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December 5, 2005

Football for the Non-Sports Fan

Stephen has posted The 8 Facts You Need To Know To Sound Brilliant About Football for Work Conversations:

Years ago, a friend of mine, an non-sports geek like myself, became concerned that he couldn't participate in a lot of the small talk conversations at work because those conversations almost inevitably opened with football before moving on to other topics. It was the opener de facto and the key to the "old boys network." Of course, as he didn't like football, actually learning about it was not something he wanted to do. So, after many test conversations at jobs, he and I worked out the absolute minimum set of data necessary to get through football season.

Now, Stephen lives in Austin - the place of all that is evil in college football (The Texas Longhorns), but is otherwise a very interesting place. Since it's a college town, college sports is probably a major topic. In Dallas, however, it's the Cowboys. When I moved here, I was amazed at the lack of attention to college sports. I grew up in college sports centered towns, so D/FW was a culture shock in this regard. Sports updates on the news are probably about 50% Cowboys/NFL, 20% other local pro teams, 15% high school and 15% college.

However, Stephen's system works remarkably well even in a pro town. I'm a college football nut, but I really don't care for the Pros much. However, on Monday mornings I usually manage to catch a couple of radio broadcasts about Sunday's game. If I catch: 1) the score, 2) the critical 1-2 plays everyone will be talking about and 3) the current overall/division record, I find I can do remarkably well in the conversations that usually start: "How 'bout them Cowboys!"

Note to Stephen: knowing the name of the coach is usually a good thing in the long run.

Posted by Nemo at December 5, 2005 5:41 PM

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Funny, I've always thought South Bend was the place of all that is evil in college football.

But what do I know, I follow Universty of Oklahoma and their 7 win to 4 loss record. :-)

And while I'm at it, anyone who worked in such an office environment (meaning they likely went to college) and who has lived his life in this country would know what USC referred to even if they don't follow sports.

Posted by: Brian Medcalf at December 6, 2005 11:49 PM

South Bend evil? It's the home of the College Football Hall of Fame, Knute Rockne, Touchdown Jesus and Sean Astin - I mean Rudy.

Posted by: Nemo [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 7, 2005 8:10 AM