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The Hoddle of Coffee: Tottenham Hotspur news and links for Thursday, March 18

the worst thing you’ve watched

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Ramble of the Day

I don’t mean to keep brining up horrible anniversaries, but this one is a little bit lighter in tone than last week’s remembrance of COVID-19 shutdowns. This is, though, on the same topic: it’s the one year anniversary of Gal Gadot’s horrid video where she summoned many of her famous friends to sing “Imagine!”

I could probably ramble about the specific uselessness of that empty gesture, but it instead inspires me to ask a question: What is the worst thing (besides that video, of course) you’ve watched because you’ve spent more time indoors than usual over the last year?

I thought about the answer to this question a few days ago, remembered three things, and have since forgotten two of them. The one thing I remember is The English Game, the Netflix show about the early days of English football from the creator of Downton Abbey. It dropped the same week things shut down over here, and I got around to it fairly quickly. The only thrill it provided was the worst goalkeeping I’ve seen, and was otherwise both bad and boring.

I must, though, note that it’s entirely possible I watched something worse in the last year — I did forget two of the three answers I originally had to this question. The bar that I established early on for myself, though, was that I would not stoop so low and watch either Lego Masters or Spenser Confidential, so I’ve at least succeeded at that.

tl;dr: What’s the worst thing you’ve watched in the last year, when you’ve spent more time indoors than usual because of a pandemic? For me, it’s The English Game.

Stay informed, read this: Harmeet Kaur on the discrimination faced specifically by Asian women for CNN

Links of the Day

PSG is experiencing a COVID-19 outbreak that forced the women’s team to forfeit a Champions League match and the temporary closure of the academy training ground.

An inquiry found the FA responsible of “institutional failure” of protecting young players from sexual abuse before 1995.

Police in Scotland arrested a man on suspicion of racially abusing Middlesborough’s Yannick Bolasie on social media.

The parking lot of Dignity Health Sports Park, home of the LA Galaxy, is serving as a COVID-19 vaccine distribution site this week.

Michail Antonio will represent Jamaica at the international level.

A longer read: Melissa Reddy on the sexist and unsafe working environment she has faced as a woman working in football media for The Independent