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Cartilage Free Captain - Thu Nov 23 2:13 PM
Gobble gobble gobble Happy Thanksgiving, Hoddlers! I have the day off today because turkey, and Ed’s slammed at work. So the Hoddle is late, and I am an unshaven wretch (which honestly isn’t that different than my default state, so whatever) There aren’t any matches on, and most of the Americans...
Cartilage Free Captain - Wed Nov 22 7:34 PM
Tottenham Hotspur clinched their Champions League group in Dortmund and set themselves up for a deep run. Tottenham Hotspur ’s 2-1 win over BVB Dortmund in the penultimate group stage match in the Champions League was big in a couple of ways. Not only was it a great win on the road at one of Euro...
Cartilage Free Captain - Wed Nov 22 4:53 PM
The kids are alright! It was a pretty good day for Tottenham Hotspur yesterday! But they weren’t the only Spurs team in European action yesterday — the U19s also picked up a big win as well, defeating Dortmund 3-1 in the UEFA Youth Cup. Samuel Shashoua, Jaden Brown, and Kaziah Sterling all got on...
Cartilage Free Captain - Wed Nov 22 2:37 PM
He was mad! But he’s not MAD mad, if you know what I mean. Early in the week, the big TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR IN CRISIS story centered around Danny Rose and his fury about being left out of the match day 18 squad for the North London Derby. An article in the paper-that-shalt-not-be-named claimed that R...
Cartilage Free Captain - Wed Nov 22 1:11 PM
What are your Turkey Day plans? Happy Wednesday, everyone! For our non-American readers, today is the day before Thanksgiving. For many (but not all!) of us, it’s the last day before a four-day holiday weekend. Thanksgiving is a day where we traditionally spend with our friends and family, eating...
Cartilage Free Captain - Tue Nov 21 11:15 PM
“And the Spurs go marching onnnnnnn” Tottenham fans recoiled when they saw the draw for this years Champions League group stage. They were drawn in Group H, “The Group of Death”, with Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund. Pundits, commentators, and the like doubted that they would even be able to fi...
Cartilage Free Captain - Tue Nov 21 4:45 PM
Spurs can clinch the top spot in Group H with a win over struggling Dortmund in Germany. Against all odds, Tottenham Hotspur are the only remaining undefeated team in Champions League Group H. Thanks to an impressive 3-1 home win over Real Madrid a few weeks ago, Spurs have already achieved progr...
Cartilage Free Captain - Tue Nov 21 2:24 PM
Spurs are itching to turn things around after the NLD “knock on the head, ” according to the Danish playmaker. Heading into today’s Champions League match against Dortmund in Germany, the narrative about Tottenham Hotspur has been less about how Spurs might clinch Group H with a win and more abou...
Cartilage Free Captain - Tue Nov 21 9:22 AM
Good morning Spursland! Now, forgive me for the brief diversion away from football (in the Hoddle of all places, unforgivable)- but how many of you out there have seen the film Arrival? Those of you that have, take a look at this picture and tell me how justified I am in feeling a little nervous...
Cartilage Free Captain - Mon Nov 20 10:43 PM
Unsurprising news is unsurprising. Team news is out for Tottenham Hotspur ’s Champions League match against Dortmund at the Signal Iduna tomorrow evening, and it’s the kind we expected. No new surprises or shocks here -- the only two players who are not available for selection are Toby Alderweire...
Cartilage Free Captain - Mon Nov 20 9:02 PM
Not all of them were winners. And neither were Spurs. Well, that was ugly. Like, super, seriously ugly. Delete-it-from-the-DVR-and-never-watch-it-again ugly. Tottenham went into the North London Derby at the Emirates on Saturday as favorites, and left as pariahs, limping to a 2-0 loss to the Gunn...
Cartilage Free Captain - Mon Nov 20 4:17 PM
Not this again! The Danny Rose rumors are, unfortunately, back. Tabloid newspaper the Sun, which earlier in the season published an explosive interview with Rose where he criticized Tottenham Hotspur ’s transfer strategy and wage structure, is back with another story, once again suggesting that R...
Cartilage Free Captain - Mon Nov 20 8:55 AM
Happy Monday Spursland! A slightly disingenuous opener, perhaps, as no Monday morning that follows a defeat to Arsenal can ever truly be a happy one. Just try to keep in mind that old truism- the class of Dele Alli is permanent, whilst the fitness of Jack Wilshere is extremely temporary. Theme of...
Cartilage Free Captain - Sun Nov 19 7:30 PM
Well, this happened too! It’s safe to say that the interest generated by the Recurrently Generated Football League went far beyond any of our expectations. We kind of thought it would be funny and interesting just to us. I pretty much completely underestimated its appeal. That’s culminated in the...
Cartilage Free Captain - Sat Nov 18 4:51 PM
Lamela, who hasn’t played competitively for a year, started and played 60 minutes in Spurs’ 3-2 loss to Chelsea. If you want a little ray of good news in the midst of the North London Derby crap-storm, here it is! Erik Lamela has officially returned to the football pitch. Spurs’ Argentine winger...
Cartilage Free Captain - Sat Nov 18 4:51 PM
One bad call and one bad no-call changed the entire tenor of the match. Tottenham Hotspur lost to Arsenal in the North London Derby on Saturday, conceding two first half goals in a very disappointing performance at the Emirates Stadium. However, while few would say that Arsenal weren’t the better...
Cartilage Free Captain - Sat Nov 18 3:13 PM
That was bad. Very, very, very bad. Tottenham Hotspur went into the North London Derby at the Emirates today with the perceived advantage — a four point lead over Arsenal in the table, and the sense from everyone that they were the better side. However, Spurs put in an extremely weak performance...
Cartilage Free Captain - Sat Nov 18 9:30 AM
It’s a North London Derby and Tottenham Hotspur are the clear favorites. Are we in the Upside Down? Oh blessed club football, welcome back! I’ve missed you so much. Tottenham Hotspur travel the few short miles down the road to the Emirates to take on their old foes Arsenal for the first time this...
Cartilage Free Captain - Fri Nov 17 6:40 PM
Goodbye internationals breaks, hello North London Derby It feels like ages since Tottenham Hotspur last played, but thats what happens when you support a rip-roaring side. After defeating Real Madrid 3-1 at Wembley, eh hem, after TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR CRUSHED REAL MADRID 3-1 IN THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE A...
Cartilage Free Captain - Fri Nov 17 4:51 PM
This guy just doesn’t know when to quit. Things are going really well at Tottenham Hotspur right now. Mauricio Pochettino’s team have clinched a spot in the next round of the Champions League, and they’re the favorites for tomorrow’s massive North London Derby at Arsenal. Poch is loved at Spurs l...
Cartilage Free Captain - Fri Nov 17 4:47 PM
No mincing words here: It’s the North London Derby The International Break is officially behind us, and it couldn’t have come at a better time. Spurs had several players with some minor nagging injuries who suddenly got Internationalitis and are now ready to go. Awaiting Spurs out of the gate is...
Cartilage Free Captain - Fri Nov 17 3:32 PM
A historic transfer of power is eagerly awaited at the Emirates on Saturday. Will it really be a stroll in the park for Tottenham? The Season So Far It’s been a very Arsenal start to the season: there have been comfortable home victories and sumptuous football; there have been devastating away co...
Cartilage Free Captain - Fri Nov 17 9:49 AM
Happy Friday Spursland! So, how are we all feeling about tomorrow? As always this post exists to facilitate your #takes, so let us know your thoughts about lineups, predicted scores, pre-derby rituals, post-match grieving routines and so forth below. Theme of the Day Links Ahead of tomorrow’s Nor...
Cartilage Free Captain - Thu Nov 16 8:51 PM
Come hear the legend of Lucia, and how she dreamed up a football club. Editor’s note: Did I say we were done? We’re not done. There’s one more, courtesy of SB Nation soccer writer and guest author Zito Madu, who wanted to be included. Zito, consider yourself included. Because it’s the internation...
Cartilage Free Captain - Thu Nov 16 6:34 PM
Let’s see how good you are at identifying real English teams from recurrently generated ones. OK, we’re done for now. We’ve officially exhausted all of our planned team histories for the Recurrently Generated Football League. Now that league football is back, and with a North London Derby on the...
Cartilage Free Captain - Thu Nov 16 3:28 PM
That’s right, he sucks, Go away, Barca. Christian Eriksen is amazing. But you’re not allowed to say it publicly! While I’m in no way taking credit for the sentiment, numerous people at Carty-Free, including commenters, have been quick to downplay Eriksen’s accomplishments with Tottenham Hotspur a...
Cartilage Free Captain - Thu Nov 16 2:18 PM
Cometh the Deby Happy Thursday, Hoddlers. Ed’s slammed at work so the Hoddle is tardy. Sorry about the extra time this morning you spent worrying about the north London Derby instead of making comments on an internet sports board. It also means you get my folk-Americana themed music instead of wh...
Cartilage Free Captain - Thu Nov 16 2:09 PM
Good news! And, kinda bad news! With the North London Derby looming this weekend, Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has given an update on the walking hospital ward that is his club after the international break. As expected, there’s a healthy dose of both good and bad news for Spurs....
Cartilage Free Captain - Wed Nov 15 10:46 PM
A club so nice it was generated by a computer twice! Founded in 1898 along the East Anglian shores of the North Sea, Dorlington Town Football Club continues to be one of the grand old clubs in English football. Nicknamed “The Fleet” for their revolutionary recruitment of local athletics stars in...
Cartilage Free Captain - Wed Nov 15 5:00 PM
"He has given stability not only to me but to the whole club.” Christian Eriksen had a pretty good day on Tuesday, scoring a hat trick and leading his Denmark team to a convincing 5-1 win over Ireland. The result clinched a World Cup berth for Denmark for the first time since 2010. Afterwards, Er...