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The Hoddle of Coffee: Tottenham Hotspur news and links for Tuesday, October 22

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Hi, Hoddlers!

At the top today is midfielder Megan Wynne. The Welsh international joined the club in 2018, and had two different spells on loan at Spurs in 2013 and 2016. She’s a lifelong supporter, and also used to work for the team’s human resources department.

Ramble of the Day

I talk a lot about the foods I enjoy, and occasionally the foods I don’t. I have expressed my food opinions on two ends of one scale, but there are definitely a lot of foods that fall in the middle of the extremes.

Take, for example, a reliable but unspectacular snack. Mine of choice is almonds, as it does all that one could ask for in a snack: it’s filling and it’s tasty enough. (They taste very good roasted, but I also don’t mind a raw almond.) They’re dependable, especially when I need a quick snack and I’m not in the mood for anything else in particular.

Same goes for some sweet treats. I’ll admit that I need to restock on my chocolate after finishing up a large bar of 100% dark chocolate, but if I’m desperate for a low maintenance item that will satisfy a craving quickly, I’ll opt for whatever I have. Right now, it’s chocolate covered espresso beans - very good in a bind, but not my favorite. (That’s dark chocolate, 70% and up.)

There’s still a certain amount of enjoyment, or at least an almost zero level of dissatisfaction, I get from both. Occasionally, that is enough to get you to the next time you’ll have a high level of enjoyment when you eat.

tl;dr: Almonds might be unspectacular, but they’re reliable, and it’s okay if food isn’t more than that.

Links of the Day

A study has found that footballers are three and a half times more likely to suffer from neurological diseases.

Serbia will play in an empty stadium for its Euro qualifier against Ukraine as a punishment for racist behavior from fans.

Sheffield’s Oli McBurnie has been charged with drunk driving.

Manchester United kicked a fan out of Old Trafford during the match against Liverpool for shouting racial abuse.

Sacramento has been awarded an MLS team, and will join the league in 2022.

Today’s longer read: Louise Taylor on brothers Sean and Matty Longstaff, their roads to the Newcastle first team, and comparisons to the Neville family for The Guardian