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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jstangl
Nov 19 '19
Rating:   10
Rabbit hole greatness

The rabbit hole might be my favorite segment of the multitude of podcasts I listen too. I enjoy that they bring in sports that I may not necessarily pay detailed attention too but the analytic lens makes every one of the sports interesting. Sara does a great job trying to keep the crew on subject.

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rorytfenwick
Nov 13 '19
Rating:   6
World Series?

How does a sports show come back from a couple days out from the first WS in which something has never happened in the history of the event (neither team winning a home game in a 7 game series) and barely mention the event in passing?

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par95
Oct 14 '19
Rating:   10
Perfect balance of sports and data

Hosts take an analytical approach to sports discussions, but aren’t crippled by their models. I love the rabbit hole of the week because it’s pretty relatable to random deep dives of my own. I always make sure to download every week.

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Where's my power nap?
Sep 25 '19
Rating:   6
WNBA???

WHY isn’t this podcast discussing the WNBA playoffs right now? Why is 538 participating in a general media blindness to some of the most exciting basketball? The Mystics-Aces series produced some of the best basketball ever played, and the coaching decisions by LA in the Sparks-Sun series is begging for careful analysis. Come on, guys! Stop forgetting about women’s sports!

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Housecat M.D.
Sep 3 '19
Rating:   10
Come for the stats, stay for the crew

Sara, Neil, and Geoff strike a great balance between nerding out on numbers and inserting commentary and humor into their analysis. Even when they're talking about sports I don't necessarily follow I stay tuned in.

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S.Kelleher
Aug 30 '19
Rating:   10
Excellent

I’m not a big sports person, but I genuinely enjoy this podcast. Excellent chemistry between the three commentators, and enough numbers to make it interesting, but not so much that it becomes a stats class.

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Mgbeingcreative
Aug 21 '19
Rating:   6
Mostly baseball

I like the podcast; feels like most of the show is about baseball, though

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based_sheeran
Aug 18 '19
Rating:   10
Great chemistry/analysis

Sara, Geoff, and Neil have amazing chemistry that makes Hot Takedown both really funny and super interesting - even when Geoff is just talking about Michigan football, horse racing, or golf.

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HappyFutureGradStudent
Aug 10 '19
Rating:   10
Favorite Sports Pod

I was a big fan of the original version of Hot Takedown, but I have to say, this new incarnation blows it out of the water. I love the hosts, they have a great dynamic and bring great guests. The rabbit hole of the week is a particular favorite. This recent all rabbit hole episode is awesome! These fact/statistic holes are a big part of why I love sports and it’s so fun to have at least one featured every week. Take a listen!

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Slight full
Aug 6 '19
Rating:   2
Not fun or interesting.

So wanted to like this show. Im going to keep trying. Fantasy soccer convention was maybe the dumbest thing ever.

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PiratePremtice
Jul 16 '19
Rating:   10
My New Go-to Sports Podcast

As a perennial 538 politics podcast junkie, when they resurrected Hot Takedown I had to check it out. I’ve always been into sports but I love getting to learn about what’s going on in sports from an analytical and statistical lens. This show has helped me find so many different sports so much more interesting than I thought they would be, and I love how they cover what’s going on in the sports world outside of the NBA, NFL, MLB, and NHL as well. Very good stuff!

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Jacyaramargaret
Jul 6 '19
Rating:   10
Always a favorite

I loved hot takedown back in the day and this new iteration is still pretty great. I do miss the greatest podcast intro music of all time but, I won’t hold it against them.

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arose176
Jul 4 '19
Rating:   10
HOT DOG EATING

Is not a sport.

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Josh Planos
Jul 2 '19
Rating:   10
Best pod, hotdog eating not a sport

Although Neil made a solid argument for hotdog eating’s inclusion in the landscape of modern sports, Geoff won me over with his energy coming in rather than coming out counter, to say nothing of his full Dad Mode “that’s not what we do with food” point. Also, Sara is the best.

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spencerwl
Jun 5 '19
Rating:   10
An impressive breadth of knowledge

As a regular listener of the 538 Politics Podcast, I started listening to Hot Takedown, and it has very quickly become one of my favorites. They are not afraid of any subject, and they have fantastic dialogue around everything from Baseball and Basketball through Softball and Horse Racing. If you have a few minutes give them a listen.

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bpw
Apr 25 '19
Rating:   10
System 2 Thinking about Sports

I’m so glad this show is back. The show is great - my favorite podcast. Welcome back!

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stoobie-doo
Apr 9 '19
Rating:   10
Was missed

Glad it’s back, getting used to the new chemistry, but for the love of all that is good, bring back the original theme music.

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schmoolevin19
Mar 26 '19
Rating:   10
Hot Take

Great pod with awesome analysis, love that it’s back!! Missing the original intro, though... would love to have the full song play again!

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Crankpapi
Mar 23 '19
Rating:   10
Hot talks!

Interesting , distinct takes on the sports scene from smart, funny people in a well produced snack of a podcast! Fantastic

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MattyIce0903
Mar 20 '19
Rating:   10
Hot Take, Indeed!

After hearing a few episodes now, I can see this will be one of the best places to come to to get the hot take for the week concerning all things sports. Sara is a wealth of knowledge here and it’s great to hear her and the co-hosts take on what’s goin on in the sporting world.

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