Posted on: September 12th, 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 future conversations.  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.


Jen Mueller, CEO Talk Sporty to MeNFL – The regular season is now underway.  Quarterbacks dominate the emerging headlines.  News broke last week that Peyton Manning would not only miss the first game of his career but could miss a significant portion of the season after undergoing another neck surgery.   Indianapolis lost 34-7 to Houston without Manning under center.  2010 Heisman winner Cam Newton made his first regular season start and threw for 422 yards.   And Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo committed a costly turnover late in the game against the Jets that helped New York to win.  This only reinforces the perception that Romo can’t make big plays in key situations, in fact it’s why he’s trending on Twitter this week, what will it take to change that perception?  Did you see any sign of post-lockout hangovers, as a result of missed practices?


NCAA –  Last weekend featured several fantastic finishes, and added to the building drama of the season.  The latest polls show Oklahoma retains the top spot and Alabama moves up to #2.  Given what you’ve seen in the first two weeks, who has the best chance at finishing the season unbeaten?


NHL Training camp opens across NHL this week.  The Boston Bruins are the defending Stanley Cup Champions after beating Vancouver in Game 7 last year.  Vancouver is aiming for the title again this year.  There’s been talk recently of banning fighting in hockey due to its violence and risk of injury.  Some say it’s part of the sport, others say it doesn’t add anything to the games, what do you think?


Tennis – The U.S. Open wraps up Monday with Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal playing for the men’s title in the first U.S. Open men’s championship rematch in 23 years.   Samantha Stosur won the women’s title but it’s runner-up Serena Williams in the headlines for another rant at a tennis official.  Two year’s ago she sounded off during this tournament and received a hefty fine.  She is still on probation from that incident and now the WTA must determine her punishment that could include suspension from next year’s U.S. Open.  What do you think the punishment should be?  How does that behavior affect the sport and the game itself?


NBA –  With no end in sight to the NBA lockout, players are working out on their own, trying to stay in shape for the upcoming season, whenever it starts.   Monday marked the launch of “the Lockout League” a series of workouts and games in Las Vegas hosted by a basketball training and development group.  Do you think this will be enough to keep the players in shape?  Do you think part of this is a reaction to how the NFL players handled their lockout situation by trying to organize their own workouts?


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