Posted on: August 15th, 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 more 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 first week of the preseason schedule is in the books.  There are 3 more weeks of preseason games before the regular season starts.  Last week was a first look at the teams and a couple new rule changes including one that moves the kickoff spot up 5 yards, increasing the chances of touchbacks.  The rule is designed to prevent of the injuries happening on special teams, since that’s one of the most violent parts of the game.  But some people are complaining that it makes for boring football and negates that aspect of the game.  What do you think? Does the rule change make special teams play less effective?  Did the league go too far or not far enough in protecting its players?


NBA – The NBA lockout continues with several players contemplating playing overseas if a deal isn’t reached by the scheduled start of the season.  There is talk of eliminating teams, but according to commissioner David Stern, those discussions won’t go any further until a new Collective Bargaining Agreement is in place.  New Orleans, Sacrament and Charlotte appear to be the top candidates for elimination.  Stern says the players have started talking about it, do you think they would be in favor?  What are the pros and cons of eliminating two teams?


Jen-Mueller-Talk-Sporty-To-MeMLB – For the last month, baseball has been watching Dan Uggla and tracking his hitting streak.  The streak ended Sunday at 33 straight games with a hit.  That ties him for the 18th longest hitting streak in major league history.  The entire streak was a surprise since Uggla struggled mightily early in the season.  What does the streak show about the power of perseverance or luck?  Now which storylines are you watching?


PGA – The final major of the year concluded over the weekend with a surprising finish. y  It wasn’t the finish anyone expected.  Bradley is just the third play in the history of the game win in their first start in a major championship.   In addition to that drama, Tiger Woods missed the cut by a mile, which means he wasn’t even competing on Saturday and Sunday.  How do you think that rates on Tiger Woods’ humiliation scale?  Did the finish Sunday make up for the lack of any big names at the top of the leader board?


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