Posted on: September 19th, 2011 by Jen Mueller

In addition to Jen’s weekly blogs, she writes a monthly feature for Girl Power Hour.  It’s a cheat sheet to the hottest, most talk about sports topics of the month. 


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Jen’s view from the sideline’s of the Seahawks season opener in San Francisco.

Football widow.  It’s a term heard far too often this time of year.  Enough already!  It’s not that dramatic.  The NFL season lasts just 17 weeks and for the most part its only one day a week.  The college football season is even shorter.

 

Time to change the mindset and understand the competitive advantage you gain at work and the opportunity it provides to cultivate relationships.  Following football headlines and storylines gives you a great ice-breaker and follow-up excuse in business.  Choosing to participate in a football conversation with a significant other, family member or friend grants inclusion and increases your opportunities to chat.  You don’t have to play in a fantasy football league to show an interest in someone else’s passion for football.  Remember tapping into someone’s passion is a great way to build rapport.

 

With that in mind, here’s to watch for this month.

The NFL regular season opened last weekend with quarterbacks dominating the headlines.  The talk surrounding Indianapolis quarterbackPeyton Manning was justified after the Colts lost badly in their season opener.  Typically the quarterback play directly relates to the team’s record.  It’s not always fair since the quarterback is just one guy on the team and the offense is only one phase of the game, but it’s true.   September is a great chance to get a feel of what the league is going to look like this year.

 

As a general rule, there’s more riding on the college football games than in the NFL.  You can lose a game in the NFL and still end up with a good playoff seed, whereas a loss in college football can drop a team out of contention for the national title game.  That’s what all the fuss is about each Saturday.   Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck is a favorite for the Heisman Trophy (handed out to the best overall player in the country) and so is Boise State quarterback Kellen Moore.  They’re among a dozen players being followed by the experts.

 

Baseball season is winding down, with the final regular season games being played the last week of September.  Playoffs start in October and several teams are already locked in to post season play, but the races to keep an eye on now are in the AL West where Anaheim and Texas are battling, and the AL East where the Yankees and Red Sox are vying for the top spot.  The Red Sox are faultering badly and it’s panic time in Boston.

 

In a regular year, NBA teams would report to training camp in just a couple weeks, but little headway has been made in labor negotiations.  Now it appears the November 1st season openers are in jeopardy of being canceled.

NHL teams report to camp this week.  The Boston Bruins are the defending Stanley Cup Champions after beating Vancouver in Game 7 of the Finals last year.  The city of Vancouver, by the way, is blaming the league for the riots in June that led to millions of dollars in damage.  What do you think?

 

Go ahead join in the conversation this month, don’t shy away from the sports talk and don’t become a “football widow”  – there’s just too much to gain from Talking Sporty!