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In case you've forgotten, the highly anticipated "Shaq Vs." premiere episode will air tonight at 9 PM on ABC. This would also happen to be the episode featuring Shaq's challenge of Ben Roethlisberger that was taped recently at Ambridge High's Moe Rubenstein Stadium.

The Roethlisberger episode was taped just days after a civil lawsuit was filed against him by Andrea McNulty. And in a strange twist, the Shaq Vs. show has run into a legal headache of its own. From TMZ:
The idea for Shaquille O'Neal's new show "Shaq Vs." is already accused of being stolen -- and it hasn't even hit the airwaves yet.

Author Todd Gallagher alleges William Morris Endeavor Entertainment -- the agency repping Todd -- approached him to turn his book "Andy Roddick Beat Me with a Frying Pan" into a TV show sometime last year ... then hijacked his idea and turned it into "Shaq Vs."
Yes, there are lawsuits all around. But that probably won't keep Pittsburghers from tuning in tonight, especially considering the alternatives include watching the 47-70 Pirates labor through another nine innings against 58-60 Milwaukee.

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Jeff_King_Fan said...

yeah, ben vs shaq is nice, but i think we hear enough about them. i wish people/media would spend more time talking about brett favre & michael vick.

okel dokel said...

The Comcast commercials have been running for a while now. Oh, wrong Ben.

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MJ said...

Anyone else notice that the fake press conference on the show was apparently on the same day as Big Ben's sexual assault press conference? He was wearing the same suit the day he denied the sexual assault lawsuit. I especially enjoyed the fake press corps laughing every 10 seconds.

Chip said...

Yeah, I noticed that. I couldn't figure out if it was a staged press conference or if Ben just owned one ugly ill-fitting suit.

Shaq had one nice pass in the entire "game." I loved how sweat drenched he was at the end after running half the field like once. Top notch athlete there.

As for Ben, don't get me wrong. I love the guy and what he's done for this team but this show kinda illustrated why he doesn't get the press Peyton or Tommy do. They're kinda funny and cool. Ben just comes across like a big doofus.

D. C. said...

I thought Ben was kind of funny last night. Especially making fun of Shaq running. But he does dress like a goofball. What size shirt was he wearing at his house? That would be big on Hampton.

Michael Katz said...

Big Ben looked really fat during H-O-R-S-E. Maybe that's why he changed to the black shirt and fitted cap when they met the Ronald McDonald House kids. Come to think of it, maybe that's why Ben's charity was through McDonald's