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The Hoddle of Coffee: Tottenham Hotspur news and links for Tuesday, July 7

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Hi again!

A small follow up to yesterday’s Hoddle about Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga, here’s one of the film’s catchiest tunes (and there are a few of them), “Ja Ja Ding Dong.”

Ramble of the Day

Continuing with a musical theme, there is something I must admit: I have listened to the song Tottenham played after Michael Kean’s own goal multiple times in the five-plus hours since the goal went in. It’s not that I’m not proud of it, but it really is something I probably shouldn’t have spent so much time doing. (It’s not really an interesting story, so I won’t bother sharing.)

Still, it brings me to a hope I had when the Premier League was scheduling its return that teams would take the league up on its offer to play music when goals were scored. I haven’t watched all of the games since the restart, but I believe Keane’s own goal is the first time I heard any music during the restart, and that’s a shame. I was really, really looking forward to hearing individual teams’ choices.

I imagine a bunch of them would have picked generic pump-up music, as they tend to do before matches in normal times. I wished for this in the hope that a few teams would take some unconventional approaches, and clearly I was right to think that. Zombie Nation’s “Kernkraft 400” is fairly popular at sporting events — I’m pretty sure I heard it at a hockey game once, but even then, but it’s a song I definitely haven’t heard in a while. Perhaps the best part of it was that I was so shocked when it played that I laughed, and I’m glad that was the case. If you’re going to add the music, might as well make it shocking and dynamic enough that it encourages reaction out of your audience.

tl;dr: I approve of the music played in celebration of the goal during yesterday’s game.

Stay informed, read this: Tatiana Siegel on the link between Hollywood productions and the police, and the efforts of many to change it for The Hollywood Reporter

Links of the Day

MLS is Back tournament: FC Dallas withdrew from the tournament after more than ten tested positive for COVID-19; five Nashville SC players also tested positive for COVID-19; LAFC’s Carlos Vela and Inter Miami’s Robbie Robinson will not participate

Franck Ribery’s house was burgled while he played for Fiorentina on Sunday.

Retired Portland Timbers goalkeeper Jake Gleeson is suing two the the club’s doctors for medical malpractice that eventually resulted in his retirement.

A longer read: Rory Smith interviews Ryan Babel on the expectations placed on him as a young player and how it shaped his career for The New York Times