About the Labor: Bears Revisited

December 30, 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.

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About the Labor: Packers Pregame

December 22, 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.

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Barroom Blitz - Week 15 Action

December 20, 2016

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 –  @nickkostora
  • Green Bay Packers – 4 minutes and 20 seconds – Robert Trader – @RobertTraderWI
  • Minnesota Vikings – 12 minutes and 30 seconds BJ Reidell – @ReidellNFL
  • Chicago Bears – 17 minutes and 20 seconds – Jose Cotto – @Deuce_Pesos
  • Host – Aldo Gandia @AldoBarkeeper
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About the Labor: Colts Postgame

December 19, 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.

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About the Labor: Colts Pregame

December 15, 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.

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Barroom Blitz - Week 14 Action

December 13, 2016

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 -  @nickkostora
  • Green Bay Packers - 5 minutes and 25 seconds - Robert Trader - @RobertTraderWI
  • Minnesota Vikings - 13 minutes and 5 seconds BJ Reidell - @ReidellNFL
  • Chicago Bears - 19 minutes and 50 seconds - Jose Cotto - @Deuce_Pesos
  • Host - Aldo Gandia @AldoBarkeeper
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About the Labor: Jaguars Postgame

December 12, 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.

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About the Labor: Jaguars Pregame

December 8, 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.

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Barroom Blitz - Week 13 Action

December 5, 2016

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.

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About the Labor: Cowboys Postgame

December 5, 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.

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About the Labor: Cowboys Pregame

November 30, 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.

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Barroom Blitz - Week 12 Action

November 29, 2016

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.

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About the Labor: Lions Revisted

November 22, 2016

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.

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Barroom Blitz - Week 11 - NFCN Analysis

November 21, 2016

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 (@AldoBarkeeper) an Emmy award winning television producer, writer and host.

His contributors are:

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About the Labor: Cardinals Postgame

November 21, 2016

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.

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About the Labor: Cardinals Pregame

November 17, 2016

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.

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About the Labor: Redskins Postgame

November 14, 2016

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.

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Barroom Blitz - Week Ten - NFCN Action

November 14, 2016

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. 

 

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About the Labor: Redskins Pregame

November 12, 2016

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.

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Barroom Blitz - Week Nine - NFCN Action

November 8, 2016

A review of the Lions upset at Minnesota... what is ailing the Vikings and Packers and a mid-year analysis of the Bears.

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About the Labor: Lions Postgame

November 7, 2016

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald sift through the wreckage of the Minnesota Vikings' latest loss against the Detroit Lions at U.S. Bank Stadium. Primary discussion topics on Episode 21 of About the Labor include an improved offense under Pat Shurmur and what to do with kicker Blair Walsh.

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About the Labor: Norv Resigns & Lions Pregame (feat. Ted Glover)

November 3, 2016

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald welcome special guest Ted Glover (Daily Norseman) to the show to discuss the offensive coordinator Norv Turner's shocking decision to resign his post as well as a thorough preview of the Minnesota Vikings' matchup with the Detroit Lions — particularly quarterback Matthew Stafford's wide receiver trio of Marvin Jones, Golden Tate and Anquan Boldin.

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Barroom Blitz - Week Eight - NFCN Action

November 1, 2016

The Chicago Bears upset the Minnesota Vikings, the Green Bay Packers lose a heartbreaker in Atlanta and the Detroit Lions fail to take advantage of a chance to move up in the standings. Barroom Blitz offers up all of the NFCN week eight action. 

Host Aldo Gandia welcomes the following guests to discuss:

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About the Labor: Bears Postgame

November 1, 2016

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald attempt to digest the Chicago Bears' 20-10 thumping of the Minnesota Vikings at Soldier Field on Episode 19 of About the Labor. Primary talking points include offensive coordinator Norv Turner's incompetency calling plays, a lackluster defensive effort and the dumpster fire that is Minnesota's offensive line.

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About the Labor: Eagles Postgame

October 25, 2016

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald review the Minnesota Vikings' crushing 21-10 loss at the Philadelphia Eagles during Week 7. Primary talking points include severe issues with the team's offensive line, how much offensive coordinator Norv Turner is to blame and whether or not the team's first loss marks an outlier or the beginning of a trend.

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Barroom Blitz - Week Seven - Vikes Fail in Phiily, Pack Pound Bears & Miracle Matthew Stafford

October 24, 2016

Week seven saw the NFCN race tighten when the Minnesota Vikings lost their first game of the season allowing the winning Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers an opportunity to move a game closer in the standings. Host Aldo Gandia talks about all of the matches with:

- BJ Reidell - co-host of one of the network's podcasts dedicated to the Vikings
- Kyle Mallett - blogger at LionsBarroom.com
- Robert Trader - host of Packers Barroom with Robert Trader
- Jose Cotto - Senior Analyst at BearsBarroom.com 
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About the Labor: Eagles Pregame

October 21, 2016

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald preview the Minnesota Vikings' matchup against Carson Wentz, Fletcher Cox and the Philadelphia Eagles.

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Barroom Blitz: Week 6 Review

October 17, 2016

Week six of the NFL is in the books and the best way to keep track of what happened in the NFC North is with this show, Barroom Blitz. Our weekly podcast reviews each game and shares what you need to know about your favorite team and their NFCN rival.

The show starts with Bears Barroom Senior Analyst Jose Cotto (@Deuce_Pesos ) discussing what went wrong with the Chicago Bears in their loss the the Jacksonville Jaguars. 

Then, the host of Packers Barroom with Robert Trader (@RobertTraderWI ) chimes in to share his thoughts on the slumping Aaron Rodgers and whether Mike McCarthy is on the hot seat.

The Detroit Lions won their second consecutive game and Von Lozon (@von_lozon ), associate editor of LionsBarroom.com, shares his analysis.

The Blitz concludes with the website's Executive Editor, BJ Reidell (@RobertReidell), talking about the Minnesota Vikings and what they must do to maintain their winning ways. 

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About the Labor: Bye Week Special — Undefeated Future

October 17, 2016

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald round out the Minnesota Vikings' bye week with another special taking a look at the future. General talking points include a look at upcoming games that could pose issues for Minnesota, where the team stands in both the NFC North and NFC as well as projecting under-the-radar players that could have an impact coming out of the bye.

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About the Labor: Bye Week Special — Undefeated Review

October 13, 2016

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald welcome Austin Belisle (Vikings Territory) onto the show to help them hammer out the details of the Minnesota Vikings' undefeated start to the season. The first of two Bye Week Specials features the trio talking about the free-agent signing of offensive Jake Long, a look back at the Sam Bradford trade after his MVP-caliber start to the year, a #WRONG section where each dude spends some time humbling himself and a mini About The Labor award show.

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Barroom Blitz: Week 5 Review

October 10, 2016

All four NFC North games are reviewed.

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About the Labor: Week 5 Postgame

October 10, 2016

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald review the Vikings' dominant effort against the Houston Texans that pushed the team's record to 5-0 on the year. Major talking points include Cordarrelle Patterson's continued development as a wide receiver, the defense shutting down Houston's greatest offensive weapons and where Minnesota stacks up against other teams in the NFL heading into its bye week. This episode also features a brand new intro made by Steve Danielson.

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About the Labor: Week 5 Pregame

October 6, 2016

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald have their hands full with a talented Houston Texans team set to visit U.S. Bank Stadium in Week 5. The guys take a look at what makes quarterback Brock Osweiler worth his big pay day, analyze multitalented running back Lamar Miller, discuss what Xavier Rhodes shutting down wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins would mean for his career, examine the roles of rookie wide receivers Will Fuller and Braxton Miller, diagnose what route defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel takes to unleash pass-rushing talents Jadeveon Clowney and Whitney Mercilus with his strong secondary led by cornerback Jonathan Joseph.

Additionally, the guys speculate on whether or not nose tackle Vince Wilfork can touch his toes.

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Barroom Blitz: Week 4 Review

October 4, 2016

A fast-paced way to stay on top of the NFC North. Host Aldo Gandia gets updates on all four NFC North teams from bloggers. 

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About the Labor: Week 4 Postgame

October 4, 2016

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald return to discuss the Minnesota Vikings’ 24-10 victory over the New York Giants at U.S. Bank Stadium. Major talking points include the team’s rapidly improving offense that has finally worked Cordarrelle Patterson into the fold, a complementary defense that continues to solidify itself as arguably the best in the NFL and whether or not the team is actually better off without guys like Adrian Peterson and Matt Kalil in the starting lineup.

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About the Labor: Week 4 Pregame

September 30, 2016

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald breakdown what the Vikings are up against when the New York Giants come to town for a Monday Night Football showdown. Episode 10 of About the Labor dives into the ins and outs of Giants' offense and defense, how the Vikings can win on both sides of the ball and of course five rapid fire matchup-specific questions from our listeners.

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About the Labor: Week 3 Postgame

September 26, 2016

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald discuss the Vikings' 22-10 upset victory over the Panthers featuring plenty of praise for Harrison Smith and the defense, a little speculation regarding Laquon Treadwell's status and plenty more on this week's episode of About the Labor.

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Barroom Blitz: Week 3 Review

September 26, 2016

Week 3 is in the books and we've got reports on all four NFC North teams. 

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About the Labor: Week 2 Postgame

September 21, 2016

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald return after a brief hiatus, due to some technical difficulties — RIP Google Hangouts On-Air — to discuss a portmanteau of topics spawning from the Vikings' enormous 17-14 victory over the Packers in U.S. Bank Stadium's debut. From Sam Bradford's epic debut to Trae Waynes' game-sealing, performance-redeeming interception of Aaron Rodgers, the 8th installment of ATL assures a plethora of information, statistics and schematics from the Purple and Gold Gospel.

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Barroom Blitz: Week 2 Review

September 20, 2016

A fast-paced review of the three NFCN games from week two:  Packers at Vikings, Lions hosting the Titans, and the Bears' Monday Night game with the Eagles. 

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About the Labor: Week 1 Postgame

September 12, 2016

In this episode of About the Labor, BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald breakdown the Minnesota Vikings matchup with the Tennessee Titans held on Sunday, September 11th.

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Barroom Blitz: Week 1 Edition

September 12, 2016

This is the first podcast of our new series, Barroom Blitz. It's a great way to stay on top of the four NFCN teams. Each week Aldo Gandia conducts quick interviews with analysts from our four Barrooms. They paint a picture on how the respective teams they cover did that week. These NFCN game reviews supplement the coverage each Barroom provides daily.

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About the Labor: Week 1 Preview

September 10, 2016

About the Labor is a weekly podcast that discusses all relevant Minnesota Vikings topics. In this episode, co-hosts BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald preview the Vikings matchup with the Titans.

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