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 96: Vikings at Seahawks — Upon Review

August 20th, 2017

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald review the Minnesota Vikings' 20-13 loss to the Seattle Seahawks at Century Link Field during Week 2 of the NFL preseason. 

Episode 96 is sponsored by BlackStack Brewing and The Twin Cities Directory.

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Episode 95: Vikings at Seahawks - Pregame Primer

August 16th, 2017

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald take an in-depth look at the Seattle Seahawks' second- and third-string playmakers ahead of the Minnesota Vikings' matchup with Blair Walsh and Co. this Friday.

Recorded LIVE on Mixlr on August 15th.

Episode 95 is sponsored by BlackStack Brewing and The Twin Cities Directory.

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Episode 94: Vikings at Bills — Upon Review

August 14th, 2017

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald welcome Eli Hartman-Seeskin of Last Word on Sports onto the show to help them give a more in-depth breakdown of the Minnesota Vikings' performance against the Buffalo Bills last Thursday.

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Episode 93: Vikings at Bills — Deep Breaths

August 11th, 2017

Minnesota Vikings Football is Back!

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald give their initial, pre-film review thoughts on what certainly appeared to be an extremely sloppy, "working out the kinks" effort by both the Minnesota Vikings and Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium on Thursday.

Episode 93 is sponsored by BlackStack Brewing and The Twin Cities Directory.

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Episode 92: Training Camp Review Part VII

August 9th, 2017

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald finish up their Minnesota Vikings training camp discussion by talking about the defensive side of the football in Mankato, Linval Joseph's contract and the trend the team has set, review the first unofficial depth chart and finally look forward to the preseason with some tidbits on the Buffalo Bills.

Recorded LIVE on MixIr on August 8th.

Episode 92 is sponsored by Blackstack Brewing, The Twin Cities Directory and stand-up comedian Brendan Gay.

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Episode 91: Training Camp Review Part VI

August 7th, 2017

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald share their thoughts on the offensive side of the football at Minnesota Vikings training camp. Focal points include the wide receiver position, Sam Bradford's accuracy, the backup quarterback battle and simply what made Mankato such a blast to be a part of.

Episode 91 is sponsored by Blackstack Brewing, The Twin Cities Directory and stand-up comedian Brendan Gay.

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Episode 90: Training Camp Review Part V

August 4th, 2017

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald discuss what they have seen first-hand at Minnesota Vikings training camp.

Recorded LIVE via Periscope on August 3rd.

Episode 90 is sponsored by Blackstack Brewing, The Twin Cities Directory and stand-up comedian Brendan Gay.

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Episode 89: Training Camp Review Part IV

August 2nd, 2017

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald discuss the Laquon Treadwell-Antone Exum fight, Dalvin Cook's emergence, Michael Floyd's impressive performance and plenty more from Minnesota Vikings training camp

Recorded LIVE from BlackStack Brewing on August 2nd.

Episode 89 is sponsored by Blackstack Brewing, The Twin Cities Directory and stand-up comedian Brendan Gay.

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Episode 88: Training Camp Review Part III

July 31st, 2017

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald discuss Xavier Rhodes' massive contract extension, Michael Floyd playing well in Mankato at Minnesota Vikings training camp and an announcement that there is no timetable for Riley Reiff to return to action.

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Episode 87: Training Camp Review Part II

July 28th, 2017

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald break down days 2-4 of Minnesota Vikings training camp with discussions centered around Everson Griffen, Xavier Rhodes, Teddy Bridgewater, Riley Reiff, Mike Zimmer and Taylor Heinicke. 

Episode 87 is sponsored by Blackstack Brewing, The Twin Cities Directory and stand-up comedian Brendan Gay.

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Episode 86: Training Camp Review Part I

July 26th, 2017

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald discuss the initial word from Minnesota Vikings training camp in Mankato including George Edwards calling plays, Antone Exum at nickel cornerback and Marshall Koehn kicking his way into our hearts.

Originally broadcasted LIVE via MixIr on July 25th.

Episode 86 is sponsored by Blackstack Brewing, Socom Creative - The Twin Cities Directory and local stand-up comic Brendan Gay.

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Episode 85: Mr. Mankato Predictions

July 24th, 2017

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald give their thoughts on training camp and the heralded Mr. Mankato award with discussions on Eric Kendricks, Chunky Clements and slow golfers as well.

Episode 85 is sponsored by BlackStack Brewing, SoCom Creative and local stand-up comic Brendan Gay.

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Episode 84: Training Camp Marathon — LBs & DBs

July 21st, 2017

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald roll out a special 90-minute LIVE show in order to finish off their Minnesota Vikings Training Camp position-by-position breakdown. Linebackers, Cornerbacks and Safeties are put under the microscope with tidbits on Dalvin Cook returning kicks, Mike Zimmer's detailed interview with Hannah Storm and a handful of various talking points provided by an elite LIVE audience.

Originally broadcasted LIVE via MixIr on July 20th.

Episode 84 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 83: Training Camp Preview — DL

July 19th, 2017

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald discuss the Minnesota Vikings' move from Mankato to Eagan and preview the defensive line positions ahead of Training Camp. This show was broadcasted live on MixIr on Tuesday, July 18th.

Episode 83 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 82: Training Camp Preview — TEs & OL

July 17th, 2017

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald react to Michael Floyd's four-game suspension, continue their training camp preview segment with tight ends and the offensive line and finish up with a Take 5 on their favorite television shows.

Episode 82 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 81: Training Camp Preview — WRs

July 13th, 2017

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald preview the wide receiver position with the Minnesota Vikings set to hit Mankato in a little over a week, discuss a report that then-rookie Laquon Treadwell was "playing" injured in 2016, rebuttal former Viking Nate Burleson's take that Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen combine to form the 17th-best wide receiver duo in the NFL and field a few questions in the first official LIVE broadcast of the About the Labor Podcast.

Episode 81 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 80: Training Camp Preview — QBs & RBs

July 11th, 2017

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald tackle the quarterback and running back positions in the first installment of a segment geared to get Minnesota Vikings fans prepared for training camp. Also included is a discussion regarding where Sam Bradford should rank relative to his peers and some Adrian Peterson speculation.

Episode 80 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 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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