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The Hoddle of Coffee: Tottenham Hotspur news and links for Monday, November 9

Alex Trebek, you will be missed

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Hello, all!

It is officially orange ball season (in Utah, at least).

Ramble of the Day

I think I should leave today’s Hoddle as a space for us to talk about Alex Trebek, who died yesterday at the age of 80. It took me a little while to gather my thoughts after I found out, but I settled on how I feel about him. For sure, he’s an icon, but what I think made him special was the balance he always struck by being intelligent and funny, the second probably largely based on the first. Jeopardy! is on its own an inherently interesting show, but Trebek knew completely how to make it more enjoyable in every sense. He will surely be missed, but what a treat it was to have him around for as long as we did.

Stay informed, listen to (or read) this: Dr. Courtney Szto on her new book, Changing on the Fly: Hockey Through the Voices of South Asian Canadians, on the Burn It All Down podcast

Links of the Day

Italy’s Roberto Mancini, Real Madrid’s Eden Hazard and Casemiro, multiple Granada players, and eight MLS players tested positive for COVID-19.

Roma and Fiorentina players have reportedly been barred from traveling to join their national teams by health authorities in Italy.

New York City FC corroborated claims of sexual harrassment at the club made by a former intern.

Bayern’s Joshua Kimmich tore his meniscus may be out for a year.

A longer read: Suzanne Wrack interviews Manchester United’s Emily Ramsey on her life changing after the club launched its women’s team and earning the number one shirt as a teenager for The Guardian