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The Hoddle of Coffee: Tottenham Hotspur News and Links for Thursday, August 5

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Hello, everyone!

Who can resist rooting for an animal who suprisingly ended up at a sporting event?

Ramble of the Day

One has to love the concept of hold music. Granted, our society has evolved enough to find ways to avoid hearing it or playing it for others — companies will now just call you back, and one can also just use the chat function on a company’s website. Still, there are too many occasions where one just has to make a phone call and hear something remarkably bland.

I wouldn’t go as far to argue the music should be better, because “better” is as subjective as it gets. There are people who almost specialize in finding the most inoffensive playlists for wide audience — the most well-known radio stations are in that business, as are those who curate playlists for stores and sporting events. Even then, it would be hard to imagine everyone within earshot is thrilled by the selection; maybe not offended, but definitely not thrilled.

I imagine those who play hold music could strive for inoffensive music, but that requires a certain amount of work they are probably unwilling or unable to do. I won’t really get in the way of that. To be honest, I find it a little funny that these people, rightly accepting the idea that it’s hard to please everyone, decided to please no one. One of the few universally agreed upon opinions in music is that hold music just sucks, so it’s funny that it has carved out a perfectly appropriate, appropriately (if annoyingly) frequent space in our lives.

(Hot take? Hold music is still better than listening to some sort of message on repeat.)

tl;dr: I find it a little funny that companies that play hold music, after rightly accepting that it’s hard to please everyone, opted to pick a type of music everyone loves to hate.

Stay informed, read this: Mia Galuppo interviews actors Marlee Matlin, Tory Kotsur, and Daniel Durant on their upcoming film CODA and representing the deaf community for The Hollywood Reporter

Links of the Day

Research by the PFA saw a 48% increase in racist abuse on social media from the first of the 2020-21 season to the second half.

La Liga agreed a €2.7b deal with private equity firm CVC.

The Netherlands hired Louis van Gaal, making it his third stint in charge of the men’s national team.

FIFA asked the Uruguayan federation to remove two of the four stars above its crest before the 2022 World Cup.

Transfers: Aston Villa signed Leon Bailey from Leverkusen and Danny Ings from Southampton

A longer read: Mark Ogden on non-league side Wrexham as a new era begins under the ownership of actors Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney begins for ESPN