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The Hoddle of Coffee: Tottenham Hotspur news and links for Friday, November 1

Quick, unexpected, and amusing

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Hello, all!

Let’s end the week with forwards Kit Graham and Lucy Quinn.

Ramble of the Day

You might remember that Manchester United used to do staged advertisements for films like Independence Day: Resurgence and X-Men: Apocalypse. What if I told you that reality television stars now do the same thing?

Take this commercial for Terminator: Dark Fate starring two Real Housewives — I couldn’t tell you which ones. It isn’t the first of its kind, with Keeping Up with the Kardashians’ Kris Jenner teaming up with The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’ Lisa Rinna for a Captain Marvel ad. This one seems a bit off the beaten path, as one may not naturally combine the Terminator series with the Real Housewives series, but I appreciate the idea that people that like one are allowed to like the other.

Still, it seems like a hard thing to combine in practice, and in execution it proves to be. The most fun part about it (and this is true for the Manchester United videos, too) is that there is not an organic thing about the actual ad. Sure, the Housewives are positioned perfectly behind Linda Hamilton’s Sarah Connor, but none of it actually makes sense. That’s entirely the point, though, and it leans very much into its weirdness. It what makes it simultaneously cringeworthy and funny, an irresistible combination.

tl;dr: The Real Housewives meet Terminator, and it’s a snapshot of funny weirdness.

Links of the Day

Arsenal’s Granit Xhaka said he’s received abuse directed towards himself and his family on social media.

Barcelona’s Gerard Piqué said the players were willing to delay their paychecks if it meant the club would sign Neymar.

England will wear legacy numbers against Montenegro in celebration of the men’s team’s 1000th match.

Today’s longer read: Jonathan Wilson on Daniele de Rossi’s time with Boca Juniors so far and Argentina’s status in the world of football for The Guardian