About the Labor: A Minnesota Vikings Podcast

“Don’t tell me about the labor, just show me the baby” - Vikings Coach Mike Zimmer

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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Episode 50: The 2nd Wave of Free Agency

March 17th, 2017

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald discuss the Minnesota Vikings' signings of Latavius Murray and Datone Jones, re-signing Adam Thielen and Terence Newman, the team's six remaining internal free agents, the departures of Jeff Locke, Cordarrelle Patterson and Andre Smith and plenty more on Episode 50 (!) of About the Labor.

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Episode 49: The 1st Wave of Free Agency

March 14th, 2017

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald discuss the Minnesota Vikings' free-agent signings of Riley Reiff and Mike Remmers, the departures of Cordarrelle Patterson, Matt Kalil, Captain Munnerlyn and Rhett Ellison, key issues that remain up in the air and speculate on what still may be to come on Episode 49 of About the Labor.

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Episode 48: “Episode 52″ - Thank You, Chad

March 7th, 2017

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald welcome back Austin Belisle to the show to discuss the announcement that life-long Minnesota Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway will retire from the National Football League. The trio of Vikings Territorians send No. 52 to "the football afterlife" through their personal memories, what made him effective on the gridiron, how he affected the team beyond his football talent, a back-and-forth on what his "Vikings Headstone" will read, speculation regarding how much his departure affects the team moving forward and who the likely candidates are to take on his essentially unfillable leadership role.

The guys also offer their takeaways from the NFL combine, but that's irrelevant here.

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Episode 47: Until Then, Take Care!

March 3rd, 2017

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald discuss everything from Sharrif Floyd's ominous future with the Minnesota Vikings to the savagery of putting peas on a pizza. In between the guys celebrate the release of Adrian Peterson, review a handful of NFL combine weigh-ins and answer a pair of open-ended questions. Episode 47 also shines a light on Drew not knowing what a pear is and a bit of a twist to the end of the show. The boys are back, and they're cookin' with gas now, folks.

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Episode 46: Franchise Tag & Free Agency Talk

February 28th, 2017

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald discuss Adrian Peterson, the Franchise Tag and speculate on some upcoming free agency scenarios.

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Episode 45: Expendable Assets & Draft Jargon

February 14th, 2017

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald welcome aboard guest stars Jordan Reid (The Viking Age) and Myles Gorham (Vikings Digital Diaries) to discuss the Minnesota Vikings' most expendable assets, defensive tackle prospects, linebacker prospects and plenty more on Episode 45 of About the Labor.

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Episode 44: The JB Experience & Draft Jargon

February 10th, 2017

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald decide to go rogue on the 44th installment of the About the Labor podcast. Pressed for topics to work with, the guys had their Twitter followers, which, as expected returned some interesting results. For the first time in show history, topics completely unrelated to football get some air time, as questions regarding Drew's body odor situation, BJ's issue with breaking fold-up chairs while recording and the most polarizing discussions in the United States — you guessed it: Traditional vs. Boneless wings (you thought we were going to talk politics, huh? Never). Minnesota Vikings topics follow the 10-minute "culture" section including a discussion regarding the relevancy of those who claim Mike Zimmer is a defensive genius, some thoughts regarding how many grains of sand remain in the Vikings-Adrian Peterson hour glass, arguably the most laugh-out-loud funny headline of the Zimmer era: Blair Walsh signs with Seattle Seahawks, some random critical thinking briefs, an opening review of the 2017 class of edge-rusher prospects and a couple quick-hitters on a top-heavy tight end class as well.

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Episode 43: The VTQB Special

February 2nd, 2017

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald return extremely well rested from their weekend off with a sizzling hot 60-minute About the Labor special centered around the most important position in sports, the quarterback. The episode gets cooking right away with a fury take regarding the relevancy of the Teddy Bridgewater vs. Sam Bradford debate at this point time followed by an extended prospect evaluation of Deshaun Watson, DeShone Kizer, Mitch Trubisky and the rest of the 2017 quarterback class. BJ and Drew continue on by shattering the About the Labor decibel record with a demolition of Josh Dobbs and a completely imitable explosion of passion (and evil) regarding the national perception that former University of Minnesota quarterback Mitch Leidner was announced as a potential first-round pick this past March and is still viewed as a late-round prospect by a few of the field's most popular draft analysts. Finally, special guest and About the Labor pioneer Iñaki Flood slams the door with the third installment of Skol Spin with a powerful twist on Bridgewater's "reported" absence for the entirety of 2017. The 68-minute special marks the longest episode in About the Labor history and is jam-packed with a level of pure fury that has been rarely caught on tape in talking history. Warning: Show producers suggest listening to Episode 43 at a reasonable volume — or at max volume to completely immerse yourself in what the About the Labor podcast is all about.

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Episode 42: Pick Your Peterson Successor

January 27th, 2017

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald discuss how deserving each of the Minnesota Vikings' six Pro Bowl selections is of receiving the honor and continue their draft prospect discussion with running backs and wide receivers.

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Episode 41: Ramcyzk Usurps Robinson

January 23rd, 2017

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald officially establish the About the Labor format for NFL draft season with the show split in half with random Minnesota Vikings analysis and the beginning of an ongoing prospect discussion revolving around rankings and best fits for the Vikings' needs and resources. Primary talking points include a debate surrounding where cornerback Xavier Rhodes ranks relative to professional cornerbacks, Wisconsin Ryan Ramcyzk rises to the top of the guys' offensive tackle rankings, Alabama OT Cam Robinson's sliding status, Temple's Dion Dawkins mauler mentality, remember the name Antonio Garcia and a crash-course on potentially the best class of cornerback prospects ever.

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Episode 40: 2017 NFL Free Agency Preface

January 20th, 2017

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald take a look back at Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman's free agency trends as well as the Vikings' salary cap situation and attempt to make sense of how these elements may apply to 2017. Primary talking points include a review of Minnesota's salary cap standing, what the cost retaining a few key Vikings headed for free agency, examples of a few guys who make sense given Spielman's history, a crazy idea of pairing up two nose tackles and Drew attempts to find the good in Adrian Peterson's rant on ESPN's First Take.

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Episode 39: 2017 NFL Draft Preface

January 16th, 2017

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald take a look back at Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman's draft history, outline multiyear trends, take a very early look at a few different ways the team can maximize the return of its 2017 draft class and introduce their new offseason close-out segment Skol Spin. Primary talking points include the difference between Spielman's role from 2006-11 and from 2012-present, Spielman's intrigue with athletic wonders during the middle rounds, Mike Zimmer's influence on the Vikings' draft strategy, a discussion revolving around how many offensive linemen need to be selected with the team's Day 2 selections, an analysis of Spielman's issues drafting offensive linemen as well as where it stems from and BJ attempts to find the good in the Green Bay Packers' last-second win over the Dallas Cowboys during the inaugural Skol Spin segment. Note: We apologize for the excessive static; our microphones were acting up.

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Episode 38: Reviewing 2016 Special Teams

January 14th, 2017

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald review the Minnesota Vikings' 2016 special teams performance and take a look at what might be to come in the future. Primary talking points include remembering Blair Walsh, just how good Kai Forbath was in relief, celebrating Marcus "cockroach" Sherels and what Minnesota may do on kick returns next season if Cordarrelle Patterson leaves via free agency.

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Episode 37: Reviewing 2016 Defense

January 9th, 2017

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald review the Minnesota Vikings' outstanding defensive season, sift through specific areas in need of improvement, evaluate the year-long performance of the unit's greatest contributors and speculate both on if the defense will be better next year and how to assure improvement in 2017. Primary talking points include the gaudy statistical rankings of the Vikings' defense, the spectacular play of Minnesota's defensive line and pass-rush, Mike Zimmer's ability to develop his secondary into one of the best in the NFL, Anthony Barr's regression and specific areas in need of improvement heading into next year.

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Episode 36: Reviewing 2016 Offense

January 5th, 2017

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald begrudgingly begin the Minnesota Vikings offseason with a thorough review of the team's offense. Primary talking points include Sam Bradford's first season in Minnesota, why it's difficult to debate quarterbacks at this point, the future of both Adrian Peterson and Jerick McKinnon, a breakout season for the wide receiver and tight end positions and telling it like it is with regard to the offensive line.

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