It’s been a consuming couple of days, hasn’t it? Let’s channel our energies differently.
Ramble of the Day
It feels like the last few days have asked a lot of us, in terms of paying attention and having opinions. It’s not like the discourse will stop anytime soon, but it might be fun to focus some of our thoughts and channel them in a very specific way. Namely, I’m suggesting we let music describe the (probably many) feelings we have after the very trying 17 months where José Mourinho was the Tottenham manager. (After all, the last time the manager was fired, we came up with a fun playlist.)
I had a little bit of time to throw some songs together to start a Spotify playlist, though it’s collaborative so feel free to add some yourself. (If you just want to throw suggestions in the comments, that’s fine; I’ll add them in.) Allow me to spotlight a few of my picks.
The very first song that made the cut was Kacey Musgraves’ “High Horse,” which makes the point clear from the get-go and does a very good job of describing what I think of Mourinho. The opening lines are: “Oh I bet you think you’re John Wayne / Showing up and shooting down everybody!”
Fpr a more positive spin, the Beatles’ “Here Comes the Sun” sprung to mind. It does feel like years since it’s been clear, after all. (That’s if you ignore the European Super League talks, which might be the right idea for this exercise. Though there are a lot of good songs about money if anyone wants to get a playlist started on that.)
Here’s your invitation to include songs in any language, courtesy of “Tere Ishq Mein Naachenge” from Bollywood film Raja Hindustani (The title translates to “I will dance in your love,” and there are some English subtitles for you in the video above.)
A little bit of set up is needed here. The man getting wasted at the start of this song (Raja, played by Aamir Khan) feels betrayed by the woman in green (his wife Aarti, played by Karisma Kapoor) and has decided to use the opportunity to literally sing “you have tormented me / so I will torment you.” Your bonus here is that the conflict between Raja and Aarti stems from the fact that she’s rich and he isn’t, so there are lines that work in the theoretical ESL playlist — “hearts aren’t sold in the marketplace” is the one that sticks out to me.
Anyway, here’s the whole thing with a few more additions that require a little less explanation. It’s time to let it all out in the form of music.
tl;dr: Let’s express our feelings about José Mourinho leaving through music, since we did such a great job with the post-Mauricio Pochettino playlist.
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Links of the Day
The UK will review football operations and governance in the country following the announcement of the European Super League.
OL Reign signed Sarah Bouhaddi and Dzsenifer Marozsán on loan from Lyon for the 2021 NWSL season.
Liverpool’s supporters groups took down banners at Anfield to protest the club joining the European Super League.
A longer read: Brian Phillips on the philosophical dilemmas of the European Super League for the Ringer