The first week of September signals the end of summer, the start of fall and perhaps even more importantly – the start of football season. College football is underway after an opening weekend of games, and this week the NFL follows suit. The games played up until now have just been practice and preseason, Week 1 match ups are for real.
Nearly 60% of sports fans in the U.S. identify themselves as NFL fans, which made me think twice about this week’s topics. There’s a good chance that sports fans everywhere are preoccupied by football and that’s okay, but it’s good to have a few extra topics at the ready.
These conversations don’t have to last long. It’s more of comment that you can make in passing to try and establish a conversation and a connection. Two things that lead to business and better relationships.
- Robert Griffin III
- Johnny Manziel
- Pittsburgh Pirates
- Roger Federer
- Kyle Busch
- Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III is expected to start Week 1 against Philadelphia. It’s significant because Griffin underwent major knee surgery on January 9th and it will be exactly 8 months later that his back on the field. Griffin’s style of play contributed to his knee injury and there are questions about if he changes the way he moves on the field to prevent further injuries.
- Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel avoided a heavy suspension from the NCAA relating to allegations that he had signed autographs for money, which is a violation of NCAA rules. He was suspended for one half of a game. When he entered the game he was flagged for taunting opponents. He is a polarizing figure in college football with some wondering if his personality will end up costing his team wins.
- The Pittsburgh Pirates need just two more wins to secure a winning season for the first time since 1992. It’s the longest losing streak in professional North American sports history. They are also on the verge of making the playoffs.
- Rodger Federer lost in the fourth round of the U.S. Open. It was his earliest exit from the Open since 2003. The loss ended the possibility of Federer meeting Rafael Nadal for the first time in the Open.
- There is just one remaining race in the regular season NASCAR schedule. And there are still four playoff spots up for grabs. The top 10 points leaders during the regular schedule compete against each other over a 10-race period (and against a full 43 car field) for the championship title. Kyle Busch won over the weekend in Atlanta to secure his spot.
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.