Posted on: August 29th, 2011 by Jen Mueller

Sports topics and headlines make great small talk at the office, help you break the ice, lead to better rapport and effective communication.  Here are a few of the hot topics in the sports world this week.  Just read the summary, click on the link for more information and ask the questions provided.

NFL – The NFL season enters the final week of the preseason and it’s cut time for the teams.  Every team must trim its roster to 80 players by August 30 and down to 53 players by September 3rd.  Who’s impressed during the preseason for your team?  How much harder is it to make cuts this year with such a short evaluation period and no offseason practices?


College Football – The College Football season starts this week.  You can watch a full slate of games Thursday night and of course all day Saturday.   Do you think the start of games will help shift the focus from major college football scandals – like the ones at Miami and LSU – to the actual games?  How would you curb the scandals rocking the college football world?


Talk Sporty to Me, Jen Mueller CEO, Expert TalkerMLB – Justin Verlander won his 20th game over the weekend, becoming the first pitcher since 2002 to win 20 games before the end of August.  There’s no question Verlander is an ace, and a top contender for the Cy Young Award, but is he good enough to win the AL MVP?  Many people feel that MVP honors should go to an every day player as opposed to a pitcher who plays every 5 days, what do you think?


LLWS – The Little League World Series ended Sunday with a stunning win by at team from California over a team from Japan.  The Little League World Series title returns to the U.S. thanks to a walk-off base hit to end the game.  How do you feel about not just the talent on display but the amount of national attention given to the youngsters?


Track –  The world’s fastest man Usain Bolt won’t be defending his title this year.  His race Sunday ended before it even started after Bolt false started.  That meant automatic disqualification for the sprinter.  The “one and done” rule has been in place since 2003, but Sunday’s event could be the tipping point to getting it changed back to the old rule.  What do you think is the best way to handle the situation and the rule?


Tennis – The US Open starts Monday after a couple tweaks to the schedule due to Hurricane Irene.  It’s the last Grand Slam of the year, and the women’s side of the bracket appears wide open with a dozen women in contention.  There are four clear favorites in the men’s bracket: Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Andy Murray.  Djokovic won the Australian Open and Wimbledon this year and Nadal won the French.  Who do you think comes out on top in this tournament?  Serena Williams returns to the U.S. Open after her last appearance in 2009 that ended in a rant about a foot fault.  She’s been injured and trying to make a comeback.  How do you think she matches up this week?


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