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The Hoddle of Coffee: Tottenham Hotspur news and links for Wednesday, May 22

Emmanuel Adebayor and a song.

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Hi, everyone!

I’ve got another music themed ramble, but it’s not about Eurovision.

Ramble of the Day

For me, my first impression of people, places, or things outside of my actual life sticks in a different way than my first impression of people, places, and things I’ve had direct contact with. For example, I remember the day I found out who Justin Bieber was. I was watching one of those televised concerts on a day off from middle school, and though I was perfectly in the demographic he and his people were targeting, I never did become a big fan. I remember making a joke about how his last name rhymes with “beaver,” and though I don’t think about it all the time or every time I think about Bieber, I do think about it more than I should.

Anyway, that was a very long explanation, but it brings me to the actual item I want to discuss today. I’m sure many of you have heard Sia’s “The Greatest.” Maybe you heard it on the radio, or maybe you heard it in a commercial, or maybe even in a store. That’s probably true of most relatively well-known songs; you heard them for the first time without really seeking them, and it wasn’t a particularly significant event. I remember the first time I heard Sia’s “The Greatest,” though. It was thanks to Emmanuel Adebayor.

In between his stints with Tottenham Hotspur and Crystal Palace, Adebayor posted a series of workout videos with background music, I’m guessing, in an effort to convince onlookers that he was fit enough to play for a team. He obviously ended up signing for Palace, perhaps in a sign that it worked. Along the way, though, he posted a video with “The Greatest” playing in the background that I can no longer find, but swear existed at one point. I really do wish I could show you, but to get an idea, here’s a different one:

In fact, I didn’t realize “The Greatest” was a song that had a presence outside of Adebayor’s now-evaporated Instagram video. Somewhat vividly, I remember being shocked when I heard the song in a different context and asking my younger sister if it was a “real song.” (Not that a song Adebayor would use in a workout video isn’t real, but I meant one that existed in the most standard pop world.) She confirmed it, and I quickly accepted the information.

Still, I have quite an attachment to the song. Every time I hear it — mostly in Peloton commercials, I think fondly of how I was introduced to it as by Adebayor and thought it was just a completely random tune. At this point, it’s a peculiar fondness for song that, otherwise, I have no other opinions on.

tl;dr: How I learned about Sia’s “The Greatest” from a now-deleted Emmanuel Adebayor workout video.

Links of the Day

Arsenal’s Henrikh Mkhitaryan will not travel to Baku for the Europa League final over safety concerns because of political tensions between Azerbaijan and Armenia.

Australia has officially launched its bid to host the 2023 women’s World Cup.

A judge assigned to the case regarding Manchester City’s possible Financial Fair Play violations may have to recuse himself because of a conflict of interest.

David Squires covers Manchester City’s domestic treble in his latest cartoon.

The Guardian has a quiz asking readers to guess who said some of the Premier League season’s most notable quotes.

Today’s longer read: Daniel Storey on two students in the business of finding and selling classic football kits for the BBC