Posted on: September 26th, 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.


MLB The final regular season series end Wednesday and there are still a couple teams battling for Wild Card spots (the final playoff spots.)  The Boston Red Sox looked like a lock at the beginning of the month, but have faltered badly in the last couple weeks.  They split a double header with the Yankees Sunday, allowing Tampa to move with in a game of the American League Wild Card.  In the National League, St. Louis pulled within a game of Atlanta for the Wild Card.  It all comes down to the final 3 games, who wins it?


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Matt Kemp, making a run at baseball's Triple Crown

Also worth watching this week – Matt Kemp’s run at baseball’s Triple Crown.  If he is the leader in all 3 major hitting categories (batting average, home runs and RBI) he will be the first National League Triple Crown winner since 1937.   Can he surpass Albert Pujols for the Home Run title?  And can Kemp boost his batting average 10 points in the last 3 games to beat out Ryan Braun?


NFL –  Reports Monday out of Indianapolis suggest that Colts quarterback Peyton Manning could return in December.  Manning has undergone three neck surgeries in 19 months and snapped a string of 227 consecutive regular season starts when he missed the season opener Week 1.  The Colts are 0-3 without him this year.  What kind of boost could this news have on the team?  Would it be better to just place in on Injured Reserve and keep him healthy or is it worth it to try and get him back for the final games of the season?


NCAA – The merry-go-round of conferences continues, with Texas A&M accepting an invitation to join the SEC.  This will likely end the long-time rivalry between Texas and Texas A&M.  With so much talk about expanding conferences and revenue generated by schools, what needs to happen to stabilize college athletics?  How do you think conference changes will end up impacting the fans?


NBA – The lockout has now forced the cancelation of preseason games and postponed the start of training camp indefinitely.   Camps were scheduled to start Oct 3rd.  The league is 3 weeks away from having to cancel regular season games.  If both sides can’t agree on how to split the revenue between the players and owners, you can expect the lockout to continue into the regular season.  What kind of lessons if any do you think the NBA can take from the recent NFL lockout and successful negotiations?


Tiger Woods – After firing Steve Williams earlier this year, Tiger Woods has hired a new caddy, Joe LaCava.  The announcement means LaCava will leave Dustin Johnson, who’s considered one of the best young American’s on tour to work for Woods who hasn’t won in two years.  There are also reports that Woods didn’t contact Johnson to ask if he could talk to LaCava in the first place.  What do you make of the move by LaCava and Tiger?  What would you have done in that situation?


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