28 Hall of Shame
With a superhero's physique and sold-out stardom from coast to coast, Scott Hall was a pro wrestling icon in the 1990s, a top WWF and WCW draw before drug addiction and alcoholism wrecked his life. Now 53, juggling 11 heart and seizure meds, and fitted with a pacemaker, he sat down with ESPN's E:60 to tell his story, which aired in October. The 18-minute segment was arguably the most compelling sports TV produced in 2011. "His life, in many ways, parallels Mickey Rourke's character in The Wrestler," says producer Ben Houser. It's compelling and depressing to hear Hall's cautionary tale, to witness him reduced to wrestling in high school gyms. "There's got to be some reason that I'm still [alive]," Hall tells E:60. This powerful portrait of abuse may be reason enough.
29 Sound Familiar?
Hmmm.... A scrawny geek gets injections from a mysterious scientist in a secret lab, whereupon he becomes something of an American hero? Can't wait for his comeuppance in the sequel! ... Right, Hollywood?
30 Down with the King
Scott Raab, author of
The Whore of Akron,
is an angry man, and most of his rage is directed at LeBron James, who he believes betrayed Cleveland (Raab's home city) by leaving the Cavs. In his enthralling LeBron-focused memoir/rant, Raab deems James "the best f------ basketball player I've ever seen," but most of the names he calls him aren't as nice.
a feckless child stunted by narcissism so ingrained that he's devoid of the capacity to respond to failure with even a semblance of manhood