Welcome to the latest episode of Hot Takedown, our podcast where the hot sports takes of the week meet the numbers that prove them right or tear them down. On this week’s show (Jan. 12, 2016), we look at whether Alabama’s onside kick won the Tide this year’s college football championship. We try to work out who the heck is going to be crowned Super Bowl champion. Plus, we ask whether Alex Ovechkin is the best hockey player of all time. And we give you a Significant Digit on the awesome Lionel Messi as he secures his fifth Ballon d’Or. Also, Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump makes his Hot Takedown debut.
FiveThirtyEight: NHL scoring is down, again
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- Neil Paine on what last weekend’s wild-card games really mean.
- Neil Paine writes about why there is no Super Bowl favorite.
- FiveThirtyEight’s college football coverage.
- Neil Paine reports on the quality of goalkeeping in modern hockey.
- Ben Morris explains why Lionel Messi is impossible.
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