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The Hoddle of Coffee: Tottenham Hotspur news and links for Thursday, July 25

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Rescues on reality television.

Tottenham Hotspur Pre-Season Tour to China Photo by Tottenham Hotspur FC/Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty Images

Hi, Hoddlers!

I suppose it’s a selfie-filled preseason tour the Tottenham players are enjoying.

Ramble of the Day

I’ve previously mentioned my fascination with reality television. It’s almost entirely reserved for structured shows — I find most unstructured ones particularly boring. What I find genuinely fascinating is that there seems to be an endless supply of them. You want a reality show about people looking to buy islands? Island Hunters has you covered. Want to watch people meeting new people while their exes come to bug them? Ex on the Beach will fit the bill then. That’s just American reality shows, too — weirdly specific structured reality shows exist everywhere.

Considering the popularity of shows like Kitchen Nightmares, it probably isn’t that surprising that there is an entire genre of shows dedicated to improving failing food establishments. One such show is Bar Rescue, which you can guess is about saving struggling bars. The show itself is nothing special, but has enjoyed a level of success. I suppose it’s been successful enough that the host of Bar Rescue, Jon Taffer, is now hosting a show called Marriage Rescue.

Unfortunately, I haven’t seen an episode yet, but the concept made me laugh. He has experience in the restaurant business, though I’m not exactly sure what makes him qualified to host his version of Marriage Boot Camp.

From the trailer, it seems like a certain idea come to life. People seem to treat many different types of people as therapists, sometimes understandably so. It’s outside of people of their close circle; my older sister is a family lawyer, and says her clients sometimes do this. Clearly, that’s where Taffer believes his expertise is, which could make one ask the question of whether or not life can teach you how to help others with these things, but I’m not going to answer that right now.

Like I said, I haven’t seen an episode yet, though the season is several episodes in. I’ll let you know if I do (not necessarily in ramble form), but I figured it was worth the share regardless.

tl;dr: Is anyone qualified to rescue a marriage?

Links of the Day

Former Liberian FA president Musa Bility has been banned for ten years by FIFA and fined $500,000 after misappropriating funds.

Liverpool’s Nathaniel Clyne injured his ACL in a preseason friendly against Borussia Dortmund and is set to miss six months.

Real Madrid’s Marco Asensio tore his ACL and will miss the majority of the 2019-20 season.

Yerry Mina has been charged by the FA for breaching betting regulations after appearing in a commercial for a Colombian gambling company.

Transfer updates: Aston Villa has signed Trézéguet from Kasimpasa; Watford has signed Tom Dele-Bashiru from Manchester City

Today’s longer read: Tom Dart on basketball player James Harden’s investment in the Houston Dynamo and the appeal of football for other wealthy athletes for The Guardian