Welcome to another work week and your ‘reader’s digest’ version of sports conversation starters. Happy talking!
Seahawks – A win Sunday against Arizona (and a loss by St. Louis) gave the Seahawks sole possession of 1st in the NFC West. The Hawks improve to 5-4 this season, equaling the number of wins they had all last season. What impressed you most? How do you think this helps the team as they head to New Orleans this week to face the defending Super Bowl champs?
NFL – Did you hear the one about Brett Favre retiring? The announcement last week that he wouldn’t be coming back next year didn’t exactly shock me. Most fans will believe it when they see it. Nevertheless, it’s a storyline to follow for the rest of the year. What do you think? Should he call it quits?
College Football – Talk about a role reversal for Oregon last weekend. The Ducks prolific offense usually scores at will, but they barely beat Cal 15-13 Saturday. Oregon remains #1 in the polls. What do you think about that score? Are the Ducks a lock to play for the national title?
College Football – Can’t resist a shout out to Washington State. The Cougars won their Pac-10 game of the season Saturday against Oregon State. The drought is over for a team that hasn’t won a game on the road in nearly 3 seasons and hadn’t beaten a Pac-10 opponent in 6 tries. The Cougs get two weeks off before hosting Washington in the annual Apple Cup Rivalry. Who wins? Has WSU shown enough to be favored in the matchup?
Mariners – The Voice of the Mariners, Dave Niehaus, passed away last week at the age of 75. He had been with the team since its inception in 1977. Saturday more than 3,600 fans paid tribute to Dave at Safeco Field. What are your memories of Dave and the Mariners? What do you remember about his calls?
NASCAR – For any race fans out there – Denny Hamlin leads Jimmie Johnson by just 15 points in the Chase for the Cup standings. Kevin Harvick is only 46 points behind Hamlin. That means next week’s race at Homestead is a winner-take-all battle. Who wins?