Posted on: May 9th, 2011 by Jen Mueller

Welcome to another week and another batch of sports conversation starters. Remember this is your cheat sheet to some of the most talked about sports stories of the week. Use these subjects to engage your co-workers, friends and family. Remember the real goal is to make a stronger connection with that person and build a relationship. When you ask one of the italicized questions, don’t zone out during the answer. Listen, ask follow-ups and watch the relationship grow.

NBA Playoffs There will be no “3-peat” for the Lakers this year. Dallas swept the series 4-0. Lakers coach Phil Jackson says he plans to retire from coaching. What do you think will happen to the team? Who’s the favorite to win now?

NHL Playoffs Hockey moves closer to the Stanley Cup finals this week. Top seeded Vancouver tries again to close out the series against Nashville and San Jose will try to wrap up its series with Detroit. Vancouver would appear to be the favorite, but do they have enough to win it all?

NFL – There are now rumors the NFL will completely shut down until the players agree to a new labor deal. The owners would take a lot of heat, but could avoid violating a court order because there would be no lockout. It’s another interesting twist in the standoff. The death of Osama bin Laden last week puts even more emphasis on getting a deal done before the regular season starts, because Week 1 falls on the 10 year anniversary of 9/11. What do you think of the latest news? DO you think everything will be back to normal by Week 1?

NASCARKevin Harvick and Kyle Busch got into an altercation after the Sprint Cup Race Saturday at Darlington. They will meet with NASCAR officials this week to determine a punishment. What do you think it should be? Is there a place for fighting in NASCAR?

Horse Racing Long shot “Animal Kingdom” won the Kentucky Derby. The horse had never raced on a dirt track prior to Saturday and only had 4 career starts under his belt but it didn’t faze him. The Kentucky Derby is the first leg of racing’s triple crown. Now racing fans will look ahead to The Preakness May 21st which is the second of the three major races. What are the chances “Animal Kingdom” wins all three?

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It's difficult to see, but the Mariners paused during batting practice to watch the Kentucky Derby.