Posted on: April 25th, 2011 by Jen Mueller

Welcome to another week and another edition of conversation starters!  The goal here is to provide you with ‘safe’ conversation topics and interesting sports talking points that can be used to break the ice.  It’s the first step in building stronger relationships and improving workplace communication.   Storylines in the sports world change daily, but these topics are broad enough to span the course of the week.


NBA PlayoffsLakers star Kobe Bryant left Sunday’s game on crutches. His status for Tuesday’s game 5 is up in the air.  If Kobe isn’t at full strength, how do you think that will impact the Lakers? The first round of the playoff wraps up this week.  Did any of the teams surprise you?  Who do you like in the next round?

Talk Sporty to Me Conversation Starters

NHL Playoffs – The Vancouver Canucks had the defending Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks dead to rights early in the series.  The Canucks led 3-0 in the best of 7 series, but Chicago won 3 straight games to force a game 7 in VancouverWill home ice make the difference for the Canucks? Both of these teams have enough talent to make it to the finals. How far will the winner of the game advance?

NFL Draft – For months, football analysts have been breaking down the top draft picks and predicting the selections of each team.  It all ends this week.  The NFL draft begins Thursday night and continues through Saturday. Cam Newton is expected to be the overall #1 pick by the Carolina Panthers.  The fact that the players are in the middle of a lockout creates several storylines on draft day, including the fact that players can’t have any contact with their teams.  How do you think that will affect this crop of rookies?  Who would you take with the first pick?

MLS – (Thanks to Anna B. for reminding me about this one!) The Sounders suffered a major blow last week when Steve Zakuani broke his leg in two places. It happened on a hard slide tackle by Colorado midfielder Brian Mullan.  Zakaunai underwent surgery and will likely miss the rest of the season.  How does this affect the Sounders?  How should the league deal with Mullan?

MLB – Philadelphia’s Roy Halladay threw 130 pitches Sunday night and struck out 14 batters in the game against San Diego.  That’s impressive considering that most starting pitchers are limited to around 100 pitches a game.  It also goes to show that April is a month for pitchers as the hitters get adjusted and battle through a cold month and miserable weather conditions.  It’s been the lowest scoring month of April since 1992.  Have you noticed a difference in the games?  What do you think is the reason?  Would you like to see more offense, or do you enjoy pitchers duels?


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