Posted on: June 13th, 2011 by Jen Mueller

There’s a new NBA champion in town.  That’s where we start this week’s version of sports conversation starters.  There’s plenty to talk about with Dallas winning the NBA title, but there are several other topics to follow.   Remember sports topics are a great way to break the ice and ease your way into small talk at the workplace.

NBA The Dallas Mavericks beat the Miami Heat to win the NBA title.  Among the many storylines in this win is the fact that Dirk Nowitzki earned his championship ring before LeBron James.  Not only that, but the “Big 3” James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh couldn’t get the job done.  Does this change LeBron’s legacy?  How does this help cement Dirk’s spot among basketball greats?

NHL –  We could have a new Stanley Cup champion Monday night.  It’s game 6 of the best of 7 series between Vancouver and Boston.  Vancouver leads the series 3-2, a win Monday seals their title.  However, the home team has won every game in this series.   Monday’s game is in Boston.  If the Bruins force a game 7 the series shifts back to Vancouver.  What’s the key for Vancouver against Bruins goalie Tim Thomas?  If Boston forces Game 7, what do the Bruins need to do to win in Vancouver?

GolfThe U.S. Open, golf’s second major of the year, starts Thursday. Tiger Woods, a 3-time Open champ, withdrew from the tournament last week due to injuries.  It’s tough to pick a clear cut favorite in the field.  You can bet there are several people watching the TV ratings to gauge the draw without Tiger.  How does his absence affect how much you watch?  Is it good that others get to be in the spotlight or does Tiger help the sport?

Boxing Hall of Fame Mike Tyson walked off the stage at the Boxing Hall of Fame induction ceremony Sunday.   He was too overwhelmed by emotion to finish his speech.  Among those in attendance was Sylvester Stallone – the actor who played Rocky Balboa in the Rocky movies.  Stallone was also inducted into the Boxing Hall of Fame.  Do you agree with an actor getting the same honor as a former world heavyweight champion?

NASCAR Jeff Gordon earned career win No. 84 Sunday to move him into a tie for third on racing’s all-time win list.   Gordon is 40 years old and now has multiple victories in a season for the first time since 2007.  How much more does he have in the tank?  Is a Cup championship a realistic goal for Gordon?

Jen Mueller is the Founder and CEO of Talk Sporty to Me.  She’s available to speak for keynotes, presentations and workshops.  Contact jen@talksportytome.com for more information. She also developed a line of popular greeting cards as another way to build rapport.  They are available on her website http://www.talksportytome.com