Posted on: June 27th, 2011 by Jen Mueller

Welcome to your weekly batch of sports conversation starters.  These little tidbits will give you something to talk about at the water cooler, during business outings and while making small talk this week.  These topics are just a snapshot of a few sports headlines in the news.  Read the short summary, clink on the links for more information and use the questions provided to get the conversation rolling.  It’s that easy!

NBAThe current collective bargaining agreement ends Thursday, June 30th.  There isn’t much hope that players and owners will get a new one in place before then which means there could be a lockout and work stoppage similar to the one we’re seeing in the NFL.   There is a chance that both sides could agree to an extension but both sides are still very far apart.  When do you think a deal will get done?  Which side needs to give a little more?


– Did you hear the latest stunt for Cincinnati wide receiver Chad Ochocinco?  He’s already ridden a bull and tried out for a major league soccer team.  Now he’s planning to wrestle alligators.  He’s says he’s out “living life.”  What would you call his antics?  What kind of affect will these stunts have, if any, on his football career when the lockout ends?

Bonus: Terrell Owens underwent surgery for a torn ACL.  Some reports say the injury happened during a personal workout, others say it happened while TO was taping his reality show for VH1.  He’s expected to miss 6 months.  Do you think he’ll end up retiring as a result instead of playing a 16th season?


WimbledonDefending champion Serena Williams was ousted at Wimbledon.  It was Serena’s earliest exit at Wimbledon since 2005 but she has missed most of the last year with serious health problems.  Who do you like now to win the women’s title?  Temperatures on the court reached 93 degrees Monday, how much is heat affecting play?

Soccer The Women’s World Cup is underway. The U.S. is the #1 ranked team in the world, but aren’t considered the favorites due to 3 losses in the last 8 months.  Two-time defending champion and host country Germany are now the favorites.   The U.S. plays it’s first game Tuesday against North Korea.  The Americans won it all in 1999, how has soccer changed in the 12 years since that historic win?   How closely will you follow the tournament?

NASCAR Kurt Busch won his first race of the season Saturday and the first race of his career on a road course, (as opposed to the normal racing track.)  Busch has been more noticed this season for his tirades and radio rants where he voiced his displeasure at his team.  Did the tirades work?  Do you think he’s turned the corner and will continue winning this year?


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