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The Hoddle of Coffee: Tottenham Hotspur news and links for Tuesday, April 9

An unexpected friendship.

Tottenham Hotspur Training Session Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images

Hi, everyone!

My younger sister told me last week about a dream she had in which she was reading the Hoddle, and saw a link that three Welsh players were arrested. She doesn’t remember what for, but does remember that one of them was Ben Davies.

Ramble of the Day

I hadn’t quite planned on it, but as you know, the intersection of football and the rest of pop culture is very interesting to me. Naturally, that means I feel a sense of responsibility when I see certain tweets plastered on my timeline because they basically meet the criteria. Now, I present to you former Bolton Wanderers midfielder Stuart Holden, wife Karalyn, and their friends John Legend and Chrissy Teigen.

The quartet and their daughters went to Sunday night’s U.S. women’s national team match against Belgium in Los Angeles, which the U.S. won 6-0. Legend and Teigen made it onto the ESPN broadcast, and eventually anyone who was paying attention found out the Holdens were with them, but this wasn’t the announcement of their friendship. Teigen and the Holdens have interacted with each other on Twitter on more than one occasion, but it was a few months ago when we found out that they had a preschool in common.

There was a bit of a Twitter frenzy when the friendship first became public knowledge, and by a bit, I really mean a small group of people I follow and people I don’t pointing it out for the world to see. Since, the relationship’s just proved to be a very normal one.

It turns out that they’re just adults that met because their kids go to the same school. One could go through their Twitter exchanges, which I did for the sake of research and dedication to my craft, but will quickly find out that it is just a group of friends chatting with each other. They talk about their kids; they talk about husband Holden’s bad highlights; they talk about other stuff, too! Not exactly uninteresting, but definitely not worth me rambling about Chrissy Teigen and The Holdens Greatest Twitter Hits.

This ramble is ultimately of The More You Know type, because it is totally worth knowing if you’re into these things and was a very surprising version of worlds colliding when the discovery happened. It’s not outside of the realm of possibility; school for two-year-olds can’t be that expensive that a player-turned-broadcaster and yoga instructor/model can’t afford the same school as an EGOT winner and a cookbook author/model, especially if they have similar tastes and live in the same area. “Unlikely friendship” definitely isn’t the phrase for it, but it was unexpected and is now just a normal thing that I’ve now spent more time than I expected on, so I’ll leave it here.

tl;dr: Chrissy Teigen and John Legend are friends with Stuart Holden and his wife Karalyn.

Links of the Day

Watford’s Troy Deeney has turned off his Instagram comments after receiving racist abuse on the social media platform.

Former Canada U-20 women’s coach Bob Birarda has been accused of sexual harassment.

West Ham’s Andy Carroll will miss the rest of the season after getting ankle surgery.

Pelé has left a hospital in Paris after receiving treatment for a urinary infection.

The Eredivisie will have balls with artist Rembrandt’s face and extracts of his paintings for the 350th anniversary of his death.

Today’s longer read: Niall McVeigh on Real San Andrés, the Colombian second division side that has relocated to an island in the Caribbean, for The Guardian