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The Hoddle of Coffee: Tottenham Hotspur news and links for Thursday, January 28

a fourth kit

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Hey, everyone!

How are we feeling about today’s game? I personally can’t risk feeling optimistic, but maybe that’s just me.

Ramble of the Day

Let’s keep it light, but opinionated today: What do you think of the new Tottenham kit, part of the Air Max collection?

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I’m reminded of something someone said in the Cartilage Free Captain writers’ room: it looks a lot like a regular t-shirt and less so like an official kit. I’m generally for hoops on a jersey, and I very much approve of neon yellow piping. It feels like a jersey perfectly in the middle: I’m not at all interested in buying it, but I’m also not offended by it at all. I think anything other than a home kit, but third and fourth kit especially, needs to be something that inspires a little more reaction. Still, I think it’s distinct enough that I won’t be too bothered by it.

If I am to share one genuine criticism, it’s that the Air Max logo looks a bit like a discount airline or travel booking company. I don’t normally feel like the Air Max logo looks like that, but I just don’t think it works well on this jersey.

tl;dr: My quick take on the new, limited edition fourth kit is that it’s inoffensive, but I don’t care for it outside of that.

Stay informed, read this: Hemal Jhaveri on the National Women’s Hockey League’s troubling alliance with Barstool Sports, which may be meeting its end after a recent controversy for USA Today

Links of the Day

Turin mayor Chiara Appendino and four others were sentenced to a 1.5 years in jail for their roles in a stampede at a public viewing party of the 2017 Champions League final.

Transfer updates: Arsenal signed Martin Ødegaard on loan from Real Madrid; Sevilla signed Papu Gómez from Atalanta

A longer read: Sam Stejskal and Paul Tenorio on the state of MLS’ negotiations with players on a collective bargaining agreement as a work stoppage becomes more and more likely for The Athletic (not behind the paywall)