“From the Benches” is a newest show on the Packers Talk Radio Network starring Packerstalk.com staff writers Ross Uglem and Jacob Westendorf, joined by the newest addition to the PTRN family, Ryan Hillesland. The guys bring fans the perspective of Cheesehead Nation, each hailing from enemy territory in Illinois and North Dakota.
The show’s title is an homage to the bench seating in the Mecca of Football that the Green Bay Packers call home, Lambeau Field. It’s a show for the fans from three fans’ perspectives. Topics range from goings on in the Packer media, articles written on Packerstalk.com and Jersey Al’s ALLGBP.com and fresh takes on the team itself.
Ross Uglem is a writer for PackersTalk.com and Co Host of the “From the Benches” podcast on the Packers Talk Radio Network. Originally from Northwood, ND his writing career began with a weekly commissioner’s note for his hometown fantasy football league. Ross attended North Dakota State University and subsequently transferred to Concordia College (MN) where he played golf, wrote for the sports section of the Concordian, and earned his degree in Communication.
His start in the sports blogging industry came with the Minnesota Sports Connection covering the NFC North and the Minnesota Twins. His inability to play nice with Vikings fans during the Brett Favre era led to the demise of that site. He has also contributed to the Packer Ranter. Ross currently resides in Breckenridge, MN. You can follow Ross on Twitter at @RossUglem for takes on Minnesota Twins baseball, North Dakota State football and your Green Bay Packers.
Ryan Hillesland: Ryan is a lifelong Packer fan who grew up on a farm outside Northwood, ND. He has yet to attend a game at Lambeau Field in warm, sunny weather and he wouldn’t have it any other way. A graduate of the University of North Dakota, he is an expert tailgater, beer geek, avid Chiver, and Packers Shareholder. Follow Ryan on Twitter at @Hillesland358.