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Episode 73

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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.

PRIMARY TALKING POINTS

  1. Intro: The Agenda & NBA Finals Takes (0:00)
  2. Colin Kaepernick: Is he a Fit in Minnesota? Is he a Fit Anywhere? (6:36)
  3. The Hot Seat: It’s Gut-Check Time (21:38)
  4. NFC North Rankings: Defensive Line (33:00)
  5. Take 5: Biggest Vikings Mistakes of Past ~15 Years (44:57)
  6. Sign-Out: Standard Procedure  (57:32)

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Episode 70 — The Countdown to Episode 100 Begins

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BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald discuss the Minnesota’s “fatal flaw”, continue their NFC North positional rankings with wide receiver and tight end and debate the top five current Vikings players.

PRIMARY TALKING POINTS

  1. Intro (0:00-1:26)
  2. Vikings’ Fatal Flaw (1:27-13:23)
  3. New Player Breakdown: Tommy Armstrong (13:24-19:45)
  4. Attending a Non-Football College (19:46-22:10)
  5. NFC North Rankings: Wide Receivers (22:11-32:40)
  6. NFC North Rankings: Tight Ends (32:41-43:38)
  7. Take 5: Best Current Vikings (43:39-54:19)
  8. Sign-Out: Same Old Song and Dance (54:20-55:15)

About the Labor Podcast Episode 63

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.

PRIMARY TALKING POINTS

  • Intro (0:00-1:29)
  • CJ Ham: Analyzing the Division II product’s transition from running back to fullback (1:30-11:33
  • NFC North Draft Class Evaluation: Chicago Bears (11:34-18:43)
  • NFC North Draft Class Evaluation: Detroit Lions (18:44-24:30)
  • NFC North Draft Class Evaluation: Green Bay Packers (24:31-31:30)
  • NFC North Draft Class Evaluation: How the Minnesota Vikings stack up (31:31-33:29)
  • Top-5 Debate: Rick Spielman Draft Picks (33:30-51:00)
  • Sign Out (51:01-52:20)

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Green Bay Packers Record at U.S. Bank Stadium: 0-1

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When the Minnesota Vikings took their first regular season snap of the year as a team back on September 11, 2016 in Tennessee, fan expectations ranged from “lost year” to “competitive in the postseason”. There was not a true, clear-cut general consensus regarding how Minnesota’s year would unfold with Teddy Bridgewater on injured reserve, Sam Bradford expected to start at quarterback sooner rather than later and question marks all over the depth chart from offensive tackle to wide receiver to safety (not named Harrison Smith).

Minnesota went down to Nashville with a chip on its shoulder and, behind an impressive game from Shaun Hill (relatively speaking) and a truly outstanding all-around defensive performance, the Vikings swatted the initial wave of extremist doubters claiming they sent a potential Top-5 draft selection to the Philadelphia Eagles for Bradford.

Then Bradford stepped in, and the next four weeks of Vikings football were surreal. It was such an outstanding and completely unexpected beginning to the season — even the most optimistic fans were taken aback — that many of those 43 days of 2016 Vikings football truly felt like a dream. And, for some looking back at those magical six weeks now, it was a dream — not of the REM sleep variety, however.

This cynical usage of the term “dream” is likely better defined as a distorted reality of cognizant formation stemming from some variation of irregular brain activity or misguided thinking — or, simply, this period may optionally be remembered as a mirage conjured up by the atmospheric conditions of professional football.

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About the Labor: A Minnesota Vikings Podcast — Episode 35

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BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald (THE NEWEST WRITER AT VIKINGS TERRITORY) finish off the inaugural season of the About the Labor Podcast with some discussion and a Linval Joseph’s-worth of in-depth 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

  • An Incredible stand-in performance by former Jaguars practice squader, left tackle Rashod Hill
  • Quarterback Sam Bradford takes a bow
  • Running back Jerick McKinnon finally wakes up from his season-long slumber
  • Disappointment regarding wide receiver Adam Thielen falling a hair short of 1,000 receiving yards
  • Random tangents throughout the show which sneakily act as miniature previews for what YOU should expect from BJ, Drew and the ATL Podcast twice a week and all summer long
  • One Big Thank You to All of Our Listeners for helping make it a GREAT first season of the show
  • MUCH MORE!

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