About the Labor: A Minnesota Vikings Podcast

“Don’t Tell Me About the Labor, Just Show Me the Baby” - Minnesota Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer

Episode 75: Rise & Fall

June 20th, 2017

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald dive into the fallout of Michael Floyd's positive alcohol test and revisit their "Retire No. 84" discussion following news that wide receivers Randy Moss and Ahmad Rashad will be enshrined in the Minnesota Vikings Ring of Honor ahead of discussing a deep, versatile and smoldering hot group of Twitter Takes. The guys also touch on the latest quotes canonizing Teddy Bridgewater, rank the NFC North's cornerback groups and give their opinion on the worst consumable beverages available in 2017.

Episode sponsored by local stand-up comic Brendan Gay — Catch the LIVE recording of his first comedy special at the Joke Joint Comedy Club (Mendota Heights, Minn.) on August 10th! Visit his official website (www.BrendanBeingBrendan.com) for more details, and stay tuned for further information on how to score cheap tickets to the show!

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Episode 74: Situational Football Focus

June 14th, 2017

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald take a deeper look at Jerick McKinnon's 15-pound bulk-up, discuss Mike Zimmer's preaching situational football during mandatory Minnesota Vikings Mini Camp, begin to wonder if an Edmond Robinson emergence is truly in the works, rank the NFC North's linebacking units and field a pair of outstanding Twitter Takes on hypothetical trade scenarios and red-zone personnel packages. And finally, the guys breakdown the worst Halloween candy they received in a comic relief edition of the Take 5 offseason closer.

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Episode 73: Kaepernick Kerfuffle

June 13th, 2017

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald discuss the Colin Kaepernick dilemma, debate which Minnesota Vikings players have the "hottest seat" heading into 2017, rank the NFC North's defensive lines and review the franchise's biggest mistakes of the past decade on Episode 73 of About the Labor.

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Episode 72: Competition Overload

June 8th, 2017

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald get back to their NFC North positional rankings series after taking Episode 71 off, hash over the rather strange dynamic between Minnesota Vikings fans and Chris Kluwe, provide cautious (yet skeptical) optimism for Mackensie Alexander following his recent crash-course of praise and wrap the show up with a Take 5 analysis on their most painful Vikings memories.

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Episode 71: Punting 101 with Professor Kluwe

June 6th, 2017

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald welcome former Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe to discuss the intricacies of the position and determine how fans should best evaluate performance without being privy to the situational coaching assignment. The trio also discusses the most dangerous punt returners of this generation, punter mentality and persona as well as the "price" Kluwe made former quarterback Donovan McNabb pay to don his No. 5 jersey in 2011.

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Episode 70: The Tragic Flaw

June 1st, 2017

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald discuss Minnesota's "fatal flaw", continue their NFC North positional rankings with wide receiver and tight end and debate the top five current Vikings players.

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Episode 69: North Quarterbacks

May 30th, 2017

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald touch on the Minnesota Vikings' Day 3 rookie signings, debate how both the quarterback and running back positions rank in the NFC North and recap a handful of their favorite moments in team history on Episode 69 (nice) of About the Labor.

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Episode 68: Bad Luck Bradford

May 25th, 2017

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald discuss their thoughts on the most recent Teddy Bridgewater rehabilitation video, review Laquon Treadwell's depth chart situation after taking first-team reps in three-wide receiver sets, name their favorite NFL celebrations since 2000 and plenty more on Episode 68 of About the Labor.

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Episode 67: Keeping an Eye on Mike Zimmer

May 23rd, 2017

BJ Reidell and a returning Drew Mahowald discuss Mike Zimmer's on-going eye ailment and how it affects the team moving forward, review what to watch during Organized Team Activities and give their Top-5 quarterbacks in the NFL. Additionally, Drew plays catch-up by giving his Top-5 favorite Minnesota Vikings of all time and a couple of his Twitter pet peeves.

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Episode 66: The Sutton of Swat

May 18th, 2017

BJ Reidell and Sam Neumann — filling in for an extremely sunburnt Drew Mahowald — discuss the Minnesota Vikings' recent additions of DT Will Sutton and OG Freddie Tagaloa, dissect the team's "Face of the Franchise" situation and fire off a handful of "way-too-early" predictions for the 2017 season.

About the Labor Episode 66 closes with a Take 5 segment on the duo's all-time favorite Vikings AND a special one-time only segment entitled Have a Few More concerning the Top-3 reasons Twitter make their skin crawl.

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Episode 65: Time to Step Up

May 16th, 2017

BJ Reidell and Jordan Reid — filling in for a vacationing Drew Mahowald — discuss Vikings players who need to step up in 2017, veterans officially put on notice following NFL free agency/draft, answer a few questions from Twitter concerning Teddy Bridgewater and Minnesota's running back depth chart and finish up with a Take 5 on the most under-appreciated Vikings since the turn of the millennium.

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Episode 64: Floyd Fit, Depth Chart Ripple Effect & No. 84

May 11th, 2017

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald discuss the Minnesota Vikings' free-agent signing of Michael Floyd, how he fits in Pat Shurmur's offense and the ripple effect he has on the depth chart. Additionally, the guys discuss the No. 84 being retired and Minnesota handing it out still.

Episode 64 finishes up with the "Take 5" segment, ranking Rick Spielman's free-agent signings.

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Episode 63: CJ Ham & NFC North Draft Evaluation

May 9th, 2017

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald examine CJ Ham's transition to fullback, how the Minnesota Vikings' 2017 draft class stacks up against the rest of the NFC North and introduce a new Top-5 ranking segment beginning with a focus on Rick Spielman's draft history.

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Episode 62: Stud UDFAs, Floyd Report & Return of AD

May 4th, 2017

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald begin their post-draft life hand out a gold, silver and bronze in the Minnesota Vikings' 13-man undrafted free agent class, set the record straight on Michael Floyd reports and determine how fans should handle the Week 1 return of running back Adrian Peterson.

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Episode 61: Vikings Draft Special Part III - Recap

May 2nd, 2017

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald welcome Jordan Reid (The Viking Age) back on to the show to review, analyze and grade the Minnesota Vikings' 2017 class of NFL draft prospects.

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Episode 60: Vikings Draft Special Part II - Defense

April 27th, 2017

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald welcome Jordan Reid (The Viking Age) on to the show to give a final review of defensive prospects as it pertains to the Minnesota Vikings.

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Episode 59: Vikings Draft Special Part I - Offense

April 25th, 2017

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald welcome Jordan Reid (The Viking Age) on to the show to give a final review of offensive prospects as it pertains to the Minnesota Vikings.

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Episode 58: QB, TE & CB Prospect Review

April 21st, 2017

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald continue their final review of the upcoming NFL Draft with a 45-minute show talking exclusively 2017 prospects and how they may or may not correlate with the Minnesota Vikings. Episode 58 of the About the Labor Podcast puts Quarterbacks, Tight Ends, Cornerbacks and Priority Undrafted Free Agents under the microscope.

Note: Discussion centers around on BJ and Drew's most recently updated Prospect Ranking Boards available below after the jump!

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Episode 57: RB, WR & DT Prospect Review

April 18th, 2017

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald continue their final review of the upcoming NFL Draft with a 45-minute show talking exclusively 2017 prospects and how they may or may not correlate with the Minnesota Vikings. Episode 57 of the About the Labor Podcast puts Running Back, Defensive Tackle and Wide Receiver under the microscope.

Note: Discussion centers around on BJ and Drew's most recently updated Prospect Ranking Boards available on Vikings Territory (.com).

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Episode 56: OL, LB & S Prospect Review

April 14th, 2017

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald continue their final review of the upcoming NFL Draft with a 45-minute show talking exclusively 2017 prospects and how they may or may not correlate with the Minnesota Vikings. Episode 56 of the About the Labor Podcast puts Offensive Tackle, Offensive Guard, Center, Outside Linebacker, Safety and a handful of Situational Athletes under the microscope.

NOTE: Discussion centers around BJ's Prospect Rankings Board 2.0 — which is available at Vikings Territory (.com) and pinned atop his personal Twitter account @RobertReidell.

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Episode 55: Resources Review & Mid-Round Studs

April 11th, 2017

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald discuss the relevancy of the Minnesota Vikings' release of their preseason schedule, review the resources general manager Rick Spielman has at his disposal with the NFL draft closing in fast and talk about a handful of mid-round prospects that Minnesota could target in the third, fourth and fifth rounds.

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Episode 54: Long Wait to Pick 48

April 6th, 2017

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald discuss how the Minnesota Vikings should approach making their first pick at No. 48 overall, reviewing the current list prospects that have been in contact with the team, Andrew Sendejo's Twitter battle with a disgruntled delivery man and the Richard Sherman-to-Minnesota hypothetical on Episode 54 of the About the Labor Podcast.

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Episode 53: The Case For Heinicke

April 3rd, 2017

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald discuss Sharrif Floyd's career being in doubt, search for the value of Ted Thompson and take a good hard look at the most important quarterback competition.

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Episode 52: Wide Left Interview

March 28th, 2017

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald welcome Bailey Coissart onto the show to discuss his upcoming Minnesota Vikings documentary "Wide Left" which premieres this Thursday March 30th at 5 p.m. CST on YouTube. The guys all discuss Brian Robison's contract, Scott Crichton's release and polarizing former Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon.

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Episode 51: NFC North Free Agency Recap

March 22nd, 2017

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald welcome Zach Jacobson (Cheesehead TV) onto the show to discuss the Minnesota Vikings signing of Datone Jones, the Green Bay Packers signing Martellus Bennett and where both NFC North teams stand following the greatest wave of free agency.

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