Posted on: October 24th, 2011 by Jen Mueller

Sports topics and headlines make great small talk at work.  These workplace conversations 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.


Conversation StartersWorld Series – We should have a new World Series Champion later this week.  It’s been an incredible series up to this point – especially for St. Louis slugger Albert Pujols who blasted 3 home runs in the Cardinals win Saturday over Texas.  Pujols became just the third person in the history of the game to hit 3 homers in a World Series game.  The other two – Mr. October Reggie Jackson and Babe Ruth.  What does this do for Albert’s contract talks and negotiations?  Will he be enough to power St. Louis to the championship?


NFL – Tebow mania takes another step forward as Denver backup Tim Tebow started Sunday and rallied the Broncos to score 2 touchdowns in the final 2:44 of the game.  Denver ended up winning on a field goal, overshadowing the inefficient 3 quarters that preceded.  How much credit does Tebow deserve for the win?  How will this game change the way people talk about him and criticize his NFL ability?

NCAA Football – Talk about a wild finish to the Wisconsin – Michigan State game.  Both teams were tied until the final play of the game with Michigan State’s Keith Nicol hauled in a Hail Mary pass from Kirk Cousins.  It was an incredible play that ended the game and game the Spartans the victory.  What did you think of it?  The top two BCS teams LSU and Alabama both have a bye this week before facing each other next week, who wins?


NBA – Monday could be an ugly day for NBA teams.  The commissioner is expected to cancel much more of the season, including the traditional Christmas Day games.  This round of cancelations will start hitting players in their wallets, since many get paid November 15th and the expected cuts will go deeper into the season.  There are no talks currently scheduled between the players and the owners.  The arguments are getting quite personal, what needs to happen to have a productive negotiating session?  When do you think the NBA will return?


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