01/22/2013 04:27 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

How To Have An Intelligent Conversation About Sports

When HuffPost Live host Ricky Camilleri approached me about doing a segment on helping out guys who don't understand sports, it only made sense. Guys and sports often come together, and talking about the game is a really convenient way to connect. With the Super Bowl less than two weeks away, it's time to prepare.

Ricky opened up in a big way about his lack of sports knowledge, and how it makes him feel when talking to other men: "There's nothing you can contribute. You're lost; you're humiliated."

I immediately thought about all the times I've been in conversations about the ozone layer, or Iraq or even gun control -- subjects I'm passionate about discussing but not especially familiar with.

But if you don't know very much about sports, there are ways to still have a successful conversation with those who do. Studying a bit beforehand helps, but just like the games, sports conversations change on the fly. In other words -- as you'll learn from the segment -- you just need to recognize your flaws and adapt.

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