Posted on: October 14th, 2013 by Jen Mueller

“I’m a sports fan but…”

It’s a phrase I’ve heard quite a bit recently and it’s usually followed by the words, “but I don’t know enough.”

It seem there are quite a few sports fans out there lacking a little confidence and missing the point of talking sports – especially at work.   You don’t need to know everything that happened in a game or all the rules of a sport to be part of the conversation.

Sports conversations are about relationship building at work and about creating opportunities to build rapport.  All you need to know is the sports headlines.  Other sports fans will fill in the blanks.

You can start by familiarizing yourself with these names and story lines.

Making News:

  • Tom Brady
  • Matt Schaub
  • SEC Football
  • David Ortiz
  • Kobe Bryant

Why They’re Making News:

  • New England quarterback Tom Brady led the Patriots to a come-from-behind win Sunday against New Orleans. The loss was the first of the season for New Orleans.  That leaves Denver and Kansas City as the only unbeaten teams in the NFL.
  • It’s been a tough season for Houston quarterback Matt Schaub the Texans started the season as a Super Bowl favorite, but have fallen apart and the fans are getting restless.  So much so, that when Schaub went down with an injury Sunday some fans actually cheered.  His replacement, TJ Yates didn’t fare much better and now there’s even more questions about the Texans future.
  • Alabama remains the top ranked team in NCAA football.  The real headline involves Alabama and 7 other SEC football teams are ranked in the Top 25. No conference has ever had that many ranked teams in one week of the AP poll.   Overall, 7 ranked teams lost Saturday the biggest being Stanford and Georgia.
  • Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz blasted a grand slam Sunday night to help the Red Sox rally against the Detroit Tigers.  The best of 7 American League Championship Series is tied 1-1. In the National League Championship Series, the St. Louis Cardinals hold a 2-0 lead against the LA Dodgers.  The winner of each series will play for the World Series.
  • LA Lakers star Kobe Bryant is still working his way back from a torn Achilles tendon.  There’s some question as to whether he’ll be ready for the NBA season opener on October 29th.  Bryant says he feels good and that he would be ready to play today if it was a playoff game.


Jen Mueller, America’s Expert Talker, is the author of Game Time: Learn to Talk Sports in 5 Minutes a Day for Business. After 13 years in sports broadcasting, Jen wrote the go-to resource for novice and first-time sports fans in the business world.  Her step-by-step process makes sports accessible and practical for relationship building in business.  The book is available through Amazon.