Sports topics make great conversation starters especially in the workplace. Conversations over a period of time lead to stronger relationships, more business opportunities and a higher level of trust, likability and rapport. Here are a few topics making headlines this week. Read the short summary, click on the link for more information and use the questions provided to start a conversation.
MLB – We’re halfway through the major league baseball season. Monday night brings the annual Home Run Hitting contest that precedes Tuesday’s All Star game. Since the original All Stars were named last Sunday, more than 2 dozen of them have bowed out for various reasons, although mainly injuries, forcing baseball to name additional All Stars in their places. As a result there have been more All Star selections this year than ever before. Does the game still feature the best in baseball?
NFL – Talks resume this week between the NFL players and owners, but without the federally appointed mediator who is on vacation. The issue front and center this week – rookie wage scale. In recent years, the NFL has paid top draft picks more money than some veterans will ever see. How do you think they should handle the situation? What kind of compromise do you expect?
PGA – The British Open tees off this week. Rory McIlroy, winner of the U.S. Open is a favorite to win, but this week’s course is one of the trickiest in golf, so a slow start isn’t out of the question. England native Lee Westwood has never won a major, but he is playing well and has a little more familiarity with the course than others in the field. Who are you watching this week?
Women’s World Cup – The USA beat Brazil in a shoot out Sunday to advance to the semifinals. It was a thrilling second half thanks in part to terrific play by Abby Wambach and goalkeeper Hope Solo. How would you rate the team’s performance in the tournament? What’s the biggest challenge standing between the US and the championship?
Derek Jeter – The long time Yankee joined an exclusive club Saturday by reaching the 3,000 career hit mark. But his accomplishment was even more rare because hit number 3,000 was a home run. He’s just the second player in baseball history, Wade Boggs was the first, to do that. The fan that caught the ball returned it to the Yankees without asking for anything in return. The team then gave him showered him with gifts and praise for not being greedy about it. What would you have asked for? Where do you rate Jeter’s accomplishment?
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