Posted on: October 10th, 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.


Talk Sporty to Me Blog, Jen MuellerAl DavisThe legendary Raiders owner died Saturday.  Many people considered him eccentric in recent years, but there’s no denying the impact he made on the game of football.  Fittingly the Raiders won Sunday in Al’s honor.  In fact, some consider him the Steve Jobs of football.  He’s famous for his love of the game and his phrase “Just win baby.”  The questions you could ask here go beyond the game of football.  He forced change in the NFL and was among the first owners, to hire an African American Head Coach and a Hispanic Head Coach.  How did he affect change in other parts of American culture? Who do you work with that tries to make positive changes?


NCAA Football – They dubbed Saturday’s games “Blow Out Saturday” as every Top 10 team that played last weekend won by at least 22 points.  Among the teams getting blown out, the University of Texas, who lost the big rivalry game against Oklahoma. Its significant because Texas plays a big roll in the generating revenue for the conference, yet their play the last two years doesn’t back it up.  Is head coach Mack Brown in trouble?  What makes the Longhorns such a popular choice among fans?


NBA The league is expected to cancel the first two weeks of the season this week.  Talks are going nowhere and both sides are bracing for a long, drawn out fight.  There’s talk that if/when a deal gets done, the league will play a full season, and stretch it deeper into the summer, past the usual timeline.  What do you think about this plan?  With several NBA stars considering joining an overseas team, how does it impacting the basketball economy overseas, and the players who already play in those leagues?


MLB – The baseball playoffs roll on into the League Championship round.  The winners of these best-of-7 series will play in the World Series.  In the American League Championship Series (ALCS), it’s the Detroit Tigers and the Texas Rangers.  In the National League Championship Series (NLCS) it’s the Milwaukee Brewers and St. Louis Cardinals.  The Rangers were in this position last year and advanced to the World Series, do they have the tools to get there again?  How much of an impact has the weather been in the AL playoff games so far?  There’s bad blood between the Brewers and Cardinals, how does that add to the drama of the NLCS?


NASCAR – The racing season is winding down as the top 10 racers finish their Chase for the Cup.  Jimmy Johnson won Sunday in Kansas and dominated the field.  He’s won the last 5 Championships.  Does Sunday’s performance silence any doubts he could make it 6 straight?


Tiger Woods – Tiger Woods unveiled a new golf swing over the weekend as he played in a tournament for the first time in 7 weeks.  The swing must have worked because he shot 3 straight rounds in the 60’s on the PGA tour for the first time since last year.   Not everyone was pleased with Tiger, a fan ducked under the ropes to throw a hot dog at him.  The fan was arrested.  Does his play this weekend mean that Tiger has turned the corner in his game?  Where does the hot dog incident rank among strange things you’ve seen or heard at a sporting event?


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