Posted on: October 28th, 2013 by Jen Mueller

Another week and another round of sports headlines. They never stop – and that’s a great thing especially when you’re trying to break the ice or join a conversation at work.

Forget about everything you learned about asking an open-ended question to start a conversation.  That technique backfires more than you think.  Instead try asking your coworker if they saw Calvin Johnson’s big game?

If the answer is “yes,” they’ll talk football if it’s “no” then go with the open-ended approach about what they did over the weekend.  Here are a few other names to try:

Making News:

  • Calvin Johnson
  • Oregon Ducks
  • Kolten Wong
  • Derrick Rose
  • Jeff Gordon

Why They’re Making News:

  • Detroit Lions receiver Calvin Johnson turned in a near record-setting performance Sunday.  Johnson racked up 329 receiving yards against the Dallas Cowboys.  He was 7 yards shy of the NFL record and becomes just the 5th player in NFL history to top 300 yards receiving in a single game.
  • The Oregon Ducks moved past Florida State to #2 in the BCS polls.  Remember #1 and #2 in the BCS polls at the end of the year will play for the national title.  Alabama is ranked #1.
  • St. Louis pinch runner Kolten Wong was picked off first base Sunday night to end the game and clinch a Boston Red Sox win in Game 4 of the World Series.  It’s been a series filled with unusual plays and that was the most recent.  The Red Sox and Cardinals have each won 2 games in the best of 7 series.
  • The NBA regular season starts Tuesday.  The Chicago Bulls and the defending champion Miami Heat play in one of the opening night matchups.  It will be the first regular season game for Bulls’ guard Derrick Rose since suffering a knee injury 18 months ago.
  • NASCAR fans have a lot to watch in the final 3 races of the season. Jeff Gordon won Sunday and moved to third in the standings.   Matt Kenseth also moved up in the standings and is now tied with Jimmie Johnson for the Sprint Cup lead.


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.