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 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 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.


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 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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Episode 35: Final 2016 Postgame

January 2nd, 2017

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald finish off the inaugural season of the About the Labor podcast with a little discussion and analysis regarding the Minnesota Vikings' uplifting 38-10 victory over the Chicago Bears at U.S. Bank Stadium to finish with an 8-8 record on the year. Primary talking points include an incredible stand-in performance by the left tackle most Vikings fans didn't even know existed, Rashod Hill, quarterback Sam Bradford taking a bow, running back Jerick McKinnon finally waking up from his season-long slumber, the disappointment of wide receiver Adam Thielen falling just short of 1,000 receiving yards and a handful of little previews regarding what you should expect from us all summer long.


Episode 34: Bears Revisited

December 30th, 2016

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald break down the Minnesota Vikings' second matchup with the Chicago Bears in their final pregame assessment for the 2016 season. Primary talking points include running back Jordan Howard's quietly outstanding rookie season while playing in the shadow of Dallas Cowboys rookie rusher Ezekiel Elliott, defensive coordinator Vic Fangio's nearly complete 34 defense, the potential for the Vikings to do something they haven't achieved since 2009, a brief discussion on the "Terence Newman situation" and some forward-thinking following what has been a disastrous year for Minnesota.


Episode 33: Packers Pregame

December 22nd, 2016

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald take a look at the Green Bay Packers offense and defense ahead of their Christmas Eve matchup with the Minnesota Vikings at Lambeau Field. Primary talking points include Green Bay's abundance of emerging playmakers on offense and outstanding offensive line headed by left tackle David Bakhtiari, whether or not Minnesota's strong cornerback trio can maintain coverage in spite of quarterback Aaron Rodgers' ability to extend the play, a difference of opinion regarding the Packers' defensive line and what your favorite podcast hosts want for Christmas.


Episode 32: Colts Postgame

December 19th, 2016

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald discuss the crushing 34-6 loss the Indianapolis Colts handed the Minnesota Vikings during Week 15. Primary talking points include Adrian Peterson, the reoccurring theme of a couple terrible performances per season under Mike Zimmer and revisiting the Sam Bradford trade again.


Episode 31: Colts Pregame

December 15th, 2016

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald bring back do-it-all Vikings Territory analyst Austin Belisle to help determine just how great of a threat quarterback Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts are to the Minnesota Vikings this Sunday at U.S. Bank Stadium on Episode 31 of the About the LaborPrimary talking points include running back Adrian Peterson's return to the practice field, the complete lack of talent surrounding Luck with exception to big play wide receiver T.Y. Hilton, an Indianapolis defense ravaged by injury and featuring essentially zero big-time playmakers and praise for all-time kicking legend Adam Vinatieri.


Episode 30: Jaguars Postgame

December 12th, 2016

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald recap the Minnesota Vikings' 25-16 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars. Primary talking points include an evaluation of the offensive line's play, how Minnesota was able to escape Jacksonville with a road victory despite losing the turnover battle and a glance at the Vikings' playoff hopes.


Episode 29: Jaguars Pregame

December 8th, 2016

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald came prepared with an abundance of Jacksonville Jaguars analysis as it relates to your Minnesota Vikings, as the About the Labor duo overshot the intended 45-minute mark by over 20 minutes thanks to a seemingly endless list of reasons why Blake Bortles should not be a starting quarterback in the NFL. Primary talking points include a full-blown demolition of the Jacksonville signal-caller and how him playing on Sunday more-or-less seals a Vikings win, interesting trios of running backs and wide receivers, including former Alabama running back T.J. Yeldon who has struggled to unleash his immense talent due to nagging injuries, substandard offensive line play and sharing the backfield with a quarterback that turns the ball over 2-to-4 times per game. Also on the docket is a thorough analysis of one of the most talented wide receivers in professional football, second-year mega target Allen Robinson, who Bortles can't find a way to connect with despite his elite height, wingspan and vertical leaping ability.

Finally, the guys discuss three levels worth of immense young talent including well-rounded defensive end and pass-rushing weapon Dante Fowler Jr., the most versatile athlete that the league may ever see in former UCLA superbacker Myles Jack as well as a defensive secondary loaded to the brim with ultra-cocky shutdown cornerback in the making Jalen Ramsey, criminally underrated safety Jonathan Cyprien and ball-hawking zone specialist Tashaun Gipson, who has spent the first half of his 20s in Cleveland before locking up the back end in Jacksonville.


Episode 28: Cowboys Postgame

December 5th, 2016

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald return to discuss what went wrong in the Dallas Cowboys' crushing 17-15 defeat of the Minnesota Vikings. Primary talking points include Minnesota's key mistakes in the matchup as well as the Vikings' chances of reaching the postseason at this point in the year.


Episode 27: Cowboys Pregame

November 30th, 2016

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald return from a brief Thanksgiving hiatus to deliver a thorough breakdown of the Minnesota Vikings' Thursday Night Football matchup with the Dallas Cowboys at U.S. Bank Stadium. Primary talking points include brief thoughts on the potential return of running back Adrian Peterson, quarterback Dak Prescott, running back Ezekiel Elliott and the schematics behind the most efficient offense in professional football as well as a look at linebacker Sean Lee's defense which relies heavily on a questionable four-man pass-rush.