Welcome to this week’s 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 (for May 5, 2015), we discuss Floyd Mayweather’s win by unanimous decision over Manny Pacquiao and whether Saturday was the greatest day in the history of sports; round two of the NBA playoffs and what the Spurs’ loss means for their future; and the advent of the new baseball stat Deserve Run Average (DRA). Our significant digit this week is 0.43 — the number of goals conceded per game by Bayern Munich, the best figure of Bayern coach Pep Guardiola’s career.
Plus: the latest from our crowdsourcing project to solicit ideas for fixing the NBA draft. We’re picking a winner on next week’s show.
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Below, some links to what we discuss in this week’s show:
- How would you fix the NBA draft and stop tanking? Tell us.
- The Compubox scoresheet for the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight.
- Drew Magary of Deadspin tears in to Mayweather’s “cynical” style.
- Advanced stats for the Spurs over their recent run.
- FiveThirtyEight previews the second round matchups: Clippers-Rockets | Cavs-Bulls | Grizzlies – Warriors | Hawks-Wizards
- Baseball Prospectus introduces its new metric Deserved Run Average.
- Significant Digit: How Pep Guardiola has changed Bayern Munich.
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