Posted on: September 6th, 2011 by Jen Mueller

Welcome back from a long holiday weekend. Here are a few topics to help you ease back into conversation at the office, at school or with your friends.

Just a reminder that 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.


NFL – The NFL regular season starts this week.  The New Orleans Saints and defending Super Bowl Champion Green Bay Packers kick things off Thursday night.  The player making the most headlines this week doesn’t play for either of those teams.  Peyton Manning will likely miss the Indianapolis Colts opener Sunday.  He is still recovering from off-season neck surgery.  Here’s why his injury is so significant.  Manning has made 227 consecutive starts – more than any active player.  He is the NFL’s “Iron Man” and has been the only quarterback in Indy for the last 13 seasons.  Every other team in the NFL has had at least 3 quarterbacks during that time.  Many who know Manning won’t count him out until they see it for themselves,  how about you?  How much do you think the lockout affected Manning’s ability to get back on the field, since the players were not allowed to have contact with team doctors and trainers?


Jen Mueller, America's Expert TalkerNCAA – The college football season kicked off last weekend and while there were several good games and good storylines, everyone seems to be talking about the uniforms worn by the University of Maryland.  Even LeBron James weighed in on his dislike of the multicolored helmet designed to look like the Maryland state flag.   What do you think of the uniforms? Are teams like Maryland going too far in trying to make a statement with their uniforms?


MLB Washington Nationals phenom Stephen Strasburg will make his 2010 debut tonight.  He made headlines last year when he regularly topped 100 mph on the radar gun, but Tommy John surgery ended his season early. One year after the surgery, he’s back.  What do you expect from Strasburg?  Will he have the same stuff?  (After he makes his start Tuesday ask ‘How did he look compared to last year?’)


Tennis – Rafael Nadal made headlines during a press conference this weekend during which he had to lay down due to severe leg cramps.  It happened during the middle of his press conference and he returned after fluids were administered.  Roger Federer He’s in the quarterfinals however, and gets a rematch against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, the man who knocked Federer out of the quarterfinals at Wimbledon earlier this year.  Does that give Tsonga the edge to do it again, or will Federer learn from the experience and use that to his advantage?  Serena Williams advance to a quarterfinal matchup for the first time in 14 months, 11 of those were due to health problems, so does she have what it takes to advance further?


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