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The Hoddle of Coffee: Tottenham Hotspur news and links for Tuesday, April 28

Hot takes: fairly rated

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Hi, all!

Today we have former Tottenham center back Ramon Vega at the top, and I’m also pretty sure this is the first time I’ve had someone getting a red card as the Hoddle’s lead image.

Ramble of the Day

How interesting do you think a video with Ben Davies, Hugo Lloris, Jan Vertonghen, and Michel Vorm could be? Pretty entertaining, apparently.

The concept is simple: the host brings up an item and the players decide if its overrated or underrated. There were a ton of hot takes, and I came away with a lot of opinions. Bulletpoint form will be best for this.

  • Davies presents himself as quick to call anything overrated, but he clearly doesn’t mind eventually easing up on his criticism. First up: Uno.
  • On the topic of dogs, Vorm says he has four, and shares that one is named Mimi. The group focus on the name instead of the fact that Vorm said he has four dogs and only talked about one.
  • Davies has a dog named Twiggy, and I wonder if the dog is named after the British culture icon of the 1960s. (Also: dogs may be the only topic discussed Davies has a positive opinion of.)
  • Just kidding, Davies likes pizza and argues “you can never have a bad pizza.” He’s clearly never heard of Ohio Valley-style pizza.
  • A lot of discourse about the poop emoji. Lloris looks like he’s never heard of it. Davies doesn’t understand its purpose. Vertonghen thinks it shouldn’t be smiling.
  • Also a lot of talk about selfies, with a fairly normal consensus: Vertonghen notes we all do it, Vorm says doing it with everything is a bit much. Davies becomes the resident dissenter and says it’s weird to take selfies by yourself.
  • Davies thinks yoga is overrated?!
  • A debate about beans on toast emerges. Vertonghen’s kids love it. Vorm calls it “disgusting.” Lloris says it’s “impossible” for him to enjoy.
  • Davies thinks the last few Avengers films lacked substance, and I actually agree, but he’s clearly a bit more of a grump than his teammates.

In the end, I have one question: Who knew Davies was so opinionated?

Links of the Day


Fortuna Dusseldorf’s Zack Steffen injured his knee again after returning to training.

The proposed takeover of Newcastle by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund received more criticism, with Jamal Khasoggi’s fiancée Hatice Cengiz calling it a “stain” on the Premier League.

Today’s longer read: Tariq Panja on the Football Leaks case in Portugal and the concerns surrounding Benfica’s popularity and influence in the country for The New York Times