Cheeseheads in Chicagoland

Episode 43 Pre-season Week 1 vs Houston

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By Mike Fleischman
Mike Fleischman and Matt Melemseter bring you a podcast about the football team that tugs their heartstrings like no other, the Green Bay Packers!

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Episode 44 Preseason Week 2 Packers at Ravens
Mike and Matt talk Packers, Ravens, college apartments, the significance of 0.2 seconds, Jay-Z, wide receiver skills, the Raiders, Canada, and chicken sandwiches.
August 21, 2019
Episode 43 Pre-season Week 1 vs Houston
Cheese is once again on heads, as Mike and Matt bring you their recap of the Packers 28-26 win over the Texans in the first preseason game of 2019. Who will step up? Who has late hands? Who has cute cats who get attention while we record?
August 13, 2019
Episode 42- The First Ethical Billion
Mike and Matt get together and chat about injury, public perception of the bodies of athletes, and then just ramble about movies and music for a while. It's a fun episode that isn't really about Packers football! Enjoy!
June 3, 2019
Episode 41
Hey, its time for OTA's, which stands for Off the Aardvark. Josh Jones is tired of being a Packer (apparently) and that's the only football news on this episode. Mike and Matt talk about Jay Cutler, Doug Flutie, rice cookers, Steamed Hams, and Coldplay.
May 21, 2019
Episode 40- 2019 Draft Recap
We've come so far together! Mike and Matt recap the Packers draft, and discuss the radically reshaped defense and radically un-reshaped offense. Mike breaks down the way that you can use the second note in a scale as a way to create tension in music. Matt loves Fall Out Boy. It's Cheeseheads in Chicagoland, a Very Relevant Podcast About American Football!
May 2, 2019
Episode 39
M & M are back with you to discuss the Adobe Suite, crazy people who create antivirus programs, people who are not good at boarding planes, and Mike McCarthy's lack of skill at being interviewed.
April 5, 2019
Episode 38
The Smiths have arrived, and so has episode 38 of Cheeseheads in Chicagoland. Mike and Matt discuss the newest Packers, say goodbye to some departing Packers, and do a good job of staying on topic for once!
March 20, 2019
Episode 37- "Brew-heads in Wrigleyville" w/ Tim Stebbins
Tim Stebbins, Baseball Man, stops by the studio to have a chat about the upcoming baseball season, focusing on the Brewers and the loaded NL Central. Some football is also discussed. Matt unspools some secrets about his past.
March 6, 2019
Episode 36
Episode Thirty-Six! Is the AAF a football league or a petri dish? Who's tradeable? Who's untouchable? Who is a fake prospect created for humor purposes?
February 20, 2019
Episode 35
Total Eclipse of the Heart is a great pop song. Jermichael Finley has got some toasty marshmallows. James Jones isn't walking through that door. The XFL is (was) going to be a carny hustle. The AAF exists. Please enjoy episode 35 of Cheeseheads in Chicagoland.
February 12, 2019
Episode 34
It's the super bowl aftermath show! Matt and Mike talk about the Patriots superb gameplan, the unsuperb half time show, random quasi-celebrities loosely tied to football, and morphine.
February 6, 2019
Episode 33 Round Table w/Hami Arain, Adam Chalifoux, and Ryan Witry
A trio of guests drop by for a fun round table discussion of the upcoming Super bowl, everyone's favorite broadcasters, the state of the Bears, and much more!
January 28, 2019
Episode 32 Conference Championship Week
Mike and Matt are your source for fresh new ideas in mixology!
January 27, 2019
Episode 31 Divisional Week
Hey its Episode 31. Mike and Matt fail to come up with a nickname for Matt LaFleur, malign Jerry Jones, and recap the fun weekend of playoff games that featured no teams called Packers but at least one former Packer.
January 14, 2019
Episode 30 Wild Card Week
The Packers have gone fishin' but we're still here, talking about EDM, Troy Aikman, a Bear that fell down, and "Large Richard" Nick Foles.
January 7, 2019
Episode 29 Regular Season Week 17
The Lions game happened. Mike and Matt try to avoid talking about it. Its for the best. Instead, they discuss potential head coach hires, ketchup, and the absolute single worst broadcaster in the history of the NFL.  Note: This podcast contains strong language meant to convey the depth of the hosts' feelings about the Green Bay Packers 2018 season.
January 2, 2019
Episode 28 Regular Season Week 16
Mike is by himself and gives you a brief version of his thoughts on the Packers Jets... game.... and also some thoughts on the 2018 season in general.
December 30, 2018
Episode 27 Regular Season Week 15
Better late than never? Mike and Matt ponder what to get Brian Gutekunst for Christmas, look for a silver lining in Lucas Patrick, and continue to like Jaire Alexander.
December 23, 2018
Episode 26.5
More Cheeseheads content is coming your way later this week, but until then here's 5 minutes of Mike talking with a cold!
December 19, 2018
Episode 26 Regular Season Week 14
The Joe Philbin Era has begun with a nice 34-20 win at Lambeau. Mike is drinking beer in Vegas and Matt is back in Chicago. Bashaud Breeland played well in a pivotal game for his career. Jamaal Williams and Aaron Jones are complimentary players. This season has been like watching a panda fall out of a tree.
December 12, 2018
Episode 25 Regular Season Week 13
Have you ever been straight-up fired on the spot? It happens!
December 4, 2018
Episode 24 Regular Season Week 12
Mike and Matt discuss the Packers 24-17 loss at Minnesota. Reality sinks in and Mike stops defending Mike McCarthy. Matt laments the situational play-calling. We make fun of Dan Bailey.
November 27, 2018
Episode 23 Regular Season Week 11
Oh heck, now is the hour of our discontent. Mike and Matt have a chat about the Pack's 27-24 loss out in Seattle last Thursday, discussing the under-use of Aaron Jones, the spate of injuries, the play calling, the challenges (and non-challenges) of certain plays, and the end of the Mike McCarthy era?
November 19, 2018
Episode 22 Regular Season Week 10
Mike and Matt talk about the Pack's 31-12 win over the Dolphins. Matt dissects running back play, secondary play, quarterback play, and the schemes of Matt Nagy. Mike complains about the internet. Matt swears multiple times and Mike enjoys editing them out of the finished product.
November 13, 2018
Episode 21 Regular Season Week 9
Mike and Matt have a casual chat about the Packers 31-17 loss to the Patriots. Mike defends Mike McCarthy. Matt is not so convinced. The Dolphins might come to town and lighten the mood next week.
November 6, 2018
Episode 20 Regular Season Week 8
Mike and Matt go through a disordered and chaotic version of the stages of grief in reaction to Sunday's 29-27 loss to the LA Gear. Matt yells several times without using words. Mike is more of a bargaining type. The Packers traded away Montgomery and Clinton-Dix literal minutes after the mp3 of this episode finished processing.
October 30, 2018
Episode 19 Regular Season Week 7 Bye Week Roundtable
Mike and Matt check in on the status of the Packers, then sit down in a packed studio for an engaging six person round-table discussion featuring Charlie Bevins, Garrett Neal, Ally Pruitt, and Gavriel Wilkins. Topics: The Washington Redskins fringe kickoff returner whose name I already forgot, the Chicago Bears status, the Packers lack of defensive cohesion, legalized gambling, and player labor issues. Mike, as usual, mentions his advanced age.
October 24, 2018
Episode 18 Regular Season Week 6
The Packers eke out a win over the 49ers on Monday night football. Mike and Matt discuss the progression (and regression) of the defense, rookie wide outs, running back snap counts, and modern dentistry. Matt hurries off to class. Mike is on painkillers because of modern dentistry.
October 16, 2018
Episode 17 Regular Season Week 5
Mike is off in the great northwoods, and yells this episode into his computer microphone. Matt meanwhile is comfy and clear in the Chicago studio and sounds incredible. The game was bad, a 31-23 loss to the Lions in which a bunch of things went wrong. Silver linings are looked for, and found. Gasoline is not a beverage.
October 9, 2018
Episode 16 Regular Season Week 4
Mike and Matt talk about anything except the Buffalo Bills, who didn't bother showing up to Lambeau on Sunday. Mike continues explaining the structural issues which prevent good officiating, Matt explains why holdouts are good, and we completely forget to name a Head Cheesehead, so we'll say its... Byron Bell. Sure.
October 2, 2018
Episode 15 Regular Season Week 3
The first loss of the season was a sloppy affair, and Mike and Matt do their best to clean up the pieces and diagnose what happened. Also, Mike continues to elaborate on why NFL refereeing is the way it is, and Matt predicts the future by introducing the newest Packer Bashaud Breeland. A squeaking chair guest stars.
September 26, 2018
Episode 14 Regular Season Week 2
Football continues to fascinate and confound Matt and Mike, as they recap a Packers/Vikings 29-29 tie. Mike talks about refereeing and why its bad, Matt continues to harsh on the 2-0 Case Keenum, and Mike forgets his own podcast.
September 17, 2018
Episode 13 Regular Season Week 1
Aaron Rodgers is a special person. Mike and Matt spend a lot of time talking about him in their recap of the Packers week 1 victory over the Bears. Also: Mike is mad at Matt Nagy, Tom Brady is a scientist, Ryan Fitzpatrick is baffling, and Tyrod Taylor is better than Case Keenum? Music: “What?” by Jahzzar “Message for Us” by Cutside “Do You Wanna Grilled Cheese?” by Boris the Sprinkler
September 11, 2018
Episode 12 Preseason Week 4
Mike and Matt convene at the dining room table of Mike's south side estate for a brief look at the Packers loss to the Chiefs, and an extended look at the final 53 man roster. They also talk about the Khalil Mack trade, the situation that is Las Vegas, and whether Jon Gruden really needs human football players. Music: “What?” by Jahzzar “Message for Us” by Cutside “Do You Wanna Grilled Cheese?” by Boris the Sprinkler
September 4, 2018
Episode 11 Preseason Week 3
Mike and Matt are both back in Chicago, and have a great time bringing you Episode 11, which looks at the Packers 13-6 loss in Oakland, state fairs, John Gruden's strange decisions, and a tattoo that Roger Goodell certainly under no circumstances has. Music: “What?” by Jahzzar “Message for Us” by Cutside “Do You Wanna Grilled Cheese?” by Boris the Sprinkler
August 28, 2018
Episode 10 Preseason Week 2
Cheeseheads in Chicagoland is back to look at the Packers' 51-34 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers. Mike and Matt discuss the odd visage of Ben Roethlisberger, the newest thing millenniasl are killing, Josh Jackson, JK Scott, and Reggie Gilbert. Music: “What?” by Jahzzar “Message for Us” by Cutside “Do You Wanna Grilled Cheese?” by Boris the Sprinkler
August 20, 2018
Episode 9 Preseason Week 1
Matt joins Mike all the way from Los Angeles to recap the Packers 31-17 victory over the Titans in week 1 of the preseason. Mike gets Luke Falk confused for David Fales, Matt wants more Kumero. Mike has a dream about a long-forgotten Packers draft bust, the friends of men with bad facial hair are indicted, and Lenzy Pipkins is mentioned.
August 13, 2018
Episode 8
Mike sits down with Gavriel Wilkins for a discussion of NFL and NBA culture, labor relations, public perception, and snacks. Once the serious stuff is out of the way, they also touch on the NFC North's newcomers, the Bears, the Packers, and whether the Cowboys will be good this year! Music: “What?” by Jahzzar “Message for Us” by Cutside “Do You Wanna Grilled Cheese?” by Boris the Sprinkler
July 19, 2018
Episode 7
Ally Pruitt drops in for a summer chat with Mike about the NFL's discipline policy, flag football, Tony Romo, and the NFC North's arms race! Music: “What?” by Jahzzar “Message for Us” by Cutside “Do You Wanna Grilled Cheese?” by Boris the Sprinkler
July 12, 2018
Episode 6
Cheeseheads in Chicagoland Episode 6- "Vote For Witry" With Matt on assignment in Los Angeles, Ryan Witry sits down with Mike for some off-season Packers talk. We talk about the benefits and drawbacks of running back by committee, the improvements made in the NFC North, the relationships between veterans and backups, and the reasons for the Packers' recent defensive shortcomings. Music: “What?” by Jahzzar “Message for Us” by Cutside “Do You Wanna Grilled Cheese?” by Boris the Sprinkler
June 20, 2018
Episode 5
Cheeseheads in Chicagoland Episode 5- "Pour Some Salt On It" Mike and Matt discuss the new NFL policies about player protest. Spoilers- it makes them angry. They also look at some of the reasons for the NFL's declining TV ratings, and talk about the commercial relationship between the league and the military. Once they get the anger out, they also talk about a few late free agency pickups the Pack made, and invent a new country/rap sensation. Music: “What?” by Jahzzar “Message for Us” by Cutside “Do You Wanna Grilled Cheese?” by Boris the Sprinkler
June 5, 2018
Episode 4
Cheeseheads in Chicagoland Episode 4- “NFC North Preview" Mike and Matt get distracted by pizza but recover in time to run down some of the major off season moves made by the Packers' division rivals. They also talk about Dez Bryant, Aaron Rodgers, and skywriting! Music: “What?” by Jahzzar “Message for Us” by Cutside “Do You Wanna Grilled Cheese?” by Boris the Sprinkler
May 22, 2018
Episode 3
Cheeseheads in Chicagoland Episode 3- "Draft Recap and Music Chat" Mike and Matt go over the Packer's draft, with stops along the way to discuss drafting punters, Chicago's alt-country legacy, having puddin' hips, and fine art. Music: “What?” by Jahzzar “Message for Us” by Cutside “Do You Wanna Grilled Cheese?” by Boris the Sprinkler
May 8, 2018
Episode 2
Cheeseheads in Chicagoland Episode 2- "This Time We Talk About Jordy Nelson" Encouraged by signs of spring, Mike and Matt are back for episode two. They're finally ready to talk about the departure of Jordy Nelson, and they also cover the absurdity of the NFL Network, the danger of Dan Gilbert-ing, the intense coolness of Davante Adams, and give a preview of this weekend's NFL draft. Mike does a Jay Leno impression that somehow didn't get edited out, and Matt discovers the "cheese tourism gas station" phenomenon unique to Wisconsin. Music: “What?” by Jahzzar “Message for Us” by Cutside “Do You Wanna Grilled Cheese?” by Boris the Sprinkler
April 24, 2018
Cheeseheads in Chicagoland Episode 1
Cheeseheads in Chicagoland Episode 1- "We Don't Talk About Jordy Nelson" Mike and Matt sit down for their first chat about da Green Bay Packers. While ignoring the biggest off-season departure, they do talk about other off-season moves, Ted Thompson’s legacy, Dom Capers’ hair, generous Baltimore taxi drivers, and wonder if this is the end of the Makinton Dorleant era? Music: “What?” by Jahzzar “Message for Us” by Cutside “Do You Wanna Grilled Cheese?” by Boris the Sprinkler
April 10, 2018
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