Posted on: December 20th, 2010 by Jen Mueller

It’s the week before Christmas… and everyone is rushing around.  Here are a few conversation starters to help keep the lines of communication open.

College Football – Bowl season is officially underway – from now until January 10th there will be at least one game to watch.  Here’s a list of all of them. The best way to approach this one, unless you’re really focused on a particular team is to ask broader questions like – what do you think of the games so far? And look ahead to the title game between Oregon and Auburn and ask, who do you think wins the title game?

NFL/Brett Favre – Last week mentioned his iron man streak of 297 consecutive starts was in jeopardy. Hours later it ended.  In addition to his injury, he’s still dealing with an investigation into allegations he sent inappropriate pictures to a former Jet’s employee.  What’s next for Favre?

Tiger Woods – We reached the time of year when people start counting down the “Best of…” It happens in ever genre and every sport.  The AP writers voted on the top sports story of the year and Tiger’s saga and return to the public eye took top spot. His drama beat out the New Orleans Saints Super Bowl Run.  What do you consider the best sports story of the year?

Women’s Hoops – Most women’s teams don’t get the credit they deserve for being tremendous athletes and competitors.  This week however, the spotlight shines on the University of Connecticut women’s team.  The UConn women have won it’s 88th straight game Sunday.  (Yes, you read that right.)  That ties the record set by John Wooden’s UCLA teams from 1971-74 for the longest streak in major college basketball history.  The women play Tuesday night with win #89 in the balance.  How good is this team? Where does this rank among athletic accomplishments?

NBA – Christmas Day is traditionally a big day for NBA fans, as they league serves up a couple marquee matchups.  Saturday will mark the 12th straight Christmas the Lakers have played in such a matchup. They host LeBron James and the Miami Heat.  The Lakers are just 4-7 in their last 11 Christmas encounters.   Is this the matchup you’d like to see every Christmas with Kobe and LeBron?  What led to Miami’s slow start this year?