“Can you believe that touchdown call?!”
“Are you kidding me?!”
These are the top three text message and email comments I received since last night’s Seahawks-Packers game on Monday night. In case you missed it, the Seahawks won on a controversial Hail Mary touchdown as time expired. (For what it’s worth, I was standing on the goal line and, based on my view, would have called a touchdown too. In full disclosure, I am the Seahawks sideline radio reporter.)
The reaction from fans, players and coaches is intense. And here is what I want you to remember when you join the conversation about this game – it’s a chance to further your personal brand. Sports conversations can be leveraged in many different ways and this is a great example of how your conversations about the game are a direct reflection of you.
- Are you complaining about the referee’s call and think the Packers “got screwed out of a win”? What does that say about the way you handle tough breaks?
- Do you feel sorry for Green Bay that it came down to one final play, despite the fact that Packers Quarterback Aaron Rodgers was sacked 8 times in the first half? What does that say about the way you react to missed opportunities?
Let’s be clear, you don’t have to agree with the outcome of the game. You do need to be aware of how you sound when you talk about the game. Because your coworkers, colleagues and mangers will draw conclusions about you based on the way you react.
What happens if your reaction to the game is the first interaction or one of the first reactions a colleague has with you? What impression do you want to leave them with?
How about a few more examples, but from the Packers themselves, many of whom took to Twitter immediately following the game. TJ Lang and Josh Sitton are both guards for the Packers.
Lang questions the integrity of the Seahawks players, as if they should have just given up and said they didn’t want to win the game. How does that make him sound? And Sitton wants the NFL to apologize to Green Bay, but consider that Sitton was a member of the offensive line that allowed 8 sacks in the first half. How does this tweet make him sound?
If you’re looking for a way to express frustration today, try drawing attention to the fact that the Packers themselves were very upset and you share their sentiments.
If you’re a Seahawk fan who loved the outcome, take the high road and don’t gloat.
I could discuss the game, the play and the way sports conversations can be leveraged at work all day long. If you’d like to chat further or want to bring me in to talk to your group about leveraging sports conversations send me an email jen@TalkSportytoMe.com