Posted on: January 28th, 2013 by Jen Mueller

Don’t be surprised if most of the office talk this week revolves around the Super Bowl, Super Bowl parties and of course Super Bowl commercials.  This is a big week for football fans and it should be a big week for you too.  There’s lots of opportunities to use the Super Bowl to your advantage – even if you’re not a big football or sports fan.  Check out this infographic on how to find common ground and connection points using the Big Game. 

As for the rest of the sports discussions this week, try these summaries and conversation starting questions to join in.

NFL – In addition to Super Bowl talk, the MVP talk will heat up again this week.  That’s because the NFL will announce the regular season awards Saturday night.  So the debate over Adrian Peterson or Peyton Manning for MVP and Andrew Luck, RG3 and Russell Wilson for Rookie of the Year will be decided once and for.  Well, the debate might continue, but the awards will be handed out.

  • The voting ended after the regular season but how do you think the post-season would have changed the voting?
  • What debate would you make for Peterson vs. Manning or vice versa?


NBA – While the Lakers and their struggles continue to be a top headline, news broke Sunday that Boston Celtic guard Rajon Rondo tore his ACL and is out for the rest of the season.  The Celtics are an aging team and this definitely changes the dynamic in Boston.

  • How does Rondo’s injury impact the Celtics this season and long term?


NCAA Basketball – This year in college basketball we’ve seen great wins by perennial favorites, but there’s also been some big misses and upsets.  Duke holds the top spot in most polls but Michigan is ranked #1 in one of the major polls.

  • There’s one big question in college basketball right now, based on what you’ve seen so far, which team is the best?


PGATiger Woods will win his 75th PGA Tournament Monday.  It will be the 6th time in his career he started a season with a win.

  • What does this kind of start mean for Tiger this season?
  • Does this change the debate on the favorite on tour this year?



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