WWJD (What Will James Do?): 6/11/18
We're in The Lab to wrap up the season while discussing what makes these Warriors different from other NBA "dynasties" and where LeBron James should play next season.
Get Your Brooms Ready: 6/7/18
The whole gang is back in the Lab to discuss what a potential sweep will do for the Warriors "dynasty" and LeBron's legacy. We also re-evaluate Finals MVP candidates and more.
These Are The Warriors At Their Curry-Fueled Best: 6/4/18
With the Finals shifting to Cleveland, Neil and Kyle are in The Lab to discuss Curry's Finals MVP-worthy performance and wonder which player could step up to help LeBron.
About That Block: 6/1/18
Neil and Kyle are in The Lab to dissect the crazy ending to Game 1. We discuss JR's blunder, highlight what the Cavs did right and wonder what more LeBron has to do.
Run It Back...Again...And Again...: 5/29/18
First, we're in The Lab to break down what went wrong for Houston and Boston and then we look ahead to Cavaliers vs. Warriors: Part IV.
UPDATED: LeBron Is Tired. The Rockets May Soon Be Too.: 5/24/18
The episode we posted earlier was incomplete. Listen to this one! The crew discusses the NBA conference finals and how the NFL's anthem policy differs from the NBA's.
What Do All These Blowouts Mean?: 5/21/18
Neil and Kyle discuss why all the teams in the two remaining series have been so dominant at times, and terrible at others.
Breaking Down Each Game 1: 5/15/18
The Celtics limited LeBron James -- is that a sign of things to come? The Warriors ran away with the end of the game -- are the Rockets doomed to be in the Warriors' shadow?
Previewing The Conference Finals: 5/10/18
Neil and Kyle preview both conference finals matchups, and say goodbye to the eliminated teams.
35: Rockets Grounded: 5/3/18
The crew is in The Lab to break down Utah's impressive win in Houston, the continued problems for the Raptors, Curry's return and more.
34: Eight Teams Left: 4/30/18
The playoffs continue marching on and we're back in The Lab to break down the conference semi-final matchups in the East and West.
33: Thunder Fight On: 4/26/18
The playoffs keep marching on and we're back to discuss the Thunder's epic comeback against the Jazz, preview the Warriors-Pelicans second round series and more.
32: Best Of Three: 4/23/18
Neil and Kyle break down the weekend playoff action and discuss the three 2-2 series in the Eastern Conference. For the Raptors, Celtics and the Cavs, who should be worried?
31: All Tied Up: 4/19/18
We're back in the Lab to dive into the playoff series that are tied at 1-1 heading into Game 3. Is OKC in trouble? Can the Cavs get one back in Indiana? Should Embiid return?
30: Game 1s In The Books: 4/16/18
We're in The Lab to look back on the opening weekend of the NBA playoffs. We discuss Dipo and the Pacers, wonders what the Blazers can do to stop AD, and more.
29: Eastern Conference Playoffs Preview: 4/13/18
And now onto the Eastern Conference! We're back to preview all four first-round matchups in the East and offer our predictions for which teams will move on.
28: Western Conference Playoffs Preview: 4/12/18
Playoffs are finally here! We're in The Lab to preview the matchups in the Western Conference and compare our predictions with those of FiveThirtyEight's CARM-Elo predictions.
27: We The North: 4/4/18
This week, we're in The Lab to break down the Eastern Conference leading Toronto Raptors and their chances in this year's playoffs, Embiid's injury, Oladipo and more.
26: Warrior Down: 3/28/18
This week on The Lab, the crew dives into the impact of Steph Curry's injury on the Warriors' playoff run, touch on Kyrie's knee procedure and more.
25: Is Utah A Small-Market Model?: 3/21/18
This week in The Lab, we discuss the Jazz and their impressive re-build project this season, ask once again how legit the Rockets are, break down the problems in OKC and more.
24: Talking Cavs With David Griffin: 3/14/18
Former Cavaliers GM David Griffin joins us in The Lab to discuss LeBron James, the Cavaliers and more.
23: Wild Wild West: 3/7/18
This week in The Lab, the crew discuss the red hot Blazers, the intense playoff race happening out West and more.
Curling Special: Team USA Gold: 3/5/18
Neil Paine and Nate Silver sit down with the USA curling team to talk about stats in curling and what it was like to win gold at Pyeongchang.
22: The Great NBA Tank-Off: 3/1/18
The whole crew is back in The Lab to discuss Jimmy Butler's injury, AD's performance after Boogie went down and the worst teams in the NBA.
21: Restructuring The Playoffs With Brian Windhorst: 2/22/18
Brian Windhorst joins us in The Lab to discuss possible new NBA playoff seedings. We also answer listener All-Star questions, discuss Toronto's surprising bench play and more.
20: All That Jazz: 2/15/18
Nate Silver is back in The Lab to help us try to fix the All-Star Game. Plus, we tackle the Utah Jazz's surprising winning streak, the fit for the new Cavaliers and more.
19: Cleveland Rocks The NBA Trade Deadline: 2/8/18
Nate Silver joins The Lab crew to discuss the new-look Cleveland Cavaliers and wonders which players will have the biggest impact on their new teams.
18: Injuries, Injuries And More Injuries: 2/1/18
The Lab touch on the Blake Griffin trade and dive into the injuries that have plagued the league, from Kevin Love to John Wall and more.
17: Where Is The Love?: 1/25/18
The Lab investigate brewing problems in San Antonio and Cleveland and dive into where the Milwaukee Bucks can go now after firing head coach Jason Kidd.
16: Talking Wizards with Candace Buckner: 1/18/18
Washington Post reporter Candace Buckner joins The Lab to discuss the Washington Wizards. We also dive into Kawhi's injury, NBA fights and more.
15: Are The Timberwolves For Real?: 1/11/18
We're in The Lab this week to discuss Curry's return, Ball and the Lakers and the new and improved Timberwolves.
14: Stat Sheet Stuffing: 1/4/18
We're back for the new year to discuss IT's return, the strange lack of crazy stat lines this season and Andre Drummond, the point guard?
13: Holiday Mailbag: 12/27/17
What's our most surprising team so far? Who's on our All-Rookie team right now? What should the Bulls do? We answer these and other questions from our listeners this week.
12: The Progress Of The Process: 12/21/17
The Lab give their takes on #8 or #24, check in on what's going right or wrong in The Process and more.
11: When The Cat's Away, The Mice Will Play: 12/12/17
We're in the Lab to discuss why OKC's outcasts are thriving and winning on their new teams and try to figure out how the Timberwolves are winning these close games.
10: Keeping Up With The Jameses: 12/7/17
Neil, Kyle and Chris discuss LeBron James and the Cavs' recent win streak, the MVP caliber season of James Harden and more.
09: Memphis Blues: 11/30/17
Neil, Kyle and Chris chat about David Fizdale's firing and discuss the potential impact of Blake Griffin's latest injury.
08: Everything OK In OKC?: 11/22/17
Neil, Kyle and Chris are in The Lab to break down the problems with the OKC Thunder and discuss Lonzo's continued shooting woes.
07: The Return Of Al Horford: 11/16/17
The Lab is back to discuss the Celtics' surprising winning streak and wonders how long they can keep winning like this.
06: Mood...: 11/8/17
The Lab welcomes ESPN's Baxter Holmes to talk about NBA scheduling and tired players. Plus, Neil and Kyle discuss the Cavs situation and wonders if they should be worried.
05: Battle Of Power Forwards: 11/2/17
Neil, Kyle and Chris are back in the Lab to discuss the transformation of Blake, KP and Aaron Gordon this season.
And-1: Interview with Rich Cho: 10/27/17
Before the season started, Chris Herring sat down with Hornets GM, Rich Cho, to discuss the new season, Dwight Howard and food.
04: The Greek Freak: 10/25/17
Neil, Kyle and Chris are back to discuss what is going on in Phoenix and what we can decipher from Giannis' crazy start to the season.
03: Boston Without Hayward: 10/18/17
Where do the Celtics go from here? Chris, Neil and Kyle are back to discuss what the Gordon Hayward injury means for Boston and more impressions from the NBA's opening night.
And-1: Interview with Jeanie Buss: 10/17/17
Chris Herring sits down with Jeanie Buss of the Los Angeles Lakers to discuss why family and basketball don't always mix and what to expect from Lonzo Ball this season.
02: Eastern Conference Previews: 10/11/17
The Lab, FiveThirtyEight's new NBA podcast, is back! Neil, Chris and Kyle break down the good and the not-so-good teams in the East.
01: Western Conference Previews: 10/4/17
FiveThirtyEight's new NBA podcast! Neil, Chris and Kyle discuss what to expect from each team in the West. Next week: the East.
The Hottest Takes: 9/26/17
On our final show, the Hot Takedown crew breaks down what we've learned and says farewell with a Hall of Fame hot take.
Historical Bias: 9/19/17
The HTD crew discusses Eli Manning's latest woes and debates whether the quality of play in the NFL is as low as it seems. Plus, a sig dig on baseball.
September Streaks: 9/12/17
The HTD crew discusses Sloane Stephens' U.S. Open triumph and dissects the Cleveland Indians and Los Angeles Dodgers' recent streaks in the MLB.
Staying Power: 9/5/17
The HTD crew is joined by ESPN's Mina Kimes, who drops by to discuss her Aaron Rodgers profile and helps us preview the start of the NFL season. Plus, a sig dig on tennis.
The Cavs-Celtics Swap: 8/30/17
Neil Paine, Chris Herring and Kyle Wagner break down the megadeal between the Celtics and the Cavaliers, and talk about how the teams will play next season.
A Tricky Deal: 8/22/17
The HTD crew previews college football and discusses parity and which metrics matter most. Plus, the Lakers' latest woes and a significant digit on Felix Hernandez.
Hot And Cold: 8/15/17
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.
One Direction Or Another: 8/8/17
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.
Trading Places: 8/1/17
The HTD crew chats about Kate's new book -- out today! -- and the MLB trade deadline.
The Rookie Dilemma: 7/25/17
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.
Stat School: Baseball: 7/18/17
The HTD crew revisits our first ever stat school on baseball, breaking down batting average, OPS, and wRC+.
Stat School: Tennis: 7/11/17
The HTD crew is joined by Carl Bialik for a special stat school on tennis.
Free Agency Fireworks: 7/3/17
The HTD crew breaks down the latest in free agency moves in the NBA, with a significant digit on competitive eating.
The Most Statistically Accomplished Player: 6/27/17
The HTD crew discusses NBA MVP Russell Westbrook, John McEnroe's recent comments about Serena Williams, and how Tim Tebow is failing upward.
The Other Side Of The Ledger: 6/20/17
The HTD crew discusses the latest rumors and developments in the NBA draft. Plus, a significant digit on baseball.
Don't Use The Existing Model: 6/13/17
The HTD discusses the MLB draft, whether this year's Warriors are the greatest NBA squad of all time, and the French Open.
Hot Take Ville: 6/6/17
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.
Us 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.
Prove 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.
Skeptically Impressed: 5/9/17
The HTD crew discusses Isaiah Thomas vs. John Wall, the Mets' most recent struggles, and Nike's Breaking2 endeavor.
Kate 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.
Positions, 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.
Rolling 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.
Take 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.
Hot 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.
The 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.
Trust The Numbers: 3/28/17
The HTD crew discusses this surprising Final Four, why Colin Kaepernick remains unsigned, and the American League.
In 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.
It'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.
Hot 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 Durantâ€™s injury might mean for the Warriors, and talk NHL trades.
In 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.
An 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.
Deadlines, 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.
Hall 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.
Superbowlie: 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.
The 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.
The 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.
Come 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.
The 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.
Bowls, 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.
Who'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.
More 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.
We 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.
If 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.
A 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.
This 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.
Emergency Pod: Cubs Win After 108 Years: 11/3/16
Chad and Neil get together to break down the numbers behind the Cubs' historic victory. They also chat to Ollie Roeder about how that final out felt for a Cubs fan.
The Chicken Or The Egg: 11/1/16
The HTD crew discusses the World Series, Russell Westbrook's extraordinary numbers and whether Tom Brady could win a Super Bowl on any NFL team.
A Team For October: 10/25/16
The crew discusses the World Series with FiveThirtyEight's Rob Arthur, previews the NBA season and asks if the Warriors are the best true talent team of all time.
A Face For The Stats: 10/18/16
The HTD team discusses the MLB playoffs, the matchup between Candace Parker and Maya Moore in the WNBA and the start of the NHL season with Neil Greenberg.
Soccer Stat School: 10/11/16
ESPN's Mike Goodman joins the Hot Takedown crew to explain the strengths and weaknesses of soccer stats. Look out for Ahead Of Their Time in your feed this Thursday!
Panic City: Wild Card Special: 10/5/16
It's the NL Wild Card game tonight so we're bringing you a special episode of Chad Matlin's and Neil Paine's spin-off podcast about Mets fans' emotions, Panic City. Enjoy!
It's Playoff Baseball Time! : 10/4/16
The HTD crew discusses the MLB playoffs with 538's Rob Arthur and then they ask each other whether the Carolina Panthers are done for the season. Plus, the Ryder Cup!
How To Be Both: 9/27/16
The crew discusses José Fernandez's extraordinary numbers, talks to SI's Lindsay Schnell about Louisiana firing Les Miles and hails Kevin Garnett's advanced metrics.
The Leopard Vs The Elephant : 9/20/16
The crew discusses how much weight early season form has in the NFL, previews the WNBA playoffs and welcomes Mike Goodman to chat about Mourinho vs Guardiola.
Tom Brady Is A Fraud: 9/13/16
The HTD crew talks to Bill Barnwell about the genius of Bill Belichick, breaks down baseball's movers and shakers and asks how 538 got its U.S. Open predictions so wrong.
Baseline: The Global Game: 9/9/16
Harvey Araton of The New York Times joins Carl to talk about Williams's upset loss, the globalization of tennis and Jimmy Connors's legendary run at the 1991 U.S. Open.
Baseline: Can Anyone Beat Serena?: 9/8/16
Carl Bialik talks to ESPNW's Jane McManus about the women's semis, the tennis media's gender gap and whether Kei Nishikori is on the verge of a breakthrough.
ELO Is A Liar : 9/6/16
It's a pigskin special this week. HTD breaks down 538's NFL predictions, chats about the start of the college season and picks a new team for Blythe Terrell to root for.
Baseline: One In A Million: 9/6/16
18-time major winner, Chris Evert, joins Carl Bialik today. They chat about Serena Williams, the depth of women's tennis and what it takes to be the best in the world.
Baseline: Tennis In The Rain: 9/1/16
Carl Bialik chats to Louisa Thomas, a writer at the New Yorker, about the U.S. Open's brand new roof, the big four in men's tennis and Angelique Kerber's chances of success.
A Season With The Algorithm : 8/30/16
The HTD team is back together and this week they preview the EPL, talk to Carl Bialik about the U.S. Open and try to help 538's Blythe Terrell pick a new favorite NFL team.
Stat School Summer Vacation Special: 8/23/16
Hot Takedown digs into the vault this week to bring you two NFL Stat Schools back-to-back. Now's the time to pick your fantasy football teams using only advanced metrics.
Make Olympic Medals Great Again: 8/16/16
Nate Silver joins the crew to tell us why the Olympic medal table is broken and how we should fix it. We also talk about the USWNT and Usain Bolt.
Subtle (And Not So Subtle) Dominance: 8/9/16
The HTD crew discusses the dominant performances by U.S. swimmers and gymnasts at the Olympics. Plus what Ichiro's stats would look like had he played his entire career in MLB
The Ultimate Deodorizer: 8/2/16
It's an HTD Olympics special. Allison McCann joins from Rio to preview the upcoming action. Then, Dave Zirin comes on to tell us why the Olympics are bad news for host cities.
It's A Ropeswing, Not A Leap: 7/26/16
The Hot Takedown crew discusses this year's Tour de France with the WSJ's Jason Gay, the Major League's trade deadline and the WNBA's stat-busting new star, Nnemkadi Ogwumike.
They Call Him The Godslayer : 7/19/16
The HTD team discusses the developments in the Russian doping scandal, the mysterious return of the home run and Hungrybox, the Esports champ who's gone from god to GOAT.
Who Is John Q. Public?: 7/12/16
The HTD Crew welcomes Mina Kimes to discuss Von Miller's fight against the franchise tag, Daniel Murphy's revenge tour and dead days in the sports calendar.
He's Not Throwing Away His Shot: 7/5/16
The HTD crew discusses Kevin Durant's move to the Warriors, the matchup between Bale and Ronaldo at the Euros and Djokovic's shock loss to Sam Querrey at Wimbledon.
Because Pat Summitt Existed: 6/28/16
The HTD crew discusses the legacy of women's basketball coach Pat Summitt, the Derrick Rose trade and Kevin Durant's potential move to the Warriors.
There Is No Greatest Team Of All Time: 6/21/16
The HTD crew discusses the Cavs' miraculous comeback in the NBA Finals, the USMNT's performance at the Copa America and Cristiano Ronaldo's form at the Euros.
The LeBrometer: 6/14/16
Justin Tinsley joins the team to talk LeBron's return to form, the Stanley Cup Finals and the Howard U. soccer team from 1971 stripped of its title because of a statistic.
Why Can't You Outrun A Cheetah? : 6/7/16
The HTD team talks about the NBA Finals, the usefulness of statistics when discussing Muhammad Ali and the USMNT's poor start to the Copa America.
The Thunder Really Did Blow It: 5/31/16
The HTD crew discusses the Warriors' return from the dead, are joined by Chris Herring to talk African-Americans and analytics and look at who is going to win the Stanley Cup.
The Game Is 48 Minutes Long: 5/24/16
The gang discusses the NBA Conference Finals, whether African-Americans talk about analytics with ESPN's Michael Wilbon and the goings-on at Rolland Garros.
Bonus: Ben Lindbergh Takes Over A Team: 5/20/16
Ben Lindbergh talks about taking over a baseball team with sabermetrics. This is a cross-post of a recent episode of What's The Point. Subscribe: fivethirtyeight.com/podcast
The Ball Actually Does Lie: 5/17/16
The HTD crew discusses the Western Conference Finals, concussions in women's sports and the centuries-old data set that helps us determine who really is the G.O.A.T in sumo.
Is It History Or A Hot Streak? : 5/10/16
The HTD crew discusses the Chicago Cubs, the WNBA stars who play overseas in the off-season and long shot candidates in sports and politics with 538's Harry Enten.
Epidemic? What Epidemic? : 5/3/16
The HTD triptych discusses legendary Leicester City's EPL title win, the quality of quarterbacks in the NFL and the reasons behind the decline in Tommy John surgeries.
NBA Seasons Should Last 16 Games: 4/26/16
The HTD crew discusses how Steph Curry's injury impacts the Warriors' playoff hopes, the Cubs' fast start to the season and the Stanley Cup with the Wash Po's Neil Greenberg.
Analytics Has Killed Future Kobes: 4/19/16
The HTD crew talks to Bill Barnwell about the mega-trade between the Rams and the Titans, discusses Kobe Bryant's fraught relationship with analytics and previews the NWSL.
Emergency Pod! The Warriors Win 73: 4/14/16
Chad Matlin and Neil Paine look at the eye-popping numbers that describe the Warriors' record-breaking season, and ask if anyone has a chance of beating them in the playoffs.
Nobody Can Outsmart The Draft: 4/12/16
The HTD crew discusses Jordan Spieth's historic collapse in the final round of the Masters, argues about the downfall of Sam Hinkie and previews this season's NHL playoffs.
Emergency Pod! UConn Wins Four In A Row: 4/6/16
The Hot Takedown crew get together to gab about UConn's fourth consecutive national championship and ask: Is this the end of an era?
It's The Narrative Not The Numbers: 4/5/16
The HTD crew discusses the NCAA men's final; Allison McCann joins to talk wage discrimination in women's soccer and Neil Paine delivers a special SigDig on the Warriors.
Syracuse Is A Spring Miracle: 3/29/16
The HTD crew gabs about Syracuse's run to the final four in the men's and women's NCAA tournaments, the return of baseball and the Cricket World Cup with ESPN's Andrew Miller.
There's A Dearth Of Data In The WNBA: 3/22/16
Sue Bird joins the HTD crew to discuss the data gap in women's sports, the madness of this year's NCAA tournament and the sexism row that's rocking the world of tennis.
It's March Madness Everybody!: 3/15/16
The HTD team discuss NCAA tournament brackets, why Kansas is 538's favorite to win on the men's side and whether anyone has a hope in hell of beating UConn on the women's.
Live From Sloan w/ Morey And Battier: 3/12/16
Shane Battier and Daryl Morey join HTD to discuss NBA box score stats, bracketology and what happened to the Rockets this season. Recorded in front of a live audience!
The Warriors' Haters Are Wrong: 3/1/16
The Hot Takedown crew discuss why we shouldn't listen to the Warriors' critics, whether the NBA should move the three-point line back and if Gerrit Cole ought to be paid more.
Canadian Hockey Is In The Doldrums: 2/23/16
The Hot Takedown crew discuss where it went wrong for Canadian hockey, how Daytona 500 races are getting closer and closer and why Anthony Davis's 59/20 game is so rare.
Hot Takedown - NCAA Parity, All Star Defense, Trading Trout: 2/16/16
Chadwick Matlin, Neil Paine and Kate Fagan discuss whether fans want parity in NCAA basketball, NBA All Star defense and why trading Mike Trout might be good for the Angels.
Hot Takedown - Denver Defense, Cam's Petulance, Leicester's Lead : 2/9/16
Chadwick Matlin, Neil Paine and Kate Fagan discuss the supremacy of Denver's defense, Cam Newton's post-Super Bowl antics and the meteoric rise of little Leicester City.
Hot Takedown - Super Bowl Statistics Special: 2/2/16
Chadwick Matlin, Neil Paine and Kate Fagan discuss Cam Newton's confidence, Peyton Manning's terrible season and the hot takery of the Super Bowl's off week.
Hot Takedown - Brady's Kryptonite, Bye Bye Blatt, Fixing In Tennis: 1/26/16
Chadwick Matlin and Neil Paine discuss whether the Patriots' loss was Stephen Gostkowski's fault, why the Cavs fired David Blatt and whether match fixing is rampant in tennis.
Hot Takedown - NFL Craziness, Dugout Decisions, Super Simmons: 1/19/16
Neil Paine and Kate Fagan discuss why Mike McCarthy should have gone for 2, whether bad baseball plays are dying out and the potential of LSU's Ben Simmons.
Hot Takedown - College Football Final, Wild Card Surprises, Outstanding Ovechkin: 1/12/16
Chadwick Matlin and Neil Paine discuss Alabama's onside kick magic, the unpredictability of this year's race to the Super Bowl, and rate just how good Alex Ovechkin really is.
Hot Takedown - NFL Playoffs, Ultimate Frisbee Stats, Millennials Ruining Basketball: 1/5/16
Chadwick Matlin, Neil Paine, and Allison McCann discuss parity in the NFL playoffs, Ultimate Frisbee analytics, and conduct a statistical investigation into NBA Millennials.
Hot Takedown - NBA Stat School: 12/29/15
Statman Neil Paine gives Kate Fagan and Chadwick Matlin a tour of basketball scoring stats, from points per game through usage percentage.
Hot Takedown - Adam Silver Discusses Sixers, Tanking, Draft and More: 12/21/15
Special episode with NBA commissioner Adam Silver on the state of the draft, the Sixers tanking strategy, and whether he will ever ride a bear at the lottery.
Hot Takedown - Dominant UConn, Prince Porzingis, NCAA Academics: 12/15/15
Chadwick Matlin, Neil Paine and Allison McCann discuss UConn's dominance, how Porzingis isn't like Dirk Nowitzki, and the College Football metric that doesn't make sense.
Hot Takedown - Perfect Panthers, Wonderful Warriors, Little Leicester : 12/8/15
Chadwick Matlin, Neil Paine and Allison McCann discuss the perfect Panthers, whether the Warriors can be the best NBA team of all time, and Leicester leading the EPL.
Hot Takedown - Goodbye Kobe, Complicated College Football, MLS Playoffs: 12/1/15
Chadwick Matlin, Neil Paine and Allison McCann discuss Kobe's retirement, the wackiness of College Football playoff scenarios, and the MLS playoffs.
Hot Takedown - A Crash Course In RB Stats: 11/24/15
The latest edition of Stat School with Professor (aka Stat Man) Neil Paine. This time Kate Fagan and Chadwick Matlin get a lesson in how we evaluate NFL running backs.
Hot Takedown - Peyton's End Of The Road, Patriots' Age, Chelsea Sucks: 11/17/15
Chadwick Matlin and Nate Silver discuss the downfall of Peyton Manning, whether anyone can stop the Pats, and ask ESPN's Mike Goodman whether Chelsea are doomed.
Hot Takedown - College Football's Messy Rankings, Gold Glove Analytics, Julie Foudy: 11/11/15
Kate Fagan, Neil Paine, and Chadwick Matlin discuss our college football rankings, how analytics are changing Gold Glove voting, and talk to soccer legend Julie Foudy.
Hot Takedown - Mets' Blown Chances, Kobe Sucks, New Zealand's Rugby Prowess: 11/3/15
Kate Fagan, Neil Paine, and Chadwick Matlin discuss the World Series turning points, Kobe's assessment he's the 200th best player in the NBA, and the Rugby World Cup.
Hot Takedown - World Series Super Sabermetrics Special: 10/27/15
Kate Fagan, Neil Paine, and Chadwick Matlin preview the World Series in our own special way. Plus a showdown between Chad and FiveThirtyEight's resident Royals fan.
Hot Takedown - Hello CARMELO, Bunched NFL Wins, And A Startup Hockey League: 10/20/15
Special guest Mike Pesca (Slate) joins Kate Fagan and Neil Paine to discuss our basketball projections, why so few NFL teams have winning records, and the brand new NWHL.
Hot Takedown - QB Stat School Is In Session: 10/13/15
The latest edition of Stat School with Professor (aka Stat Man) Neil Paine. This time Kate Fagan and Chadwick Matlin get a lesson in how we evaluate quarterbacks.
Hot Takedown - MLB Playoff Preview, Maya Moore's Legacy, The Kick-pocalypse: 10/6/15
Kate Fagan, Neil Paine and Chadwick Matlin try to fix the Wild Card system, discuss the WNBA finals, and talk to Ben Morris about kicking!
Hot Takedown - Injured QBs; The Nationals Implode; A NWSL Finals Preview: 9/29/15
Kate Fagan, Neil Paine, and Chadwick Matlin discuss how much an injured quarterback hurts their team; try to untangle the Nationals' season; and talk women's soccer.
Hot Takedown - Nate Silver Defends Elo: 9/22/15
Kate and Neil are on vacation, so Chadwick Matlin invites the boss, Nate Silver, in to discuss (and defend) the Elo rating system. Plus Allison McCann's Significant Digit.
Hot Takedown - Pats' Cheating; Djoker The GoAT; Cespedes MVP?: 9/15/15
Kate Fagan, Neil Paine, and Chadwick Matlin look for clues in the Patriots' home and road record, discuss Djokovic's U.S. Open win, and assess the Cespedes case for MVP.
Baseline #5 - A Final(s) Fifteen Minutes In Flushing: 9/12/15
Last episode of the U.S. Open mini-pod from FiveThirtyEight. Carl Bialik and Grantland's Brian Phillips discuss Roberta Vinci's upset of Serena Williams, and Djokovic-Federer.
Baseline #4 - Fifteen Minutes In Flushing: 9/10/15
A U.S. Open mini-pod from FiveThirtyEight. Today, Carl Bialik and the WSJ's Tom Perrotta discuss whether anyone can derail a Djokovic-Federer final or a Serena Grand Slam.
Hot Takedown - NFL Preview (Now With More Brady!); A Madden Challenge; U.S Open Update: 9/8/15
Kate Fagan, Neil Paine, and Chadwick Matlin preview the NFL season, challenge you to win Madden with Walt Hickey as your QB, and take a listen to our U.S. Open mini-podcast.
Baseline #2 - Fifteen Minutes In Flushing: 9/5/15
A U.S. Open mini-pod from FiveThirtyEight. Today, 9/5, Carl Bialik and Louisa Thomas count Serena Williams's comeback and discuss what's next for Rafael Nadal.
Baseline - Fifteen Minutes In Flushing: 9/3/15
A U.S. Open mini-pod from FiveThirtyEight. Today, Carl Bialik and Louisa Thomas visit Novak Djokovic's bakery and worry about Serena Williams's serve.
Hot Takedown - Americans At The U.S. Open; Serena's Endorsements; Fantasy Football Meets Analytics: 9/1/15
Kate Fagan, Neil Paine, and Chadwick Matlin discuss the sorry state of American tennis, Darren Rovell's comments about Serena Williams, and whether analytics can help your fantasy football draft.
Hot Takedown - A Crash Course In Pitching Stats: 8/25/15
It's a new edition of stat school! Kate Fagan, Neil "Stat Man" Paine, and Chadwick Matlin look at the evolution of pitching stats through the ages.
Hot Takedown - A Statsy Premier League Preview; The NFL Gets Microchips: 8/18/15
Kate Fagan, Neil Paine, and Chadwick Matlin discuss the state of soccer analytics, preview the new Premier League season, and discuss the player tracking coming to the NFL.
Hot Takedown - We Tell John Starks His Advanced Stats, Streaking Blue Jays: 8/11/15
Kate Fagan, Neil Paine, and Chadwick Matlin celebrate John Starks' 50th birthday by talking to the Knicks legend about his game, through the lens of advanced stats.
Hot Takedown - Rousey The Outlier, MLB Trades, Track Doping: 8/4/15
Kate Fagan, Neil Paine, and Chadwick Matlin look at Ronda Rousey's fighting dominance, introduce a new metric to measure MLB trades, and the stunning data on doping in track.
Hot Takedown - Measuring Gender, Boston Says No, Soccer Woes: 7/28/15
Kate Fagan, Neil Paine, and Chadwick Matlin discuss the blurring gender lines in sports, why no one wants to host the Olympics, and the U.S. men's soccer loss to Jamaica.
Hot Takedown - Unstoppable Greinke, The Greatest Basketball Season Ever, And Baseball Brain Data: 7/21/15
Kate Fagan, Neil Paine, and Chadwick Matlin discuss Zack Greinke's scoreless inning streak, Elena Delle Donne's amazing basketball season, and brain data for baseball.
Hot Takedown - A Special Stat-School Edition: 7/14/15
Kate Fagan, Neil Paine, and Chadwick Matlin discuss three ways to measure batting: batting average, OPS (on-base plus slugging), wRC+ (Weighted Runs Created).
Hot Takedown - The Greatest Dynasty Of All, NBA Free Agency, and All Star Baseball: 7/7/15
Kate Fagan, Neil Paine, and Chadwick Matlin discuss whether U.S. women's national soccer team is a dynasty, review NBA free agency and turn to the MLB All Star game.
Hot Takedown - Women's World Cup, Wimbledon, And Crazy Free Agency: 6/30/15
Kate Fagan, Neil Paine, and Chadwick Matlin discuss the U.S. women's national team lineup, preview Wimbledon and discuss the weirdness of the NBA's free agency.
What's The Point Teaser - Guest: Neil deGrasse Tyson: 6/26/15
FiveThirtyEight has a new podcast! Here's part of the first episode of What's The Point -- small interviews about big data. Like what you hear? Find the full episode on iTunes
Hot Takedown - U.S. Women March On, NBA Draft Preview, And Is A-Rod A G.O.A.T.?: 6/23/15
Kate Fagan, Neil Paine, and Chadwick Matlin discuss the Women's World Cup; what analytics say about the NBA draft; and A-Rod's legacy.
Hot Takedown - Hockey's Modern Dynasty, NBA Finals, And A Baseball Hacking Scandal!: 6/16/15
Kate Fagan, Neil Paine, and Chadwick Matlin discuss the Blackhawks win; a big data scandal in baseball; and Lebron's dominance.
Hot Takedown - LeBron Goes It Alone, Serena's Dominance, WWC Update And Nate vs. A 12-Year-Old: 6/9/15
Kate Fagan, Neil Paine, and Chadwick Matlin discuss whether Lebron can carry the Cavs; Serena Williams's 20th slam; and the start of the Women's World Cup.
Hot Takedown - WWC Bonus: Allison McCann with Julie Foudy, Christen Press, and Kelley O'Hara : 6/4/15
A special episode with two interviews FiveThirtyEight's Allison McCann did recently previewing the FIFA Women's World Cup.
Hot Takedown - Blatter's Out, WWC, NBA Finals, And The Astros' Turnaround: 6/2/15
Kate Fagan, Neil Paine, and Chadwick Matlin on Sepp Blatter's resignation on the eve of the Women's World Cup; LeBron's chances in the NBA finals; and how the Astros got good.
Hot Takedown - Nadal's Decline, Every NBA Team Ranked, Do Stars Matter?: 5/26/15
Kate Fagan, Neil Paine, and Chadwick Matlin discuss Rafael Nadal's rocky spring; our ELO rankings of every NBA team ever; and debate the question of whether star players always win championships.
Hot Takedown - Clippers' Collapse, Rangers' Squeakers, MLB Embraces Statcast: 5/19/15
Kate Fagan, Neil Paine, and Chadwick Matlin discuss the NBA conference finals; the NHL playoffs and why the Rangers win so many close games; and MLB's use of Statcast.
Hot Takedown - Deflategate, We Announce The NBA Draft Fix Winner!: 5/12/15
Kate Fagan, Neil Paine, and Chadwick Matlin discuss the "deflategate" report, and pick a winner in our crowdsourcing project to fix the NBA draft and stop tanking.
Hot Takedown - Boring Boxing, NBA Round 2, Why The World Needs A New Baseball Stat: 5/5/15
Kate Fagan, Neil Paine and Chadwick Matlin discuss Mayweather's win; round two of the NBA playoffs; and the advent of the new baseball stat DRA.
Hot Takedown - NFL Draft, Mayweather's Past and Boxing's Future, Athletes Going Broke: 4/28/15
Kate Fagan, Neil Paine and Chadwick Matlin discuss the upcoming NFL draft; Floyd Mayweather's violent past; and Pablo Torre joins to follow up on why athletes go broke.
Hot Takedown - NBA Playoffs By The Numbers; Tanking; Tim Tebow, Take Magnet: 4/21/15
Kate Fagan, Chadwick Matlin and special guest Caitlin Kelly of The New Yorker discuss the NBA playoffs, the NBA draft system, and Tim Tebow's baffling return to the NFL.
Hot Takedown - Spieth's Dominance; NBA MVP; Nate Silver Talks to a Stats Skeptic: 4/14/15
Neil Paine, Kate Fagan and Chadwick Matlin discuss Jordan Spieth's dominant Master's performance; who has the edge for NBA MVP; and Nate Silver talks to a stats skeptic.
Hot Takedown - Emergency Pod! UConn's Win, Auriemma vs. Wooden, Will Anyone Catch the Huskies?: 4/8/15
A special edition of Hot Takedown with Chadwick Matlin, Kate Fagin, and Allison McCann breaking down the UConn women's third consecutive national championship.
Hot Takedown - Duke Does It Again; Opening Day; Hedging Hockey: 4/7/15
Neil Paine, Kate Fagan and Chad Matlin discuss Duke's NCAA championship; the Padres big trade; and why hockey teams play to not win.
Hot Takedown - Emergency Final Four Pod!: 4/5/15
Live from Indy, a special podcast with Chadwick Matlin, Nate Silver, and Jody Avirgan breaking down Wisconsin's win over Kentucky, and previewing Monday's NCAA men's final.
Hot Takedown - Finally, Four; The Cubs Sit Their Spring Star; Fixing the PAT: 3/31/15
Chad Matlin, Kate Fagin and Neil Paine discuss the men's and women's brackets; the Cubs decision to keep Kris Bryant in the minors; and possible changes to the point after.
Hot Takedown - Vintage Michigan State, Fixing the Women's Tournament, Trade Durant?: 3/24/15
This week on Hot Takedown: Tom Izzo does it again, why the women's tournament isn't getting traction, and will the Thunder preemptively trade Kevin Durant?
Hot Takedown - Bracketology, Chip Kelly, and Chris Borland: 3/17/15
Hot Takedown is a new sports podcast from FiveThirtyEight w/ Chad Matlin, Kate Fagan, and Neil Paine. This week: advice for your bracket; NFL free agency by the numbers; more.
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