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Our 2020 (Super Bowl) Draft

We’re about halfway through the NFL season, and that means it’s time to check in on the surprises we’ve seen so far. The Hot Takedown crew completes its first ever Super Bowl draft — complete with a lot of smack talk and hot takes of our own.

The Astros have the potential to clinch their second World Series title in three years tonight at home against the Nationals. In the midst of their title run, the scandal involving their assistant GM’s aggressive behavior toward reporters and the subsequent attempt by the Astros to cover up the incident has certainly complicated the event. Our team assesses the story and the fallout, and we talk about how to grapple with these complex issues as a fan.

Finally, our Rabbit Hole features another infamous Rabbit.

Here’s what we’re looking at this week:

CORRECTION (Oct. 30, 2019, 6 p.m.): A previous version of this post incorrectly named the Los Angeles Dodgers as Houston’s opponent in the World Series. Obviously, the Washington Nationals are the actual NL representatives. (Maybe we couldn’t quite let go of our pre-playoff MLB projections, which saw the Dodgers as the favorite to come out of the National League?)

Grace Lynch is the former producer of Hot Takedown.

Sara Ziegler is the former sports editor at FiveThirtyEight.

Neil Paine was the acting sports editor at FiveThirtyEight.

Geoff Foster is the former sports editor of FiveThirtyEight.