Posted on: October 21st, 2013 by Jen Mueller

Monday mornings during the fall mean a healthy dose of football.  It’s why those storylines top this blog post every week.  According to surveys football is the most popular sport among fans in the U.S. and the TV ratings back up those claims.

That doesn’t mean there aren’t other sports worth talking about.  Baseball offers several conversation options as the World Series gets underway.

It’s important though to pay attention to what people around you are talking about. It might be football or maybe they’re looking ahead to basketball season or following the NASCAR Chase.   Here are just a few names and story lines to get you started this week.

Making News:

  • Peyton Manning
  • Kansas City Chiefs
  • Alabama Crimson Tide
  • John Farrell
  • Jim Leyland
  • Jimmie Johnson

 

Why They’re Making News:

  • After a week of hype and ridiculous tweets, the epic battle between Peyton Manning and Andrew Luck is over.  Manning and the Denver Broncos lost to the Indianapolis Colts in Manning’s first return to Indy since being released by the team.   The loss was the first regular season loss for the Broncos since October of last season.
  • The Broncos loss means the Kansas City Chiefs are the only unbeaten team in the NFL.  The Chiefs narrowly beat the Houston Texas on Sunday to improve to 7-0 on the season.  It’s especially impressive because the Chiefs were the worst team in the league last year.  They won just two games all of 2012.
  • The first BCS rankings of the year are out for college football.  The teams ranked as #1 and #2 in the BCS at the end of the season will play for the national title.  This is the last year of the BCS so expect even more attention around the rankings this year.  The Alabama Crimson Tide top the BCS rankings this week followed by Florida State.
  • Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell is getting credit and praise for guiding the Red Sox back to the World Series.  Farrell helped turn the club around in just one season and now the Red Sox have home field advantage against the St. Louis Cardinals.  Game 1 is Wednesday night.
  • The Detroit Tigers were eliminated from the baseball playoffs Saturday night. Monday morning manager Jim Leyland announced he was stepping down.  Leyland is 68 years old and spent 8 seasons with Detroit.  He said it was time for someone younger to take over.
  • Jimmie Johnson took over the points lead in NASCAR’s Chase for the Cup.  Four races remain in the season.  Matt Kenseth is also challenging, just four points behind Johnson.  Johnson has won five NASCAR championships.

 

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.