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 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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.