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The Hoddle of Coffee: Tottenham Hotspur news and links for Friday, July 26

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Hi, all!

Shall we do a quick question for a Friday? (I’m kidding myself. The answer might not be quick!)

Ramble of the Day

You walk into a room, and there are four rows of chairs with about 15 chairs in each row. They’re all facing the same direction, waiting for someone to show up and start doing something that you should be paying attention to. Most, if not all the seats, are empty. Where are you picking a seat?

I’m most likely taking a seat in either the second or third row, and a bit off to the side. I do like the idea of being comfortably in the random middle, and not drawing too much attention to myself in the front row or anywhere directly in the line of sight of the person that’ll be commanding attention even though that person’s gaze will probably fall on all observers. I still like to be close enough, though; the back row is too far away from the action. Again, it’s all about being solidly in between.

There’s probably to be said about my personality based on my answer, and it’s likely the same for the rest of you. I’m hardly an expert, so I won’t be analyzing your answers much (if at all), just wondering what they’ll be.

tl;dr: Accidental question in personality, intentional question on a hypothetical.

Links of the Day

Arsenal’s Sead Kolašinac and Mesut Özil were involved in a carjacking attempt by a gang in London.

Mamadou Sakho is suing the World Anti-Doping Agency, claiming a false positive ended his Liverpool career.

Pia Sundhage has been named the Brazil women’s national team manager.

Darren Bent has retired following an 18-year career.

Transfer updates: Arsenal has signed Dani Ceballos on a season-long loan from Madrid and William Saliba, who has been loaned back to Saint-Étienne; RB Leipzig has signed Ademola Lookman from Everton; Aston Villa has signed Douglas Luiz from Manchester City; Crystal Palace has signed Jordan Ayew from Swansea; Krasnodar has signed Rémy Cabella from Saint-Étienne

Today’s longer read: Tariq Panja on documents that indicate UEFA allowed Paris Saint-Germain to skirt Financial Fair Play rules for The New York Times