Robbie Keane can still do that cartwheel.
Ramble of the Day
The weekend that just passed was a pretty busy weekend for Tottenham, as the club’s various teams were busy in their normal schedules while some players of the past got invited back for a fun time on the new stadium’s pitch. It looks like the former players got to do some other stuff over the weekend, as former Spurs midfielder Nayim posted a few pictures on Twitter account before the Legends match against Inter Forever.
Mauricio Pochettino’s office became an attraction for the legendary visitors, Nayim included, and as a result, we all get a peek at what the manager’s office looks like. There’s a tasteful minimalism that’s evident from the shot, which allows the pictures along the wall to really stand out. Looking over some of the items on the wall might be a nice Spurs TV segment (free idea!), but for now, you’ll have to settle with me looking at blurry images and commenting on them.
There are a number of normal pictures on this wall, from what we can see: a picture of him as a player, a picture of him coaching, pictures of him with the Spurs coaching staff and other colleagues, and a picture with his children, to pick out only a few. Another normal entry includes a newspaper clipping all the way to the left of the image. Let’s talk about some of the more unique ones, though.
To start, the second large one from the left is one of those weird collages of photos of a person to create a different photo of a person. I find that to be a weird usage of resources, like an ability to use Photoshop or Photoshop-like applications, but I’m willing to not rule so harshly on this one. Maybe someone important gave it to him, which makes it a small sacrifice to make that special someone happy, if it is a sacrifice at all. If it is simply a matter of taste, it obviously isn’t mine, but it is what it is.
There is also a horizontal picture directly to the right of Pochettino’s head that has him holding a ball in between his head and the head of someone else. Now, this is Pelé’s (possibly former) signature pose; he’s done this with David Beckham, Sepp Blatter, and Rihanna, to name a few. Yet, Pochettino is doing the famous pose with someone else, which leads me to ask: Who — and why? The first one would be easy to answer on Pochettino’s part, but did they think it would be cool to do so, or were they mocking Pelé?
Finally, there’s a picture two frames to the right of the ball image that probably actually has a story behind it. Again, I don’t know who’s in the photo, but it looks like Pochettino and this other person are holding something that reads “HAPPY BIRTHDAY MAURICIO.” The most interesting part, though, is that Pochettino appears to be sporting a blonde wig. Sounds like there might be an interesting story behind that one.
Like I said, might be a fun Spurs TV video.
tl;dr: I basically have a free idea for Spurs TV.
Links of the Day
US Soccer has asked a court to consolidate two separate gender discrimination lawsuits filed by the women’s national team players and by Hope Solo.
Tim Cahill has retired after a 20 year career.
La Liga is shopping around documentary series United States of LaLiga with eyes to premiere it ahead of the 2019-20 season.
Today’s longer read: Nick Ames on the rise of the Kosovo national team five years after it played its first international friendly for ESPN