Posted on: May 20th, 2013 by Jen Mueller

When it comes to following sports conversations at work it helps to have a point of reference like a familiar name to help keep track of the dialogue.  If every name, team, or sport is unfamiliar there’s less likelihood you’ll stay engaged in the conversation.  And as I point out every week in these blogs, sports conversations are a way to build rapport and relationships with your colleagues and coworkers.

Below you’ll see a list of five names in the news and the reasons why they’re being talked about.  I often get questions about how these names are chosen, and why I’m not talking about other sports like tennis, cycling or even hockey.  The answer is simple.  When you look at the sports headlines across different forms of media, (television, online, newspaper, radio) these are the names that come up across the board.

Certainly if your coworkers talk hockey and there isn’t a Stanley Cup playoff nugget listed this week, it would be a good idea to search one out on your own.  Your goal in talking sports at work should be the relationship building aspect of the conversation.  You know your audience.  I’m just trying to help you broaden your knowledge base.

Names in the News:

  • LeBron James
  • Rob Gronkowski
  • Jurickson Profar
  • San-Moon Bae
  • Oxbow


Why they’re in the news:

  • It shouldn’t be any surprise that LeBron James is in the news.  He and his Miami Heat teammates have been fighting criticism all year.  They are in the Eastern Conference Finals against Indiana.  That series starts Wednesday.  The San Antonio Spurs and Memphis Grizzlies are playing in the Western Conference Finals.
  • New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski will undergo a fourth surgery on his arm Monday.  He initially broke his right forearm last November.  He could also be facing back surgery that could sideline him for up to 10 weeks.  All of this comes at time when teams are going through off season workouts and making plans for training camp in July.
  • The Texas Rangers are set to recall Jurickson Profar to the big league team.  The 20-year old shortstop is considered the best prospect in all of baseball.
  • San-Moon Bae won his first PGA event at the Byron Nelson Championship over the weekend.  He beat Keegan Bradley by two strokes.  Bradley was trying to become the first wire-to-wire winner of the tournament since 1980, but fell apart during the final round.
  • Oxbow won the Preakness Saturday defeating Kentucky Derby winner Orb.  This means there won’t be a Triple Crown winner this year.   The final leg of horse racing’s triple crown is the Belmont Stakes on June 8th.


America's Expert TalkerJen Mueller, America’s Expert Talker, can help you join the conversations through a new book set to be released next week Game Time: Learn to Talk Sports in 5 Minutes a Day for Business.

She is a 13-year sports broadcasting veteran and currently works as a reporter for the regional sports network ROOT Sports NW out of Seattle and on the Seattle Seahawks radio broadcast as their sideline reporter.  She founded her company Talk Sporty to Me in 2009 and is available for keynotes, presentations and workshops.  Contact her at: