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Podcast: Hello CARMELO, Bunched NFL Wins, And A Startup Hockey League
Hot Takedown

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 (Oct. 20, 2015), Chadwick Matlin is on vacation, so Slate’s Mike Pesca sits in as we discuss what our new CARMELO basketball projections can tell us about the upcoming NBA season, why only 10 NFL teams have winning records and what that says about parity, and whether the National Women’s Hockey League will learn the lessons of other startup leagues. Plus, a Significant Digit on the Mets’ Daniel Murphy and his postseason hot streak.

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Neil Paine was the acting sports editor at FiveThirtyEight.

Kate Fagan is a writer for espnW and a regular panelist on the FiveThirtyEight sports podcast Hot Takedown.

Allison McCann is a former visual journalist for FiveThirtyEight.

Sara Patterson was a podcast and video intern for FiveThirtyEight.