Posted on: January 17th, 2012 by Jen Mueller

You’re fresh off a holiday weekend and ready to kick some butt at work.  Are you ready to join the conversation at work, too?  You know your coworkers will be talking about “the game” (probably the Giants/Packers) but you have no idea why.  You feel left out and don’t know how to jump in and sound smart.  I’ve got you covered.  I’m Jen, and I’m the CEO of Talk Sporty to Me, as well as, a sports reporter for Root Sports Northwest.

Here are a few of the hot sports topics that could come up this week at the office.  Just read the summary, click on the links if you want more information and ask the questions provided.  You can totally do this!


Workplace Conversation Starters Blog, Jen MuellerNFL Championship weekend is set and it doesn’t include the Green Bay Packers.  The defending Super Bowl champs lost to the New York Giants last week ending their chance to repeat.  It’s now the Giants and San Francisco playing for the NFC Championship and the New England Patriots and Baltimore Ravens playing for the AFC.  Who’s do you think will advance to the Super Bowl?  Who’s your pick to win the Super Bowl?

NBAThe finalists for Team USA were announced Monday.  LA Clippers forward Blake Griffin and Portland Trailblazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge are newcomers to the roster.  Neither played in the Beijing Olympics or the 2010 championships in Turkey.  How do you think NBA talent stacks up on the world stage with the growth of basketball in other countries?

NHL – Pittsburg Penguins star Sidney Crosby will see a chiropractic neurologist to treat lingering concussion symptoms.  Crosby hasn’t played since December 5th and missed significant time last season after experiencing dizziness and headaches related to concussions.   Sidney’s long-term health is most important, but how does his absence affect the game since he’s one of the NHL’s biggest stars?

Tennis – The Australian Open, the first Grand Slam of the year, is underway and Rafael Nadal is making headlines for his comments about Roger Federer who refuses to back his fellow players and speak out on the grueling schedule.  A day after those comments, Nadal tried to minimize any damage by saying he has a great relationship with Federer.  What do you think about Nadal’s claims that Federer isn’t doing enough to help his fellow players?  Should he be doing more?

BoxingMuhammad Ali turns 70 years old Tuesday.  He’s lived a truly incredible life, known not just for his dominance in the ring, but for the political stances he’s taken, and his fight against racism.  Currently, the Champ, is living with Parkinson’s after taking 61 shots to the head during his career.  A once brash, egotistical fighter, he’s softened with age.  What is his legacy now?  How did he change boxing and the world we live in?


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