Hello SOTGC Community,
It’s February and to many that means Valentine’s Day, Leap Year (or not) and hopefully the last month of the brute of winter which is determined by a furry rodent named Punxsutawney Phil. To some sports fans February is bittersweet as it’s the end of the football season but to others it’s exciting because it’s the beginning of baseball season. When one door closes, another opens.
Let us open the door to another world of conversation – the world of sports. Arm yourself for small talk by perusing through this month in sports.
The Super Bowl
The Super Bowl is one of the biggest sports days of the year. The NFL (National Football League) is the only major professional sport to decide it’s champion with one game. (Most other teams have a “best of” series of games). One game equals inventive commercials, decadent food, an amazing halftime concert and great fun. Oh and there’s football in there somewhere too. This year’s game features the Atlanta Falcons vs. the New England Patriots on Sunday, February 5 at 6:30 pm EST in Houston.
Working it into conversation
- It’s time to get your hair colored but what does this have to do with sports? Well the Super Bowl is one time in the year that you can bet on some zany things at the sports book such as what color is halftime performer Lady Gaga’s hair going to be when she takes the stage? Will “Houston we have a problem” be said on TV during live broadcast? I’d take that bet.
- Do you have a boss that likes to break it down after you secure a big client or hit a home run on a project? The Atlanta Falcons’ owner Arthur Blank is the same way. He’s made a name for himself cutting a rug at the postgame celebrations. He’s no Lady Gaga but he’s having a great time doing it.
NBA All-Star Game
The NBA (National Basketball Association) celebrates its best on Sunday, February 19th in New Orleans, LA. The NBA moved the game from Charlotte, NC to New Orleans due to House bill two aka the bathroom bill in North Carolina.
Working it into the conversation
- The NBA slam dunk competition is a chance for the athletes to show off because typically the big name players do not participate. It’s a prime opportunity for younger players to make their own national headlines. Take a hint from these athletes, if someone passes on a project in your office don’t be afraid to step up and dominate. You’ll be making your own headlines before you know it.
- Every time we read the news we’re infiltrated with the negative. To many the all-star game is just another way to praise our already enshrined athletes. What you probably won’t see is the great work these all-stars will do in the community of New Orleans as part of the game’s festivities or the work they do giving back in their own communities. (Insert any charity activities and possibly highlight LeBron’s work as sportsman of the year). The next time your office puts together a community team building event remember you’re the all-star and it’s good to give back.
The Daytona 500
The NASCAR (National Association of Stock Car Auto Racing) season starts on Sunday, February 26 at the iconic Daytona International Speedway.
Working it into conversation
- Do you have a co-worker who loves to visit the beaches of Florida or a family member who longs to retire there? NASCAR has a long history at the beach. The race first started on the beach in the early 1900’s and transitioned into the speedway in 1959.
- Is there a long road ahead for you and your team? Embrace the grind like a NASCAR driver. Their season begins at Daytona in February and ends in November. Like your team there may be times where they crash and burn, hit a wall and experience road rage but the grind is worth it when you’re victorious in the end.
Talking about sports in the office doesn’t have to involve spouting off statistics and lingo. By simply knowing a little about what’s going on in the world of sports you’ll gain credibility. To keep up with the trending topics in sports, subscribe to Last Night’s Game’s tri-weekly publication that you can read in the time it takes to make your morning cup of joe. You’ll be talking shop in no time.