Last night’s installment of “Shaq Vs.”, the reality show that matches Celtics big man Shaquille O’Neal against sports stars or other celebrities in their field of expertise, featured a pair of wins by Shaq.
First he defeated competitive eating champ Joey Chestnut, of Nathan’s Fourth of July hot-dog eating contest fame, in a hot dog chowdown. But, Shaq had teammates, while Chestnut went at it alone. Shaq’s team ate 36 hot dogs, Chestnut downed 35.
Then he took on former NBA star Charles Barkley in golf, which is not exactly Sir Charles’s area of expertise. But when you add in a pair of PGA Tour stars, it made it pretty interesting. Shaq rolled in a big putt on the first playoff hole for the victory.
Shaq was paired with Anthony Kim, while Barkley had Bubba Watson as a partner. Watson and Barkley had a two-shot lead at one point in the five-hole alternating-shot competition, but Kim and Shaq made up the gap on the final hole to force a playoff.