200 episodes

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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    • 4.7 • 155 Ratings

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.

    College Basketball Tries To Stay Positive (And COVID-Negative)

    College Basketball Tries To Stay Positive (And COVID-Negative)

    Hot Takedown looks at the challenges ahead for the upcoming college basketball season. Plus: a Rabbit Hole inspired by Theo Epstein. 

    • 53 min
    The NBA’s Not-Normal November

    The NBA’s Not-Normal November

    Hot Takedown covers the big trades ahead of the NBA draft and Kim Ng's hiring as GM of the Miami Marlins.

    • 54 min
    What's Wrong With The NFL's Best Teams?

    What's Wrong With The NFL's Best Teams?

    Hot Takedown breaks down the top five NFL teams according to our model and talks about the prospects for the College Football Playoffs.

    • 55 min
    All Podcasts Are Political

    All Podcasts Are Political

    In an election special, Hot Takedown explores the influence of politics on sports, and how money from sports makes its way into politics.

    • 55 min
    Belichick Is Fresh Out Of Magic

    Belichick Is Fresh Out Of Magic

    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.

    • 56 min
    More Moneyball, More Problems?

    More Moneyball, More Problems?

    Hot Takedown discusses all things World Series: how the Dodgers and the Rays got here and who we think will win.

    • 53 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
155 Ratings

155 Ratings

rudinah ,

Best all-rounder sports podcast

Great sports analysis from 3 great journalists! Sara Ziegler is a fantastic host and is so great at guiding the conversation and getting the best out of her crewmates Neil and Chadwick. Love that they talk about a variety of sports and how they don't shy away from "controversial" topics (yes Sara NFL teams desperately need to stop hiring convicted domestic abusers and rapists!!). Thanks for the quality work y'all do every week. Love the show!!

phil417 ,

One of my favorite podcast shows of all time!!

I look forward to Tuesday’s every week. I love the analytics based sport talk, mixed with interesting sports takes, and lovable personalities. I really connect with the host Sara Ziegler, as she knows what it’s like to be a fan of a heart wrenching team and handles that pains that brings with grace. (Go twins)

Dilk Barber ,

Smart Commentary

Sara Ziegler is from South Dakota. Five stars.

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