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Hot Takedown

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Hot Takedown is the weekly sports podcast from FiveThirtyEight. On it, the crew uses numbers to dissect the week in sports, taking down some silly hot takes in the process.

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Hot Takedown is the weekly sports podcast from FiveThirtyEight. On it, the crew uses numbers to dissect the week in sports, taking down some silly hot takes in the process.

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329 Ratings
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It’s OK

By (no more nicknames available!) - Jun 12 2018
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But to be honest it feels just as hot-takey as any talk radio, but the hosts veil their opinions with numbers. But I listen because Zach Lowe only makes so many podcasts.

Great but imperfect.

By Lbpeer - Apr 30 2018
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Love the podcast. But sometimes I am pretty confident they don’t actually watch the games they talk about (2018 playoffs). That is a little frustrating. But overall good stuff.

iTunes Ratings

329 Ratings
Average Ratings
258
35
15
7
14

It’s OK

By (no more nicknames available!) - Jun 12 2018
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But to be honest it feels just as hot-takey as any talk radio, but the hosts veil their opinions with numbers. But I listen because Zach Lowe only makes so many podcasts.

Great but imperfect.

By Lbpeer - Apr 30 2018
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Love the podcast. But sometimes I am pretty confident they don’t actually watch the games they talk about (2018 playoffs). That is a little frustrating. But overall good stuff.

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Hot Takedown is the weekly sports podcast from FiveThirtyEight. On it, the crew uses numbers to dissect the week in sports, taking down some silly hot takes in the process.

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"The Russia Ban Isn't Enough"

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Did WADA's ban on Russia (but not its athletes) from global competition go far enough? A non-controversial College Football Playoff and the secret of the NFC West.

Dec 10 2019

52mins

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MLB Is A Soap Opera, NFL Is Game Of Thrones

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A deep dive into MLB free agency and how the Patriots shape the narrative of the NFL. Plus, a Rabbit Hole on the late Brad Gobright and the evolution of rock climbing.

Dec 03 2019

48mins

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"Baseball Needed A Villain"

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Are the Astros cheating or is sign stealing just baseball as usual? Plus, chaos in the College Football Championship and a Rabbit Hole on the demise of iconic nicknames.

Nov 26 2019

52mins

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"Kaepernick won't play in the NFL again"

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A quantitative approach to Colin Kaepernick's NFL hopes. Mike Goodman joins to discuss a surprising EPL table. Our Rabbit Hole assesses MLB Hall of Fame candidates.

Nov 19 2019

54mins

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Let's Blame Analytics: Load Management Edition

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The role of analytics in load management and how we propose to fix the NBA regular season. Plus, recent NCAA eligibility decisions and a Rabbit Hole on rag-tag teens.

Nov 12 2019

50mins

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"Steph's Broken Hand Is A Blessing"

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How Curry's injury affects the Warriors strategy and the merits of tanking across leagues. Plus, what to expect in college basketball and a Rabbit Hole on paper champions.

Nov 05 2019

54mins

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Our 2020 (Super Bowl) Draft

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Our mid-season NFL check-in leads to a lively Super Bowl draft. The crew unpacks the Astros front-office scandal and our Rabbit Hole discovers another Rabbit.

Oct 29 2019

57mins

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Jalen Rose Is Mad At Us

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It seems our NBA projections upset some pundits. On today's show, the crew backs them up, forecasts the World Series and argues over which rules the NFL should change.

Oct 22 2019

51mins

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"Blame It On The Juice"

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The crew discusses allegations that MLB deadened the ball. Lyndsey D'Arcangelo joins to reflect on the WNBA season and a Rabbit Hole on Simone Biles and USA gymnastics.

Oct 15 2019

50mins

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We're Unleashing Our New NBA Metric

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Nate Silver dives under the hood of our new NBA metric: RAPTOR. Chris Herring joins to unpack the NBA/China controversy and a Rabbit Hole on the Twins.

Oct 08 2019

59mins

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"Lopsided Is MLB's New Normal"

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This week, the show reflects on a season of extremes in MLB and an eventful first month of college football. Our Rabbit Hole defends a disrespected St. Louis Blues.

Oct 01 2019

42mins

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"The NBA Missed The Point"

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How the NBA's new tampering rules will affect the league. What to watch for in the final week of MLB regular season and a Rabbit Hole for Survivor fans.

Sep 24 2019

46mins

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"The Saints Will Survive. The Steelers Are Done."

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The lasting impact of quarterback injuries from the NFL's second weekend. Lyndsey D'Arcangelo joins to discuss the WNBA Playoffs. Our Rabbit Hole marks the end of an era.

Sep 17 2019

43mins

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"Antonio Brown Orchestrated His Exit"

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Hot Takedown reacts (but not overreacts) to Week 1 of the NFL season and break down what happens now with the Antonio Brown situation. Plus, a Rabbit Hole on Wes Helms?

Sep 10 2019

53mins

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NFL Predictions: Truth Hurts For The Minnesota Vikings

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A preview of our 2019-20 NFL prediction model and Kent Blackstone from the Atlantic League joins to discuss new tech headed for MLB. A Rabbit Hole tribute to fight songs.

Sep 03 2019

50mins

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Andrew Luck: Brave or Millennial?

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What Andrew Luck's early retirement and Mike Trout's ring-less dominance says about their leagues. A Rabbit Hole celebrating the 20th anniversary of Tony Hawk's Pro Skater.

Aug 27 2019

57mins

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"The Youths Have Taken Over Baseball"

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A breakdown of young players dominating the MLB, a look ahead to the 2019 college football season and a Rabbit Hole on the Little League World Series.

Aug 20 2019

54mins

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"Nothing Says 'Fantasy' Like Risk Management"

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Hot Takedown unravels the logic behind fantasy football and weighs potential outcomes for the 2019-20 EPL title race. Plus, a Rabbit Hole on historic baseball upsets.

Aug 13 2019

45mins

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The Whole Show's A Rabbit Hole

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A better approach to EPL Fantasy, the density of champions in the WNBA, a search for NASCAR road course ringers and an appreciation for X Games events, past and present.

Aug 06 2019

54mins

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"Mets In Perpetual Chaos"

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Hot Takedown looks at the MLB trade deadline and Lyndsey D'Arcangelo from The Athletic joins to discuss the WNBA. Plus, a Rabbit Hole on temper tantrums.

Jul 30 2019

55mins

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