Though sports is always a relevant topic (especially in Wisconsin), each autumn seems to bring about a competitive crescendo of sorts. Not even counting NCAA football and basketball, the local sports world is booming with activity. The Packers are weathering the storm following Aaron Rodgers’ injury. The Bucks (and Herd) season is underway. After a surprisingly competitive season, a promising young Brewers squad is gearing up for Winter Meetings. There’s a lot to talk about.

Ramie Makhlouf—co-host of “The Big Show” on 105.7 The Fan—is familiar with all this. The sports talk radio personality and stand-up comedian returned to Milwaukee Record headquarters to tell host Tyler Maas his thoughts on the Brew Crew’s offseason plans, what the final five games (and beyond) hold for the Pack, and whether the Bucks are on the path to Eastern Conference dominance. They also talked about Makhlouf’s allegiance to Illinois sports teams, the ever-changing landscape of sports media, and 105.7’s annual Toy Drive (which runs through Friday).

This episode is brought to you by Surly Brewing, a Minnesota-based brewery that just released its seasonal double IPA, Abrasive Ale. Music comes courtesy of Piles (“Blue Glue”) and Armstrong Ransome (“Full Metal Alchemy Pt. 1”). Subscribe to On The Record via iTunes or Stitcher (for free!).