Posted on: February 27th, 2012 by Jen Mueller

“Did you watch the Oscars?”

That’s a question you’ll probably hear throughout the early part of the week.  It’s a great topic to discuss – especially if you watched any of the movies that won awards.  But it’s only one awards show, on one night of the entire year.  The topic will quickly become stale, leaving you searching for something else to say.

That’s where sports topics give you an edge.  Something new happens every day in the sports world, which gives you fresh topics and new subjects to talk about on a daily basis.  And as a bonus – sports fans rarely DVR games or SportsCenter to watch at a later date.  They want to talk about the hot topics and invite conversation about them.   Your ability to join in the conversation increases your likeability and rapport – both are key factors at work.

So what are you waiting for?  Let’s dive into a few hot topics for the week.

Talk Sporty to Me, Jen MuellerNBA – The All Star game was won by the West All Stars, 152-149.  Oklahoma City Thunder guard Kevin Durant won the MVP title becoming the youngest All Star MVP.  He’s just 23 years old.   The Lakers Kobe Bryant broke Michael Jordan’s record as the All Star game’s all-time leading scorer.  He also broke his nose in the game.

How does the game help solidify Kobe as one of the greatest players of all time, and Kevin Durant as one of the best in the game currently?

  •  Given the fact that it’s the highest combined point total of any non-overtime All-Star game – why are people calling this game exciting but complained loudly about the points scored during the NFL Pro Bowl which is football’s equivalent to the All Star game?

NASCAR – The Daytona 500 marks the start of the NASCAR season, which should have happened Sunday.  Rain postponed the race until late Monday.  It’s the first time in the history of the race it’s been moved to Monday due to rain.

  • How do you think the weather will affect the track conditions and the impact the race?
  • How will the postponement affect drivers later in the week as they look ahead to their next race with shorter preparation time between races?

NFL – The NFL Combine wraps up this week in Indianapolis.  The Combine is combination of workout drills, skills, strength tests and interviews for the players who are eligible for the NFL draft in April.  Teams use the combine to evaluate the players they are considering drafting.   Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III (RG3 as he’s commonly called) posted the fastest sprint time out of all the quarterbacks in attendance. 

  • How did this help solidify his position as one of the top quarterbacks in the draft along with Andrew Luck?
  • For the first time ever, fans were able to buy tickets and attend the combine, but they were not allowed to cheer or make noise because it was a work environment for both the players and team representatives.  What do you think of the NFL’s ability to cash in and sell ticket to yet another football event?

MLB – Last week we told you about the story of the Boston Red Sox pitchers who apologized for drinking beer in the clubhouse last season during games in which they weren’t pitching.  Shortly after that, the Red Sox announced a complete beer ban in the clubhouse.  (As a note, it’s typical for players to have a beer together after the game and after speaking to the media.) The former Red Sox manager, who now works for ESPN, says the ban could easily backfire and was simply a PR move because the team took such a beating at the end of last year.

  • What do you think about the ban?

 

CEO Talk Sporty to MeJen Mueller, America’s Expert Talker, helps business professionals understand the sports conversations that happen every day at work.  Jen’s practical approach helps professionals join the conversations, sound intelligent, and understand how to use sports conversations to their advantage in business.   Her conversation strategy comes from her 12 years of experience as a sports broadcaster.  Jen is available to speak for keynotes, presentations and workshops.  Contact jen@talksportytome.com for more information and read more at http://talksportytome.com