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The Hoddle of Coffee: Tottenham Hotspur News and Links for Monday, September 27

let the picture do the talking

Tottenham Hotspur Women v Reading Women - Barclays FA Women’s Super League Photo by Tottenham Hotspur FC/Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty Images

Hello, all!

Here’s Shelina Zadorsky and Kit Graham as a reminder that Tottenham started the FA WSL season with three wins out of three!

Ramble of the Day

As is always the case the day after a match, and particularly a horrible one, it’s still time to unpack our thoughts and feelings. There’s plenty to dissect and a lot of words necessary for that, but it also feels like a picture, a gif, or a video could assist along the way. I took a look at some of the images saved on my desktop, and here’s one I found that really resonated with me.

I don’t know what this is from and I don’t remember ever dragging this picture from the internet onto my desktop, but I get it. I wouldn’t say it 100% matches the situation, but the sentiment feels surprisingly close. I think there are losses that are acceptable, even 3-0 losses that don’t have to feel horrible — last week’s against Chelsea sucked, but it didn’t have to be a whole indictment on the current state of the team. As things stand, though, Spurs should be able to compete with Arsenal but yesterday’s performance was not close to a competition. It begs the question as a Spurs fan: Did I ask for this?

For me personally, I just wanted to enjoy my weekend with as little fuss as possible, particularly from sports. I’m not asking for a lot! That’s why I understand the caption — my small expectations make me innocent. I shouldn’t have to be here.

tl;dr: Pick a picture, gif, or video to (at least partly) describe how you’re feeling after yesterday’s game. (I did!)

Stay informed, read this: Lenny Bernstein on former University of Michigan doctor Robert E. Anderson, who 950 people have accused of abuse during his tenure at the school for The Washington Post

Links of the Day

Former France international Samir Nasri retired after a 17 year career.

The NWSL suspended the Washington Spirit’s Devon Kerr for one match for “failing to follow team staff directives.”

A longer read: Hayley Davinson on making a friend through being a Fulham season ticket holder in an excerpt from Football, She Wrote as published by the Guardian