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The Hoddle of Coffee: Tottenham Hotspur news and links for Friday, December 27

Killing the post-Christmas feeling

Tottenham Hotspur v Brighton & Hove Albion - Premier League Photo by Charlotte Wilson/Offside/Offside via Getty Images


I have to get through this as quickly as possible so I can watch a movie, so in case the explanation is needed, that’s it.

Ramble of the Day

Boxing Day is a really terrific way to distract one from the fact that Christmas is over (if you don’t mind watching football all day, that is). It’s funny because last year, I complained about Christmas day being boring, but the next few days after Christmas are a little ... weird. Like I once mentioned, society forces many of us to spend a lot of time anticipating and preparing for Christmas, but I also feel a little bit of a void.

I was in a Target yesterday (to buy more kombucha) and the whole place felt very mellow, but dull. I’m sure people had reasons to be there — I did — but the Christmas build up really warps your perception of what shopping is supposed to mean in the month of December. The store looked quite stocked, but it felt like a lifeless experience, even with a cup of coffee in me (not as bad as the first half of yesterday’s match, though).

I think it’s because Christmas coming and going means the holidays are actually coming to an end, despite the typical holiday break only just starting. It could just be how I’m feeling this year; I don’t remember having felt this way previously. In the meantime, at least the Premier League’s constant rush of matches means I can extend the holiday feeling until I have no choice.

tl;dr: I found Boxing Day (outside of the football) weird.

Links of the Day

Two Peterborough fans were arrested for racist behavior during the team’s League One match at Doncaster.

Manchester United’s Scott McTominay suffered knee ligament damage during the team’s win against Newcastle.

Today’s longer read: Mike Henson on the current trend of locally inspired designs in football shirts for the BBC