Welcome to the latest episode of Hot Takedown, FiveThirtyEight’s sports podcast. On this week’s show (April 12, 2016), we explore the pain of Jordan Spieth’s collapse in the final round of the 2016 Masters with Golf Digest’s Shane Ryan, we argue about Sam Hinkie’s legacy with the Philadelphia 76ers and ask whether his resignation is a referendum on tanking in the NBA, and we preview the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Plus, a significant digit on the Detroit Tigers fan who caught five foul balls at a home game against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
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- ESPN’s Ian O’Connor says Jordan Spieth’s collapse was the most shocking in golf’s history.
- Neil Paine explains why Spieth’s choke also required a great comeback from Englishman Danny Willett.
- Here is Sam Hinkie’s 13-page letter to the Philadelphia 76ers’ investors.
- And here’s Albert Burneko of Deadspin telling us why Hinkie’s words are self-congratulatory and borderline incoherent.
- On the other side, 76ers’ blogger Andrew Unterberger says Hinkie gave Philly hope.
- The Washington Post’s Fancy Stats blog outlines the fatal flaws of this year’s NHL playoff teams.
- And Kevin Allen in USA Today says there are no favorites on the way to the Stanley Cup.
- Significant Digit: about 1 in 262 trillion. That’s the estimated likelihood of catching five foul balls at the home of the Detroit Tigers, Comerica Park — a feat achieved by Tigers’ fan Bill Dugan at a game on Monday.
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