Posted on: June 9th, 2014 by Jen Mueller

Screen Shot 2014-06-09 at 6.27.27 AMConnecting to the world.

That’s what sports conversations will do for you in the next couple of weeks.

Usually I look at this weekly blog from a regional and national standpoint.  I want you to be able to connect with as many sports fans in your own office as you can but also make it easier to talk to any sports fan in the country.

This week however, there is an international feel with the start of World Cup soccer, the U.S. Open and the completion of the French Open.   You don’t have to watch more sports if that’s not your thing, just know you’ve got more opportunities to connect with others outside your office, state, region and comfort zone.

Just a few thoughts and topics for your conversations this week.

 

Making News:

  • World Cup
  • U.S. Open
  • LeBron James
  • LA Kings
  • California Chrome
  • Rafael Nadal
  • Maria Sharapova

 

Why They’re Making News 

  • The World Cup starts this week and host Brazil is the favorite to win.  Brazil has won 14 of their last 15 matches leading up to the tournament.  The host country has won the World Cup six times but its never happened in Brazil.
  • Rory McIlroy is among the favorites at the U.S. Open this week.  Tiger Woods announced a couple weeks ago that he will not be playing due to injury.  Phil Mickelson will be among the storylines to watch.  He has never won the U.S. Open.  Masters champion Bubba Watson is the only golfer in position for a calendar Grand Slam.
  • In the NBA Finals, LeBron James and the Miami Heat evened the series with San Antonio Sunday night.  James was unable to play down the stretch in Game 1 because of cramping caused by the heat in the building.  He came back to score 35 points in Game 2.  The series shifts to Miami this week.
  • In the Stanley Cup Finals, the LA Kings hold a 2-0 lead against the NY Rangers.  The Rangers jumped out to early leads in both games, but couldn’t hang on.  The Kings haven’t looked dominating, but Rangers coach Alain Vigneault knows his team can’t fall in Game 3 calling it a “must-win” game.
  • In horse racing, California Chrome finished fifth in the Belmont Stakes Saturday, which means there is no Triple Crown winner.  It’s co-owner Steve Coburn who made the biggest headlines over the weekend however with rants about the unfairness of the system.  It’s his belief that horses should have to run all three legs of the Triple Crown and not just pick and choose as winner Tonalist did.
  • In tennis, the French Open ended Sunday.  Rafael Nadal won an unprecedented ninth French Open title.  Nadal’s 14 major wins ties Pete Sampras.  He is three behind all-time leader Roger Federer.  On the women’s side Maria Sharapova won her second French Open title in three years.

 

Jen Mueller, America’s Expert Talker, is the sideline reporter for the World Champion Seattle Seahawks. She also works on the television broadcasts for the Seattle Mariners. Jen is the author of Game Time: Learn to Talk Sports in 5 Minutes a Day for Business..  Her step-by-step process makes sports accessible and practical for relationship building in business.  The book is available through Amazon.