Posted on: August 11th, 2014 by Jen Mueller

Screen Shot 2014-08-11 at 8.13.35 AMLet’s get right to the point.  You need every chance you can find to connect with people in business.

Sports should be one of those connection points, especially with the excitement that’s building for upcoming football season, the hype of Rory McIlroy this week and the tragedy on the racetrack that has dominated sports coverage since Saturday night.


Making News:

  • Tony Stewart
  • Rory McIlroy
  • Johnny Manziel
  • Clayton Kershaw
  • NCAA lawsuit


  • NASCAR driver Tony Stewart was involved in a crash that fatally wounded a fellow driver.  The driver was upset with Stewart after a crash during a race on a dirt track Saturday.  He had exited the car on the track trying to confront Stewart, when he was clipped by Stewart’s car.  It is being investigated as an on-track incident.
  • Rory McIlroy won the PGA Championship Sunday.  He becomes the third youngest player, behind Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus, to win four Majors in his career.  McIlroy beat Phil Mickelson by one stroke after a gutsy performance on the back 9.
  • In the NFL, the first preseason game is in the books and there are reports out of Cleveland that rookie Johnny Manziel has moved ahead of Brian Hoyer as the No. 1 quarterback.  The Browns say it’s untrue, but do admit there’s no clear-cut favorite at this point.  So all eyes will continue to be on Johnny Football.
  • In baseball, Clayton Kershaw continues to strengthen his case for winning a third Cy Young Award.  He earned his 14th win Sunday and saw his league-leading ERA drop to 1.78.  Kershaw and Felix Hernandez, the American League leading candidate for the Cy Young, are the only starting pitchers that boast an ERA under 2.00.
  • The conversation continues on the recent ruling by a US District judge that the NCAA violates antitrust law by not allowing college football and men’s basketball players to be paid for use of their names, images and likenesses.  This is a long way of saying the court believes some college athletes should be paid.  It’s caused a lot of concern among colleges and universities and could drastically change college athletics.


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.