I have noticed that, after 17 months of spending much more time at home, I hum more than I used to.
Ramble of the Day
Preseason is now a thing of the past, but I feel the need to mention a recent meeting between Cádiz and Atléti. I always find it funny when preseason matches end with someone lifting a trophy, because trophies are supposed to mean everything in sport and preseason is the direct opposite of that.
Cádiz and Atléti competed for the Ramón de Carranza, which is organized by Cádiz City Hall and has more history than your average preseason tournament. Whether or not that makes the idea of a preseason tournament more or less funny, I’ll leave that to you. What unquestionably makes it funnier than a regular preseason tournament is the actual trophy.
That is one of the largest trophies I have seen, and it’s for a preseason tournament! It reminded me of my trip to Madrid a few years ago, when I did a stadium tour of the Santiago Bernabéu. I think I saw a version of this trophy in person (behind glass, of course) but it seems like there are a few other random and giant trophies worth winning out there.
I have no idea what the one all the way to the right is. I’m probably more curious about that one than any of the others.
tl;dr: Another weird trophy, courtesy of Cádiz City Hall.
Stay informed, read this: Brian Seibert on “Stare Decisis,” a ballet in New York that features an all-Black cast for The New York Times
Links of the Day
Cheshire Police charged a man for sending an abusive message on Facebook following England’s loss in the Euro final last month.
The Portland Timbers and Thorns will require spectators to show proof they are vaccinated against COVID-19 beginning next week.
MLS will reportedly compensate Atlanta United players after former manager Gabriel Heinze denied the players obligatory days off.
Transfers: Roma signed Tammy Abraham from Chelsea; Brentford signed Álvaro Fernández on loan from Huesca; KC NWSL acquired Adrianna Franch in a trade with the Portland Thorns, with Abby Smith going the other way
A longer read: Rob Harris interviews ex-Afghanistan international Khalida Popal on establishing the women’s national team and the current state of the country’s female footballers for the Associated Press