Posted on: December 10th, 2012 by Jen Mueller

Let’s cut to the chase today.

Sports conversations happen in offices and workplaces around the country.  Colleagues talk about the big games, their favorite teams and players they like to watch.  Sports conversations can be a galvanizing force at work because it allows an exchange of ideas, builds rapport and gives people a ‘safe subject’ to talk about at work.

If you’re not part of the sports conversations in your office, you should be.  And it doesn’t require you spending hours in front of the TV watching games all weekend.  All you need is this quick cheat sheet.  Don’t worry about knowing all the details or all the hot topics.  All you need is 4 or 5 – like the ones listed below, topics that hit all different types of fans and ones that can be used all week long.  Just read the quick summary, click on the link if you want more information and use the questions provided to spark a conversation or join one in progress.

If this isn’t quite enough, check out the resource guide: Learn to Talk Sports in 5 Minutes a Day on the products page of Talk Sporty to Me.  You’ll be up to speed in no time.


NFL – There are 3 rookie quarterbacks in the discussion for Rookie of the Year: Indianapolis QB Andrew Luck, Washington’s Robert Griffin III, and Seattle QB Russell Wilson.  Luck led his team to a come from behind win to bolster his credentials, RG3 helped the Redskins win in overtime (although his status is up in the air after a knee injury) and Wilson was part of the Seahawks 58-0 win against Arizona.

Use these questions to start a conversation:

  • Which of those three deserves the most consideration for Rookie of the Year?
  • Minnesota’s Adrian Peterson has his sights set on 2,000 rushing yards this season.  It’s a magic number for running backs that few ever reach.  It’s even more impressive considering that Peterson is less than a year removed from a devastating knee injury and surgery.  How impressed are you at Peterson’s season?


College Football – The Heisman Trophy was awarded to Texas A&M freshman quarterback Johnny Manziel.  He beat out Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o and Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein.  Manziel is the first freshman to ever win the prestigious award given to the best college player in the country.

Use these questions to start a conversation:

  • Manziel came on strong at the end of the season but many people wonder if he was more deserving of the award than Te’o.  What criteria should be used to determine which player is the best in the country?
  • If you had a vote for the Heisman, which player would have gotten your vote?


MLB – Baseball’s Winter Meetings ended late last week.  That used to be the time of the year when the biggest free agents were signed and teams made block buster trades.  There’s less of that happening at the meetings now and more news that comes out right after things wrap up, like Tampa trading James Shields to Kansas City and Zach Greinke agreeing to a monster 6-year $147 million contract with the LA Dodgers.

Use these questions to start a conversation:

  • The Dodgers are one of the teams benefiting from a large influx of money from their TV contract. How does that change the market since they are among of handful of teams who can afford to finance larger contracts?
  • Josh Hamilton is still on the market.  Several teams are interested in the slugging outfielder.  Where do you think he ends up?


NBA – Last week Kobe Bryant became the 5th player in NBA history to reach 30,000 points last week.  It’s a nice accomplishment for Kobe, but he’d probably rather have wins right now.  You might remember that the Lakers fired their coach early in the season and hired Mike D’Antoni.  Since hiring D’Antoni, the Lakers are just 4-7 in their last 11 games.  They were beat by the Utah Jazz Sunday night and never held a lead in the second half.

Use these questions to start a conversation:

  • What do you think is wrong with the Lakers?
  • Where does Kobe Bryant fit in when the topic of best players of all time is discussed?



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