By Jimmy Carlton Sportswriter Published Dec 26, 2016 at 5:01 PM

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A lot of people, and most American websites and television shows, have expressed a similar-sounding sentiment about 2016: that it really kind of sucked.

And while that may be true, not everything this year was bad, though lots of things surely were quite bad. In any event, like any responsible media company at calendar's end, OnMilwaukee was obligated to do a year in review.

So in the 11th episode of The Postgame Tailgate podcast, sports editor Jimmy Carlton and pop culture editor Matt Mueller brought on friend of the show – and the first outside guest! – Tyler Maas, co-founder and editor of Milwaukee Record, to discuss 2016. Focusing mostly locally, with the requisite Ken Bone tangent, the guys talk about the year in review, including "Making a Murderer," the Domes, Summerfest, sports and more. 

Was 2016 actually good? Was it as bad as everyone says. Was it ugly, inspiring or indifferent? Sure. Or, as Tyler says, "it was a year."

Tune in, tell us what you think via Twitter (@jimmycarlton88, @aManAboutFilm and @OnMilwaukee) and make sure to subscribe to OnMilwaukee's SoundCloud station so you never miss an episode of The Postgame Tailgate. Thanks for listening!

Born in Milwaukee but a product of Shorewood High School (go ‘Hounds!) and Northwestern University (go ‘Cats!), Jimmy never knew the schoolboy bliss of cheering for a winning football, basketball or baseball team. So he ditched being a fan in order to cover sports professionally - occasionally objectively, always passionately. He's lived in Chicago, New York and Dallas, but now resides again in his beloved Brew City and is an ardent attacker of the notorious Milwaukee Inferiority Complex.

After interning at print publications like Birds and Blooms (official motto: "America's #1 backyard birding and gardening magazine!"), Sports Illustrated (unofficial motto: "Subscribe and save up to 90% off the cover price!") and The Dallas Morning News (a newspaper!), Jimmy worked for web outlets like, where he was a Packers beat reporter, and FOX Sports Wisconsin, where he managed digital content. He's a proponent and frequent user of em dashes, parenthetical asides, descriptive appositives and, really, anything that makes his sentences longer and more needlessly complex.

Jimmy appreciates references to late '90s Brewers and Bucks players and is the curator of the unofficial John Jaha Hall of Fame. He also enjoys running, biking and soccer, but isn't too annoying about them. He writes about sports - both mainstream and unconventional - and non-sports, including history, music, food, art and even golf (just kidding!), and welcomes reader suggestions for off-the-beaten-path story ideas.