Welcome to the start of one of the longest sports seasons of the year – baseball. Opening Day for every team marks the beginning of a 162 game regular season schedule. That’s a lot of games and a lot of opportunities to talk to baseball fans you work with. I know it’s not the fastest sport to watch and games don’t always include a lot of action, but even those things can become conversation topics.
Remember sports conversations at work should be used as icebreakers and relationship builders. All you need is about 2 minutes to make those conversations count, and with the topics listed below, you’ll be able to start a conversation with a sports fan and let him/her take it the rest of the way.
- Opening Day
- Florida Gators
- Philadelphia 76ers
- DeSean Jackson
- Kurt Busch
Why They’re Making News:
- The baseball regular season is underway following Opening Day on Sunday. Every team will be action this week and kick off the 162-game season. For the first time in a long time a team other than the Yankees heads into the season with the highest payroll. This year that honor belongs to the LA Dodgers.
- In men’s college basketball the Florida Gators are the only No. 1 seed remaining in the NCAA Tournament. The Gators will play Connecticut in the Final Four. While Wisconsin and Kentucky play for a chance to advance to the National Title game.
- The Philadelphia 76ers tied the NBA record for most consecutive losses with 26. That streak ended Saturday night with a win against Detroit. It was the first win for the team since late January. The question now is can they avoid another long losing streak.
- In the NFL, Philadelphia released received DeSean Jackson last week. He’s a talented player with some baggage. Several teams are reported to be interested in signing him. Expect to hear his name in the news this week.
- In NASCAR, Kurt Busch took the checkered flag Sunday at Martinsville Speedway. It was his first win in 83 races, a drought dating back to 2002.
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.