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Where the hot sports takes of the week meet the numbers that prove them right or tear them down.
||CleanUs Sabermetric Types: 5/23/17||The HTD crew does an appreciation of Manu Ginobili, tries to figure out what's going on with the Cubs and breaks down an NFL rule change.||5/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanProve It On The Field: 5/16/17||The HTD crew discusses the latest developments in the NBA playoffs, whether Derek Jeter is over or underrated, and the potential advantages of games at home in the playoffs.||5/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSkeptically Impressed: 5/9/17||The HTD crew discusses Isaiah Thomas vs. John Wall, the Mets' most recent struggles, and Nike's Breaking2 endeavor.||5/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanKate Fagan's new podcast: "Free Cookies": 5/4/17||Kate has a new podcast! Take a listen to the first episode and subscribe in your favorite podcasting app.||5/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPositions, Playoffs, and Paul Pierce: 5/2/17||The HTD crew discusses the racial lines drawn around football positions, the NHL playoffs, and the retirement of Paul Pierce.||5/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRolling The Dice: 4/25/17||The HTD crew previews the NFL draft, recaps the first round of the NBA playoffs, and checks in on the Champions League.||4/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTake That For Data: 4/18/17||The HTD crew talks with Nate Silver about why the save ruined relief pitching and investigates the sub-two hour marathon.||4/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHot Takedown's NBA MVP Smackdown: 4/11/17||The HTD crew discusses five candidates (Curry, Leonard, James, Harden, and Westbrook) for MVP of the NBA this year and crowns our champ.||4/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Year of the Carolinas: 4/4/17||The HTD crew discusses the men's and women's NCAA championships and the controversy around resting players in the NBA.||4/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTrust The Numbers: 3/28/17||The HTD crew discusses this surprising Final Four, why Colin Kaepernick remains unsigned, and the American League.||3/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIn Pursuit of Rings: 3/21/17||The HTD crew breaks down the first two rounds of March Madness, examines the potential strike brewing in U.S. women's hockey, and previews the MLB's National League.||3/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIt's A Glitch!: 3/14/17||The HTD crew dives into March Madness, chatting the men's and women's brackets and offering advice for making your picks. We also break down the NFL's latest free agency news.||3/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHot Takedown: Live from MIT Sloan: 3/7/17||Our second live show! We chat with Ravens center John Urschel about math and football, debate what Kevin Durantas injury might mean for the Warriors, and talk NHL trades.||3/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIn A World Without Stats: 2/28/17||The HTD crew talks about the intersection of athletics and politics, discusses Claudio Ranieri's firing from Leicester City, and imagines baseball without statistics.||2/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAn All-Basketball Bonanza: 2/21/17||The HTD crew discusses DeMarcus Cousins' move to New Orleans, checks in on men's college basketball and ponders if James Harden is as much of an MVP as he thinks he is.||2/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDeadlines, Dynasties, and Data: 2/14/17||The HTD crew breaks down the NBA trade deadline, reviews the collapse of the Red Wings' dynastic glory, and chats home runs in the MLB.||2/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHall of Famers: 2/7/17||The HTD crew breaks down the record shattering Superbowl LI and investigates whether Terrell Owens deserves to be in the Hall of Fame. Plus, a significant digit on the WNBA.||2/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSuperbowlie: Hot Takedown's Super Bowl Special: 1/31/17||The HTD crew discusses the Super Bowl. Plus: the Australian Open, Charles Barkley vs. LeBron James, and more.||1/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Best Part About A Streak: 1/24/17||The HTD crew discusses the AFC and NFC championship games, chats with Duke's Lexie Brown on women's basketball, and takes a look at the Sixers' surprising hot streak.||1/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Pressure Factor: 1/17/17||The HTD crew breaks down the Packers' 34-13 victory over the Cowboys, the current state of the English Premier League, and whether Carmelo Anthony should leave the Knicks.||1/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCome On, Man: 1/10/17||The HTD crew discusses Clemson's stunning fourth quarter defeat of the Crimson Tide, the possibility that a yacht made Odell Beckham Jr. play poorly, and streaks in the NHL.||1/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Other Side of the Coin: 1/3/17||The HTD crew previews Alabama vs. Clemson, chats on the quarterback injuries impacting the NFL playoff field, and investigates the Rockets' hot streak.||1/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBowls, Brock, and Bells That Go Jingle: 12/20/16||The HTD crew discusses college football and whether we've hit peak bowl numbers, Brock Osweiler's troubles in Texas, and if the Elo system can be applied to Christmas movies.||12/20/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWho's Your Rat King?: 12/13/16||The HTD crew surveys the NFL playoff landscape, takes a deeper look at Andrew Wiggins' stats, and talks ties in Major League Soccer.||12/13/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMore Rising to Be Risen: 12/6/16||The HTD crew chats about college football playoff picks, the seemingly unstoppable Russell Westbrook, and what the new collective bargaining agreement means for the MLB.||12/6/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWe Need a New Eye Test: 11/29/16||The HTD crew discusses basketball, taking a look at men's and women's college teams as their seasons get underway. Plus, a return to the deadlocked World Chess Championship.||11/29/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIf It Ain't Broke, Don't Optimize It: 11/22/16||The HTD crew discusses the Packers' ongoing struggles, Thanksgiving football, and the firing of Jurgen Klinsmann as U.S. soccer coach.||11/22/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAhead Of Their Time - Randall Cunningham: 11/17/16||Our series concludes with the "ultimate weapon," Randall Cunningham of the Philadelphia Eagles, who could do it all before anyone knew what to do with someone like him.||11/17/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA Downhill Slide For Humans: 11/15/16||The HTD crew discusses the Steelers' insistence on going for two points, college football upsets and chats to Oliver Roeder about the World Chess Championship.||11/15/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThis Podcast Is Not About The Election: 11/8/16||The crew discusses the choice between Dak Prescott and Tony Romo, 538's College Football forecast and chats to new 538 writer Chris Herring about bad teams in the NBA.||11/8/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
Should be great.
Looking forward to this. 538 has really smart analysis, and we need that in sports talk. Plus: yes to more women in podcasts!
such sinuous, soothing sounds from the 538 crew! very excited to get sports coverage with a bit more brains. the quality of NPR with the excitement of ESPN!
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