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The Hoddle of Coffee: Tottenham Hotspur News and Links for Tuesday, August 17

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Hi, everyone!

At the top today is midfielder Josie Green.

Ramble of the Day

As teams prepared for their opening matches of the season, one of English football’s great traditions continued — teams’ new players performed their initiation songs, and their new teammates recorded bits and pieces for the world to see. The people running Tottenham’s Instagram nicely compiled the various Instagram stories of the players for our enjoyment, and I thank them for it.

My brief thought on Cristian Romero’s performance is that he sounds like he’s talking more than he’s singing, but that could be down to the song choice and I honestly don’t think it’s a cop out. (He’s clearly not a singer and picking something easy is the right choice.) As for Pierluigi Gollini, I maybe expected a little bit more because he actually has a rap but I’m not really going to hold this performance against him.

My main reason for sharing this, though, is Bryan Gil’s choice to perform “Macarena.” Like the others, I have no problem with it. I actually think it’s funny, especially considering the fact that many were comparing his haircut to John Lennon’s. What I find most notable, though, is that young Bryan did not bother to learn the accompanying dance moves. He does actually dance, and his dances aren’t unrelated to the song’s dance, but ... he just got it wrong. It’s hilarious.

tl;dr: A brief recap of the latest batch of Tottenham players’ initiations, including Bryan Gil’s choice to perform “Macarena” without learning the dances.

Stay informed, read this: Jessica Luther on the NCAA’s decision not to punish Baylor University for failing to address sexual assault on its campus for the Los Angeles Times

Links of the Day

A Vancouver Whitecaps academy player was hospitalized following an attack the club believes was racially motivated.

US international Carli Lloyd will retire at the end of the 2021 NWSL season.

Two board members of the Mauritius FA resigned over the handling of an investigation into a mobile phone recording footage in the women’s bathroom of the FA headquarters.

FA Wales is rebranding women’s football in the country, including dropping the word “women” from league names.

A longer read: Scott Murray on Germany forward Gerd Müller’s legacy for the Guardian