Kristin Cavallari, Ron Artest, Dwyane Wade and Today's Top Swagger Buzz
Kristin Cavallari is battle tested. The attractive reality star leads the hottest Dancing with the Stars rumors yet. She and a bevy of other stars are a part of the worst kept secret in Hollywood.
Cavallari knows exactly what it means to have loved and lost. She was all set to marry NFL tackling dummy and Chicago Bears quarterback, Jay Cutler, when the aloof QB pulled an audible and called off the matrimony.
Well, Cavallari will not be caught mourning. She recently went on a vacation to Greece and is now rumored to be a part of the upcoming Dancing with the Stars cast.
The DWTS cast list that has been making its way around is flush with sports stars and starlets. Cavallari leads the pack with Hope Solo and Ron Artest making us smile as well.
Solo would be the fan favorite of every red-blodded American male that was captivated by the soccer star. The World Cup was Solo's coming out party and DWTS will be her encore.
Ron Artest continues his journey from villain to lovable clown with a stint on the popular show. Get your DVR's ready, you don't want to miss a second, or sound-byte, from Metta World Peace.
The hits continue to come as the juiciest rumor has a certain Miami Heat star contemplating taking his talents to ABC.
The Miami Herald report Dwyane Wade may make the jump to DWTS, making this season a rare affair. We would actually have an A-List baller on stage shaking his tail feather.
All of this and so much more are on the way in Today's Swagger Buzz. When sports and pop culture collide in a magnificent explosion, we are there to capture every single moment.
Why don't you make like a tree and get out of here. I mean leave. Either way, run, don't walk, to put a bid on a piece of the best sequel to ever hit time-travel mythology. Nike is releasing Back to the Future sneakers, and I want a pair.
All net proceeds from the auction will go to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research. So when you place your new 2011 Nike Mags on the mantle, you can feel safe that your money went to a great cause.
Sure the shoes look like moon boots with lights. Robert Zemeckis may have played to liberally with what the future would be like.
Nike is doing their best to at least bring the shoe portion of Back to the Future II to reality. These will look great on my mantle, and will stay there, collecting dust, until Mattel makes good on the hover board.
They now have four years to make sure my boyhood dream of hover boarding around town a reality. Do you understand how sweet 2015 is going to be?
I will powerlace up my Mags (the 2011 version do not have this ability sadly), auto-dry my Nike jacket after a rain storm, then get into a run in with a bully named Griff.
The only thing that needs to happen is meeting a jerk named Griff Tannen, and getting my hands on a functional hover board.
But of course, I will keep the most important rule in life to heart. Hover boards do not work on water. Not abiding by that one little rule will get you into some trouble, or enable you to steal a Pit Bull model.
Nike has allowed childhood memories to come flooding back, and I thank them. I smell a Marty McFly marathon in my future.
The brothers Ryan have no qualms in airing out their dirty laundry. That is precisely what makes them the most entertaining coaches in the NFL.
Rex Ryan would like to keep public discourse centered on the New York Jets. He has remained mum on revelations and videos insinuating his avid love of everything feet.
Well, it is a good thing we have Rob Ryan to fill in the gaps for us. Sexy Rexy's twin brother and Cowboys defensive coordinator answered some questions from the media recently.
It still being the preseason, the topic got off football for a second, and I am glad it did. Rob Ryan was asked about videos that surfaced allegedly involving Rex Ryan, his wife and his wife's feet. In fact, his wife's feet were the star of the show.
Instead of stating "no comment" like the Jet's head coach, Rob launched into a gruff albeit humorous diatribe of all things feet and freaky fetish.
I mean, hell, he is a little freaky, I guess. I don’t know. I like everything about it. My wife, she’s got everything. She’s got great feet, too. She’s got everything nice. What the hell?
Who cares? Look believe me, everybody has whatever screwed up thing going on. I don’t care, I’m sure you do and everybody else points fingers. Who cares? Hell, everybody’s got a life off the field and who really gives a crap. I’m sure I’m worse than he is. Big deal.
I hate to say it, but Rob is right. Well, not about feet. Those things are abominations of nature, and should be covered at all times.
I don't care how hot it is outside. Your flip-flops are showing your misshapen toes, and it is making me nauseated. Now...moving on.
Rob has it right when he says we all have our interesting peccadilloes. There is not one person out there who does not skirt the realm of normalcy in their own household.
I for one decided to take in a Tyler Perry movie the other day. Sure, I only watched five minutes before throwing the TV out the window, but the fact I tried shows you how dangerous and freaky I can get.
So let your hair down America. Let Rex Ryan have his feet.
If Tiki Barber were not on top of the world, he was pretty damn close. Times have changed as he counts Traci Lynn Barber as the only thing go right in his life at the moment.
Barber had everything. A star role in the sport he loved, a winning smile and image that would later warrant him leaving the NFL.
The former Giants running back is no struggling to convince any of the 32 NFL teams that he can still run with the best of them. With the close of the NFL preseason comes the revelation that no team wants to take a chance on a 36-year old free agent.
Barber is said to be devastated by the lack of interest in his talents. The man that counted millions as his admirers now has the love of a single woman to keep him warm.
We learned last week that Barber was engaged to his girlfriend, Traci Lynn Johnson. Johnson signaled the beginning of the end of Barber's pristine image. She was seen as the impetus of Barber's break-up with his wife. Ginny.
Before that, Barber was so marketable that he retired with the assurances he would make it in the cut throat world of network television. He managed to burn that bridge quickly, and very well permanently.
His last ditch effort for a boost in funds was to come back to the NFL, the sport he spurned years ago. The league did not celebrate his return as widely as he would have liked. He worked out for the Miami Dolphins when the lockout was lifted.
The fact that the rush-heavy Dolphins took no interest raises warning flags. Every last team cut their rosters to 32 this past weekend.
They will not be adding more personnel until the season gets underway. It will take a dramatic injury for a team to come knocking on Barber's door. If I were him, I would not be holding my breath.
It seems that Barber has lived out his use as a running back and network analyst. I hope his love for Traci Lynn Johnson is true, because she is all he has at the moment.
We were duped. Oscar de la Hoya was the shining beacon we should all aspire to. We are now reminded that no one is perfect, and everyone has their struggles, even the Golden Boy.
Oscar de la Hoya came out this week about his issues with drugs and alcohol. The New York Post ran a story that confirmed the drag photos released in 2007 were indeed de la Hoya, in the middle of a cocaine and alcohol infused night.
The former boxer was on the Univision program Aqui y Ahora this week. There, he delved head first into his past issues that remained private until now. He also described just how deep his demons took him.
Let me to tell you, yes, yes, it was me [in drag pictures]. I am tired now of lying, of lying to the public and of lying to myself.
De la Hoya would go on to describe that the pictures were a by product of a night of alcohol and cocaine abuse. It was a night that was not nearly as rare as you would think.
He spent many night abusing both substances. Then he hit the darkest place any human can think of going. He thought of ending it all.
One of these nights when I was drunk and alone again, I asked myself, 'Is it worth it to be alive?' I was already feeling like I had nothing. And what is going through your mind are your children, your wife, the people who love you.
We have all been lead to believe that de la Hoya was in on some special secret. He had the beautiful wife, the face that wouldn't crack and the million-dollar smile.
He bowed into retirement gracefully, never letting on that he had been pulled into a depression by substance abuse.
The Golden Boy was the epitome of success. There was nothing he couldn't do. The facade held strong until this week, when we were reminded that there is no such thing as perfection.
Everyone has their demons. Behind every door on your neighborhood lies an issue that will never be made public. De la Hoya finally came clean on his issues, and we can thank him for his candor.
It is difficult to show weakness, especially for a man whose career demanded he show strength. This boxer proved a vital thing this week, that he is only human.
Alexa Flutie is following in the footsteps of her father Doug Flutie. She will won't be putting on the pads and slinging the ball for the Patriots, but her journey is still classic Flutie nonetheless.
Doug Flutie was never given anything easily. His career was marked more by disappointment than triumphs. Yet he worked and pressed, continuing to give the game his best.
It all worked out for a career that lasted nearly 20 years, passing through three different leagues. Now another Flutie is taking the scenic route.
Alexa Flutie has finally made the New England Patriots cheerleading squad. The Fluties do not take no for an answer as Alexa was shunned four time by the Patriots before making the squad.
Alexa spoke with Yahoo Sports on the trying ordeal. It is clear that the process was taxing, but Flutie's are a special type of people. It just wouldn't be worth it if their dreams came gift wrapped.
It was very hard, very draining, but [I'm] very excited to get through everything. I've heard a couple people — maybe comments online or people just talking about [how] I got it because of my dad," Alexa said. "…The cheerleaders have been absolutely great, they don't judge me in any way whatsoever.
I didn't want to bring attention to my last name [during tryouts] because when I do audition, I want it to be about me and my goals and my career… I want people to know me for me, not my dad.
Alexa is not done with her journey. She has loftier aspirations that she fully intends acting on right away. She would love to be a professional dancer, perhaps backing up a star like Britney Spears or Justin Timberlake.
The Patriots cheerleader may be one and done as she eyes the west coast to further her career as early as next year.
After being turned down four times with the Patriots, she certainly has her father's tenacity. A great deal if success in life is never giving up. Doug Flutie gave that to his daughter, and she is using it to her benefit with the New England Patriots.
Despite some flashes here and there, Doug Flutie's NFL career never did amount to anything special. He did, however, give football fans plenty of things to remember him by in his time.
And Flutie is not done giving. He may be long gone from the NFL, but his daughter is just breaking in.
No joke. The former Heisman Trophy winner's 23-year-old daughter, Alexa, recently made the cut to become a cheerleader for the New England Patriots, one of the many teams her pop played for during his career.
She's a rookie, but Alexa already has her very own page on Patriots.com. It only reveals her first name, but no doubt you can see the family resemblance. In fact, it's a little uncanny.
The obvious fear here is that Alexa earned her spot on New England's cheerleading roster simply because the organization wanted to honor her father. But Alexa is no slouch. She has a BA in dance, and she actually hopes to become a dance choreographer for music videos and the like. Being a cheerleader is not a spur-of-the-moment thing. It's part of her career path.
Besides, Alexa revealed to Shutdown Corner that she was rejected four times before finally making the squad this spring. In addition, she says she didn't even try to call attention to herself during tryouts.
"I didn't want to bring attention to my last name [during tryouts] because when I do audition, I want it to be about me and my goals and my career… I want people to know me for me, not my dad," she said.
So yeah, Alexa is legit. And just like her pop, it sounds like she has a competitive chip on her shoulder.
Does that mean Alexa will have any influence on what goes on out on the gridiron. Probably not. She may be legit, but she's not that legit.
But then again, you never know. The good folks of New England have infused the Flutie name with plenty of good vibes over the years. At this point, the family name must have a reserve of positive energy. If you're into Marvel movies, picture what the Cosmic Cube would look like if it was a Flutie.
At some point, that energy is going to need an outlet. Maybe that outlet can be Alexa, and maybe she can pass it on to the Patriots.
Hey, it may sound silly. But if and when the Patriots win the Super Bowl this year, I'll wager it will have everything to do with Alexa's presence.
Because, you know, there's only so much Tom Brady can do.
There goes that Kim Kardashian again. My goodness, what will she do next?
In so many words, such has been the general attitude towards everyone’s favorite socialite. Despite the fact Kim K doesn't really do anything, she somehow managed to gather an army of followers that must know, at all times, what she is going to do next. For that, all they had to do was tune in to E! at any given moment.
But a couple weeks ago, something funny happened. Kim K got married.
It's not her first marriage, of course. She married music producer Damon Thomas in 2000, only to divorce him in 2004. This time, she's getting married to New Jersey Nets forward Kris Humphries, who may as well be the poster boy for all basketballers who are not quite studs but not quite duds.
In between Thomas and Humphries, Kim K's personal life was a veritable cornucopia for tabloid headlines. For good or ill, most of those concerned the sports world, as Kim K shacked up with jocks like Reggie Bush, Miles Austin and Cristiano Ronaldo.
In what is not exactly a glistening testament to the general worthiness of mankind, people ate these headlines up. Kim K's celebrity skyrocketed, and so did her net worth. Once again, being on E! at all hours of the day certainly helped.
But now it's all over. After spending roughly seven years putting together a dating record for the ages, Kim K is married. Presumably, that means she will settle down.
My question -- finally -- is how much more interesting can Kim K's married life possibly be? Should her legions of followers be at all concerned that she is about to become, dare I say it, dull?
My guess is that such a thing is not a major concern for most Kardashianites at this point. After all, we know from Khloe Kardashian’s marriage to Lamar Odom that a married Kardashian can still be plenty entertaining. Perhaps even more so.
Point taken, but I for one don't think that comparison can or should be made. The key difference is that Khloe's star didn't really take off until after she married Odom, the jack-of-all-trades forward of the Los Angeles Lakers. Before she wed him, she was relatively obscure.
Kim K's marriage could have the opposite effect. Instead of making her a much bigger star, it is entirely conceivable, indeed perhaps even likely, that her star will sink. What made her special was her unpredictability. And that, for all intents and purposes, is gone now.
So who knows? A year or two down the line, Kim Kardashian could be just another celebrity who came, conquered, and was then shunned because she was too boring.
It's going to happen sooner or later. Americans have a short attention span, and they simply have no time for dull people.
Ok, Alyssa Milano, you had your baby…now it’s time to get back to work!
The actress gave birth to baby boy Milo Thomas Bugliari, who weighing seven pounds and was 19 inches long, at 9:27 am PST on Wednesday morning.
Husband David Bugliari, an agent with Hollywood's powerful Creative Artists Agency, and Milano had announced the pregnancy on Twitter back in March and now Milo has arrived. By the sounds of Milano, she couldn’t be happier:
Thank you for all the well wishes for my son Milo. My heart has tripled in size. I love him more than all the leaves on all the trees
It’s always a wonderful thing to give birth…but now it’s time to get to work.
The 38-year old actress first gained fame as a teenager in her role on the hit TV show Whose The Boss? Her role on the show Charmed made her a fixture in American televisions across the country.
Now that the baby has arrived, most would assume she would take the rest of the year off to recover from pregnancy and take care of her baby.
She has multiple different projects to promote between now and the time 2012 hits. She is a nurse in the upcoming film titled New Year’s Eve. The star-studded cast includes Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Jessica Biel, Ashton Kutcher, Katherine Heigl and tons of other celebrities.
It is going to be one of the biggest films of the winter.
On top of that, she will also be promoting another movie she is set to appear in titled Chipmunks: Chip-Wrecked.
She also has to dive back into the sports world and catch up on her Cincinnati Reds. She is constantly tweeting about her team and communicating with second baseman Brandon Philips on Twitter.
She is the most popular female Reds fan and only Nick Lachey can rival her for most prominent celeb to openly root for the Reds.
I’m sure the baby will be sporting a Reds bib in no time.
Now that the baby has arrived, it’s back to the real world for Milano, which means promoting movies and rooting for her Red Legs.
It looks like Hope Solo might be getting more than dancing lessons on DWTS.
The US women’s soccer goalie is one of the contestants on the 13th season of the hit ABC show Dancing With the Stars despite claiming she can’t dance.
That shouldn’t be a problem after today’s announcement of whom each contestant will be dancing with.
On Good Morning America, it has been announced that Solo will be doing the tango with Maksim Chmerkovskiy. This really comes as no surprise considering the DWTS veteran went on ESPN to try and convince her to make the plunge.
On Sportscenter, Chmerkovskiy was breaking down footage of Solo, noting great examples of superior footwork and agility, He was convinced she could be terrific on the dance floor and now it’s up to him to bring it out of her.
Chmerkovskiy has been on the show for almost the entire run of the show and is one of the heartthrobs that the ladies love. It’s hard to deny his Latin charm.
Judging by Solo’s comments about the recruiting ploy, she is really going to enjoy her time with the DWTS pro:
It was so bizarre. He wasn't talking about my play, but about wanting me as a dancer. I was shocked. But it was funny and cute.
Funny and cute.
Two words every guy is looking to hear when a girl talks about him.
This show tends to bring sexual tension out of the couples and especially when both of them are single.
With all of the touching and interesting positions involved in the dances performed, combine with the countless hours the two spend together in practice…sparks will be flying fast and furious.
Clearly Chmerkovskiy knew what he was doing with the recruitment and it’s further proof that being one of the dancers on the show as some incredibly sweet benefits to it.
After retiring from the New York Giants and divorcing Ginny Cha while she was pregnant with their twin daughters in 2009, former star running back Tiki Barber surely hasn't made a lot of fans in the last couple of years.
A former Super Bowl champion once beloved in New York, Barber has since fallen out of favor since teammates questioned his love for the game after his retirement and NBC declined to renew his contract as an NFL analyst in 2010.
Now that he's gotten engaged to 24-year-old former NBC intern Traci Lynn Johnson, who was the subject of his rumored adultery while he was with Cha, you can expect the hate to continue.
Barber certainly hasn't made many friends after his prowess in the NFL. Not even in the NFL. Earlier this year, at 36 years old, Barber declared he would attempt to make a comeback to the league after being out of the game since 2006. He has had few workouts since, most notably with the Miami Dolphins, but he has yet to sign a contract as football heads into the final week of the preseason.
His agent, Mark Lepselter, has said the veteran running back has been selective about which team he would join, and that may be true, but it's also likely teams simply didn't see enough in him to sign him to a one-year deal as a 36-year-old.
Appearing in Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel earlier this year, Barber noted spiraling into depression after the drama of his divorce and end of his football career, saying, "The game never needs you because there's always someone else to come and take your place. But right now, I need the game."
After the recent news that New England Patriots receiver Chad Ochocinco got engaged to Basketball Wives star Evelyn Lozada, one has to wonder what changes are in store for the eccentric receiver, and if he will change along with them.
The 33-year-old left the Bengals and the Cincinnati area this offseason to join Bill Belichick's Patriots in Boston, and has brought the usual media attention he soaks up.
Earlier this offseason during the lockout, Ochocinco practiced with a professional soccer squad and rode a bull, reminding us all that a little lockout isn't going to slow him down.
Ochocinco has always been himself throughout his career, and rarely has anyone told him what to do. He's one of the most unique individuals on the football field. That's why we love him.
But, I've got to admit, his engagement to Lozada, who once was engaged to Antoine Walker, worries me.
Already Lozada is making a fuss over Ochocinco's proclamation that he will live with one Patriots fan for the first "two, three weeks of the season."
Said Lozada, via the Washington Post, "He wants to do it, so he will. But that fan better be married with kids. And it won’t be a female fan.”
Married with kids? Not a female fan? Well, what's the fun in that?
Already I'm seeing the once-unpredictable, once-dynamic individual that is Chad Ochocinco begin to wither before my very eyes. Next thing she'll say is he can't bull ride anymore. Preposterous, I say!
Getting engaged to someone is a big step, we all know that. But I worry, at least for now, that Ochocinco will be more predictable and normal. And that's simply not fun to write about.
It’s simple, Dancing with the Stars is usually dominated by athletes, and Ron Artest can be an athlete when he tries to be.
It takes a lot to be a successful in a dance routine, and it athletes are more prepared for the rigors of what it takes to win a competition of this magnitude.
Artest is in great condition, and he will need every ounce of his endurance to make it through the hours of training necessary to be even a contender in this competition.
With the degree of difficulty of footwork it takes to dance, Artest’s abilities on the basketball court will be a huge asset in his pursuit of the DWTS title.
While Artest has been known as a notorious head case, the perception has changed over the years, and his easier demeanor will be enough to make his partner feel comfortable enough to keep him on the show with more difficult dances.
Since the show is based on fan voting, the fact that Artest plays for one of the top teams in the NBA will make him one of the more household names on the cast.
The women on the show are always tough, but Artest has the talent and physical prowess to take the crown, and no amount of Chaz Bono’s or Kristin Cavallari’s can stop Artest from reaching his dream.
If all else fails out there, Artest can just have his partner throw beer on him and let him swing his arms wildly like he did in Detroit, that has to worth at least a six from the judges.
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The cast of season 13 of Dancing With the Stars has been announced, and it isn't all that star studded. Locked out NBA star Ron Artest will start off as one of the favorites, but his challenge won't be the dancing but in winning over the viewers.
Artest is a likable and funny guy, so it shouldn't be to hard to get votes once he shows off his moves. However, viewers could find it difficult to vote for guy with Artest's past.
Here are three ways Artest can win over the viewers.
Don't Be Too Cocky
Artest is a confident guy, and the fact that he is one of the athlete for this season will boost his confidence for the competition. But he cannot be cocky because the viewers will eat him up. There's a difference between believing you're good on the show and being arrogant.
The athletes always do well on Dancing With the Stars, and Artest will start the show off feeling very good about his chances to win. Out shining Hope Solo, the other athlete, will be very difficult.
Don't Over Sell World Peace
Artest is working to change his name to Metta World Peace, but if he hounds it down the viewers throats they won't vote for him. He has to capture the audience with his dance moves, but also his personality.
Forget about the name change right now, because if he demands everyone call him that it could get old very fast, which will result in less votes. Just go out there, make people laugh and dance.
Actually Dance Well
This is a competition show, but some folks have benefited more from their fame than their actual dance moves. Artest is a fit NBA player, so one would think he has the skills to impress.
The challenge will be in the more formal style dancing, but we all know how competitive Artest is and he will do his best to get a top score for every dance. If he shows up and blows everyone's mind away with exceptional dancing then his stock will rise on the show.
The Lakers' forward has a big fan base, but not all of them will be watching this show. He'll need to do these three things to make new fans and stay in the competition.
Hope Solo has agreed to take part in the 13th season of ABC's Dancing with the Stars. She skyrocketed to fame as the goalkeeper for the United States women's national team during its run to the World Cup Final over the summer.
Here are three classic mistakes she must avoid in order to take home the trophy:
Athletes have traditionally done extremely well on the show. Emmitt Smith, Apolo Anton Ohno, Helio Castroneves, Kristi Yamaguchi, Shawn Johnson and last season's champion Hines Ward are all past winners from the world of sports.
Solo can't afford to see that track record of success and expect to dominate. Being an athlete certainly gives you an advantage (although not quite as large as Nicole Scherzinger's), but it doesn't guarantee success. She'll have to work hard just like everybody else.
Going too hard, too fast
When celebrities accept the invitation to join the show, it seems like such a fun idea that will get you some extra publicity in the process. It would seem logical to jump right right in and do as much work as you can right away.
That's not a smart plan of attack, however. The show is a two-month grind with a lot of time spent practicing. If you do too much right away, you'll burn out quick. Solo is also still healing a shoulder injury, so she'll need to take it day-by-day at a steady pace.
Not having fun
This one seems so obvious, yet it is often overlooked. The main goal of the show is to have fun. After a couple weeks, however, the thing you consistently hear is how much hard work it is and how the participants don't have the time or energy to do anything else.
Solo needs to be herself and make the best of this opportunity. While she has name recognition, people don't really know her off the field. This is her chance to improve her personal brand while having some fun in the process.
She'll be among the favorites to win, so it could be a great couple of months–if she has fun with it.
Kristin Cavallari, who is apparently an actress of some sort, will take her talents to ABC's hit reality show Dancing With the Stars, which begins its 13th season on September 19.
She has had her share of ups and downs, including being dropped by Chicago Bears' quarterback Jay Cutler in April, but this is her chance to prove that she is more than just "the bitchy girl" from MTV's scripted reality series The Hills.
Here are three reasons why the controversial "actress" will win Dancing With the Stars.
There really is nothing sympathetic about Cavallari as a person, but after enduring such a public breakup with NFL quarterback Jay Cutler, she will likely be able to garner the female vote that feels that she is so courageous for performing after such a rough couple of months.
Scoff if you will, but Bristol Palin was able to make it far longer on the show than she should have just because of her celebrity and her public breakup with Levi Johnston.
We like to believe that all competitions are created equal and that quality counts more than anything. But the fact of the matter is with a show that counts fan votes, all that you have to have is a name that people know in order to advance on this show.
Cavallari was a star on the MTV show The Hills for 23 episodes and was one of the most popular characters on the show. That popularity could carry her to a victory. I mean Kate Gosselin finished in eighth place despite being a God-awful dancer.
Have You Seen The Competition?
Typically when casting is done for Dancing With the Stars, the executives at least grab one athlete who is fleet of foot or someone who has had experience dancing.
But this season, the pickings are slim. I mean the term star has always been used loosely on this show, but this year they reached to find people who are “stars.” When people like David Arquette, Rob Kardashian, Nancy Grace and Ricki Lake are the competition, it should not be too hard to fake your way to a victory.