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 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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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 68: Bad Luck Bradford

May 25th, 2017

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald discuss their thoughts on the most recent Teddy Bridgewater rehabilitation video, review Laquon Treadwell's depth chart situation after taking first-team reps in three-wide receiver sets, name their favorite NFL celebrations since 2000 and plenty more on Episode 68 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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Episode 64: Floyd Fit, Depth Chart Ripple Effect & No. 84

May 11th, 2017

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald discuss the Minnesota Vikings' free-agent signing of Michael Floyd, how he fits in Pat Shurmur's offense and the ripple effect he has on the depth chart. Additionally, the guys discuss the No. 84 being retired and Minnesota handing it out still.

Episode 64 finishes up with the "Take 5" segment, ranking Rick Spielman's free-agent signings.

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Episode 63: CJ Ham & NFC North Draft Evaluation

May 9th, 2017

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald examine CJ Ham's transition to fullback, how the Minnesota Vikings' 2017 draft class stacks up against the rest of the NFC North and introduce a new Top-5 ranking segment beginning with a focus on Rick Spielman's draft history.

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Episode 62: Stud UDFAs, Floyd Report & Return of AD

May 4th, 2017

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald begin their post-draft life hand out a gold, silver and bronze in the Minnesota Vikings' 13-man undrafted free agent class, set the record straight on Michael Floyd reports and determine how fans should handle the Week 1 return of running back Adrian Peterson.

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Episode 61: Vikings Draft Special Part III - Recap

May 2nd, 2017

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald welcome Jordan Reid (The Viking Age) back on to the show to review, analyze and grade the Minnesota Vikings' 2017 class of NFL draft prospects.

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