5. "HURRICANE" MIKE PRICE. The former coach at Washington
State blew into Tuscaloosa December of 2003 to take over at
Alabama. His stay didn't last long. Five months later, Price played
in pro-am golf tournament in Pensacola, FL. He got all liquored
up and went to a strip club that night. Price was seen taking a
woman not his wife back to his hotel room. She promptly rang
up $1,000 in room service. Hello! And good-bye Mike Price.
That school with the strong moral compass (wink, wink) promptly
fired Price before he ever coached a game for the Crimson Tide.
Price got a second chance a year later when Texas-El Paso hired
him, but he's been in college football's black hole ever since.
4. TIM WELSH On the sideline after getting bounced out of Providence
College as their head basketball coach, Welsh landed on his feet
with Hofstra University. He signed a 5-year contract that would
pay him an average of $600,000 per season. Yes, a basketball
program at a commuter school that most of the country has never
heard of, can dish out that much money for a basketball
coach. Do the the "Pride" ever play on ESPNU or perhaps, ESPN3?
Welsh was living it up one night in the Big Apple and when a
police officer noticed a nice Lexus stopped at a green light with
the car running, and the driver sleeping at the wheel. Welsh
was in trouble. He failed the breathalyzer and somehow hoped
no one would find out he got arrested for DUI. In New York?
OK. Welsh didn't tell his bosses who found out through the media.
Kiss that $600,0000 per year job good-bye. Welsh was promptly
fired. Oh, but he did land at his feet at SNY as a commentator.
Great credibility there. Guess one of the executives there needed
a drinking partner.
3. MIKE TYSON. The self-proclaimed "baddest man on the
planet" tsunamied his career, reputation, and fortune worth
more than half-a-billion dollars. After Iron Mike left Kevin
Rooney and the management team that helped make him
the youngest heavyweight championship in the world and one
of the globe's wealthiest people, Tyson tossed it all away
with erratic behavior, bad decisions, and a relationship with
Robin Givens. What the heck was that? She and her mom
torpedoed Tyson and took a lot of his money. Then came
the rape, the bite, and that great tattoo on his face. What do
you mean, I thought you said it was removable? Tyson
became a joke and a punch-line with all those pigeons.
What's up with the pigeons anyway? Tyson did make a
comeback with his cameo appearance in "The Hangover".
Man, he was good on the air-drums.
2. MICHAEL VICK. In 2007, Vick had it all: A $130 million
contract, endorsement deals, great commercials, herpes, and
the adoration of everyone in south. Then came the dogs, the
fights, the torturing of them, the lies, and then prison. No
athlete in the history of the game had every fallen so hard
and so fast from grace. Before Vick went to the big house,
he went into bankruptcy. However, Mr. Electric made arguably
the greatest comeback of any fallen superstar. He has a great
job with the Eagles, is adored in Philadelphia, and he's actually
become a lot more likable. Plus, he's out of the red, financially.
1. TIGER WOODS. Eldrick didn't waste much time taking the
baton from Vick in terms of suffering the biggest fall from grace.
Before that ambien-fuel drive into the fire hydrant a few years
ago, Tiger was the man. His reputation, at least with sponsors,
the fans, and media, was impeccable. His father, Earl, once
said Tiger would have as big an impact on the world as the
Dali Lama, or was it Gandhi? I forget. Doesn't matter. Tiger
was making $100 million a year in endorsements alone. He
had a beautiful wife and two kids, a ridiculous yacht, and mansion.
What didn't he have? Tiger had everything and appeared to
be a lock to break Jack Nicklaus' record for most majors
in a career. Now Tiger has nothing. No friends, very few
endorsements, and his reputation has been shattered, possibly
for good. For what? Over some sleaze-bag strippers and porn