Posted on: February 14th, 2011 by Jen Mueller

Show your love  – of sports – today, and all week long with these conversation starters.  Don’t have time to read the papers or watch a game?  Don’t worry we’ve got you covered with the hottest sports topics of the week.  Just read the short summary and ask the questions provided.   These topics are a great way to improve communication at the office and build stronger relationships with your co-workers.

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MLBPitches and catchers report for Spring Training today (Monday). Teams gather in either Florida or Arizona for the next 6 weeks to get ready for the regular season.   Which team do you follow?  How does your team look? Are you going to Spring Training?

NBA – Get ready for a weekend of highlights.  It’s All Star week for the NBA which includes a 3 point shoot out and slam dunk contest.  There are four first time contestants in the dunk contest including Blake Griffin who “poster-izes” someone just about every game. Is Griffin the favorite?  Will you watch any of the action?

College Hoops – There are no undefeated NCAA DI teams.  Ohio State – the last unbeaten – lost to Wisconsin Saturday nightAre they still the best team in the country?  How is your team looking heading down the stretch of the regular season?

NASCAR – This weekend’s Daytona 500 marks the beginning of race season.  Dale Earnhardt Jr. is on the pole – meaning he had the best qualifying time – for the race.  It’s significant because 10 years ago his father died during the Daytona 500.  Is this the jump Jr. needs to get back on track?  How has his style changed in the last few years?

Soccer – One of the all-time soccer greats retired Monday. Ronaldo (just one name needed) ended his 18 year career, saying he can’t stay fit anymore. He helped Brazil win two World Cups and was a 3 time Fifa World Player of the Year.  Where does he rank among all-time best strikers?

NHL – In case you missed it last week the hockey game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and New York Islanders resulted in 346 penalty minutes, 10 ejections, 15 fighting majors and 20 misconducts. In other words it was a disaster.   Hall of Famer and Penguins owner Mario Lemiuex said the league failed to send a message that those acts are unacceptable.  Did he over-react? Is there such thing as too much fighting in hockey?