Posted on: June 29th, 2010 by Jen Mueller

I had a couple family members in town over the weekend so I spent a bit of time last week cleaning the house and getting everything straightened up before they arrived. I did the usual house cleaning and then proceeded to clean out random closets, and corners of the garage as if they would be searching my house checking to see if it was clean.  Classic case of over-thinking on my part.  I’d like to say this is a rare occurrence, however, I’m guilty of making things harder than they need to be on a regular basis.

It’s easy to fall into that same trap when it comes to talking about sports.  We get wrapped up in thinking that if we don’t know every stat related to the game, can’t recall the exact play by play from the night before or draw a blank when it comes to a player’s all-time best numbers that we can’t join a conversation.  Truth is, the less you think the easier the conversation flows.  When it comes to conversation starters think of the easy, open-ended questions.   You’ll promote good conversation when doing that, and avoid getting tripped up by numbers, stats and details that really don’t matter in the grand scheme.

Here’s a few ideas to get you started this week.

NBA/Basketball fans – There’s lots of talk about Lebron James.  Where do you think he’ll end up playing next year?

MLB/Mariners fans – What happened to the Mariners this season?  Are they going to trade Cliff Lee?

NFL/Seahawks fans – Have you seen all the moves the Hawks have made? How good do you think they’ll be this season?

Here’s a fun 4th of July topic – Should competitive eating be considered a sport?