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

The Mike McFeely Mess Forum Communications Co.

    • News
    • 3.9 • 38 Ratings

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

    The McFeely Mess: Jim Shaw on North Dakota's primary election results

    The McFeely Mess: Jim Shaw on North Dakota's primary election results

    Forum columnist and former TV reporter and news director Jim Shaw joins host Mike McFeely to discuss the results of this week's North Dakota primary election. Voters chose Julie Fedorchak to be the Republican candidate for U.S. House, Kelly Armstrong to be the GOP candidate for governor and locally former TV anchor Michelle Turnberg was the surprising top vote-getter in the Fargo City Commission race. 
    Shaw and McFeely break down what the results mean and how the winners will affect the political process in the state.

    • 41 min
    The McFeely Mess: Joel Heitkamp on Doug Burgum, the NDGOP primaries (and tattoos)

    The McFeely Mess: Joel Heitkamp on Doug Burgum, the NDGOP primaries (and tattoos)

    KFGO and "News and Views" radio network host Joel Heitkamp joins host Mike McFeely to talk about North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum's indefensible defense of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and what spurred Burgum to go from a seemingly independent thinker politically to a MAGA mouthpiece.
    Also, Joel handicaps the North Dakota primary races coming up June 11 and explains what he believes were the keys to those expected winners coming out on top.
    And Joel and Mike (briefly) discuss tattoos.

    • 46 min
    The McFeely Mess: Sam Herder of HERO Sports on the state of FCS

    The McFeely Mess: Sam Herder of HERO Sports on the state of FCS

    Sam Herder, Football Championship Subdivision national analyst for HERO Sports, joins podcast host Mike McFeely for a wide-ranging interview about the state of FCS. What does it mean that four teams are likely to dominate the subdivision for the foreseeable future? Who are the next programs that could rise up? Was Missouri State right to leave FCS for FBS?
    And, of course, how does Sam view the aspirations of some at North Dakota State to move up a level if possible, and the apparent comfort South Dakota State feels in FCS.
    Also, Mike can't resist a couple of hot takes.

    • 1 hr
    The McFeely Mess: Ben Portnoy of the Sports Business Journal gives 101 level class on massive NCAA settlement

    The McFeely Mess: Ben Portnoy of the Sports Business Journal gives 101 level class on massive NCAA settlement

    Ben Portnoy, reporter for the Sports Business Journal, joins host Mike McFeely to give a 101 level class on the massive House vs. NCAA lawsuit settlement that will be announced this week. It has the potential to be one of the most ground-shaking outcomes in college sports history.
    At issue is a settlement the NCAA and Power Five conferences reached with former college athletes who sought "back pay" for missed opportunities to get paid for their name, image and likeness. Critics say the NCAA and Power Five leagues are looking out for their best interests while dumping on the other Division I conferences and schools. 
    Portnoy says a counter-proposal by those "lower" leagues is being discussed right now.

    • 35 min
    The McFeely Mess: Clay Jenkinson on Doug Burgum kissing up to Donald Trump

    The McFeely Mess: Clay Jenkinson on Doug Burgum kissing up to Donald Trump

    Apologies from the start: This podcast recording is rough because Clay Jenkinson was in the woods of Vermont when we reached him and his Internet connection cuts out for long stretches, which means there are long stretches of silence when he is supposed to be talking. 
    Also, host Mike McFeely recorded it from home and his dogs chose to bark wildly at a couple of different junctures during the discussion with Clay.
    So there's that. 
    Instead of re-recording or heavy editing or deleting the podcast altogether, the McFeely Mess staff (Mike) made the decision to run with it.
    Listen at your own risk. 
    That said, the North Dakota scholar wanted to weigh in on Gov. Doug Burgum kissing up to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. 
    If you can make it through, good stuff.

    • 35 min
    The McFeely Mess: Tammy Swift on famed Dot's Pretzels leaving Velva, North Dakota

    The McFeely Mess: Tammy Swift on famed Dot's Pretzels leaving Velva, North Dakota

    Forum business reporter and columnist Tammy Swift joins podcast host Mike McFeely to chat about a story Tammy wrote about world-famous Dot's Pretzels leaving little Velva, North Dakota, after the company was purchased by food giant Hershey's Company. The two dozen or so jobs the move eliminated is bad, but the small town near Minot in north central North Dakota also lost a big part of its identity when Hershey's closed the Dot's production plant and moved operations to Pennsylvania. Tammy wrote about it all in a story that appeared on the InForum.com website recently. 

    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

3.9 out of 5
38 Ratings

38 Ratings

Fatty2820 ,

ND and MN Republicans are pubies

It’s so funny seeing all the moron pubies in ND/MN get so triggered when Mike gives us the whole story and their scam is shredded. Mike might have to put some trigger warnings up. #shavethepubies

Fassett12 ,

NDSU coverage is great- everything else should frighten you

I believe that Mcfeely is among the most level headed NDSU football talking heads. Interesting reads and thoughtful insights regarding football.

Regarding ANYTHING else…. Run. Run away fast. To be an interesting cultural commentator, you have to be able to call balls and strikes fairly. It’s the hallmark of intellectual and honest journalism. McFeely is the living breathing antithesis of honest journalism. As dishonest as the day is long, and the political gaslighting is breathtaking.

Taking his political playbook straight from big brother in 1984, mcfeely gaslights his readers and listeners into believing 2+2=5. Once you have been brainwashed sufficiently, McFeely whispers “ 2+2 doesn’t equal 5, it’s whatever the democrat party says it is”.

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