Posted on: June 10th, 2013 by Jen Mueller

Lots of sports news this week as the world of sports keeps buzzing along.  In fact, that’s one of the best things about sports – there’s something new every day.

Too often small talk in business sounds like an old, worn out script.

“How are you?”

“Doing well, how are you?”

“Not much here.”

“See ya later.”

If that’s all too familiar try breaking the mold this week with one of these sports topics.  Saying “Did you see who Tiger Woods is paired with this week at the U.S. Open?” opens the door to more conversation possibilities than just Tiger Woods or golf itself.

Go ahead give it a try and throw away that old small talk script.

Names in the News

  • Tiger Woods
  • Rory McIlroy
  • Jason Kidd
  • Stanley Cup
  • Serena Williams
  • Rafael Nadal
  • Palace Malice

Why they’re making news:

  • The U.S. Open starts Thursday and Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Adam Scott – the top ranked players in the world – will play the first two rounds together.  It’s the first time Tiger and Rory are paired together at a major tournament.  Woods is looking to win his first major in five years.
  • While most of the basketball world is enthralled by the matchup between the Spurs and the Heat in the NBA Finals, there’s another name making news this week.  Jason Kidd is reportedly interested in becoming the head coach of the Brooklyn Nets. Kidd just announced his retirement last week after spending 19 years as a point guard in the NBA.
  • The Boston Bruins and Chicago Blackhawks advanced to the NHL Stanley Cup Finals.  It is the first finals matchup of two teams from the original six teams since 1979.
  • Serena Williams won her first French Open title in 11 years on Saturday.  She also redeemed an embarrassing showing in last year’s French Open when she lost in the first round of a Grand Slam tournament for the first time in her career.
  • On the men’s side, Rafael Nadal won his 8th French Open title.  Nadal is the only man to win 8 titles at any major tournament. He’s won four consecutive French Open titles and pushes his overall count to 12 major trophies.
  • Palace Malice won the Belmont Stakes Saturday, the final leg of horse racing’s Triple Crown.   Preakness winner Oxbow finished second and Kentucky Derby winner Orb finished third.


Mueller_KDPJen Mueller, America’s Expert Talker, is the author of Game Time: Learn to Talk Sports in 5 Minutes a Day for Business. After 13 years in sports broadcasting, Jen wrote the go-to resource for novice and first-time sports fans in the business world.  Her step-by-step process makes sports accessible and practical for relationship building in business.  The book is available through Amazon.