Posted on: February 17th, 2014 by Jen Mueller

It’s a holiday Monday for some, and what are the chances you want to hear about everyone’s holiday when the workweek resumes this week?  Make sure you have a couple different conversation topics to go to. Otherwise you just might hear about their President’s day shopping or house cleaning.

Sports conversations do more than just fill time. They’re a great way to get to know the people you work with and establish commonality.  Here a few of the topics making headlines this week.


Making News:

  • NFL Combine
  • Kyrie Irving
  • Syracuse Basketball
  • Daytona 500
  • Bubba Watson


Why They’re Making News:

  • The NFL Combine takes place this week in Indianapolis.  This is like a job interview for college football players looking to make the jump to the NFL.  The quarterbacks will get the most attention.  The QB crop includes Johnny Manziel, Blake Bortles and Teddy Bridgewater.
  • Cleveland star Kyrie Irving led the East All Stars to a 163-155 All Star win Sunday night and took home MVP honors in the process.  He scored 31 points and dished out 14 assists.  Irving is just 21-years old and is one of the players ushering in a new era of NBA talent and signaling a changing of the guard.
  • In college basketball, Syracuse remains unbeaten and at the top of the NCAA college rankings.  They’ve won their last two games by a combined 3 points.  Keep an eye on unbeaten Wichita State in the rankings as well.
  • The NASCAR season is about to begin.  It starts with the Daytona 500 on Sunday.  Austin Dillon locked in the pole position for the Great American Race, a good start to his first full season in sprint cup racing.
  • On the PGA Tour, Bubba Watson won the Northern Trust Open Sunday.  It was his first win since winning the Masters in 2012, nearly 2 years ago.  Watson played the final two rounds without recording a bogey.


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.