In episode 27 of OnMilwaukee's podcast, The Postgame Tailgate, sports editor Jimmy Carlton and pop culture editor Matt Mueller conduct a comprehensive audio autopsy of the Milwaukee Bucks, after their 2016-17 season ended with a first-round series loss to the Toronto Raptors in the NBA Playoffs.
The guys discuss the epic but not-quite-epic-enough Game 6 loss and the BMO Harris Bradley Center home crowd; rising superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo, his supporting cast and who is the second-best player currently on Milwaukee's roster; which offseason moves, including free-agency signings, the team should make, as well as the futures of Jabari Parker and this season's impressive rookies. They also rank all of the 2017 Bucks, from 1-15, on a rational/irrational appreciation scale. (Where did each of them have Mirza Teletovic and John Henson? Find out below!)
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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 CBSSports.com, 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.