Posted on: July 4th, 2011 by Jen Mueller

Welcome to your weekly batch of sports conversation starters. These little tidbits will give you something to talk about at the water cooler, during business outings and while making small talk this week. These topics are just a snapshot of a few sports headlines in the news. Read the short summary, clink on the links for more information and use the questions provided to get the conversation rolling. It’s that easy!


MLB – The All Star teams were announced Sunday, which means it’s time for fans debate the merits of the selections.  Toronto’s Jose Bautista was the top vote getter.  The Yankees are sending the most players with 6.  Three Milwaukee players were selected, their largest All-Star contingent ever.   The squads contain 13 first-time All Stars on the AL roster and 11 first-time All Stars on the NL rosters.    Derek Jeter is one of the only questionable selections as the long-time Yankee has been hurt most of the year, would have voted him in?  There will be additional selections because pitchers who start next Sunday won’t be allowed to pitch in the game next Tuesday, who else should be selected?  Who will be the starting pitcher for each team?


NFLThe league’s longest work stoppage has now stretched in July. Both sides will return to the bargaining table after the holiday weekend.    As a reminder the players and owners are trying to decided how to divide the revenue of the $9 billion industry.  The players are also concerned about health benefits once they retire.  In a normal season Training Camps would start in about 3 weeks.  Are you getting nervous about a deal getting done?  What’s your prediction for when the lockout will end and the players will be back on the field?


NASCAR Tony Stewart vowed that he will wreck any driver who blocks him on the track.   It’s a significant statement because he is on the bubble of making the Chase (which is like NASCAR’s version of the playoffs) and if he wrecks he will finish further behind the leaders in the race costing him valuable points that could help him make the Chase.  How do feel about Stewart’s retaliation plan?   What if it costs him a spot in the Chase?


Points of Interest:

Wimbledon Novak Djokovic won his first grass court tournament, beating Rafael Nadal to claim the Wimbledon title.   Earlier in the year, Djokovic won 41 straight matches before finally losing at the French Open. The Serbian takes over the top ranking in the world.

Tour de France – The famous month-long race started over the weekend.  Alberto Contador is a favorite to win. He was cleared earlier this year of doping after a blood test during last year’s Tour showed high levels of a banned substance.

Hot Dog Eating Contest – July 4th marks the annual hot dog eating contest.  This year they held a separate women’s only contest apart from the men’s contest.


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