How I will miss my son when he goes off to Rutgers this fall. For years, sports has been the glue that has provided us endless mother-son bonding moments (this from a woman who knew virtually nothing about sports until giving birth to her jock tot). Sunday afternoons in the winter are for football (and baking brownies); hot summer weeknights are filled with the thwack of a baseball bat, and fall right through spring is basketball—and lots of it.

Tonight Jay-Z performs the fifth of eight sold-out shows to celebrate the opening of the Barclays Center, home to the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets. The Brooklyn-born rapper, who is a partial owner of the Nets, also opened a third location of his bar The 40/40 Club inside the venue.

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