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 (Aug. 4, 2015), we discuss whether mixed martial arts fighter Ronda Rousey is unbeatable. We also talk about the winners and losers coming off the MLB trade deadline, as well as leaked data suggesting that one-third of medals at endurance events in the Olympics and at World Championships between 2001 and 2012 might have gone to athletes with suspicious blood-test results. Plus, our Significant Digit of the week: What if you broke a world record by accident?
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Below are some links to what we discuss on the show:
- Andrew Flowers on Ronda Rousey fighting like an outlier.
- Rousey’s controversial stance on trans fighters in her sport.
- Neil Paine and Nate Silver break down the MLB trade deadline using the brand-new “Doyle Number” metric.
- 58 prospects at the trade deadline.
- Large-scale allegations of doping among endurance athletes.
- The International Association of Athletics Federations president calls the allegations a joke.
- Significant Digit: 2 — the number of times swimmer Katie Ledecky has broken her own world record, this week.
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