Godfather of Poker

Of the dozens of startling tales in Doyle Brunson's new autobiography -- from surviving pistol whippings, mob intrigue, and cancer to searching for Noah's Ark (the real one, not a Bible-themed casino) -- the most improbable remains his being drafted by the then Minneapolis Lakers. Were it not for a freak construction site injury, his career would've overlapped with Jerry West and Elgin Baylor's and, thanks to vintage NBA shorts, his reputation for huge balls might've proven more than metaphor.