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The Hoddle of Coffee: Tottenham Hotspur news and links for Thursday, September 24

A pig playing soccer

Tottenham Hotspur Training Session Photo by Tottenham Hotspur FC/Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty Images

Hi, all!

It’s weird how the season isn’t two full weeks old yet and Tottenham have played so many games that it feels like we’re midseason.

Ramble of the Day

This was not a discovery I made on my own, but regardless I bring to you what I think is a contender for the greatest club crest in football: the crest of Municipal Limeño, a team in El Salvador’s top flight.

As of this time, I have yet to find a back story on the Limeño pig, but the pig is only part of the story. The association between animals and football teams is hardly uncommon — we’re talking about this on a Tottenham blog — but I think the pig is pretty unique in sports. What’s even more unique is to see the concept played out so overtly in a crest — we associate ourselves with an animal, the pig, and we play football, so here is a pig playing football. There’s almost no other design besides the essentials — a green block representing grass, the lightest blue block representing the sky, and the name and location. The yellow ring and black text of the name and location is really the only other major stylistic choice here, and even that is pretty simple.

All of these really simple choices, though, create a pretty unique impact. Sure, it’s driven by the choice of having a football playing pig; by making almost no other choices, it looks a bit like clip art. That doesn’t mean I don’t sort of respect it because the name of the game should always be to create something unique, and it seems a prime candidate for ironic love to the point where it’s true love. It also doesn’t look horrible on a kit, which is surprising but a great development.

tl;dr: I found one of the best crests in football, courtesy of El Salvador’s C.D. Municipal Limeño.

Tay informed, read this: Tumaini Carayol interviews Billie Jean King on being one of nine female tennis players to pave the way for pay equality in the sport and how she is maintaining that fight 50 years later for The Guardian
Additional reading: Tumaini Carayol on the story of the Original 9, who broke from the U.S. Lawn & Tennis Association in 1970 to create the Virginia Slims Circuit for The Guardian

Links of the Day

A Houston Dash player tested positive for COVID-19.

The Netherlands hired Frank de Boer as the new manager of the men’s national team.

The Premier League will scrap 8:15p kickoffs after the U.K. government set 10p curfews for pubs.

U.S. international Megan Rapinoe was named to the Time 100 this year.

Actors Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney have put in a bid to invest in fifth-tier side Wrexham.

Transfer updates: Wolves signed Nelson Semedo from Barcelona; Atléti signed Luis Suárez from Barcelona

A longer read: Steven Goff on Washington, D.C.’s Lucky Bar, a meeting place for Arsenal, Manchester City, and Manchester United supporters that is struggling during the coronavirus pandemic for The Washington Post