Noureen DeWulf, Miami Heat, Kirk Herbstreit and Today's B/R Swagger Buzz

Nathaniel UyFeatured ColumnistMarch 14, 2011

Noureen DeWulf, Miami Heat, Kirk Herbstreit and Today's B/R Swagger Buzz

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    Your weekend dose of weekend B/R Swagger is right here for you to enjoy.

    We've got some off-the-court news involving Miami Heat star, Dwyane Wade. 

    His divorce from estranged wife Siohvaughn has long been over but the story of his custody battle may finally have reached a conclusion.

    Also, we have new photos of Buffalo Sabres goaltender, Ryan Miller's fiancee, actress Noureen DeWulf floating around the world wide web.

    And there's talks of a possible business deal between Lakers head coach Phil Jackson and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban.  That's not the strange part.  Their business deal probably involves Charlies Sheen!

    Now that I've caught your interest, I'm going to leave you in suspense.

    The updates are coming and the juicy details should you leave you satisfied.

    Your Swagger news updates starts now!

Kirk Herbstreit: College Football Analyst Leaving Ohio for Tennesee

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    Herbstreit packing bags; still devoted to Buckeyes

    The former Ohio State quarterback and team captain has made no secret about his love for everything and anything that has to do with his alma mater.

    But Herbstreit has revealed that the objectivity he displays on national television isn't exactly received well by some locals.

    As a result, the college football analyst made a shocking announcement via Twitter before the weekend (@K_Herbstreit): "Movin to Tennessee today. Will miss Columbus, but my family excited to get to Nashville. We'll always be Buckeyes."

    Outlash from what he calls a "vocal minority" of Buckeye fans has actually driven him away from Ohio.

    "Nobody loves Ohio State  more than me," Herbstreit told the Columbus Dispatch. "I still have a picture of Woody Hayes and my dad (Jim, a former OSU player) in my office, and nobody will do more than I do for the university behind the scenes.

    Sounds like Herbstreit is genuinely concerned for the safety of his family getting grief from "relentless" fans. 

    That, or he's got something brewing in Tennessee.

    Back in 2009, Herbstreit got into a dispute with the IRS because of a challenged $330,000 tax deduction on a house he ultimately donated.

    If any of that ill-will between Herbstreit and the IRS is still around, he could finding solace in Tennessee because of the tax break, per Matt Hinton of Yahoo!

Utah Jazz: Where Does Gordon Hayward Like to Eat?

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    Jazz rookies take In Manhattan by dining at The Olive Garden

    Two Jazz rookies Gordon Hayward and Jeremy Evans decided to go out to dinner in New York City where the culinary options are endless, but somehow chose to go to Olive Garden.

    "I knew people were hating," the 20-year-old Gordon Hayward told the Deseret News, "but I don't know what's wrong with Olive Garden, to be honest."

    The entire Twitter world buzzed over their restaurant of choice.

    "We wanted Olive Garden," Hayward said. "Anywhere it's good pasta, good breadsticks, good salad."

    More importantly, it was also affordable and convenient for the youngsters.

    "It's cheap," he said.  "It was right around the corner."

    Can't blame the two kids for being smart with their money.  Who knows, they may be saving up for when the Jazz vets force them to pony up for a costly team dinner.

    Hayward is not one for being flashy.  Instead of splurging on a high-priced sports car when he signed his multi-million dollar, the youngster opted for a Honda Accord.

    Instead of receiving playful jabs from fans and teammates, the rookies should be given some love for being wise with their money. 

    In a time where gas prices are going through the roof and unemployment is still high, pinching pennies goes a long way.

    It's actually refreshing to find out that Hayward and I have multiple things in common: We both enjoy endless pasta bowls and drive Honda's.

    Cheers for gas mileage!

Miami Heat: Recent Heat Losing Streak Costs Florida Bar $85,000

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    Bar loses tons of money thanks to the poor play of the Heat

    The trio of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh gave the city of Miami high expectations in the offseason when the Heat netted both Bosh and James in free agency, and resigned Wade.

    Upon their arrival, local bar owners saw so much confidence in the "Three Kings" that they promised their patrons free drinks, should the Heat lose.

    The rules were simple; fans had to show up at Whiskey Tango in Hollywood, Florida 30 minutes before tip-off and stay for the entire game.  If the Heat lose, fans get a $25 bar credit.

    But the Heat haven't exactly rewritten the record books with their All-Star trio.  In fact, they haven't even come close to the Chicago Bulls record of winning 72 games in the regular season.

    According to co-owner John Todora, the Heat's 21 losses this year has added up to an $85,000 loss for his bar.

    I need to get in touch with LeBron and ask him for a bailout,” Todora told CNBC. “I’m holding my breath every time. It’s like I never know which Heat team is going to show up.”

Washington Redskins: Redskins Owner Dan Snyder Mocked by Taiwanese Critics

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    Dan Snyder getting no love from Taiwan

    Redskins owner Dan Snyder doesn't get much love from Redskins fans because they've had to endure multiple losing seasons since he took over the football team in 1999.

    This year, Mr. Snyder has to be held responsible for two Redskins disasters known as Albert Haynesworth and Donovan McNabb.

    The two plump footballers were the subject of much frustration for their lack of conditioning and inability to produce on the football field this year.

    To make matters worse, McNabb agreed to a five-year $78 million extension midseason and the "largely" ineffective Haynesworth agreed to a seven-year $100 million contract in 2009.

    Now, Snyder's management style and lack of success with coaching changes or player acquisitions has caused him to be made-fun of all around the league.

    Heck, even Taiwan is getting in on the action.

    Snyder now follows in footsteps of other controversial figures from the league this season, including Brett Favre, Rex Ryan and Ben Roethlisberger.

Evander Holyfield: Former Heavyweight Champ Partying with "Jersey Shore" Cast

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    Evander Holyfield spotted in Las Vegas nightclub

    "The Real Deal" may be a reality show fan.

    According to, the former heavyweight champ was spotted partying in a Las Vegas nightclub where he took pictures with two ladies from MTV's "Jersey Shore," Sammi and Deena.

    TMZ reports that it was actually the two ladies that asked Holyfield to pose with them in the photo, not the other way around.

    Last time Evander made any kind of news, he was having plenty of money trouble and on the brink of losing his Atlanta mansion to foreclosure.

    Who knows if he's had time to watch any kind of television since then.

    With at least 11 children from multiple partners asking him for child support payments, it shouldn't be a surprise to hear news that Holyfield is strapped for cash.

    Sammi and Deena may have had to slip the champ a $20 or some drinks for the photo-op.

Phil Jackson: Lakers Coach Looking to Team Up with Mark Cuban for New Project?

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    Phil Jackson already looking at life after basketball

    Los Angeles Lakers head coach Phil Jackson made it clear at the start of the season that he plans on this being his final season in the NBA.

    Despite the Lakers appearing to be built for deep playoff runs for the next few seasons, Jackson hasn't backed off his retirement plans.


    When you're the highest paid-coach in the league, the all-time leader in championship titles with 11, have the best winning percentage of all time and have coached four of the league's best players ever—there's really not much you haven't done.

    It's understandable for PJ to somewhat lose that drive for basketball.

    However, he may have found something to do after his basketball career wraps up.

    “He’s very good for the game,’’ Jackson told Mavs blogger Dwain Price. “I’m trying to be a friend of Mark’s because Charlie and I want to be on the show together 'Charlie Sheen and I.'’’

    Sounds like Jackson wants in on Cuban's plans to work with Charlie Sheen for a cable TV project.

    All kidding aside, there's nothing to see here. Jackson's just taking his traditional shots at Cuban.

    And the news of Cuban's plans to work with the embattled Sheen has given Jackson new arsenal for trash-talk.

Noureen DeWulf: Ryan Miller's Fiancee Drawing Stares at Movie Premiere

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    Noureen DeWulf looks stunning during "The Lincoln Lawyer" premiere

    While Ryan Miller is hard at work for the Buffalo Sabres, stopping a barrage of pucks from getting into the net, his future wife is in Hollywood, looking as beautiful as ever.

    This month, Ms. DeWulf is busy promoting the premiere of her new movie, "The Lincoln Lawyer," starring Mattew McConaughey. 

    Dewulf was spotted in Los Angeles on March 10 sporting a classy looking sequins outfit, with Miller absent from her side.

    Don't get ahead of yourself now, the Sabres goalie was busy playing against the Boston Bruins that night, winning 4-3 in overtime.

    The Sabres are looking to end the season strong to qualify for the playoffs—they're sitting at the No. 8 seed with 14 games left.

    Miller and DeWulf announced their engagement back in December of 2010 and are expected to tie the knot sometime during the offseason.

    For Miller, however, he would probably like his offseason to start later than sooner.

    Things are also looking good for his New York-native gal pal.  According to, DeWulf has just been added to the cast of a CBS pilot show titled "Hail Mary."

Dwyane Wade: Miami Heat Star Wins Off-the-Court Battle with Ex-Wife

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    Dwyane Wade has reason to be excited

    No, it's not because the Miami Heat have snapped a season-worst five-game losing streak.  It's because he has won an off-the-court court battle with his estranged ex-wife, Siohvaughn Wade.

    The All-Star guard now has sole custody of his two young sons after a Chicago court awarded No. 3 complete care and control of his boys.

    "My life changed in a huge way," Wade told the AP.

    "Mentally, I've been preparing for it for over a year now. To me, it's bigger than that. For me, it shows a lot of people that you need to fight to be in your kids' lives sometimes. You fight until you can't fight any more. That's all I was trying to be, a father in my kids' lives."

    For Wade, this officially ends years of constant distraction that started with his separation from Siohvaughn in 2007, and a very messy divorce which included one lawsuit after another.

    It got so messy that Siohvaughn made allegations, per the Associated Press, that D-Wade infected her with an unspecified disease.

    What does this mean for the Heat?

    Maybe now they can focus on getting their act back together after losing ground in the Eastern Conference standings soon after the All-Star break.

    Now that this distraction is out of the way, maybe he can now focus on making sure the ball is in his hands in the last seconds of a basketball game, instead of LeBron James'.