That’s midfielder Chloe Peplow at the top today.
Ramble of the Day
I have been sitting on this question for a little while, but now seems as good a time as any to introduce it:
What could you talk about for 30 minutes with no preparation?— Laura, just a regular pilot turned writer (@LauraSavino747) February 3, 2021
I know for maybe every last one of us, Tottenham Hotspur is an acceptable answer. As a result, I think it’ll be more fun if we pick things that have nothing to do with Tottenham. (Football is still on the board, though.)
There are probably a few things I can go on about for half an hour without warning, a number of them interesting and a number of them boring (just because I could talk for 30 minutes about something boring doesn’t mean I should, but the point is that I could). That probably includes a ton of football topics, but if I had to narrow it down to something somewhat specific, it’d probably be on the intersection of the sport and the rest of the world. Sometimes it’d be positive things, like the upward trending reputation of women’s football and current themes of feminism. (I’ve actually written about it a few times, so it’s not that weird that I’d be able to pull that one off.) I could also probably go on for 30 minutes about how sports can manifest a multifaceted toxic culture, in some ways specific to sports and other times not.
To throw something completely random into the mix, though, I could probably go on for half an hour about meatless food trends. I’m not a vegetarian but was raised by a vegetarian mother and have a sister who is a vegetarian so I’ve always been aware of what options were out there, and things have changed a lot in my lifetime alone. I can track my knowledge from watching a classmate who needed a vegetarian meal on a field trip receive a salad that had no more than four vegetables to being someone who cooks and eats vegan with some frequency.
tl;dr: I could probably talk about football and culture and meatless food trends for half an hour without warning.
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Links of the Day
Shrewsbury manager Steve Cotterill is back in the hospital, this time suffering from pneumonia after contracting COVID-19 in January.
MLS and Orlando City terminated Jonathan Suárez’s contract after he was arrested on charges of sexual battery.
Four were arrested after Catalan police raided FC Barcelona’s office, including former president Josep Maria Bartomeu.
NWSL’s Chicago Red Stars announced a new investor group, including Olympic hockey gold medalist Kendall Coyne Schofield and retired NFL player Israel Idonije.
A longer read: Ryan Rosenblatt on the US Soccer Federation meeting marred by racist comments, and what it says about the organization as a whole for the debut of his newsletter, Think Outside the Ball