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The Hoddle of Coffee: Tottenham Hotspur news and links for Friday, March 5

Rugrats on your Peloton

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Hi, all!

Is Harry Kane having a serious chat with the ball, or in the process of going into child’s pose? What do you think?

Ramble of the Day

I realize that SB Nation comments shut down at the least opportune time yesterday, and that as a result you haven’t had a chance to discuss and dissect yesterday’s match. I’ll keep things light today in the ramble, and go with a long-approved rule of the internet: sharing short videos that are fairly innocent and bring some amusement.

This, though, is your warning that the following video is slightly weird and probably only for a specific audience. All I’m going to tell you is that the person in it is a Peloton instructor named Cody Rigsby, and he’s talking about the American animated children’s show Rugrats, which I watched a lot as a kid (and is being rebooted on Paramount+).

This, to me, is truly remarkable. Fitness instructors are naturally inclined to provide motivation during a workout, so the fact that he’s using this space to cancel out some negative energy is surprising, but in a hilarious way. After all, there might be a good reason — maybe he’s trying to encourage those taking the ride to get any negative feelings out of their system.Despite that, he never really breaks the mold of the traditional fitness instructor — he’s still intense, and somehow still pumping you up to ride that bike.

I think perhaps the most amazing thing about this, though, is the strength of the opinion — he is not just very determined in his point, but has a very comprehensive one. It would be easy for any Rugrats watcher to openly dislike Angelica Pickles, but it’s another thing to just go off on her so intensely. The fact that he knows she’s only 15 months older than Tommy, Chuckie, Phil, and Lil shows such a commitment to this opinion. And just imagine the commitment to this opinion while instructing a Peloton class and riding the bike. Remarkable.

tl;dr: I just wanted to share a video where a Peloton instructor used his platform to go off on Rugrats’ Angelica Pickles.

Stay informed, read this: Vanessa Friedman, Salamisha Tillet, Elizabeth Paton, Jessica Testa, and Evan Nicole Brown on how the fashion industry has changed in its attempt to include more Black people, and where it has room for improvement for The New York Times

Links of the Day

Crystal Palace’s Patrick van Aanholt received racist abuse on Instagram after Wednesday’s draw against Manchester United.

The second leg of Liverpool-RB Leipzig will also be played at Puskás Aréna in Budapest to comply with COVID-19 protocols.

Manchester United accessed £60m of their available £200m credit line to cover debts brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

A longer read: Sam Marsden and Moises Llorente on Sunday’s Barcelona presidential election, and the pressing questions the new president will have to answer for ESPN