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The Hoddle of Coffee: Tottenham Hotspur news and links for Monday, July 27

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It’s over!

Crystal Palace v Tottenham Hotspur - Premier League Photo by Sebastian Frej/MB Media/Getty Images

Hi all!

A vibe, featuring Houston Dash’s Rachel Daly in a post-match Zoom press conference after her side won the NWSL Challenge Cup.

Ramble of the Day

I always like to cap the season off with this question, so once again, I’m asking: What was your favorite moment of the 2019-20 season? I know it was far from perfect, but it was not all doom and gloom.

Naturally, I’ll start. It actually happened yesterday, when referee Andre Marriner blew the final whistle for Spurs’ game at Crystal Palace, the final game of the season. For me, it represents a number of things, but its most important function is that it ended the season. For the first time since August, a season that could go any which way finally stayed put, ending the almost joyless roller coaster that lasted longer than it needed to because of a pandemic that did much more harm than just that. It also represents the beauty in the simple, even in the midst of the extraordinarily awful season Spurs supporters have had to deal with. For once, one could rely in a simple act; after a long series of final whistles, the final of those final whistles could, indeed, come and it did. It did the work of a great event by bringing you the sweet relief you search for in a sporting event, be it a goal or a win. In its own right, too, it provided a bit of the joy that comes with a great sporting accomplishment. We did it, all. We actually made it to the end, somehow.

Honorable mention: Giovani Lo Celso’s existence, Son Heung-min’s goal against Burnley, Steven Bergwijn’s debut goal against Manchester City

tl;dr: It’s time to pick a highlight of the season, if you’re so inclined.

Stay informed, read this: Shirley Li on racism in the industry of voice acting, where White voices are considered the default, for The Atlantic

Links of the Day

Leighton Baines retired after an 18 year career.

Wigan’s administrators will hold talks with a second ownership group after talks fell through with an unnamed ownership group announced last week.

Rich Energy founder William Storey claims he is leading a consortium interested in buying Sunderland.

Transfer updates: West Ham signed Nor Mustafa from Eskilstuna; Brighton signed Lee Geum-min on loan from Manchester City

A longer read: Tom Marshall on Jhon Minda, the person Mexico’s Atlético Morelia almost signed because they thought he was a footballer for ESPN