I said on Monday that the premiere episode of Shaq Vs. – pitting Cleveland’s own Shaquille O’Neal vs. the Pittsburgh QB that everyone in Cleveland wishes was the QB of the Browns hates was a must win for the city. Well, he lost, 21-14…did you really think Cleveland would beat Pittsburgh? I digress…despite the disappointing end to the 7-on-7, the comedic value that Shaq afforded during the episode was reason enough for me to tune in during week two. Must see TV going forward as far as I am concerned.
I know that I am late to the party with the review – I dvr’d it (is that a verb?) and watched it Wednesday – but I can offer nothing but thumbs flying high in the air in response to the viewing. I have always thought that Shaq is the funniest and most entertaining athlete of my generation, and Tuesday’s episode did nothing to dissuade me from that point. The press conference was hilarious when Shaq said ‘you obviously brought all those bodyguards because your terrified of me,’ and the part where he said he stole Rothlisberger’s jersey was too. He didn’t look as bad as one might have thought out there on the field, and it was good as a Cavs fan to hear him say that he is in this deal to win one more championship.
Additionally, I think Shaq might be doing this whole thing to get himself in the best shape he has been in the last 10 years. During the show, I couldn’t help but think that the traditional training for an NBA season just might have gotten to be too boring to him after a decade and a half plus of doing it, and he just might have gone down this reality show path as a way to re-energize his training regiment. I don’t know though, maybe he just likes the attention, but nevertheless, the show is a hit, and I’m watching next time.