Per my weekly Tim Sherwood Google alerts, the former Tottenham manager: one, respects Marcelo Bielsa’s audacity; two, thinks Unai Emery should handle the Mesut Özil situation differently; and three, says he isn’t a Mike Ashley defender. (The alerts aren’t usually this interesting.)
Ramble of the Day
I suppose I’ve really got movies on the mind, because I come with another movie-themed ramble. This one, though, doubles as one of those rambles where I ask you all a question, so here it is: Have you ever fallen asleep during a movie you were mostly enjoying and feel a little bit bad about it?
I’ve got two. The first is 127 Hours, which I watched in the comfort of my own home in the middle of the day. I don’t feel too bad about falling asleep during this one, but it’s not like I didn’t like the film at the time. (I haven’t rewatched it, and it’s probably been close to eight years since I’ve seen it, so I don’t know if I’d enjoy it now.) I remember, though, falling asleep while sitting up, which I almost never do. It was in the middle of the film, when James Franco’s Aron Ralston was struggling and possibly contemplating cutting off his arm, so I have to imagine I didn’t miss much.
The second time was while watching Fences in a theater, and this one I feel particularly bad about. I saw that film in one of those theaters with the very big seats that recline (not necessarily intentionally), and it’s possible that I found the seat a little too comfortable and started dozing off about halfway in. I think it took Viola Davis raising her voice to properly wake me up, for which I’m glad because she was wonderful in that film. The film itself is also great — I’m a huge Denzel Washington fan, and not just because he and I attended the same university. Again, I’m guessing I didn’t miss much; one of my few critiques of that film was that there was definitely ten to 15 minutes that could’ve been edited out, and so I choose to believe I only missed that. That, though, is a genuinely good film that I shouldn’t have fallen asleep during. I am so sorry, Denzel and Viola. Please forgive me.
tl;dr: I apologize for sleeping.
Links of the Day
Glen Johnson has retired after a 16-year career.
Huddersfield have hired Jan Siewert as the team’s new manager.
Arsenal’s Hector Bellerin will miss up to nine months after tearing his ACL against Chelsea.
Arsenal head of recruitment Sven Mislintat will leave the club after less than 14 months in the role.
Transfer roundup: Barcelona have signed Kevin-Prince Boateng on loan from Sassuolo; Yannick Bolasie has returned to Everton, cancelling his loan at Aston Villa
Today’s longer read: Chris Wright on the interesting passions footballers have acted on outside of their day jobs for ESPN