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The Hoddle of Coffee: Tottenham Hotspur news and links for Wednesday, September 30

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A footballer and the Loch Ness Monster

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Hey, everyone!

It’s been a little while since Tottenham won a penalty shootout, hasn’t it?

Ramble of the Day

I have established, more than once at this point, that I like a unique player reveals. There are obviously a ton of ways to go about it, but I don’t think I could’ve anticipated how Bologna announced the signing of Scottish defender Aaron Hickey.

It starts off mostly normally, leaning hard into a couple of things Scotland is well-known for: bagpipes and some beautiful scenery. I’m not sure why it’s in black and white, but I don’t mind that much because I like looking at gorgeous landscapes. It’s normal enough, even as they start showing a body of water, but they had to sneak in one more thing Scotland is well-known for: the Loch Ness Monster.

The video switches rapidly from an attempt to be classy to one that’s a bit corny by pretending a toy dinosaur is the Loch Ness Monster, and I can’t decide if it’s funny or just surprising. The one line Hickey has works well with the newly-established theme: “Believe me. I’m real.” It’s still a pretty strange video, though.

tl;dr: Bologna announced the signing of Scottish defender Aaron Hickey with a video where a toy dinosaur plays the Loch Ness Monster.

Stay informed, read this: Catherine Porter on the impact Schitt’s Creek creator and star Dan Levy had after he signed up for an online course to learn about Indigenous Canada and encouraging 64,000 of his Instagram followers to do the same for The New York Times

Links of the Day

Liverpool’s Thiago Alcântara tested positive for COVID-19.

Australia hired Tony Gustavsson to coach the women’s national team.

The Premier League will pay for COVID-19 tests for EFL teams in cup competitions.

Premier League referees will be more lenient about the handball rule after multiple controversial penalty calls to start the season.

David Squires covers the weekend in Premier League action in his latest cartoon.

Transfer updates: Manchester City signed Rúben Dias from Benfica, with Nicolás Otamendi going the other way; West Brom signed Filip Krovinović from Benfica

A longer read: Zak Garner-Purkis interviews Eric Dier and the executive team behind Spotlas on the app and its aspirations for Forbes