Posted on: December 31st, 2012 by Jen Mueller

Welcome to not only a new week but a New Year too. (Albeit, one day early.)  This week the sports conversations you hear will likely involve football because it’s a big week for both the NFL and college matchups.

Talking Football at WorkIf you’re familiar with this blog, you know that I work for the Seattle Seahawks as their sideline radio reporter.  Seattle is in the playoffs after a remarkable run to close out the regular season.  It’s been incredible to watch as part of the broadcasting crew, but it’s also fun to walk around town, see fans in their Seahawks gear and know that we’re all part of the same community cheering for the Hawks.

That’s just one of the ways sports brings people together.  I have never met the people I see walking around town, but I already feel like we have a connection.  This scenario is playing out in other cities this week too as we head into the playoffs, but it happens all the time during the course of a year.

Being able to talk sports can benefit you, even if you’re not the biggest sports fan.  Use the following conversation topics and the questions provided to spark conversations and relate to the fans you come across this week.


NFL – There’s lots to talk about this week in the NFL including the playoff picture, Black Monday and MVP votes, but we start with Adrian Peterson.  The Minnesota running back came back from a devastating knee injury a year ago and became just the 7th player in the history of the NFL to run for more than 2,000 yards in a season.  He was chasing Eric Dickerson’s single season record for yards, and came within 9 yards of tying his mark.

  • What impresses you most about Peterson’s season?
  • It also leads into the conversation about offensive MVP this season.  Voting for the season awards ends after Sunday’s games since the post-season doesn’t count toward those honors. Should it be Peterson or Denver quarterback Peyton Manning?

A few playoff games were decided on the final week of the regular season.

  • Who are your picks to make it to the Super Bowl?

The Monday after the regular season is known as Black Monday in the NFL because of the number of coaches and GM’s who will get fired now that the season is over.

  •  Which teams could benefit most from a coaching change?
  • What do you think of bringing in successful college head coaches to become head coaches in the NFL?

College Football – The Bowl Season starts the big build up to the National Title game on January 7th. New Year’s Day is a typically a big day to watch bowl games.  You can see the Rose Bowl, Capitol One Bowl and the Orange Bowl on Jan 1st.  After New Year’s Day there’s one game a day leading up to the title game.

  • Which of the remaining games are you most looking forward to?
  •  How to do feel about the whole ‘season’ of bowl games?

NBA – While most sports fans are focused on football this week, basketball fans are keeping an eye on the LA Clippers who have won 17 straight games and become just the third team in NBA history to go 16-0 in a calendar month.

  • What’s the biggest factor in the Clippers winning streak?

The Nets already fired head coach Avery Johnson after a rough December.  The timing seemed odd since Johnson was Coach of the Month in November.

  • How do you feel about teams making coaching changes during the middle of a season?


Jen Mueller, America’s Expert Talker, helps business professionals understand the sports conversations that happen every day at work.  Jen’s practical approach helps professionals join in, sound intelligent, and understand how to leverage sports conversation in business.  Her conversation strategy comes from her 12 years of experience as a sports broadcaster.  Jen is available to speak for keynotes, presentations and workshops.  Contact for more information and read more at