Posted on: November 4th, 2013 by Jen Mueller

Every week here at Talk Sporty to Me, I try to pick the names, teams or sporting events you’ll likely hear in conversations at work.

It’s not an exact science and I often feel like I should be giving more information or more headlines.  There’s always more to the story than what I give here, but the idea of this weekly blog is to increase your familiarity with top headlines.  If you’re already a sports fan, it’s a good refresher and if you’re more of a sports novice this is a good place to start.

If you get a few extra minutes and want more info pick up your local sports page, cruise around a website like or, or just listen to the conversations your colleagues are having and pick up the details from there.

Making News:

  • Gary Kubiak
  • Richie Incognito
  • Oregon Ducks
  • Brad Ausmus
  • Jimmie Johnson


Why They’re Making News:

  • Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak collapsed on the sideline Sunday night and was taken to the hospital.  It happened during a nationally televised game, which is one of the reasons he’s making news.  Kubiak was also the second NFL coach this week to have a health problem.  Denver head coach John Fox will undergo heart surgery after an incidence Saturday.
  • The Miami Dolphins have suspended Richie Incognito after allegations that he harassed and threatened teammate Jonathan Martin. Martin left the team last week and is undergoing counseling in LA.  Incognito has long been considered one of the dirtiest players in the NFL, but this is an unusual story among teammates.
  • The Oregon Ducks dropped to #3 in the BCS standings this week but they’re in for a big showdown Thursday night against #5 Stanford.  It’s a Pac 12 showdown with big implications in the conference and the national picture.
  • In baseball, the Detroit Tigers named Brad Ausmus their new manager. Ausmus played 18 years in the majors but has no previous managing experience.  Now that the World Series is over, other teams are expected to fill managerial vacancies this week as well.
  • In NASCAR Jimmie Johnson retook the lead in the Sprint Cup.  It’s a narrow seven-point margin over Matt Kenseth with two races remaining before the champion is crowned.


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.