Posted on: January 20th, 2014 by Jen Mueller

NFCChampionshipWhat a Sunday!  I spent several hours on the Seattle Seahawks sidelines working their radio broadcast and celebrated with the team after they punched their ticket to the Super Bowl.  The game was decided in the final seconds when the Seahawks intercepted a pass in the end zone.

The NFL story lines are going to headline sports conversations for the next two weeks leading up to the Super Bowl February 2.  There are certainly other things happening in the world of sports, but if you want to talk about the most relevant topics, you’ll be talking football.


Making News:

  • Seattle Seahawks
  • Denver Broncos
  • Peyton Manning
  • Richard Sherman
  • Russell Wilson

Why They’re Making News:

  • The Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos will play in the Super Bowl February 2nd in New Jersey.  The game will be played in the elements, as MetLife stadium is an open-air venue.
  • The Seahawks boast the top ranked defense in the NFL and the Broncos own the top ranked offense in the NFL.  It’s just the fifth time the No. 1 scoring offense and No. 1 scoring defense have met in the Super Bowl, and the first time since 1990.
  • Peyton Manning is the reason the Broncos led the league in offense.  He set multiple records this season including his 55 touchdown passes thrown in the regular season. Manning is one of the best pocket passers in the game setting up a great showdown against a Seahawks defense that allows less than 15 points a game.
  • Speaking of that Seahawks defense, fans everywhere are weighing in on Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman.  He tipped the final pass from Colin Kaepernick into the hands of teammate Malcolm Smith to seal the Seahawks win.  During several post game interviews Sherman made strong comments about the 49ers and San Francisco receiver Michael Crabtree.  It rubbed a lot of people the wrong way.  Sherman is one of the players you’ll hear from and hear about quite a bit leading up to the Super Bowl.
  • Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson becomes the first member of the 2012 quarterback draft class (that included Robert Griffin III and Andrew Luck) to reach the Super Bowl. The second-year player made big plays when needed on Sunday.  He’s an up and comer in the league facing one of the quarterbacks to play the game in Manning.


Jen Mueller, America’s Expert Talker, is heading to the Super Bowl as the Seattle Seahawks sideline reporter.  Look for more posts on how to talk about the big game over the next two weeks.  She’s also 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.