With Manchester United's defeat of Arsenal, Tottenham's home loss proved to be the difference between rising to third in the table and sinking to seventh. Manchester City keeps bleeding points on the road yet lurks a point behind in eighth.
Heading into last week's match against Chelsea, many around the league were talking up Tottenham's title chances. After this weekend's debacle against lowly West Ham, it's hard to see Spurs as legitimate contenders for even a Top 4 finish.
By now, we can see a familiar pattern emerging for Spurs, that of the two center mids in Paulinho and Moussa Dembele and center halves Jan Vertonghen and Michael Dawson dominating the middle of the pitch.
Unlike W.E.B. DuBois and other black intellectuals of the past, black intellectuals are not leaders in the way we once might have claimed. This leaves people like Professors Melissa Harris-Perry and Cornel West in unique and often viciously conflicting positions.