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The Hoddle of Coffee: Tottenham Hotspur news and links for Wednesday, April 14

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guilty pleasure, food edition

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Hi, everyone!

Let’s start the day with a tweet that is both very MLS and very 2021.

Ramble of the Day

Here’s a question I’ve been sitting on for a little while: What’s a food that you know is low on quality, taste or preparation-wise, but can’t resist anyway? I could also describe this as our guilty pleasure in the form of food.

Before we continue, I think it’s important to suggest this be a judgment-free zone, because a little bit of self-judgment is baked into the question and we don’t need it from each other in this case. However, I share the question mainly because I believe it’s okay to like things that aren’t elite as long as they’re inoffensive. (After all, Tottenham currently meets that description and we still openly acknowledge that we support the club.)

The reason I waited to use this question is because I couldn’t think of an answer, but then it came to: freezer aisle Texas toast. Generally, eating bread makes for a wonderful experience because of its freshness. Frozen and reheated bread is nowhere to be found when it comes to elite bread experiences; it should probably be discouraged, all things considered. That said ... pulling frozen slices of Texas toast out of the freezer and sticking it in the oven for a little while somehow produces an enjoyable experience. I can’t explain it, nor can I help it.

tl;dr: What’s your food guilty pleasure? Mine is freezer aisle Texas toast.

Stay informed, read this: Benjamin Hoffman on Cleveland baseball player Yu Chang, who was racially abused on social media after a loss to the Chicago White Sox on Monday for The New York Times

Links of the Day

Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos tested positive for COVID-19.

A man was charged with racially abusing West Brom’s Romaine Sawyers on social media.

SpursAbility, a Tottenham group representing clinically extremely vulnerable supporters, said it is discriminatory that they will not be allowed to attend the Carabao Cup final.

Chinese pharmaceutical company Sinovac will donate 50,000 doses of its COVID-19 vaccine to participating national team’s at this year’s Copa América.

A longer read: Suzanne Wrack on the progress the FA WSL has made as the league celebrates its ten year anniversary for the Guardian
Supplemental viewing: Tottenham’s Gemma Davison, Kerys Harrop, and Becky Spencer on their journeys in women’s football over the last decade