College Basketball Tries To Stay Positive (And COVID-Negative): 11/24/20
Hot Takedown looks at the challenges ahead for the upcoming college basketball season. Plus: a Rabbit Hole inspired by Theo Epstein.
The NBAs Not-Normal November: 11/17/20
Hot Takedown covers the big trades ahead of the NBA draft and Kim Ng's hiring as GM of the Miami Marlins.
What's Wrong With The NFL's Best Teams?: 11/10/20
Hot Takedown breaks down the top five NFL teams according to our model and talks about the prospects for the College Football Playoffs.
All Podcasts Are Political: 11/3/20
In an election special, Hot Takedown explores the influence of politics on sports, and how money from sports makes its way into politics.
Belichick Is Fresh Out Of Magic: 10/27/20
Hot Takedown discusses the World Series so far and the divergent fortunes of the Patriots and the Buccaneers. Plus: a sartorial tour through championship patches in the Rabbit Hole.
More Moneyball, More Problems? : 10/20/20
Hot Takedown discusses all things World Series: how the Dodgers and the Rays got here and who we think will win.
The Lakers Burst The Heat's Bubble: 10/13/20
Hot Takedown discusses the NBA finals and the MLB postseason. Plus: a Rabbit Hole with its own mascots.
Bill O'Brien Set His Own Hot Seat On Fire: 10/6/20
Hot Takedown talks about the teams struggling in the NFL and about the excellent WNBA finals. Plus: a championship ring Rabbit Hole.
MLBs Sweet Sixteen: 9/29/20
Hot Takedown previews baseballs unusual postseason as well as the NBA finals. Plus: a southern-fried hockey Rabbit Hole.
Week Two Of The NFL Hurt: 9/22/20
Hot Takedown looks at this week's wave of injuries in the NFL and why our predictions still discount the LA Lakers. Plus: a Padres Rabbit Hole 14 years in the making.
From Wentz They Came: 9/15/20
Hot Takedown unpacks Week 1 in the NFL and the Rockets exit from the NBA playoffs. Then, a single-elimination Rabbit Hole.
Are We Ready For Some Football? : 9/8/20
Hot Takedown previews the return of both the NFL and the English Premier League. Then, an interview with author Reid Forgrave.
The NBA Strike Was Personal: 9/1/20
Hot Takedown discusses the initial results of the NBA strike and previews the college football season, such as it is.
Emergency Podcast: Sports On Strike: 8/27/20
Hot Takedown discusses the strike for racial justice that began in the NBA.
"Processing" The Sixers' Loss: 8/25/20
Hot Takedown looks at the Celtics and the Raptors' first round sweeps, and gives out our MVP awards at MLBs month-long midseason.
A Tale Of Two Bubbles: 8/18/20
Hot Takedown discusses the start of the NBA and NHL postseasons. Plus: a division sweeping Rabbit Hole.
The Slow Fall Of Football: 8/11/20
Hot Takedown discusses the impending cancellation of college football and then draft our World Series picks. Plus: a wide open Rabbit Hole.
Will College Football Fail Its First Exam?: 8/4/20
Hot Takedown discusses the friction between college athletes, the Power Five, and the NCAA, and celebrates the return of live sports.
MLB's "Plan" Didn't Pan Out : 7/28/20
Hot Takedown discusses baseballs spike in positive coronavirus cases, the return of hockey, and an extra innings Rabbit Hole.
Ready Or Not, Here Comes Baseball: 7/21/20
Hot Takedown previews the return of MLB and the semi-finals of the NWSL Challenge Cup. Plus, a trail running Rabbit Hole.
College Football Makes A Conference Call: 7/14/20
Hot Takedown talks about the Big 10 and Pac-12s change to conference-only play, Manchester Citys appeal to be allowed to play in the Champions League, and a team (re)naming Rabbit Hole.
What's In A Team Name?: 7/7/20
Hot Takedown discusses the renewed push to change the name of Washingtons NFL team, our new NBA forecast, and a batting stance Rabbit Hole.
New(ton) England: 6/30/20
Hot Takedown discusses the Patriots newest MVP QB and the latest examples of athlete activism. Plus, a Rabbit Hole about pumping iron(s)
Flattening The Curveball: 6/23/20
Hot Takedown discusses MLBs restart plan and how multiple leagues are coping with COVID-19. Plus, an NBA coaching Rabbit Hole.
NBA Players Hit Pause: 6/16/20
Hot Takedown discusses some NBA players' reservations with the league's restart logistics and previews the Premier Leagues return.
Was Drew Brees's Fourth Apology The Charm?: 6/9/20
Hot Takedown assesses the NFLs rapid evolution on player protests and the NBAs plans to reopen in Disney World. Plus, a Rabbit Hole on fake players.
What Can Sports Do?: 6/2/20
Hot Takedown discusses the sports worlds response to the ongoing protests against police brutality towards black Americans.
Show Me The Money(ball): 5/26/20
Hot Takedown looks at the negotiations between MLB players and owners, and examines why golf has already made a successful comeback. Plus one last "Last Dance" Rabbit Hole.
Shall We Last Dance?: 5/19/20
Hot Takedown unpacks how truthful, and useful, the Michael Jordan docu-series is and debates some potential NFL diversity hiring incentives. Plus, a cricket-themed Rabbit Hole
Live Sports? In This Economy?: 5/12/20
Hot Takedown covers a new poll about what fans need to feel safe at live sporting events and discuss how it applies to the NBA. Then, an NCAA bribery Rabbit Hole, as a treat.
U.S. Soccer's Big Day In Court: 5/5/20
Hot Takedown talks to The Athletic's Meg Linehan about the latest news in the USWNT's lawsuit, and surveys which American leagues might be closest to reopening.
Jordan Love Is A Battlefield: 4/28/20
Hot Takedown covers the results of the NFL draft, Twitter drama about sports drafts, and a classic games Rabbit Hole.
Bringing Down The Krause: 4/21/20
Hot Takedown discusses where the NFL draft will get interesting, whats interesting about the new Michael Jordan documentary, and a rules-lawyering Rabbit Hole.
Time To Get Weird, Sports Leagues: 4/14/20
Hot Takedown talks prospects for the WNBA draft this week and prospects for the NBA generally. Then, author Brad Balukjian joins for a special baseball Rabbit Hole.
Going The Social Distance: 4/7/20
This week we discuss whether the president can help U.S. sports leagues restart and wrap up our NCAA tournament, then special guest Emily Scherer tackles the Rabbit Hole.
Reality TV Is Our Only Hope For Hoops: 3/31/20
Hot Takedown talks about how the NBA might end its hiatus, the NCAA extending eligibility for student athletes, and an iRacing (i)Rabbit Hole.
Olympic Flame-Out: 3/24/20
Its been another big week of cancellations in sports, so the Hot Takedown team reacts to the postponement of the Olympic Games.
2020: A Sports-Less Odyssey: 3/17/20
Hot Takedown looks at the effect of the coronavirus pandemic on both leagues and fans, and our Rabbit Hole remembers when sports were stopped in the past.
Live from Sloan: How Has RAPTOR Done So Far?: 3/10/20
Last week, Nate Silver joined Hot Takedown on stage to discuss how RAPTOR has performed this NBA season. Plus, a Rabbit Hole on the unconventional way some players get paid.
"Anybody Can Make The Final Four": 3/3/20
Hot Takedown discusses the chaos in men's college basketball and who our model believes should be NBA Rookie of the Year. Plus, a Rabbit Hole from spring training.
"The Great 8 Is Better Than The Great One": 2/25/20
In Sara's absence, Neil and Geoff discuss too much hockey and debate the merits of era adjusting records. The Athletic's Meg Linehan unpacks the latest in the USWNT lawsuit.
"They Fixed The NBA All-Star Game": 2/18/20
Changes to the NBA All-Star Game were well received but we have a few more ideas to improve the weekend. Plus, Manchester City's scandal and a Rabbit Hole on NFL dynasties.
Kobe Bryant: On and Off The Court: 2/11/20
Hot Takedown examines the full scope of Kobe Bryants legacy and our Rabbit Hole celebrates some very bad hockey teams.
"The Niners Choked": 2/4/20
A close look at the Chiefs' Super Bowl comeback, why the Red Sox might trade Mookie Bets and a Rabbit Hole on improbable brawls.
"Will Jimmy Garoppolo Be The Hero?": 1/28/20
Our Super Bowl Special! What to expect from the 49ers and the Chiefs this Sunday, the next frontier of football analytics and a Rabbit Hole on an unconventional champion.
Sign Stealing: Worse Than Steroids!: 1/21/20
The Astros sign-stealing scandal is back in the headlines and we're still not convinced it's worth the hype. Our Rabbit Hole examines the limitations of the Rooney Rule.
"The Ravens Always Choke": 1/14/20
The Titans pulled off the largest NFL playoff upset (according to Elo), social media is transforming how we cover the NBA and a Rabbit Hole on what the NHL is doing right.
"No One Believed In Us, And Rightfully So": 1/7/20
The NFL had a genuinely wild, wild-card weekend and Joe Burrow may be the most efficient college quarterback ever. Plus, Vince Carter's unique role in the NBA.
A Decade In Sports : 12/31/19
Hot Takedown explores the past 10 years in sports by assessing statistical changes, unlikely champions and new world records.
STAT SCHOOL: From Box Scores to RAPTOR: 12/24/19
Hot Takedown unpacks the evolution of statistics in the NBA.
Bonus Episode: The Fullback Comeback: 12/19/19
An interview from the ESPN Daily podcast that featured FiveThirtyEight's Josh Hermsmeyer. Josh recently wrote about the resurgence of fullbacks in the NFL.
Cheating In Sports: What Really Matters?: 12/17/19
Hot Takedown develops a rubric for assessing cheating scandals. Plus, a Rabbit Hole on the impact of hockey superstars.
"The Russia Ban Isn't Enough": 12/10/19
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.
MLB Is A Soap Opera, NFL Is Game Of Thrones: 12/3/19
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.
"Baseball Needed A Villain": 11/26/19
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.
"Kaepernick won't play in the NFL again": 11/19/19
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.
Let's Blame Analytics: Load Management Edition: 11/12/19
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.
"Steph's Broken Hand Is A Blessing": 11/5/19
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.
Our 2020 (Super Bowl) Draft: 10/29/19
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.
Jalen Rose Is Mad At Us: 10/22/19
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.
"Blame It On The Juice": 10/15/19
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.
We're Unleashing Our New NBA Metric: 10/8/19
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.
"Lopsided Is MLB's New Normal": 10/1/19
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.
"The NBA Missed The Point": 9/24/19
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.
"The Saints Will Survive. The Steelers Are Done.": 9/17/19
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.
"Antonio Brown Orchestrated His Exit": 9/10/19
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?
NFL Predictions: Truth Hurts For The Minnesota Vikings: 9/3/19
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.
Andrew Luck: Brave or Millennial?: 8/27/19
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.
"The Youths Have Taken Over Baseball": 8/20/19
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.
"Nothing Says 'Fantasy' Like Risk Management": 8/13/19
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.
The Whole Show's A Rabbit Hole: 8/6/19
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.
"Mets In Perpetual Chaos": 7/30/19
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.
"Zeke Should Hold Out": 7/23/19
The role of analytics in the depreciation of NFL running backs and a Rabbit Hole that might make you wary of your ballpark seat assignment.
"Good Luck Betting On The 2019-20 NBA": 7/16/19
Nate Silver joins to discuss our 2019-20 NBA model. We look ahead to the British Open and dive into the unlikely tie break scenarios at Wimbledon and the Cricket World Cup.
"We Want Infinite All-Star Rosters": 7/9/19
The team assesses the MLB All-Star Game and is joined by Travis Sawchik to discuss his new book, The MVP Machine. Plus, a Rabbit Hole on New York ticker-tape parades.
"The Knicks Need To Grow Up": 7/2/19
This week, Hot Takedown discusses all the drama around NBA free agency, the merits of competitive eating and changes to World Cup scoring.
"Is The USWNT As Good As We Thought?": 6/25/19
This week our crew looks at the quarterfinal matchup between the USA and France in the Women's World Cup, NBA free agency and a Rabbit Hole into sports boardgames.
"Survival Of The Takiest": 6/18/19
We dive into the hottest takes of the NBA finals and analyze our Women's World Cup model. In the latest edition of "Get Off My Field", Sara demands more glowing objects.
The Warriors' Incredible Win And Horrible Loss: 6/11/19
Hot Takedown unpacks Game 5 of the NBA Finals and previews Game 7 of the NHL Stanley Cup Finals. Plus, a Rabbit Hole featuring Saras Minnesota Twins fandom.
"Serena Should Win Every Slam": 6/4/19
Hot Takedown discusses the upsets in the women's French Open and the strategies of the convoluted MLB draft, and our Rabbit Hole champions the Women's College World Series.
Nate Silver joins to discuss why our model favors Toronto in the NBA Finals. Plus, Tottenham's improbable road to the Champions League final and a Rabbit Hole on figurines.
"Bottom Line: Pay Women The Same": 5/21/19
Hot Takedown talks to author Caitlin Murray about USWNT's lawsuit for equal pay in advance of the Womens World Cup. Also, we get lost in disastrous baseball.
"The Raptors Need To Be Better": 5/14/19
This week, Hot Takedown evaluates the NBA and NHL conference finals. Plus, our Rabbit Hole tracks the players who made the most rosters over their careers.
"The Red Sox Should Be Fine": 5/7/19
The crew examines promising performances by the Red Sox and a tight Premier League title run with Mike Goodman of StatsBomb. Plus, our Rabbit Hole explores good luck totems.
"The Giants Drafted A Backup QB": 4/30/19
Hot Takedown checks the data behind Giants controversial no. 6 draft pick. ESPN's Kirk Goldsberry joins to discuss his new book, SprawlBall. Plus, a Rabbit Hole on horses.
"The Rockets Can Beat The Warriors": 4/23/19
Nate Silver joins the podcast to talk about the second round of the NBA playoffs. We also discuss Kyler Murray and the NFL draft and Nate rants about home runs in the MLB.
"Tiger Will Catch Jack": 4/16/19
The Hot Takedown team gathers to assess upsets in the NBA playoffs, Tigers historic win at the Masters and our Rabbit Hole dives into other great comeback stories.
"Giannis Is Clearly The MVP": 4/9/19
Hot Takedown gathers to discuss the end of March Madness and debate who will become the NBA MVP. Plus, it's Masters week and our Rabbit Hole goes back to 1908.
[AUDIO FIXED] Michigan State Beat The Best: 4/3/19
Our upload earlier this week made Geoff sound like he was in a tunnel of sound. This fixes that. We talk NCAAM, MLB opening weekend, and our Rabbit Hole of the week.
"Michigan State Beat The Best": 4/2/19
Hot Takedown is buzzing with reactions to the March Madness Final Four. Plus, MLB opening weekend brought surprises and our Rabbit Hole of the Week has us feeling old.
"Get That Extension While You Can": 3/26/19
The Hot Takedown crew reacts to a flurry of MLB extensions and make our predictions for the season. We debate NBA prospects for Williamson and Morant, plus an ode to Gronk.
"Conference Tournaments Are Meaningless": 3/19/19
This week, Hot Takedown previews the NCAA tournaments and make our Final Four picks. We also take stock of the NFL free agency and discuss strange NCAA mascots.
"The Steelers Are Better Off Without AB": 3/12/19
Hot Takedown is back! This week, we tackle Antonio Brown's trade to the Raiders, the Mets going for it in the NL East and our Rabbit Hole of the week.
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