Posted on: September 9th, 2013 by Jen Mueller

It’s all football all the time this week.  The NFL season has officially started and sports talk this week will be dominated by football storylines.  Of course there are other things going on in the world of sports, like the fact that Gary Payton was inducted in the basketball Hall of Fame, Serena Williams won the U.S. Open and the field is set for NASCAR’s Chase for the Cup.

If you really want to connect with colleagues this week, football is the way to do it.  And before you think about blowing off the conversations altogether, remember that people work well with colleagues they know, like and trust.  Talking football this week helps you earn likability points.

Making News:

  • Robert Griffin III
  • Sean Payton
  • Colin Kaepernick
  • Terrelle Pryor
  • Johnny Manziel

Why:

  • Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III will start tonight for the Redskins. It’s significant because he’s 8 months removed from knee surgery.  He did not play in any of the preseason games, so his first live action will come in a game that counts.  It was his goal to return in time for tonight’s game, but many wondered if he rushed back and if he’ll be the same.
  • New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton was back on the sidelines Sunday in his first meaningful NFL game since the 2011 season.  Payton was suspended all last season for his role in “Bounty Gate.”  Payton and the Saints beat Atlanta Sunday.
  • San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick opened the season by throwing for 412 yards and 3 touchdowns against Green Bay.  Kaepernick started last season as a backup, but was the quarterback down the stretch for the 49er’s and helped lead them to the Super Bowl.  Sunday he proved he wasn’t a fluke.  San Francisco will play in Seattle next Sunday in a nationally televised game.
  • Oakland quarterback Terrell Pryor ran for 112 yards Sunday to lead the NFL in rushing yards.  (Not something a quarterback usually does or should do since it’s his job to throw the ball.) Pryor was making just his second NFL start and looked capable, but Raiders lost to the Indianapolis Colts.
  • In college football this week, the spotlight shines on Johnny Manziel again.   The Texas A&M quarterback will be a big storyline as the #7 ranked Aggies play top ranked Alabama.   This is a rematch football fans across the country have waited to see. Last year, Texas A&M upset top-ranked Alabama in a game that helped solidify Manziel’s Heisman status. This week’s game is in College Station, Texas.

Jen Mueller, America’s Expert Talker, is the author of Game Time: Learn to Talk Sports in 5 Minutes a Day for Business. After 13 years in sports broadcasting, Jen wrote the go-to resource for novice and first-time sports fans in the business world.  Her step-by-step process makes sports accessible and practical for relationship building in business.  The book is available through Amazon.