It’s a big week of sporting events so lets get right to your conversation starters. Remember these are great topics for breaking the ice this week at work, particularly if you work with sports fans. We’ve done the heavy lifting for you, summarized the major storylines and provided a couple easy questions to spark conversation. There’s much more going on in the sports world, but these are good mix of hot topics.
NCAA Championship – It all comes down to this. Monday night’s game between Butler and UConn decides the national champion. The big names on both sides include Shelvin Mack for Butler and UConn’s Kemba Walker. Who wins? Which team has impressed you most by their run through the tournament?
Women’s NCAA Championship – Tuesday night the women will crown a champion and it won’t be the UConn Huskies. Earlier this season their 90-game win streak came to an end, but they were still favored to play for the NCAA Title. Notre Dame beat UConn Sunday setting up a title game between the #2 seeds: Notre Dame and Texas A&M. Who wins the matchup? What does this matchup say about the state of women’s basketball?
PGA – It’s Masters week in the golf world. The first “major” of the year starts Thursday at the hallowed grounds of Augusta. Phil Mickelson is coming off a win at the Shell Houston Open, which is a considered, a tune-up for The Masters. Mickelson moved to #3 in the world rankings, while Tiger Woods dropped to #7. It’s first time Mickelson has been ahead of Tiger in the world rankings since 1997. What do you think of Mickelson’s chances at Augusta? Who will you be watching this weekend?
MLB – Baseball season is less than a week old, but already the Texas Rangers are making a statement in the American League. They swept the Boston Red Sox in the opening series and Ian Kinsler and Nelson Cruz became the first teammates to homer in each of the first 3 games of a season. Many thought the Red Sox were the team to beat in the American League. What kind of message did the Rangers send? How did your team fare over the weekend?
NFL – The league has made of point of cracking down on concussions during games and now the Madden video game is following suit. According to John Madden “Concussions are such a big part of the game, it has to be a big thing in the video game.” Gamers will now notice that any player who suffers a concussion will not be able to return for the rest of the game. How do you feel about this as a teaching tool for kids? Should the video game place this much emphasis on an on-field issue?