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Hot Takedown

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 (Dec. 1, 2015), we say farewell to Kobe Bryant, who’s retiring at the end of the season. With one week of regular-season games to go, we take a look at the ever-shifting scenarios of the College Football Playoff. Plus, we dive into the Major League Soccer playoffs and whether they’re structured in the fairest way. And a Significant Digit on the popularity of the U.S. women’s national soccer team in the video game FIFA 16.

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FiveThirtyEight: Kobe is the 7th worst player in the NBA

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Chadwick Matlin was a deputy managing editor at FiveThirtyEight.

Neil Paine was the acting sports editor at FiveThirtyEight.

Allison McCann is a former visual journalist for FiveThirtyEight.

Andrew Flowers wrote about economics and sports for FiveThirtyEight.

Joe Sykes produces our weekly sports podcast Hot Takedown.