By FiveThirtyEight, 538, ESPN, Kate Fagan, Neil Paine, Chadwick Matlin
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Where the hot sports takes of the week meet the numbers that prove them right or tear them down.
||CleanHot And Cold||The HTD crew discusses Ezekiel Elliott's suspension, whether momentum in sports really exists, and a significant digit on the MLB's long and getting longer games.||8/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOne Direction Or Another||The HTD crew is joined by Mike Goodman for an all soccer show that touches on the Neymar deal, previews the EPL, and questions if MLS is a Ponzi scheme.||8/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTrading Places||The HTD crew chats about Kate's new book -- out today! -- and the MLB trade deadline.||8/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Rookie Dilemma||The HTD crew discusses how NFL rookies are being paid less than they're worth, and takes a look at The Undefeated's 50 Greatest Black Athletes list.||7/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanStat School: Baseball||The HTD crew revisits our first ever stat school on baseball, breaking down batting average, OPS, and wRC+.||7/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanStat School: Tennis||The HTD crew is joined by Carl Bialik for a special stat school on tennis.||7/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFree Agency Fireworks||The HTD crew breaks down the latest in free agency moves in the NBA, with a significant digit on competitive eating.||7/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Most Statistically Accomplished Player||The HTD crew discusses NBA MVP Russell Westbrook, John McEnroe's recent comments about Serena Williams, and how Tim Tebow is failing upward.||6/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Other Side Of The Ledger||The HTD crew discusses the latest rumors and developments in the NBA draft. Plus, a significant digit on baseball.||6/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDon't Use The Existing Model||The HTD discusses the MLB draft, whether this year's Warriors are the greatest NBA squad of all time, and the French Open.||6/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHot Take Ville||This week, we shake up our format and bring you our analysis on the latest NHL headlines, plus a deep dive on the current competitive balance in the NBA.||6/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanChampionship Edition||The HTD crew discusses the NBA and NHL championship finals.||5/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanUs Sabermetric Types||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||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||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"||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||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||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||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||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||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||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||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!||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||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||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||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||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||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||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|
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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This 538 podcast has entertaining banter that teaches you the important stats surrounding today's hottest sports news.