Packers Barroom Podcast reviews the dramatic 34-31 Green Bay Packers win over the Dallas Cowboys. Additionally host Robert Trader talks about the greatness of Aaron Rodgers, the value of Jared Cook and prepares us for the NFC Championship game. Guest is Aldo Gandia
Robert Trader shares his experience at Lambeau Field in the Green Bay Packers win over the New York Giants in the wildcard round. Aldo Gandia joins in to talk about the strengths and weaknesses of the Dallas Cowboys
Lionsa make the playoffs! For all the dread over the last three losses (and there’s been plenty), the Lions are still headed to Seattle this week as a Wild Card participant. We felt it was only right that we made a podcast about it.
Ryan Pace finally faced the media to try and present hope to Chicago Bears fans. Did he succeed? And what of John Fox? Did he improve his tarnished image. The Bears Barroom Barflies analyze and provide R-rated fun.
BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald finish off the inaugural season of the About the Labor podcast 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.
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.
Heads are hanging after a tough 17-6 loss to the New York Giants, but the season isn’t over yet. In fact, the Detroit Lions could clinch a playoff spot or the division as early as this weekend. Von Lozon of NFCNBarroom.com made his Detroit Lions Radio debut, helping us break down that loss to the Giants. The score was clear, but the tape painted a different picture. This wasn’t nearly as bad of a loss as it seemed.
We then steered the conversation to the Monday night matchup in Dallas. Steven Mullenax of TheLandryHat.com gave us the lowdown on the Cowboys, pointing out weaknesses and mapping out a blueprint for how the Lions should attack.
Will the Lions pull the upset? Can they lock up a playoff spot this weekend? You’ll have to listen to find out.
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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.
Chicago Bears Christmases are starting to feel a lot like a Charlie Brown Christmas. Every season fans go in with high expectations and every year Lucy pulls the football out and the Bears fall on their butt. That's the mood for this week's Holiday show, but do not bypass this show, because along the way there are tons of laughs and insights shared.
Jose Cotto, Lorin Cox, Shayne Marsaw and Phil Ottochian join Bears Barroom Radio host Aldo Gandia and talk about several topics including whether Ryan Pace should re-tag (if he;s unable to sign to a long-term contract) Alshon Jeffery, the future of Kyle Fuller and which young players deserve more playing time in the last two game.
The show ends with a grab bag. Each of the Barflies hands out a Christmas present to someone in the Bears organization. Don't miss the ho ho ho hilarity.
The stars may be aligning perfectly for the Green Bay Packers playoff run. That's what Robert Trader and his guest Aldo Gandia talk about on this installment of Packers Barroom Podcast. Also discussed:
- Ty Montgomery - Is he really an NFL running back? Can he withstand the punishment? Did Packers' management know they had a secret weapon at running back when they chose to start the season with only two backs?
- Aaron Rodgers - The prolific play of the quarterback
- David Bahktiari - His stellar play
- Jordy Nelson - Is he getting his burst back or is he simply succeeding because of his wily veteran experience?
- Davante Adams - Is the consistency problem something to worry about?
- Jared Cook - Can he become a reliable target down the stretch?
- Julius Peppers - Seeing more snaps. Can he produce more?
- The youth of the defense
Looks like the Green Bay Packers might be headed to a week 17 showdown with the Detroit Lions for the division title. Week 15 set up that scenario with the Packers holding off the Chicago Bears, the Detroit Lions losing to the New York Giants and the Minnesota Vikings all but officially eliminated from the playoffs after a stunning loss to the Colts at home. Barroom Blitz is the only podcast you will find dedicated to giving you a fast-paced look at all of the weekly NFC North action. Here's our cast of analysts and where you can find their segments:
- Detroit Lions – 30 seconds in – Nick Kostora – @
- Green Bay Packers – 4 minutes and 20 seconds – Robert Trader – @
- Minnesota Vikings – 12 minutes and 30 seconds BJ Reidell – @
- Chicago Bears – 17 minutes and 20 seconds – Jose Cotto – @
- Host – Aldo Gandia @
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.
Every Friday afternoon, after the Green Bay Packers issue their last injury report for the week, Robert Trader goes behind the microphone to update fans on the latest. Trader offers all of the specifics available and then talks strategy. It's a great weekend listen to get your ready for the Packers next game. And, this week with so much on the line against the rival Chicago Bears, it's vital Packers fans are fully loaded with information.
Before worrying about the upcoming road trip, the guys use the first half of the show to reflect on another heroic Detroit Lions win. Matthew Stafford didn’t have his best statistical day, but one podcaster still labeled him the MVP. The other doesn’t even think his late rushing touchdown was the takeaway moment from the game. That dishonor falls solely to Jeff Triplette and his crew.
The guys also dove deep into how the Stafford’s middle finger affected his throwing that day. Do the guys think this is a lingering concern? Could it affect the playoff picture?
There were also props to be thrown at the running game. After months of miserable performances, Lions fans were treated to the team’s best rushing output since Week 2. And finally, the defense got its time in the spotlight before turning the page on another winning week.
The guys kicked off part 2 of this week’s show with Patricia Traina of Inside Sports. She’s a beat writer who has been covering the New York Giants for some time and provided a ton of great insight. She broke down what has made the defense so special. She also explained why the offense cannot get on the same page before divulging where Detroit should attack a vulnerable Giants team. Her interview didn’t make either of the guys feel more confident, but pessimism was surprisingly low during this week’s preview. The weather conditions should make for a sloppy game, and Detroit has found a way to survive all year.
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 Labor. Primary 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.
Bears Barroom Radio is without two of the regular Barflies, Jose Cotto and Phil Ottochian, so you'd figure the rest of the gang would produce a breezy, quick show. Nope. Lorin Cox, Shayne Marsaw and Aldo Gandia had so much to talk about the gang went for almost 90 minutes. The talk began with how to beat the Green Bay Packers, went on to whether fan's expectations were too high for 2016 and concluded with Vic Fangio potentially becoming head coach in 2017. Take a listen and let us know your thoughts.
It's Bears week and while some might think the game only has significance for the playoff contending Green Bay Packers it does not. The Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers have one of the most histroic rivalries in all sports. Robert Trader talks about the rivalry and then welcomes Lorin Cox, writer for BearsWire.com, co-host of Bears Barroom Radio and analyst for Pro Football Focus to preview the game.
Barroom Blitz is our fast-paced podcast dedicated to keeping you posted on all four NFC North teams. Here's a breakdown on the order of our analysis, the time of the show you can find that particular segment and who is bringing you the information (plus their twitter account):
- Detroit Lions - 30 seconds in - Nick Kostora - @
- Green Bay Packers - 5 minutes and 25 seconds - Robert Trader - @
- Minnesota Vikings - 13 minutes and 5 seconds BJ Reidell - @
- Chicago Bears - 19 minutes and 50 seconds - Jose Cotto - @
- Host - Aldo Gandia @
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.
The Detroit Lions made a statement in New Orleans. A wire-to-wire win in a hostile environment over a team favored by a touchdown has a way of doing that. Jeff Risdon (Real GM, FanRag.com) joined co-hosts Brandon Alisoglu and Nick Kostora (Real GM, FanRag.com) to get his take on why Matthew Stafford has transformed this season. He also had some thoughts on how the Lions can create a pass rush without Armonty Bryant and what this team’s ceiling is now. The second half of the show focuses on this week’s matchup with the Chicago Bears. Aldo Gandia (NFCNBarroom.com) joined in and provided his insight into the injury-ravaged team.
The Vic Fangio rumors out of Halas Hall have become a huge problem for the Chicago Bears organization. Lorin Cox, Phil Ottochian and Shayne Marsaw dig into what we know and discuss the ramifications of the turmoil at Halas Hall.
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.
The Green Bay Packers won last Sunday against the Houston Texans, yet, there's a few things not right about the team as they try to make a late-season push for the playoffs. Packers Barroom Podcast host Robert Trader welcomes Nick Grays and the two go over all of the positives from the Texans game and dig into the negatives. Make sure you hear the classic debate they hold about Aaron Rodgers and Matthew Stafford in the last 15 minutes of the show.
The Detroit Lions extend their 1st place lead, but still get no respect. The Minnesota Vikings know ttey have to win out for a chance at the playoffs. Thr Green Bay Packers had fun in the snow, but failed to impress. And, the Bears avoid being the worst team in the NFL. Analysis and player interviews.
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.
Host Robert Trader chats about the Texans vs Packers and provides the latest injury report.
The Detroit Lions are essentially two games clear in the NFC North, but the fat lady isn't warming up yet. A familiar villain in the West shook of its death rattle to provide some intrigue over the remaining five games. The state of the Packers and the Thanksgiving day win gives show hosts Nick Kostora and Brandon Alisoglu plenty to discuss o
Then, Josh Katzenstein of The Times-Picayune joined the show to provide information on the New Orleans Saints.
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.
The Green Bay Packers broke their four game losing streak with an impressive win over the Philadelphia Eagle in front of a nationwide television audience. The win is worthy of lots of talk and that's what Packers Barroom Podcast host Robert Trader does with cheeseheadtv.com contributor Zachary Jacobson.
The two review Jacobson's Good, Bad and Ugly list from his game review which included players like Aaron Rodgers (good), Jeff Janis (bad) and ugly (pass defense).
Among other topics, the two discuss Nick Perry and his dependence on Clay Matthew's presence, Mike McCarthy's playcalling, the sterling play of Davante Adams and whether he can become a true No. 1 wide receiver, the emergency of Aaron Ripkowski, what are the concerns the two still hold about the team and more.
The Detroit Lions won a huge week 12 game over the Minnesota Vikings. The Green Bay Packers broke their four game losing streak with an impressive road win. And, the Chicago Bears dropped another game at Soldier Field. Those are among the topics discussed in the all-encompassing, fast-paced 30-minute episode of Barroom Blitz.
Bears Barroom Radio has a special Nightmare Before Thanksgiving episode. That's because the zombie football apocalypse has arrived in Chicago thanks to a Bears team that is walking dead for the remainder of the season. The Bears Barroom barflies, minus the Mailman, Shayne Marsaw, who was attending family business, gathered to discuss the terror at Halas Hall. They kicked around ideas on what the Bears could do at the end of the season to get back on track.
After four straight losses the Green Bay Packers have hit a low fans haven't experienced in many years. Robert Trader wanted to discuss some big picture items for the Packers and find some of the good within this 4-6 team. Robert and his guest, Aldo Gandia, also listen in on some comments by head coach Mike McCarthy. It's as if the coach has joined them for a beer. Listen and ... Happy Thanksgiving!
Nick Kostora and Brandon Alisoglu break down the seven-point win over the Jacksonville Jaguars. Why was the offense unable to move the ball until the final quarter? And is the defense in danger of actually becoming good?
We debate it all while handing out our MVPs, most disappointing award and recognizing the WTF moment of this week.
In the second half-hour, Nick and Brandon dive into the latest mailbag. This one wasn’t just fun, it includes an Internet theory about Ameer Abdullah and James Laurinaitis. You won’t want to miss it.
The guys then turn to this week’s massive matchup against the Minnesota Vikings. Detroit rolls in favored by three points, but Vegas doesn’t determine the winner.
That’s why they looked at each team’s biggest advantage and went over the matchup to watch. And, of course, there's predictions.
BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald take another look at the Detroit Lions ahead of the Minnesota Vikings traveling to Ford Field for a Thanksgiving showdown that could very well define the season. Primary talking points include assessing what went wrong in Minnesota's loss to Detroit back in Week 9, slowing down tight end Eric Ebron and the impact of a few key players absent from the previous matchup due to injury.
Barroom Blitz covers action from all four NFC North teams. Reports come from analysts intimately familiar with each division team. It's the type of detailed coverage you won't get from the national media and peppered with the passion you don't often hear from local media. Barroom Blitz is noted by Aldo Gandia (@) an Emmy award winning television producer, writer and host.
His contributors are:
- BJ Reidell (@) Executive Editor of NFCN Barroom and co-host of ATL: About The Labor
- Nick Kostora (@) journalist, and co-host of Detroit Lions Radio
- Robert Trader (@ ) co-host of Packers Barroom with Robert Trader
- Jose Cotto, (@) Senior Analyst of Bears Barroom.com
BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald break down the Minnesota Vikings' 30-24 victory over the Arizona Cardinals at U.S. Bank Stadium in the 25th installment of the About the Labor podcast. Primary talking points include Cordarrelle Patterson's continued growth and Xavier Rhodes' progression into one of the NFL's top cornerbacks.
Every week Packers Barroom with Robert Trader delivers a late Friday afternoon update show. This episode is a Redskins - Packers preview.
Nick Kostora and Brandon Alisoglu diving into what has made the Detroit Lions tick. Are they really a division leader on merit alone? More importantly, can they sustain this level of success?
DeAndre Lavy is in the praxtice field and that means a team whose defense has been playing better just migght reach another level soon.
The pair also looked around at the rest of the NFC North for signs of life. This race is far from over, but the Lions have a real opportunity to bring home their first NFC North title.
The first step toward sustained success starts with a stomping of the Jacksonville Jaguars and the show focuses on the upcoming match.
Host Robert Trader welcomes long time Packers fan and television/movie writer-producer John Roach. Along for the ride is podcast producer Aldo Gandia. Roach shares stories about coaches and players he's worked with and adds his opinion on the current team, player injuries, TV ratings and more. It's a fun hour of football talk held at Sprecher's Restaurant and Pub in Madison, Wisconsin. Our thanks to the manager Travis and our server Claire Nerenhausen.
BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald assess the Minnesota Vikings' release of Blair Walsh and subsequent signing of Kai Forbath before diving into Bruce Arians' Arizona Cardinals on Episode 24 of About the Labor. Primary talking points include the offensive genius of Arians, the Cardinals' pair of pass-catching Minnesota natives and James Bettcher's aggressive 3-4 scheme built around a handful of All-Pros and a human California Redwood tree.
What does the Chicago Bears franchise do after the humiliating loss in Tampa Bay? The Bears Barroom barflies discuss short and long-term possibilities.
Bears Barroom Radio is the perfect place for suffering fans to hang out and listen to similarly grieving fans of the Bears. These fans have extensive football knowledge. They are:
- Lorin Cox, Pro Football Focus analyst and BearsWire.com writer
- Jose Cotto, Senior Analyst Bears Barroom.com
- Shayne Marsaw, Lead Analyst BearsBarroom.com
- Phil Ottochian, Former coach/scout and host of Chicago Bears Daily Dose
One of the barflies is missing, but hardly missed. And, remember, drink responsibly and Beardown!
BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald sift through the Minnesota Vikings' fourth consecutive loss against the Washington Redskins. Primary talking points include the defense's continued regression and the lack of complementary football.
Despite having a bye week, the Detroit Lions move into first place by virtue of another Minnesota Vikings loss. Nick Kostora of Detroit Lions Radio explains what the Lions must do to maintain their 1st place lead. BJ Reidell from the Minnesota Vikings podcast, About The Labor, sifts through the mess that is the Vikings. Robert Trader of Packers Barroom Podcast tries to figure out the Green Bay Packers implosion. Finally, Jose Cotto wraps things up with a fiery evaluation of the Chicago Bears loss in Tampa Bay and calls for the firing of head coach John Fox and his offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains.
BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald take a long look at Jay Gruden's Washington Redskins on the latest episode of About the Labor. Primary talking points include the importance of Kirk Cousins within Washington's West Coast scheme, borderline flirting with dangerous tight end Jordan Reed, the alignments in which defensive coordinator Joe Barry employs edge-rusher Ryan Kerrigan and rookie "Moneybacker" Su'a Cravens and a pitiful attempt at closing out the show that includes a prize opportunity.
The latest news on injuries and Robert Trader's late week analysis on the Green Bay Packers - Tennessee Titans game.
The Bears are in the playoffs! And the playoffs begin Sunday against the Tampa Bay Bucs. Aldo Gandia drinks alone this week and shares his thoughts on how the Bears make the playoffs. It's a long shot, but if you're a fan... you gotta believe.
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Detroit Lions Radio doesn’t take a week off because of the bye week. On the contrary, dear listeners, we had way too much to break down after the Lions’ exciting road win over the Minnesota Vikings.
We welcomed Kyle Mallett of NFC North Barroom into the fray this week. While Detroit is now only a half-game off the NFC North lead, there were a few questions to be answered.
Most notably, can the offense truly be trusted? Or is it the defense that deserves the praise after a hard-fought victory?
We also broke down Matthew Stafford’s game. There was the great comeback, but how did he perform prior to those last two drives? Was his performance as bland as it seemed?
And as always, we give out our MVP and Most Disappointing Awards. Brandon takes us on a bit of a detour, while nobody will argue with the other players proffered.
After wrapping up the celebration, we cast an eye back over the first half of the season.
We don’t want to make too much about this, but the Detroit Lions are a half-game off the NFC North lead! That’s an incredible statement for a team that started 1-3 a year after losing its first five games last season. We had no choice but to handicap the the race.
While some were more confident than others, everyone believes this team has a chance. Did we believe Detroit would be 5-4 at the bye? Can this team win without true offensive balance?
And what were the best and worst surprises of the season? We dive into it all this week on the longest-running Detroit Lions podcast!
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Brian Carriveau is the host of Cheeseheadtv.com's Railbird Central podcast. He joins Robert Trader to discuss the following:
- Overall problems he's detected with the Green Bay Packers
- Whether head coach Mike McCarthy might be losing the team
- How the roster may have not been properly constructed
- Whether Ty Montgomery can become a true NFL running back
- A thorough evaluation of the defense