Posted: Friday July 28, 2006 9:41AM; Updated: Friday July 28, 2006 12:55PM
6. Dan Marino as Dolphins senior VP: The Hall of Fame quarterback tossed an incomplete as a football executive. Miami named Marino its senior VP of football operations in January 2004. Three weeks later, though, Marino surprised owner Wayne Huizenga by marching into his office and giving himself a pink slip. Marino said he resigned in part because the job would steal too much time from his family. The quarterback has returned to broadcasting, where he can question personnel moves to his heart's content while still retaining his free time.
7. Jimmy Gronen as Soap Box Derby champion: You may not recognize the name, but in 1973 the Soap Box scandal generated headlines rivaling Watergate for its similar loss-of-innocence angle. Gronen's cousin, Bobby Lange Jr., was the 1972 champ with ample help from his engineer dad, Robert, a millionaire who had designed a revolutionary line of plastic ski boots. Uncle Robert decided to make Jimmy the 1973 champ, and the 14-year-old Jimmy did his part by going on a crash diet to drop from about 90 pounds to 68. Jimmy's car won to earn the trophy, but suspicions surfaced immediately because observers said that Jimmy's car seemed to lurch forward at the start. It turned out Uncle Robert had installed an electromagnetic device in the nose of the car that Jimmy could activate by pressing a button; that allowed the metal starting gate to pull the car forward. Jimmy was stripped of his title within three hours.
8. Bobby Cremins as South Carolina coach: Like O'Leary, Cremins was leaving a head-coaching spot at Georgia Tech when he was introduced as the new top man of the basketball program at South Carolina, his alma mater, on March 24, 1993. Three days later, however, Cremins pulled an ankle-breaking crossover by returning to the Yellow Jackets. In an ironic postscript, Cremins accepted the coaching job at the College of Charleston earlier this month after Winthrop coach Gregg Marshall, in Cremins' words, "pulled a Bobby Cremins" by accepting the Charleston job before reversing course to return to Winthrop.
9. Spanish Paralympic basketball gold medalists: The Spaniards romped to the Paralympic basketball gold medal for learning-disabled players in the 2000 Games in Sydney. Unfortunately, they might have looked a bit too good in doing so. With word spreading that some members of the team might be perfectly able-bodied, team officials reportedly advised players to wear dark glasses and hats upon their triumphal return to Madrid's Barajas airport. The jig was up less than two months later when journalist Carlos Ribagorda blew the whistle that 10 of the 12 players had nothing wrong with them. (Ribagorda should know, since he went undercover as a team member.) Not only was the team stripped of its medal, but the Paralympics also banned learning-disabled athletes from competing in future games because of the possibility for fraud.
10. Fred Lorz as 1904 Olympic marathon champ: The St. Louis marathon was so poorly run -- it featured only one water stop over a remarkably dusty course and was conducted during the midday heat -- that only 14 of the 32 starters finished. That doesn't technically include Lorz, who crossed the tape first and was briefly awarded the gold. Just after he took a victory photo with Alice Roosevelt, the daughter of President Theodore Roosevelt, it was revealed that Lorz had run the first nine miles, hopped in a car for 11 miles and then rejoined the race. Lorz immediately confessed to what he called a practical joke. Unamused AAU officials slapped him with a lifetime ban, though it was later overturned and Lorz actually won the Boston Marathon in 1905 by running the whole way.