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The Hoddle of Coffee: Tottenham Hotspur news and links for Thursday, August 1

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Bad binge-watcher.

FC Bayern Munich vs Tottenham - Audi Cup 2019 Final Match Photo by Andreas Gebert/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Hey, Hoddlers!

Wasn’t it fun watching all those youth players taking penalties yesterday?

Ramble of the Day

Binge-watching is a thing people do, and good for them, I say. Here I go, admitting things once again: I say good for them because I’m pretty bad at it.

Like I mentioned in passing yesterday, I finished watching The Americans this week. I had gotten interested close to the end of its original run, and just decided to start it once it was over to watch it all in relatively quick succession. For me, that meant starting it in mid-June of 2018 and finishing all 75 episodes at the end of July in 2019. I wasn’t disappointed with my speed or anything, and I did interrupt my sessions a bit. I knew I’d watch it slowly, and was happy to go through it as such.

The thing is, if I’m watching something by myself, I usually never allocate time for more than an episode a day. I tend to spend most of my free time with other people, and if I’m not Hoddling, I like to socialize. It leaves very little time for binging something on my own, which, again, I’m totally fine with. I’ve binged things with my sisters — we went through Grey’s Anatomy one summer for fun, and to a lesser extent, got through Bodyguard in two nights. I once managed to once go through the entire Gilmore Girls catalog (pre-extra season that ruined the whole thing for me) in a summer, but haven’t come close to managing the same thing.

I am just bad at binging, because I’ve never felt the need to allocate the time — or take the time out of something else — to do it. I suppose I prefer taking time away from other activities to go into Wikipedia holes.

tl;dr: I suck at binge-watching.

Links of the Day

FIFA, UEFA, and some European leagues have urged Saudi Arabia to stop the pirating of TV rights by service beoutQ.

The 2023 women’s World Cup will officially have 32 teams, an increase from 24.

Bournemouth’s David Brooks will miss three months with an ankle injury.

Transfer updates: not today!

Today’s longer read: David Marchese interviews Megan Rapinoe on celebrating World Cup triumph and fame by being vocal on issues she cares about for The New York Times