This is a big week for baseball and football fans but for two completely different reasons.
With two months left the baseball season, teams are making their move toward the playoffs and many of them are looking to solidify their rosters this week at the trade deadline. Look for plenty of news coming out before that July 31st deadline.
As for football fans, this week marks the start of the preseason schedule and indicates the regular season is just around the corner.
What does this mean for you – there are lots of fans talking about sports this week and you have plenty of opportunities to join them in conversation.
Here are a few story lines to watch this week.
- NFL Hall of Fame
- Hall of Fame Game
- David Ortiz
- Jeff Gordon
- LeBron James
- NFL Hall of Fame ceremonies come on the heels of the MLB Hall of Fame festivities last week. Saturday will mark the enshrinement of seven new Hall of Fame members: Michael Strahan, Andre Reed, Walter Jones, Derrick Brooks, Aeneas Williams, Claude Humphrey and Ray Guy.
- The weekend’s festivities also include the first football game of the 2014 season. The New York Giants and Buffalo Bills kick off the preseason Sunday in the Hall of Fame Game.
- Also in MLB, it’s ‘on’ again between Boston’s David Ortiz and the Tampa Rays. Ortiz hit a 3-run homer in the Red Sox win Sunday and Tampa pitcher Chris Archer had some choice words for the legendary slugger after the game. He called out Ortiz for showboating. (Archer has 3-years of major league experience compared to Ortiz and his 18-year career.) Benches cleared last fall following an incident involving Ortiz and Rays pitcher David Price.
- In NASCAR, Jeff Gordon won the Brickyard 400 Sunday for a record-setting fifth time. Held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, it’s one of the most difficult NASCAR tracks on the circuit and winning there can be an indicator of bigger wins. Eight of the past 20 winners at the Brickyard have won NASCAR championships the same season.
- In the NBA, everything LeBron James does makes news, so I shouldn’t be surprised that it’s considered ‘news’ that he will be wearing No. 23 in Cleveland this season. It is the same number he wore with the Cavs during his first stint with the team.
Jen Mueller, America’s Expert Talker, is the sideline reporter for the World Champion Seattle Seahawks. She also works on the television broadcasts for the Seattle Mariners. Jen is the author of Game Time: Learn to Talk Sports in 5 Minutes a Day for Business. Her step-by-step process makes sports accessible and practical for relationship building in business. The book is available through Amazon.