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The Hoddle of Coffee: Tottenham Hotspur news and links for Friday, December 11

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Hi, everyone!

Now, for that ramble I started for Tuesday before someone asked if you can pick up a football with your mouth.

Ramble of the Day

I have rambled a couple of times about the fictional characters I dislike more than the others, but a few weeks ago, I realized I hadn’t shared a fictional character that held a special place in my heart as one of my favorites. I accidentally answered this question when I was seeking for something I’d find funny and I searched “will humphries w1a” on YouTube.

I find Will to be the most lovable idiot I’ve seen on television, and it is most certainly down to the terrific writing and Hugh Skinner’s wonderful acting. Will isn’t too idiotic, and is situated around a group of funny but inefficient people that make up the characters of W1A. He truly avoids being annoying, though, because he’s not destructive and is pure in his motivations — he’s just here to do his work as an intern, only distracted by his crush on Izzy Gould.

The lovely thing is that they don’t make him totally useless. He has a handle on the hard to understand and poorly programmed Syncapatico, an internal scheduling and organizing program. He becomes more and more useful as the show progresses, so he evolves into a lovable and uncomplicated guy whose speaking habits make for a cute parody of young adults while also being funny. The whole characterization makes him outrageously endearing.

tl;dr: I love Will Humphries from W1A.

Stay informed, read this: Maitreyi Anantharaman on the WNBA’s complicated history of hiding its Black female athletes, and how Sports Illustrated choosing Breanna Stewart to represent the league as an activist athlete plays into that for Defector

Links of the Day

A second Columbus Crew player tested positive for COVID-19 this week.

Former Brazil international Robinho lost his appeal against a nine year prison sentence for sexual assault in Italy.

Former Vancouver Whitecaps women coach Bob Birarda was charged with multiple counts of sexual assault and exploitation.

Barcelona’s Antoine Griezmann cut ties with Huawei after reports the company surveilled Uighur Muslims in China.

CONCACAF will launch a women’s Nations League next year.

A longer read: Nicky Bandini on the legacy of Paolo Rossi, who became a national hero when Italy won the World Cup in 1982 for The Guardian

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