Posted on: October 31st, 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 StartersMLB – The baseball season ended Friday night with the St. Louis Cardinals winning the World Series.  It was truly an incredible run for the Cardinals who were 10 ½ games out of the Wild Card at the end of August.  That means that had to win a number of games in September just to make the playoffs.  The championship marked the end of an era in St. Louis as Cardinals manager Tony LaRussa retired Monday morningWhat happened to Texas in the World Series? There were so many close games and great games, which was your favorite?  What happens to big St. Louis free agent Albert Pujols?


NCAA Football – There are just 6 unbeaten teams in college football (Division 1) including top ranked LSU and #2 Alabama.  Those teams square of Saturday in a battle that will decide which team is #1 in the country.  Who wins and do you think the winner will be able to maintain the top spot for the rest of the season?


NFL – The Indianapolis Colts and Miami Dolphins are still winless this season and lead the Andrew Luck Sweepstakes.  If you’ve heard the phrase “Suck for Luck” it refers to the fact that the worst team in the NFL gets the first pick in the draft.  The first pick is expected to be Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck.  There is a thought that these teams should attempt to keep losing to increase their chances of getting a terrific quarterback.  How do you feel about that philosophy?  What happens to Peyton Manning if the Colts take Luck, or would they?


NBA – There was some hope last week that the NBA negotiations would progress to a point that the league wouldn’t cancel any more games.  Unfortunately talks broke down again and games are canceled through November.  When do you think the league will resume play?  Have you missed the NBA up to this point?


NASCAR – Just 3 races remain in the Chase for the Cup.  Tony Stewart won Sunday at Martinsville moving him within 8 points of leader Carl EdwardsWho has the advantage in the final races in Texas, Phoenix and Miami?

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