Beyond a simple “How’s about those Knicks?” however, the single most important way to sound authoritative about sports is this: citing statistics. Lots of them. Throw them around with reckless abandon. Blind your audience with science. Bonus points if you master the “advanced statistics” that have started to permeate sports in recent years, esoteric measurements that move away from the traditional approach of tallying a player’s tangible, quantifiable contributions to a game and toward providing numerical representations of more nebulous concepts like overall efficiency, contribution to a team’s winning percentage, etc. Learn the name of these statistics. Smatter your conversation with them. Drop the name John Hollinger (above) a lot. Watch your audience stroke their chins in awe.