Let’s start off with a Tim Sherwood quote from that Harry Kane piece by Bruce Schoenfeld for ESPN:
“How did we know Frank Sinatra was a good singer until he sang onstage?”
Ramble of the Day
I’m going to talk about a mundane thing that either all of you have in common with me or none of you do, but I delete a lot of emails. There are a number of reasons why, from the end of an email chain with someone to deleting something you’re not really going to read. There’s a subcategory in the second one for me, and it’s for newsletters I signed up for ages ago out of a split second of curiosity, got out of the habit of checking, but have never bothered unsubscribing from.
Take, for example, a Travel + Leisure email I deleted right before starting the Hoddle. A couple of years ago, I wanted to stay up-to-date on travel news, but I’ve since discovered other methods of doing that. I probably haven’t read one of those in years, and yet they’re still there in the promotions tab of my inbox all the time. This is definitely true for a number of the items that end up in my trash: Trip Advisor, the emails I get from the college I went to (though one could make the argument that I didn’t actually sign up for these), and Spotify, to name a few. I even signed up for emails from Danny Drinkwater’s restaurant in Manchester even though I have no immediate plans to visit, but I’ve been reading them so far.
There was a rather notable instance where I signed up for a Cheeses of the World newsletter to learn more about cheese and then unsubscribed the second I got an email. It seemed like too much commitment, and I made a pretty good judgment call. It might be appropriate to subscribe again because I’d be interested, but I’m not sure I consume information best in a newsletter, especially a very frequent one. At most, once a week is probably best for me, but we can talk about this another time.
I also throw a ton of emails in the online trash because I signed up for a coupon so I could buy something from a place that I don’t actually shop at frequently enough to use all the coupons they send me. As I look through the list, there are some stores that I actually do shop at a bunch of these places, so there is a good reason why I haven’t unsubscribed. I don’t really need a coupon every two to three days, though.
At the end of it, there are just so many emails to delete. It’s not like it’s hard work or anything, but it is startling when you don’t check the promotions tag over the weekend and see 56 emails on Monday.
tl;dr: I (we?) get too many emails.
Links of the Day
The FA is set to rebrand to the English Football Association in order to appear less arrogant — ahead of bidding to host the 2030 World Cup.
Gonzalo Higuaín has retired from the Argentina national team after nine years.
Virgil van Dijk will have to move out of Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s home now that the manager has the Manchester United job on a full-time basis.
Today’s longer read: Daniel Taylor on how Harry Redknapp keeps working at clubs that end up in financial troubles for The Guardian