The new year is upon us and that means a fresh slate. If creating relationships, growing your client base or expanding your network are on your list of resolutions, develop the rapport with sports and keep the conversation going all year long. Here are what your friends and neighbors will be talking about in January.
College Football National Championship Game – Monday, January 8
The two best teams in college football, Georgia and Alabama, come together in Atlanta to find out who is the best in the land. Alabama comes into the game as the experienced winner, having played in two of the last championship games, winning one. Georgia on the other hand, hasn’t won a National Championship since 1980.
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They say smart women who take risks get the corner office and the College Football Planning Committee is doing just that. For the first time ever, the college bands won’t be the center of attention during halftime (but they’ll still play). Grammy Award winner Kendrick Lamar will perform as part of the inaugural College Football National Championship Halftime Performance.
The head coaches are familiar with each other. Georgia coach Kirby Smart was a coach under Alabama’s head coach Nick Saban at Alabama. Will the game be an epic win by the experienced coach or a tale of the underdog rising up to a victory over his teacher to bring home the win?
Australian Open – Monday, January 15 – Sunday, January 28
The Australian Open is one of the four major tournaments in tennis but what makes this year’s tournament so special? Serena Williams is planning her return to the courts, four months after giving birth to her first child.
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Williams won the tournament and her record 23rd Grand Slam win last year while eight weeks pregnant. No word if she suffered from morning sickness but regardless her body was going through some tremendous changes while she was volleying for her paycheck.
NFL (National Football League) Pro Bowl Game – Sunday, January 28
The Pro Bowl is the NFL’s version of an all-star game. The game will be played in Orlando the weekend before the Super Bowl.
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Once the players are selected for the game, it’s always controversial whether or not they’ll actually play. Since football is such a physically demanding sport, many players elect not to play in the game for health purposes. Unlike if you opted out of a big project, these players aren’t reprimanded for not participating.
Players from the two teams that are playing in the Super Bowl are not eligible to play in the game, even if they are selected. Some players have bonuses built into their contracts for playing in the Pro Bowl. While they’ll miss out on those, the promise of a Super Bowl ring (and bonus) is more appealing.
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