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The Hoddle of Coffee: Tottenham Hotspur news and links for Thursday, August 15

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Beverages in the afternoon

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Hi, all!

Isn’t it funny that I’ve never written the Hoddle of Coffee while drinking coffee? (It’s easy to explain, but it is a little funny.)

Ramble of the Day

I really do love the concept of a beverage in the afternoon. The feeling really kicks in when the weather gets warm, the sun is shining, and I have a bit of time to just enjoy the drink, but I realize I quite like doing this at all times of year. I could probably place each one of those moods if I wanted to, but I won’t really list them out.

For me, it’s usually a cup of coffee, hot or cold depending on the weather or my mood. When I’m feeling like it or there’s a decent option around me, I’ll opt for some freshly squeezed juice or bubble tea. If I’m at home, I’ll make myself a glass of lemonade.

For me, it’s essentially a reward for having not only the time to savor something a little bit, but also the coincidence that the mood of life around me makes getting a tasty beverage worth the effort. I’m basically trying to replicate the lazy afternoon feeling for a couple of minutes, and I think it’s because I’m partial to afternoons. If I can evenly spread out things during a day, I’ll pick an easy afternoon above all else.

Ultimately, I’m just trying to recreate the cheapest and quickest of thrills whenever it feels like things have aligned for me to do so. It’s a straightforward, boring sort of enjoyment, but a very satisfying one.

tl;dr: I just like enjoying coffee in the afternoon.

Links of the Day

QPR’s U-18 team walked off the pitch after players were racially abused by AD Nervión players during a preseason friendly.

US Soccer and the women’s national team have not reached a solution in mediation regarding the players’ pay discrimination lawsuit.
Supplemental reading: a comprehensive timeline of the USWNT’s lawsuit from Stars and Stripes FC

Emiliano Sala and pilot David Ibbotson were exposed to carbon monoxide before their plane crashed near the isle of Guernsey.

Today’s longer read: Rob Smyth remembers some of the sport’s best goals scored with the outside of the boot for The Guardian