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Podcast: The Pats’ Home-Field Advantage; Djokovic The GoAT; Cespedes For The Rest Of Us
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 (Sept. 15, 2015), we discuss the allegations that the Patriots interfered with the Steelers’ communications in their Week 1 matchup. Then, Carl Bialik breaks down whether it’s time to start thinking of Novak Djokovic as the best men’s tennis player of all time — even though everyone seems to root for Roger Federer instead. And, can Yoenis Cespedes win National League MVP even though he’s only been in the National League for a few months? Plus, an update from FiveThirtyEight’s Walt Hickey on our crowdsourcing Madden challenge to win the Super Bowl using his avatar. And to close out the show, a Significant Digit on a turnaround for Kansas City’s women’s soccer team.

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

Chadwick Matlin is a senior editor at FiveThirtyEight.

Neil Paine is a senior sportswriter for FiveThirtyEight.

Allison McCann is a former visual journalist for FiveThirtyEight.

Carl Bialik was FiveThirtyEight’s lead writer for news.

Walt Hickey was FiveThirtyEight’s chief culture writer.

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