Adama TraorÃ©’s speech on weapons, version 2021:
Walk of the day
I like to think of Christmas Eve or Hoddle Christmas Day as Hoddle Christmas stocking. I’m taking something from the Tottenham website or social media for a hassle-free Hoddle, both in prep and end product, and delivers enough entertainment value. That means I may be relying a little too much on Spurs’ content teams, but they usually deliver. This year was no exception in all of those categories, minus one: Video of the week was definitely not Spurs’ best.
I had normal expectations for this challenge for several reasons: Athletes get competitive on everything, and Son Heung-min and Ben Davies tend to be quite interesting on camera. (Davies certainly has strong opinions that he mostly only records for random Spurs content.) However, that video didn’t mean much.
The three things that stand out to me from this:
- Davies and Joe Rodon’s team feel like a well-oiled machine compared to Son and Ryan Sessegnon’s team. (The Welsh Mafia continues to live.)
- Even in small doses, Davies and Son prove my theory that they are still reliable for personality on camera.
- Is it weird wearing your jersey when you’re not playing a game?
I don’t think I spoiled the winner, so it’s still a fun enough video to spend a few minutes watching if you’re that inclined. Maybe the lesson is, however, that content with sponsors isn’t always meant to be the most interesting.
tl; dr: Here is a video of Ben Davies, Joe Rodon, Son Heung-min and Ryan Sessegnon hitting balls in a car.
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Links of the day
Two Premier League games and seven other EFL games scheduled for Boxing Day have been postponed due to COVID-19 outbreaks at several clubs.
Five people were arrested during Tottenham-West Ham, and one person was reported for anti-Semitic behavior on an Overground train ahead of the match.
The UK Upgrade Department has pledged Â£ 1million in a partisan-led initiative to buy Gigg Lane from Bury.
A longer read: Luke Harding on a settlement between Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich and journalist Catherine Belton regarding his book, Putin’s people for the keeper