Sometimes it’s not what you say that makes the most impact, it’s what you do.
Take San Francisco Giants manager Gabe Kapler for example. His frustration over the school shooting in Texas last week and the number of shootings in the United States has led him to skip the National Anthem and stay in the clubhouse when it’s played before baseball games. You can read about how other managers around baseball are responding here.
It’s easy to “stick to sports” when talking about weekly conversation starters that could be helpful in small talk. There’s a reason I typically avoid highlighting sports topics that are controversial or emotionally charged – that’s not usually a productive approach to small talk.
But this week I want remind you that sports is more than stats and scores because games are played by human beings with feelings.
You don’t have to agree with Kapler’s response. You don’t have to watch baseball games. And it is possible to be entertained by a game even when topics veer outside of sports. You choose what you focus on. In my opinion that focus should always be on human beings.
Here are a few other sports topics making news this week.