Posted on: September 10th, 2012 by Jen Mueller

On a scale of 1-10 how big of a sports fan are you?

Think about it for a second and get ready for a shocker.

You ready?  It doesn’t matter.

It doesn’t matter if you like sports or not, if you work in a corporate environment you need to be able to talk sports.  It’s how relationships are cultivated and how business gets done.  It’s especially true during football season because more sports fans watch football than any other sport.

If you’re not an avid fan these conversation starters are a great way to start.  This weekly post is designed to get you up to speed on a handful of hot topics.  Just read the short summary of each topic, click on the link if you want more information and use the questions provided to start a conversation with your sports-loving colleagues.

Talk football at work, Talk Sporty to MeNFL – In Week 1, fans saw five rookies start at quarterback, the first time it’s happened since 1970.  Of the 5 rookies, only the Redskins and Robert Griffin III won. RG3 did more than just win, he threw an 88 yard touchdown pass and helped Washington stun the New Orleans Saints.  The rest of the rookies struggled in their debuts.

  • What kind of impact do you think the rookies will have this season?
  • An old veteran in Peyton Manning returned to the field for the first time in a year.  His new team, the Denver Broncos won.  What do you think of Manning’s debut with Denver?

College Football – A few upsets in Week 2 of the college schedule led to changes in the Top 25 polls.  Arkansas entered the week at #8 but dropped all the way out of the Top 25 after a loss to Louisiana-Monroe. Nebraska, Wisconsin and Oklahoma State also dropped out of the polls.  Alabama remains #1 and USC is #2.

  • What do you think of the upsets and the way the polls are shaking out?

MLB – We’ve talked about the fact that Washington National’s pitcher Stephen Strasburg would be shut down before the end of the season and now it’s happened.  The National’s announced that last Friday’s start would be the last of the season.  This is significant news because the Nationals will likely be in the playoff  and the decision to shut down their best pitcher is purely precautionary since he underwent surgery on his arm a year ago.

  • What do you think of the decision?
  • What happens if the Nationals struggle without Strasburg in the rotation?

NASCAR – The regular season finale played out Saturday in Richmond.  Clint Boyer won, but the race was arguably more significant for Jeff Gordon and Kasey Kahne who both clinched spots in the Sprint Cup field, which is NASCAR’s version of the playoffs.  It consists of 10 races and the driver in the top spot after those races wins.  Last year’s Sprint Cup Champion Tony Stewart has a chance to repeat. Jimmie Johnson won 5 straight titles before losing to Stewart last year. Dale Earnhardt Jr. is coming off a great year and is considered among the favorites to win.

  • Who do you like in the Chase?
  • Who do you think has the upper hand?

PGA – Davis Love III announced the Ryder Cup team last week.  Love added Jim Furyk, Steve Stricker, Dustin Johnson, and Brandt Snedeker.  The Ryder Cup will be played in late September and is a matchup against the top Europeans.  Some question Love’s decision to leave Rory McIlroy off the team.

  • What do you think of his selections?
  • What qualities do you look for when putting a team together in your workplace?


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 the conversations, sound intelligent, and understand how to leverage sports at work.  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