The Mike McFeely Mess

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

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BISON GLORY DAYS podcast: Kyle Steffes recalls NDSU's first Division I game against Valparaiso

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Former North Dakota State running back Kyle Steffes joins podcast host Mike McFeely to talk about the Bison's first-ever game in Division I. It was in 2004 against Valparaiso, the Indiana school that will play NDSU this weekend at the Fargodome.

Steffes had a big game against Valpo, as did the Bison. NDSU ushered in a wildly successful Division I era with a shutout victor in front of a capacity crowd.

(Editor's note: There is an unusual amount of background noise when Kyle is speaking because of operator error on the part of Mike. Hopefully it's not too distracting because Kyle has some great stuff to day.)

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The McFeely Mess: Zeb Noland starting for South Carolina is 'nuts'

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Ben Portnoy, who covers the South Carolina football program for The State newspaper in Columbia, S.C., joins podcast host Mike McFeely to discuss the wonderfully bizarre story that former North Dakota State quarterback Zeb Noland will be starting for the Gamecocks in their season opener Saturday.

Noland had apparently quit playing football when he left NDSU to be a graduate assistant coach at South Carolina, but "bizarre circumstances" led to him becoming the starter. 

It's become a fun national story. 

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BISON GLORY DAYS podcast: Tony Satter remembers the difficult 1987 season, followed by perfection 1988

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Former North Dakota State star running back Tony Satter joins Bison Glory Days podcast host Mike McFeely to talk about the 1987 and 1988 seasons, when NDSU followed an underachieving season (1987) with a perfect national championship season (1988).

The parallels are far from perfect because NDSU's 2020/21 was a marred spring season thrown together to salvage a year for FCS, but could Bison fans see a repeat of the old days this fall? 

Satter also chats about his freshman season of 1987 from a personal standpoint, comments on NDSU's upcoming season, gives an opinion about the Bison moving up to FBS ... and a lot more.

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The McFeely Mess: Sports law attorney predicts college athletes will start getting paid in 5 years

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Mit Winter, a Kansas City-based attorney specializing in sports law, joins podcast host Mike McFeely to analyze this week's monumental U.S. Supreme Court ruling that is sure to shake up the NCAA.

Winter says that in the long-term, the ruling means college athletes will likely start getting paid and that it could happen as soon as five years from now.

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The McFeely Mess: 'I hope we're not trying to save the 8-track tape'

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North Dakota scholar and author Clay Jenkinson joins podcast host Mike McFeely to discuss the state's attempt to shore up its coal industry with hundreds of millions of dollars of state money.

North Dakota lawmakers recently OK'd a $250 million loan to help augment carbon-capture technology, meant to save coal-mining jobs and perhaps position the state to be a world leader in the technology.

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About the Podcast

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

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Mike McFeely is a columnist for The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead. He began working for The Forum in the 1980s while he was a student studying journalism at Minnesota State University Moorhead. He's been with The Forum full time since 1990, minus a six-year hiatus when he hosted a local radio talk-show.