Posted on: June 16th, 2014 by Jen Mueller

Screen Shot 2014-06-16 at 6.08.25 AMCrowning the champs.

We’ve seen it happen three times in the last three days.  The NHL and NBA seasons came to an end.  Golf’s second major is in the books and the World Cup rolls on.

There’s plenty of big story lines to talk about this week.  And just remember that every conversation you have is a chance to reinforce or redefine what your coworkers and colleagues think about you.


Making News:

  • World Cup
  • Marshawn Lynch
  • Kawhi Leonard
  • Alec Martinez
  • Martin Kaymer


Why They’re Making News:

  • In World Cup action Monday, the United States will play its first-round match against Ghana.  It’s a tough draw for the U.S. because Ghana has knocked them out of competition in the last two World Cups.  A win today is key because the Americans play Germany and Portugal next, the second and fourth best teams in the world.
  • NFL teams hit the field for mini-camps this week, and many wonder if running back Marshawn Lynch will practice with the Super Bowl Champions. There has been speculation that Lynch wants a new contract and is contemplating retirement if he doesn’t get it.  This week marks the final days of practice before the teams open training camp in late July.
  • The San Antonio Spurs throttled the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals to win the Championship.  Kawhi Leonard earned NBA Finals MVP honors.  At 22 years old, he’s the youngest Finals MVP since his teammate Tim Duncan won in 1999.  Speaking of Duncan, many are wondering if he will retire after winning this ring.
  • In hockey, The L.A. Kings clinched the Stanley Cup Friday night in dramatic fashion.  Alec Martinez scored the winning goal in double overtime against the New York Rangers.  Martinez was also the hero in Game 7 of the Western Conference finals, scoring the winning goal in overtime to send the Kings to the finals. The Kings beat the Rangers four games to one in the Finals.
  • Martin Kaymer dominated at the U.S. Open, winning the tournament by 8 strokes.  No one came close to challenging him after his incredible first two rounds.  Kaymer was the top ranked player in the world in 2011, but this was a surprise after he spent a couple years retooling his game.

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.