Shaq Switches It Up For A Second Season of Shaq Vs.
The gargantuan and always entertaining Shaquille O’Neal is back for a second helping of his sports competition show, Shaq Vs. You may remember this is the show that pitted Shaq against world-class athletes such as Oscar De La Hoya, Ben Roethlisberger, Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh, Michael Phelps, and Albert Pujols as he tried to beat them at their respective sports specialties.
You may also remember the people behind the show were sued by a writer who says the idea was stolen from his book, Andy Roddick Beat Me With A Frying Pan. In the book, author Todd Gallagher shared a number of stories about matches he played against many of today’s standout athletes. The athletes played with various handicaps (such as a frying pan instead of a tennis racket for Andy Roddick, hence the title). The two sides eventually reached an agreement out of court, while Shaq maintains that he is the originator of the idea behind the show.
Last season’s shows featured extensive and humorous trash-talking sessions from Shaq, although he lost every match (he’d be a shoe-in for a trash-talking competition, though). However, this year he’ll be deviating a bit from last season’s script.
Instead of merely competing in athletic matches, Shaq will also try his hand at a spelling bee against former champion Kavya Shivashankar, performing magic acts against Vegas duo Penn and Teller, and he will attempt to win a cook-off vs. Rachael Ray. O’Neal also will race against Dale Earnhardt, Jr., who subsequently challenged him to a free-throw shooting match. Producers won’t give away the results of the match, which may mean they plan to air the match during one of the show’s episodes. We all know that with Shaq’s free-throw shooting troubles, this one could have gone either way.
Other appearances for season two of Shaq Vs. include sprinter Tyson Gay, pop singing sensation Justin Bieber, and the one and only Sir Charles Barkley. Barkley is certainly in no shape to keep up with Shaq on the court, but we think we know why Shaq brought him into the fray. He’s probably got vengeance on his mind. Remember this?
The second, more outrageous season of Shaq Vs. is scheduled to air on Aug. 3 at the odd time of 9:01 PM ET (he’s just gotta be different) on ABC.