it is very funny that Tottenham keeps hiring managers who hate making substations.
Ramble of the Day
If I was asked to name my favorite show that I discovered this year, out of all of the television shows out there, I think I may have to go with El Chiringuito. I had a feeling it was something special when that clip of Josep Pedrerol rubbing his hands together went viral back in May, but it has been a real joy finding out just how unique this show really is. Many thanks go to the person or people behind El Chiringuito in English for providing this wonderful clip from yesterday and many others before it.
What’s clear from just about every easy to access clip from El Chiringuito is the show’s one-of-a-kind aesthetic: blatantly unpolished maximalism. In the above clip, Juanfe Sanz is being practical and solving a problem, but the way he goes about it probably would make any other professional in television cringe at the thought. It is also seemingly unnecessary, because a few of his colleagues may not care for this update. (I also wonder if, by not turning his screen, he even gave them the best look at the penalty.) I don’t blame Sanz’s colleagues — it is such an obvious penalty call that it probably didn’t warrant 90 minutes of discussion. That’s El Chiringuito for you, though — they do it their way.
El Chiringuito’s way is part of everything the show does. Here’s my excuse to share a personal favorite of the many El Chiringuito clips I’ve watched this year.
It is hardly just the analysts who embrace that heightened sense of drama. From the constant zooming in and out on Alfredo Duro as he makes his essential point to the perfectly timed claps of thunder to accentuate the gravity of his argument, the entire production team has nailed the memo. Despite its complete disinterest in following the standards of making a television show, there is also restraint; they never stray from that memo, and have perfected the art form of their creation. It’s difficult to describe, easy to observe, purely entertaining, and impossible to recreate. Unconventional as El Chiringuito may be, those are the things any true work of art should check off.
tl;dr: El Chiringuito is a work of art.
Stay informed, read this: Javier C. Hernández on incoming Atlanta Symphony Orchestra music director Nathalie Stutzmann, who will become the only woman leading one of the US’ top 25 symphonies next year for The New York Times
Links of the Day
Willie Kirk left his role as Everton women manager after almost three yars with the club.
The FA charged Southampton manager Ralph Hassenhuttl for comments he made about referee Mike Dean after his side’s loss against Chelsea.
A longer read: Bruce Schoenfeld on the battle between clubs in Europe and their MLS counterparts to recruit the US’ best male prospects for ESPN