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Why Democrats’ Most Liberal Wing Is Struggling To Gain Power
Thursday May 02, 2019

I argued in a piece published earlier this week that the “Super Progressive” bloc of the Democratic Party was largely losing its fights with the party’s Progressive Old Guard wing. Big ideas pushed by more liberal Democrats like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez — such as the Green New Deal, the impeachment of President Trump and single-payer […]

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By the numbers: Arizona’s lopsided first half of the season
Wednesday October 16, 2019

The Arizona Wildcats were on the precipice of becoming ranked a week ago. They were 4-1 and had won four straight games. All they had to do was beat Washington in Tucson. That proved to be too difficult of a task as, after a strong defensive first half from Arizona, the Huskies ran wild after […]

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How Biden Jumped To The Front Of The Endorsement Race
Tuesday April 30, 2019

Less than a week after he announced he was running for president, Joe Biden is now in the lead in our 2020 endorsement tracker. In the video above, we explain what Biden’s geographically diverse set of endorsements can tell us about the state of the Democratic primary race.

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This week on the show, Hot Takedown analyzes the data behind the New York Giants’ controversial No. 6 pick in the NFL draft, Duke quarterback Daniel Jones. Todd McShay, an analyst for ESPN, is skeptical of Jones’s NFL potential based on his performance under pressure. While we agree that the stats don’t paint a bright future for Jones in the NFL, we disagree on how best to assess his prospects.
For our second segment, ESPN NBA analyst and FiveThirtyEight contributor Kirk Goldsberry joins the team to discuss his new book, “SprawlBall: A Visual Tour of the New Era of the NBA.” Through detailed data visualizations, “SprawlBall” describes how the 3-point line has transformed the NBA and how it risks ruining the game’s future.
In our Rabbit Hole of the Week, Geoff exposes his lifelong appreciation of (and poor betting record on) the Kentucky Derby. He explains the rationale behind voting for the favorite across sports and why he still won’t take his own advice.
Here’s what we’re looking at this week:

“SprawlBall: A Visual Tour of the New Era of the NBA” by Kirk Goldsberry, illustrated by Aaron Dana.
Patrik Stefan’s epic miss that broke Neil’s heart.
FiveThirtyEight’s Josh Hermsmeyer devised a metric for projecting college quarterback success in the NFL.
ProFootballFocus’s analysis of Duke’s Daniel Jones ahead of the draft.