Posted on: February 24th, 2014 by Jen Mueller

For the last couple weeks the Olympics captivated the world and gave sports fans of all levels something to talk about at work.  The 2014 games wrapped up Sunday which means it’s back to business as usual in the sports world.

There’s plenty to talk about this week and don’t forget that in addition to the items listed below, the NHL returns on Tuesday following their break for the Olympic games.

 

Making News:

  • Blake Bortles
  • Ervin Santana
  • Jason Collins
  • Syracuse Basketball
  • Dale Earnhardt Jr.

 

Why They’re Making News:

  • Quarterback Blake Bortles didn’t make as many headlines as Johnny Manziel this year, but he did impress coaches and scouts during the NFL Combine.  Bortles, the former Central Florida quarterback, showed off his strong arm over the weekend while Manziel and Teddy Bridgewater opted to wait to throw until pro days at their respective schools. Manziel did show impressive speed in the 40-yard dash.
  • In baseball, Ervin Santana is the biggest free agent pitcher left on the market.  Teams are now a couple weeks into Spring Training and evaluating what players they still need for the season.  Santana’s name has come up in connection with Baltimore, Texas and Toronto.
  • In the NBA, Jason Collins became the first openly gay player to play in one of the “big four” sports.  Collins announced he was gay last year, but was not on a team until the Brooklyn Nets signed him to a 10-day contract this weekend.  On Sunday, Collins played 11 minutes in the Nets win over the LA Lakers.
  • Last week we pointed out that Syracuse was one of two unbeaten teams among college basketball’s top 25 teams.  Since then, they’ve lost back-to-back games.  The Wichita State Shockers enter the week as the last remaining unbeaten in the Top 25 rankings.
  • Dale Earnhardt Jr. won a rain-delayed Daytona 500 Sunday.  It win snapped a 55-race losing streak dating back to 2012.  It was the second Daytona 500 win for Junior.

 

Jen Mueller, America’s Expert Talker,  is the sideline reporter for the World Champion Seattle Seahawks. She also works on the television broadcasts for the Seattle Mariners. Jen is the author of Game Time: Learn to Talk Sports in 5 Minutes a Day for Business..  Her step-by-step process makes sports accessible and practical for relationship building in business.  The book is available through Amazon.