Each episode follows the 7-foot 1-inch, 325-pound O'Neal and his opponent through training and pre-game hype, including news conferences, all leading up to the final competition. To level the playing field, O'Neal will negotiate a handicap.
Mike Goldberg and Pat Tomasulo host, while Charissa Thompson serves as sideline reporter.
Tonight, O'Neal takes on Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger. O'Neal visits Roethlisberger's home and goes against the Super Bowl-winning signal caller in a challenge. They will both train at the Steelers' practice facility and end up in a 7-on-7 game at Ambridge High School in Ambridge, Pa.
O'Neal takes on swimmer Michael Phelps, tennis' Serena Williams, boxer Oscar De La Hoya, beach volleyball stars Kerri Walsh and Misty May-Treanor and St. Louis Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols. At a news conference in St. Louis last week to discuss his upcoming home-run derby with Pujols, O'Neal discussed his baseball ability. "When I was little, I was known as Shaqqie Robinson," he told AP. When he pitched, he says he was called "the big black unit." O'Neal also promised there would be no head games with Pujols, noting: "Usually, I try to get into the mind of my opponent, but I don't think it's wise to talk smack to a man who always has a bat in his hands."
Pujols offered a few pointers, noting that O'Neal didn't have to overpower the ball to hit a home run. O'Neal responded: "I don't want your tips, Albert. I'm going to beat you fair and square." (The airdate for the O'NealPujols smackdown has not yet been scheduled.)
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