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 170: NFC North Draft Smoke

April 4th, 2018

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald discuss what Kendall Wright brings to the Minnesota Vikings and take a look at which NFC North division rivals may be in line to steal a prospect from Minnesota.

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Episode 169: Wright Stuff

March 30th, 2018

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald discuss Sharrif Floyd's instagram post, the possible addition of wide receiver Kendall Wright and plenty more.

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Episode 168: Berger Town

March 26th, 2018

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald discuss Joe Berger's retirement and review the Minnesota Vikings' salary-cap situation with players such as Danielle Hunter, Anthony Barr, Eric Kendricks and Stefon Diggs set to see sizable salary increases.

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Episode 167: Morebath

March 22nd, 2018

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald discuss the Minnesota Vikings re-signing kicker Kai Forbath, the acquisition of guard Tom Compton and plenty more on Episode 167 of the About the Labor Podcast.

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Episode 166: Cousins Carousel

March 19th, 2018

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald discuss the Minnesota Vikings' signing of Kirk Cousins and more.

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Episode 165: Are You Better Off

February 25th, 2018

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald look back at the Minnesota Vikings' 2017 season.

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Episode 164: Quarterback Carousel

February 21st, 2018

Drew Mahowald and BJ Reidell discuss the Minnesota Vikings quarterback situation, free agency and the hiring of Todd Downing.

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Episode 163: Trust the Mosses

February 12th, 2018

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald discuss Randy Moss' induction to the Hall of Fame, the Minnesota Vikings' personnel moves and plenty more.

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Episode 162: Minnesota Nice

February 5th, 2018

Drew Mahowald and BJ Reidell discuss the Philadelphia Eagles' 41-33 victory over the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl at U.S. Bank Stadium.

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Episode 161: Starting Fresh

January 26th, 2018

Drew Mahowald and BJ Reidell discuss candidates for the Minnesota Vikings' vacant offensive coordinator job and plenty more.

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Episode 160: On to the Next One

January 24th, 2018

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald continue to wallow in the pit of misery that is Minnesota Vikings nation.

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Episode 79: Getting Datone to Business

July 6th, 2017

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald discuss Datone Jones' remarks about changing positions in Minnesota, explore the Vikings' 'Blue Chip' roster pieces and also debate the best players at each defense and special teams position in the NFL before finishing off a rather long show with an Independence Day-themed Take 5.

Episode 79 is sponsored by local stand-up comic Brendan Gay — Catch the LIVE recording of his first comedy special at the Joke Joint Comedy Club (Lilydale, Minn.) on August 10th! Use to the promo code "BRENDAN" to get 40% off your ticket on the Joke Joint Comedy Club official website!

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Episode 78: Scoring Specifics

June 29th, 2017

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald continue their Minnesota Vikings offseason discussion with yet another Michael Floyd update and Pro Football Focus' generous ranking of the team's overall roster as well as its offensive line. Episode 78 also features a debate predicated on whether Minnesota will find its touchdowns through the air or on the ground as well as a high-energy Take 5 segment taking aim at a handful of the worst stuff planet Earth has to offer.

Episode 78 is sponsored by local stand-up comic Brendan Gay — Catch the LIVE recording of his first comedy special at the Joke Joint Comedy Club (Lilydale, Minn.) on August 10th! Use the promo code "BRENDAN" to get 40% off your ticket on the Joke Joint Comedy Club official website!

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Episode 77: Surprise, Surprise

June 27th, 2017

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald discuss the Minnesota Vikings' backing of Michael Floyd's Kombucha claim, surprise starters and make a couple end-of-June predictions for the NFC North division based on their recently-completed rankings segment. The guys also wrap-up the show with Take 5 lists on their favorite travel destinations.

Episode 77 is sponsored by local stand-up comic Brendan Gay — Catch the LIVE recording of his first comedy special at the Joke Joint Comedy Club (Lilydale, Minn.) on August 10th! Use to the promo code "BRENDAN" to get 40% off your ticket at www.JokeJointComedyClub.com!

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Episode 76: Addition by Subtraction

June 23rd, 2017

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald talk about the Minnesota Timberwolves' deal to acquire Jimmy Butler, debate the Minnesota Vikings' biggest offseason additions and departures rank the NFC North division's safeties and list their top video games of all time.

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 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 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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