Posted on: October 17th, 2011 by Jen Mueller

Sports topics and headlines make great small talk at work.  These workplace conversation starters will help you break the ice, cultivate stronger rapport and lay the foundation for future interactions.  Below is a rundown of a just a few hot topics in the sports world this week.  Just read the summary, click on the link for more information and ask the questions provided.


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Dan Wheldon died during Sunday's race in Las Vegas.

Indy RacingThe racing world mourns the loss of 33-year old driver Dan Wheldon.  The 2-time Indy 500 champion died as a result of injuries suffered during a fiery 15-car wreck.  The race was canceled, and those at the track paid tribute to Wheldon.  Many drivers say it was the worst crash they had ever seen.  The cars are expected to get additional safety features in 2012, do you think racing will take an even closer look as a result of this tragic accident?


NFL – The Green Bay Packers are the one remaining unbeaten team in the NFL.   The Detroit Lions lost their first game of the year to San Francisco on Sunday.  The game provided many highlights but so did the post game handshake.  San Francisco head coach Jim Harbaugh and Detroit head coach Jim Schwartz exchanged words and nearly started brawling after a meeting in traditional post-game handshake after the game.  Should the NFL fine the coaches for the incident?  What do you make of Harbaugh’s explanation that he shook Schwartz’ hand too hard?


NCAA Football – The first BCS rankings of the year are out.  Those are the rankings that determine which teams play for the national title at the end of the year.  LSU is ranked #1 by the slimmest of margins over #2 Alabama.  It’s the closest the initial top two teams have been ranked since the BCS rankings started in 2004.  LSU and Alabama play each other November 5thDo you agree with how they’re ranked in the polls?


MLB – The St. Louis Cardinals continue their improbable surge, by beating the Milwaukee Brewers in the National League Championship Series.  The Cardinals now play the Texas Rangers in the World Series.  The storyline outside of the World Series pairing, pertains to the two biggest free agents in the game Prince Fielder who plays for Milwaukee and Albert Pujols the long-time Cardinal.  How do the playoff runs by the Brewers and Cardinals change the leverage of both of these superstars? The Rangers are in the World Series for the second year in a row, do they have the upper hand in this matchup?


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