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The Hoddle of Coffee: Tottenham Hotspur News and Links for Wednesday, November 3


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Hello, all!

Antonio Conte doesn’t need a work permit to be at the top of the Hoddle.

Ramble of the Day

There’s this thing I say, which is both a joke and a serious belief: I would love to go back to the UK just to watch the country’s many reality shows. It seems like they’ve bottled up the magic on what makes a reality show an inoffensive spectacle, enough to the point that they collectively produce some great clips. Here’s the latest, courtesy of Channel 4’s The Love Trap.

This is just a perfectly constructed clip, and my applause goes to every person involved in the production. The shock is obviously the point, and David’s reaction is priceless. There’s no way he knew that was going to happen.

It is such a wild thing to do on a dating show. If all you know is this clip, you first spend time thinking about the fact that David has to guess who is a “love trap,” which is already one of those concepts that’s creative enough to be new without being inherently interesting. (It’s still inherently better than the new Netflix show Sexy Beasts.) The fact that a contestant literally fell into a hole is such a twist in the story and the genre! I just cannot get over it.

tl;dr: Please watch this clip from UK reality dating show The Love Trap.

Stay informed, read this: Nancy Armour on NHL commissioner Gary Bettman’s mishandling of the Chicago Blackhawks’ sexual assault scandal for USA Today

Links of the Day

Ex-FIFA president Sepp Blatter and ex-UEFA president Michel Platini were indicted for fraud in Switzerland.

PSG’s Lionel Messi will miss the team’s Champions League match against Leipzig through injury.

A longer read: Matthew Hall on abuse in Canada, and players’ request that CONCACAF president Victor Montagliani be suspended during investigations for the Guardian