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The Hoddle of Coffee: Tottenham Hotspur News and Links for Tuesday, October 12

the teams you don’t mind

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Hello, all!

At the top today is forward Rachel Williams.

Ramble of the Day

We spend a lot of time talking about the teams we like and the teams we don’t, but sports are like everything else in life: they do not exist in a dichotomy. To explore that middle ground, I ask: Which are the Premier League team you don’t mind, period?

I’m deciding not to rank mine, and initially came up with a cutoff number of five. I decided to scrap that because it’d be more interesting to find a median based on our answers. Feel free to include teams you may actually like, too, if any meet that threshold. Tottenham doesn’t count in this case, but maybe you don’t actually like Tottenham. Supporting Tottenham and liking Tottenham are two different things.

Anyway, my list of Premier League teams I don’t mind:

  • Aston Villa
  • Brentford
  • Brighton
  • Everton
  • Leeds
  • Norwich
  • Southampton
  • Watford
  • Wolves

My list clocks in at nine, just under half the league. I’m honestly surprised I don’t mind that many, but there are a lot of mostly inoffensive teams. You can’t like them all, of course, but I’d argue maybe you can’t really hate them all, either.

tl;dr: Which Premier League teams do you not mind?

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Links of the Day

Germany became the first team to qualify for the 2022 World Cup.

Manchester City’s Benjamin Mendy was denied bail for a third time ahead of his trial for rape and sexual assault in January.

Derby is appealing the 12 point deduction the team received after going into administration.

A longer read: Roberto José Andrade Franco on the rise of Ricardo Pepi, the USMNT’s newest emerging star for ESPN