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The Mike McFeely Mess

A podcast for those who like politicking, fishing, golfing, eating and boozing. And, generally, just talking.

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The McFeely Mess: From 25,000 feet, a look ahead at Bison football next season
Sun Jan 09 15:33:03 EST 2022
WDAY-TV's Dom Izzo and The Forum's Jeff Kolpack join podcast host Mike McFeely on the flight back to Fargo from Frisco, Texas, to take a quick look back at NDSU's 38-10 victory over Montana State in the FCS championship game and to look ahead to 2022.

Next season's Bison team has many pieces in place to be a championship contender again, but has a few questions it needs to answer.

The podcast was recorded in The Forum's company plane at 25,000 feet, so the audio quality is not perfect. But the content is on fire.

The McFeely Mess: Breaking down the Bobcats
Fri Jan 07 14:14:24 EST 2022
Bozeman Chronicle sportswriter Colton Pool joins podcast host Mike McFeely to break down the Montana State Bobcats one day before they take on North Dakota State  in the Football Championship Subdivision title game in Frisco, Texas.

Pool believes the Bobcats have what it takes to beat the Bison for the championship, leaning on their defense and freshman quarterback Tommy Mellott.

The McFeely Mess: What's the future of FCS? Sam Herder offers his thoughts
Thu Jan 06 13:59:50 EST 2022
HERO Sports FCS analyst Sam Herder joins podcast host Mike McFeely in Frisco, Texas, to talk about the future of the Division I subdivision.

With programs like James Madison, Sam Houston and Jacksonville State moving to FBS, is FCS going to be North Dakota State and perhaps three other schools playing in the semifinals every year?

Sam and Mike disagree on what the FCS might look like in 10 years.

The McFeely Mess: Izzo and McFeely recap their first day in Frisco late at night
Thu Jan 06 00:38:17 EST 2022
WDAY-TV sportscaster Dom Izzo joins podcast host Mike McFeely to recap their first day in Frisco, Texas, covering North Dakota State and Montana State playing in the FCS national title game.

The biggest news of the day? Probably that Bison receiver Christian Watson received a Senior Bowl invitation, meaning is NFL Draft stock is climbing quickly.

The McFeely Mess: The story of John Donaldson, forgotten baseball great
Wed Dec 01 22:29:12 EST 2021
Peter Gorton, who spearheads a website about former Negro League baseball great John Donaldson, joins podcast host Mike McFeely to talk about Donaldson and why he belongs in the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

Donaldson played baseball for more than 30 years, much of it in small towns in Minnesota, and compiled a remarkable record that deserves recognition.

McFeely Mess podcast: 'This is not just unsettling, it is sickening'
Wed Nov 24 12:29:01 EST 2021
Bismarck, N.D., scholar, author and historian Clay Jenkinson joins podcast host Mike McFeely to talk about the state of affairs. 

Clay laments the treatment of Kyle Rittenhouse by the right wing while Mike lambasts the Democrats for, well, being Democrats.

BISON GLORY DAYS: When USD was Division II royalty
Fri Nov 12 10:27:18 EST 2021
Former North Dakota State running back Chad Stark joins podcast host Mike McFeely to talk about the University of South Dakota Coyotes, who have struggled against the Bison in recent decades but at one time challenged NDSU for NCAA Division II supremacy.

The Bison and Coyotes met twice a year in both 1985 and 1986, including in the D2 championship game in '86.

BISON GLORY DAYS: A wild afternoon in Youngstown
Fri Nov 05 14:48:56 EDT 2021
Former North Dakota State defensive end Nate Tanguay joins podcast host Mike McFeely to recall the Bison's exciting 27-24 victory at Youngstown State in 2015.

NDSU rallied for a late victory, but the story of the game ended up being a meltdown by volcanic Youngstown State coach Bo Pelini that aided the Bison's effort.

BISON GLORY DAYS: Rich Mische takes us way back to 1964 and a big NDSU win over Jackrabbits
Sat Oct 30 12:58:17 EDT 2021
Former North Dakota State fullback Rich Mische joins podcast host Mike McFeely to recall the Bison's big victory over South Dakota State in 1964 ... and much more.

The Jackrabbits had won 17 straight conference games before the Bison beat them 20-13 in 1964, a victory that one could argue kickstarted the NDSU championship tradition that continues today.

The McFeely Mess: James Madison is going FBS and I'm jealous
Mon Oct 25 17:18:44 EDT 2021
Greg Madia, who covers James Madison University for the Daily News-Record in Harrisonburg, Va., joins podcast host Mike McFeely of to chat about the Dukes moving up from FCS to FBS. 

JMU is a playoff rival of North Dakota State in FCS, and won a national title as recently as 2016, but the Dukes will soon be leaving for the higher-level Sun Belt Conference.