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Mile High Champ
07-20-2009, 11:34 AM
Maybe Shaquille O'Neal's new nickname should be the Big Experimenter.

In a new ABC reality television series that begins filming this week, Shaq will take on other top athletes in their own sports.

"Shaq Vs.", which is set to premiere Aug. 18 at 9 p.m. ET, begins filming Wednesday in Pittsburgh, where Shaq will take on Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger in football.

Future episodes of the hour-long show will feature Shaq against Olympic swimming sensation Michael Phelps, boxing legend Oscar De La Hoya, St. Louis Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols, tennis star Serena Williams and beach volleyball Olympians Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh.

Shaq told USA Today that he came up with the idea as a way to train for the NBA season. Shaq figured Americans "would really want to see an athlete play another sport," according to the newspaper. The Cleveland Cavaliers, Shaq's new team, have cleared the 37-year-old O'Neal to take part in the show.

He is scheduled to report for the Cavs' opening of training camp on Sept. 15.

According to USA Today, the episodes will feature preliminary challenges, news conferences, quality time with needy kids and negotiations of a handicap between Shaq and his competitors. Each episode will climax with a main event.

There's no cash prize for the winner. "Bragging rights are always better than any monetary prize," O'Neal told USA Today.

http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=4341098

This sounds like a hilarious Idea..

PennyMy#1
07-20-2009, 11:44 AM
I wanna see him cycling with Lance Armstrong ... lol.

LA_Raiders
07-20-2009, 11:44 AM
Looks like a good idea for a show, but Shaq a 7.0" 275lbs??? 37yrs old man??? Come on...

They should have a top athlete like Kobe, LeBroom, TO, Ochocinco, Hester, Aso, etc...

SHAQ??? COME ON!!!

USMCLaker
07-20-2009, 11:45 AM
It sounds funny, I'll be checking it out.

Kakaroach
07-20-2009, 11:52 AM
It sounds funny, I'll be checking it out. x2 Sounds like something to watch if you're bored and wanna see Shaq doing something funny lol.

PBG
07-20-2009, 11:56 AM
wouldve liked to have seen a more " all around athlete " that wouldnt necessarily need a handicap. but ill still watch it.

driz
07-20-2009, 11:58 AM
One punch should make De La Hoya's teeny tiny, cross dressing head pop off.

Hustla23
07-20-2009, 12:01 PM
lol How many TV shows does Shaq want?

I think it'll be interesting to watch.

Mile High Champ
07-20-2009, 01:55 PM
It shoould get some ok ratings, they are bringing some great athletes..

torontosports10
07-20-2009, 01:58 PM
damn, i wanted to see him on the ice haha

EpikBabies
07-20-2009, 03:40 PM
this sounds pretty hilarious