Girl Power Hour Post: Sports the All Inclusive Club

Posted on: October 13th, 2010 by Jen Mueller

Did you see the latest Girl Power Hour Talk Sporty to Me blog?  Here it is.

Talk Sporty to Me is your monthly cheat sheet to the hottest, most talked about sports topics.

Thanks to a Seahawks bye (off week) I was able to take a break last weekend, go wine tasting and see a movie – The Social Network. You’ve probably heard about it, it’s a story about the founders of Facebook.  But there’s a very obvious sports theme toward the beginning of the movie.  During an early scene, the ability to be an athlete divides the “have’s” and the “have not’s.”   It’s something most of understand from our school days.  There were P.E. classes, recess and rec league teams that helped determine the athletes in the group.  Everyone else was just a participant.

The older we get, however, the easier it becomes to see sports as an “all-inclusive” subject.  It’s one of the things I love about working in sports.  Anyone can talk about a game or a player and everyone can have an opinion about a particular play or their favorite team.  Being able to follow along in a sports conversation makes you part of the group, which is why we need to get up to speed.

If you spend any time hanging out with college football fans, you’ll hear plenty of talk about “the polls.”  They determine the best teams in football.  The AP Poll and the Coaches Poll rank the top 25 teams.  The polls are updated weekly and each  poll is determined by a different group of voters, so a team could be ranked differently on each poll.  Those rankings are only part of a bigger picture.   The first BCS rankings of the year come out this weekend. That ranking determines which two teams will play for the National Championship.  The BCS poll takes into consideration the following things: Coaches, Poll, Harris Interactive Poll and computer rankings.  Sound confusing? It is.  Few people are happy with it, but it is what it is for now.

As for the guys who play on Sunday, ‘inconsistent’ is probably the best way to describe the Seahawks this season. It’s still early in the season and, remember, they’ve moved several pieces off their roster.  Give it a month, until the halfway point in the season to really make a call on the Hawks.   There’s a very good chance they could finish with a record that’s around .500 (that’s an equal number of wins and losses) just like several other teams in the NFL.  There’s been talk of promoting parity in the league for years, and now it’s becoming a reality.  In fact, there are no undefeated teams left in the NFL.  It’s the first time since 1970 no NFL team has reached 4-0.  That’s a stat to impress your friends.

The golf world is about to see a new #1 golfer.  Tiger Woods has held the top spot since 2005 but he’s in jeopardy of losing it.   Woods is battling an injury and doesn’t plan to play in another tournament this month.  That opens the door for Lee Westwood and Martin Kaymer to make a jump in the rankings.

The Seattle Sounders used a strong second half of their season to lock up a playoff bid.  That’s two playoff berths in just two seasons for the Sounders.  Very impressive.   The Sounders made news in July when they traded Freddie Ljungberg to Chicago.  Is it a coincidence the team has played better since then?  I think not.

Baseball fans have until the first week of November to enjoy “America’s favorite pastime.”  The playoffs drag on through October and wrap up early in November.  The Yankees and Phillies are the favorites to play in the World Series, with the Phillies holding an edge according to many sports lines.

Happy talking!