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The Hoddle of Coffee: Tottenham Hotspur news and links for Thursday, May 2

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Meticulous observations about football discoveries.

Tottenham Hotspur v Ajax - UEFA Champions League Semi Final: First Leg Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Hello, Hoddlers!

I was trying to hit a rule of rambling about food only once a week, but I realize I probably should’ve set up this rule for rambling about films and television. Maybe next week!

Ramble of the Day

Something that comes with my particular obsession with football (and perhaps yours, too!) is that I’m ridiculously observant about football’s existence in other spaces. For example, all it takes for me is the quickest of glances of someone walking quickly in the opposite direction on the sidewalk for me to recognize a football shirt of some sort. (This usually ends with me turning my head to see if I can identify which team the person is repping based on what I can see.) Sometimes, it’s just an observation, but if I have more than just a shirt to observe, I linger a little bit longer.

I feel like I recently shared that I am incredibly meticulous when I watch films and television, and that’s what my extra lingering translates to if I have the time. I’m mostly talking about the appearance of football in films and television; when someone name drops liking football or watching it, I do feel this need to know everything. Take Modern Family’s Gloria, played by Sofia Vergara, who goes to a bar to watch a Colombia match in one episode. I get that she likes Colombia, but does she support a club team? Does she have a favorite player? How else does she watch a game, minus taunting the Dutch man who was watching his national team face hers? (They’ll never do this episode, I’m fully aware.)

However, there have been occasions where instead of looking for information, I probably have more information than the show writers. One time, I watched a random NBC sitcom called Abby’s, which I won’t be returning to. Anyway, one character who wanted to be Abby’s friend said her husband bought their children vuvuzelas during the World Cup six years ago. I now have a few questions:

  1. Is she talking about the 2013 U-20 World Cup or the 2013 Club World Cup?
  2. Does this show take place in 2016, when the 2010 World Cup was six years ago?
  3. Does it take place at some other time in either the past or future?

Similarly, I was watching an episode of The Good Doctor in which a doctor (not the titular good doctor) was talking to her patient, and the patient asked the doctor if she had watched her favorite team, the San Jose Earthquakes, play the other day. She said she didn’t, telling the patient she DVR’d it. That’s all fine and good — there are probably decent reasons to DVR a game — but this episode took place in January or February, meaning the team was in preseason. If there isn’t a lot you know about football/soccer in America, know this: preseason matches mostly don’t end up on television, so how could she have DVR’d it?

Anyway, one must be very careful dropping certain facts of football around me. I can catch any lack of knowledge (and will proceed to be slightly annoying about it).

tl;dr: I must know everything about your fictional football-liking characters, and you can’t screw up the details.

Links of the Day

Porto’s Iker Casillas is “stable” after having a heart attack during training on Wednesday.

Aaron Ramsey’s hamstring injury will keep him out for the remainder of the season, meaning he has played his final match for Arsenal.

Cardiff manager Neil Warnock’s £20,000 fine has been upheld after he criticized Premier League referees.

Today’s longer read: Haroon Siddique interviews former Tottenham player Paul Stewart on going public as a victim of sexual abuse as a youth player for The Guardian