Posted on: December 2nd, 2013 by Jen Mueller

How many stories do you want to tell this week about eating turkey, the family-get-together and buying a Christmas tree? Here’s the better question – how many stories to you want to hear people tell about those things?

Talking about the holidays and a nice Thanksgiving weekend is nice up to a point, but it gets old in a hurry and can lead to awkward exchanges.  When you’ve had all the turkey talk you can handle, try using the latest sports headlines to strike up a conversation.  Here are a few making news this week.

Making News:

  • Alshon Jeffery
  • Adrian Peterson
  • Mike Tomlin
  • Florida State Seminoles
  • Kobe Bryant

Why They’re Making News:

  • Chicago Bears receiver Alshon Jeffery broke his own franchise receiving record Sunday.  Jeffery hauled in passes totaling 249 yards and scored two touchdowns.  But his record-setting day wasn’t enough for the win.  The Minnesota Vikings beat the Bears in overtime behind 211 rushing yards from Adrian Peterson.  It was highest rushing total for Peterson this season and put him over 10,000 rushing yards for his career.
  • Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin could be facing fines and possibly the loss of a draft pick for his team after interfering with Baltimore’s kick returner Thursday night. Tomlin nearly made contact with the player along the sideline. Tomlin said it was not intentional, but he appeared to be watching the play unfold on the large video board which is why it’s resulting in an NFL investigation.
  • Former top-rated Alabama lost a big game against Auburn Saturday and dropped to fourth in the BCS standings as a result.  The loss means Alabama will not get a chance to play for the national title.  Florida State moved into the top spot followed by Ohio State and Auburn.
  • LA Lakers guard Kobe Bryant could return to game-action Friday night against Sacramento.  Bryant hasn’t played since tearing his Achilles tendon in April.  He will be evaluated this week during practice to determine his status.


Jen Mueller, America’s Expert Talker, is the author of Game Time: Learn to Talk Sports in 5 Minutes a Day for Business. After 13 years in sports broadcasting, Jen wrote the go-to resource for novice and first-time sports fans in the business world.  Her step-by-step process makes sports accessible and practical for relationship building in business.  The book is available through Amazon.