Each week here at Talk Sporty we do our best to equip you for the conversations you might hear around the office. There’s a good chance at least a couple of them will involve sports and you don’t want to be left out. Why? Because those sports conversations help build rapport and relationships, and ultimately the conversation will turn to work and you’ll want to be there when that happens.
Even if you’re not a sports fan, you can’t afford to be left out. So here’s what you do. Read over the following sports topics to get an idea of what fans will be talking about this week. Click on the link if you want more information and use the questions provided to spark conversation with a sports fan. Don’t worry if you don’t know the answer to the question, you don’t have to. Just let the sports fans in your office take over the conversation and take mental notes.
NFL – Week 2 of the NFL season brought a few surprises, particularly the outcome of the Arizona – New England game. The Cardinals beat Tom Brady and the Patriots after New England missed the game winning field goal in the final seconds. Arizona is 2-0 this season.
- Which team looks the strongest in the early going of the season?
- The New Orleans Saints are 0-2 in their first couple games. How much do you think the absence of Head Coach Sean Payton is playing into that?
College Football – Alabama remains #1 in the Top 25 polls, but USC fell 9 places from #2 to #12 after losing to rival Stanford over the weekend. Many fans were predicting a possible Alabama-USC title game, but that seems unlikely now.
- USC and Stanford are part of the Pac-12 conference along with #3 Oregon. The entire conference looks pretty strong. Which conference do you think is the best after the first 3 weeks?
MLB – Red Sox Manager Bobby Valentine has made headlines all year long – so why stop now. His most recent statement, that he has the “weakest roster in Red Sox history.” How’s that for a morale booster for his team? The Red Sox have struggled all year, and many people feel Valentine is one of the reasons why.
- How do you think Valentine’s impacted his team?
Baseball added a second wild card spot this year. So two teams will win a wild card spot and play each other in a 1 game playoff to determine who will continue on in the playoffs. This has made games more meaningful for more teams.
- How do you think it’s impacted the playoff races?
NHL – Training camps should be opening this week in preparation for hockey season, but all’s quiet for the NHL. The league and its players failed to negotiate a new collective bargaining agreement, or CBA, so now the players are locked out. It’s the 4th work stoppage for the league since 1992. There is no estimate on when it might end and when the season might start. A lockout in 2004-‘05 wiped out the entire season.
- How does the lockout affect the popularity and the fan base of the sport?
- Will you miss the sport or watch something else?
Jen 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 sports conversations, sound intelligent, and understand how to leverage sports 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and read more at http://talksportytome.com