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The Hoddle of Coffee: Tottenham Hotspur News and Links for Wednesday, August 22

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Today we have coma awakenings and zombie cheerleaders.

Tottenham Hotspur v Fulham - Premier League Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images

Happy Wednesday, Hoddlers! We’re in that dead part of the week where nothing feels close and everything feels like it’ll never arrive. We have six days until Spurs play at Old Trafford, and can I say how much I hate that this match is on a Monday when I can’t watch it because of stupid day job?

Today’s Song of the Day is kind of a doozy. Actually, I’m not even posting it because of the song, which I find more or less forgettable, but because of the video. Someone pointed me to the video for “Acid Rain” by electronic musician Lorn, and I kind of can’t stop watching it.

I’m a sucker for long, one-take tracking shots — those scenes from Children of Men and the first season of True Detective are examples — and while this one does cut away a couple of times it definitely fits in the genre. The cinematography is gorgeous, as well — it looks as though it was filmed at a higher speed and slowed down to give it a spooky, hypnotic, almost shambling feel to it, especially during the dance sequences.

Buuuuuuuuuut, yeah, I have some questions about the video, too. Is the cheerleader really dead? Was this a visual depiction of her danse macabre? The other cheerleaders have obvious wounds on them, were they also killed even though nobody else was in the car crash? Where are all the people in the all-night diner (awesomely named “Cadillac Jack’s”)? Are these actually brain-eating cheerleader zombies? Are we in the Upside-Down? Where did that cheerleader get such a fly car, anyway? What does it all mean?

Put your theories in the comments.

Here are your daily links.

Some amazing news: Appie Nourie, a young Ajax player who collapsed during a game in 2017 and has been in a coma for over a year, just woke up and is communicating with his family!

Manchester City backup keeper Claudio Bravo has sustained a serious achilles tendon injury and could miss the rest of the season, leaving City with a 20-year old academy product as their backup to Ederson.

David Squires’ latest cartoon for the Guardian is all about familiar trends in the Premier League.

The Recurrently Generated Bundesliga has its first team — meet FC Budz.