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The Hoddle of Coffee: Tottenham Hotspur News and Links for Monday, June 11

Let’s talk about Pitbull.

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Hi, everyone!

I just thought a piece of 70% dark chocolate was very sweet. Either my taste buds are changing or the package was incorrect.

Ramble of the Day

Yesterday, the one and only Skipjack had an announcement to make in the Cartilage Free Captain writers’ room. He saw someone wearing this:

Photo via the Pitbull Official Store

This is called the PITBULL Dale Soccer Jersey, and it is only $30 at the Pitbull Official Store. As you might notice, it uses the old U.S. Soccer crest, but replaced the U and S with a P and B. The place where the Nike swoosh might go is replaced by imagery of a globe with “PITBULL” written underneath, a nod to his nickname, Mr. Worldwide. The shirt sponsor is Dalé, the rapper’s catchphrase meaning ... well, I’ll just let this NPR article by Cristina Silva written in 2014 explain how Dalé is “a way of life.”

I think I once mentioned that I have a fond appreciation of Pitbull, though not from a musical standpoint. His internet presence is endearing, which reminds me of a story my best friend told me a couple of weeks ago.

She knows Pitbull as “the guy who went to Alaska,” a story that I had not heard before. Back in 2012, Pitbull did what was called a Walmart Challenge, a contest where the Walmart location in the U.S. with the most Facebook likes would host a Pitbull visit and performance. Humor writer David Thorpe then threw an idea out to the world: What if the internet sent Pitbull to Kodiak, Alaska, home of the most remote Walmart in America? The internet did its work and it happened.

Pitbull was happy to go, and so he did. This is a real picture from that Kodiak Walmart.

Look at how much fun this guy had.

He brought blow-up palm trees to Alaska, posed in front of a fake bear, and held a baby like he was a politician. There is no way to not like this guy.

tl;dr: Pitbull is awesome.

Links of the Day

Patrick Vieira is set to be announced as the OGC Nice coach after a two-and-a-half year stint at New York City FC.

Chris Coleman is the new manager of Chinese side Hebei China Fortune, replacing Manuel Pellegrini.

Mini transfer roundup: Emre Can and Jon Flanagan have been released by Liverpool; Mattia Perin has made the move from Genoa to Juventus; Leicester have signed Jonny Evans from West Brom; Huddersfield Town have made Terence Kongolo the club’s record signing

Today’s longer read: Ian Quillen profiles Andres Cantor on calling the World Cup for Telemundo and the sport in the U.S. for FourFourTwo