
  • More match fixing!
  • Identity theft!
  • Committing war crimes!
  • Conning people out of their money!
  • Infidelity!
  • Flipping cakes!

Unfortunately, there is not enough actual football, and all of the match streams are filmed from such a bizarre angle. The primary angles are basically eye level with the players on the sideline instead of above the pitch. There is also an inconsistency about how one player is famous for his days playing for Manchester — just Manchester — leading us to believe that United and City have joined forces, but this player eventually references the Manchester Derby, so there is a bit of confusion there. Additionally, none of the players look under the age of 21, and at least one of the actors definitely is not.

None of this is genuinely realistic, nor is it any good, in a traditional sense, and sometimes the acting is not great. It is, however, incredibly entertaining, as the list above pointed out. I will leave you with the trailer.

Links of the Day

Police in Amsterdam have arrested 100 England fans and two Dutch supporters for violent action before the two teams faced off on Friday.

Arsène Wenger believes he is a victim of age discrimination.

Gareth Bale really wants to win the China Cup with Wales.

Today’s longer read: Ed Aarons tells the story of Walter Tull, the former Tottenham player who was the first black British army officer, and the ways in which he was honored on the 100th anniversary of his death for The Guardian