Life comes hard, sometimes.

Hey, it’s Max.

In case you’re wondering what happened to us over the last few weeks, life decided to come hard at both of us. We’re both fine, but just really, really, really busy. Despite the fact that we would both love the couple of hours a week to just vent and sound off on everything, we don’t even have time to plan a good show for y’all. Plus, we don’t get paid for this, so something had to give. Officially, we’re on hiatus. For how long, who knows.

For me, I should be back once everything with school calms down/mercifully ends. Craig’s probably going to take a little longer to come back. He’s had to take care of his mom, and family comes first for the both of us.

When I do get back to doing the show, I’ll probably have someone different with me filling in for Craig for a little bit. Or, maybe I’ll fly solo. I haven’t really figured that part out yet. Again, I’ve got other important things to worry about right now.

We’ll be updating the Facebook page whenever stuff happens. There’s also our respective Twitters (@MaximusRadio, @bartenderradio). Drop us a line and say hi (looking at you, Bowlby.)

Thanks for your understanding. We both know that it couldn’t have come at a worse time in the sports world, too. I mean, NFL, college football, the NBA has been great, so far. We want to talk about this stuff with you, but we both need life to not give us a breakdown while doing it.

We’ll be back after this.

Juiced baseballs and life after the All-Star Break with Ian Casselberry

Ian Casselberry thinks that Rob Manfred would never admit to MLB juicing the baseball, even though there’s all of this proof. However, Ian also thinks the quality of play and the “home run or strikeout” mentality are making the game boring.

Bryce Harper is the face of baseball right now, but is Aaron Judge making his case? After the show he put on in the first half of the season and the Home Run Derby, yes. Even more important, however, could be if he’s making Yankee fans forget Derek Jeter already. (Answer: no. Slow your roll, people.)

The Cubs bandwagon is clearly emptying. How else can you explain not even having a guy like Kris Bryant make the team? Of course, that will happen when your pitchers are tired. And where does Kyle Schwarber fit on this team now? Why is their defense, which was so good last year, so bad this year? Is Joe Maddon running out of ideas? (NOTE: we talked to Ian before the Cubs traded for Jose Quintana.)

The Astros will be able to make whatever deal they want at the trade deadline. The Nationals would have at least five more wins if they didn’t blow it with Mark Melancon after last season. The Dodgers are walking on sunshine right now. Does Milwaukee pull the trigger and say “let’s go for it?”

Plus, we get Ian’s non-spoiler thoughts on Spider-Man: Homecoming and Max also wants to be sold on Asheville, NC. Catch all of Ian’s work at

This is what boxing has sadly come to.

We have come to an interesting time in sports. We are witnessing possibly the final breath of boxing. The Klitschko brothers killed off the heavyweight division by holding the belts, then never fighting each other for an undisputed championship. Manny vs. Money happened past both of their primes when such a fight is exactly what the sport needed. An absolute farce of a decision gave us Jeff Horn, Boxing Champion.

Now, Floyd Mayweather is fighting Conor McGregor because enough of us are stupid enough to pay the insane $99 pay-per-view price.

Yes, the sport has done itself no favors by getting itself to this point. Not having enough big names, all of the lousy decisions, all of the terrible decisions. Believe me, I get it if you’re looking at this fight and wondering if it will be worth all of the hype. It will not be. While all of the press conferences leading up to this fight will get people talking about boxing for a little bit, this fight will not help the sport. More importantly, if Conor McGregor actually wins this match, boxing will be dead.

Here’s our thoughts from the 7-11-2017 show.

Scott Wright calls him Mitchell because his momma calls him Mitchell.

Scott Wright from Draft Countdown answers all of our tough questions. Questions like “Mitch or Mitchell?” Scott’s got an interesting thought about why Mitch Trubisky has become Mitchell Trubisky. Max thinks that fans will change one letter in his name if he struggles regardless of whether it’s Mitch or Mitchell. The most shocking part about all of it is that Cleveland is in control. They are LOADED in the draft not just this year, but next year, too. Max thinks Scott will begin writing about what the Browns will do at #1 next year as soon as this year’s draft is over.

We go through Scott’s mock draft. Scott’s very high on Myles Garrett, calling him “a young Julius Peppers.” Well then! Along with Leonard Fournette and O.J. Howard, there are some men among boys in this draft. Sorry, Bears fans. You’re missing out on Garrett, but could wind up with Jamal Adams. Not a bad consolation, really. By the way, Scott’s mock draft has Howard going at #8. Can you imagine Cam Newton having Howard, Greg Olsen, Devin Funchess, AND Kelvin Benjamin at his disposal? That is one physically imposing receiving corps. Continue reading “Scott Wright calls him Mitchell because his momma calls him Mitchell.”

Lester Wiltfong, Jr.: Drafting in the Carpool Lane

Lester Wiltfong, Jr. from Windy City Gridiron has your Bears draft news, but first, he’s changed scenery. Gone are the days of being accosted by bums and listening to screaming children on the Metra. Lester joins us from the carpool lane where we can actually hear him and won’t get interrupted by an unruly passenger’s meth trip.

What are the Bears going to do in the draft? Lester thinks Ryan Pace wants a quarterback (Deshaun Watson, anybody?), but doesn’t want to spend the third overall pick on one. We could see the Bears trade down from #3. If they go defense, do they go with Jamal Adams? Bartender likes him, but maybe he’s not worth the #3 pick, either. Maybe they go with Jonathan Allen, arthritic shoulder and all. Lester hopes they don’t go that route because of past problems drafting injured players. Continue reading “Lester Wiltfong, Jr.: Drafting in the Carpool Lane”