I'm definitely skeptical. That having been said, it was a pretty good read, fiction or not. "I'd kick Talbot's ass if I saw him" is classic, even if it is just a good line written by a pathological liar. That, or he could be a genius -- there's four pages of back-and-forth about his tale. Some people like reading about dragons and wizards and crap like that. Others like reading about hockey players takin' hooks at a dive bar.
Details are a liar's best friend, but that doesn't mean they're a bad thing. They're also often the best parts of the story. (I'm thinking of the movie "Big Fish." If you haven't seen it, you should.)
In the guy's defense, a longtime buddy of mine caddies at Nemacolin down here in Fayette Nam. Celebrity sightings aren't rare, by any means, at the resort, and even less so being a caddy. Celebrities, especially athletes, love to golf. Lemieux's charity tournament was held there last year (I think... it may have been the year before), and my friend caddied for Talbot's group.
The long and short of it is that Talbot was cool as hell. Said he was jovial the whole time, "charming" (shall we say, heh) with the women, tipped him well, and saw him in the Caddyshack shortly after his round, calling him over and offering a double shot of Captain. Being on the job, he had to decline. He had nothing but the highest praise for Maxy and says he's become his favorite Penguin because the couple hours he spent with him that day.
I certainly don't have any reason to doubt an old friend, and I hope you don't have much reason to doubt my re-telling, considering it's just my $.02 on the subject of Mad Max being a cool guy, not a page-turning masterpiece of a thread topic. Also, you gotta remember that this is about a month or so after the end up the Cup Finals, so there's certainly nothing wrong with a nice toddy after a round on the links as opposed to after a playoff game. (Not that I think there's anything wrong with it after a playoff win with a day off, frankly, either.)
Ultimately, I do find the story believable, but my naturally skeptical nature, combined with a few questionable aspects of the story, cause me to look at it as a story most likely rooted in truth, most likely exaggerated, and as something that was worth the time to read... and even debate.
Who cares? The Pens are back in the Cup Finals. We got a couple of days to kill... it's all good.
[Edit: I forgot! The best part of the story... it was definitely this past summer, because he said Maxy told him that the guys shaved in the locker room after Game 6, with many tears involved. Can't believe I left that out.]