The original purpose of that cliche was to underline the similar environments that forged most rappers and basketball players.

Vinatieri is only 58 points shy of passing the Hall of Famer Andersen (2,544) for the top spot on the NFL’s career scoring list. Vinatieri has scored at least 58 points in every season of his career, except 2009, when he played in only six games. He also only needs to make seven field goals to break Andersen’s record of 565.

I know I’m 58 points away, Vinatieri said. It’s definitely within reach this year if I stay healthy. I really wanted to break that record wearing a Colts helmet where I’ve played the majority of my career. It’s unbelievable to be able to play another season here.

They had the same backgrounds and the same dreams of escaping, using two of the few options that were available to them: music and basketball. A third option was to sell drugs.

The idea that rappers want to be ballers is still true. Quavo of Migos was one of the participants in the celebrity game and Quavo used to play basketball as a kid.

But the idea that everyone wants to be a basketball player is even more true now than just rappers. The names on the court with Quavo included Terence Crawford, Jerry Ferrara, Sterling Brim, Caleb McLaughlin, Kris Wu, Drew Scott, Anthony Anderson, Miles Brown, Win Butler, Andre De Grasse, Jamie Foxx, Bubba Watson, Justin Bieber, Dascha Polanco, and Michael B. Jordan.

I gained a lot of perspective being away and then back in an interim role last season. I feel that I am the best person to help Ron and this team moving forward. We have a really special core of players in place, and I’m extremely excited about the direction we are headed.

Hurney said when rehired in July that he learned a lot about mistakes he made the first time as a general manager. One of his biggest was making what he called emotional decisions and giving veteran players bigger contracts than they deserved.

He vowed not to do that again, saying he has to make sure the analytical part of my brain takes over the emotional part of my brain.”

While the Trojans defeated Oregon in a bubble game on Thursday night, the win might have come at a steep cost, as star forward Bennie Boatwright injured his knee in the second half. In terms of USC’s profile, thanks to a down Pac-12, the Trojans’ two best wins are still the two they claimed over New Mexico State and Middle Tennessee in the Diamond Head Classic over Christmas week, giving Andy Enfield’s club a poor record of 2-5 in Group 1 games.bears_032

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