First of all, Ben Roethlisberger is very likeable, as it turns out. So that was a big help. Inevitably, Shaq will face off against someone with less of a personality one week, and it's not going to be so entertaining. Michael Phelps week, for example, will probably be slightly less of a laugh riot. But aside from the actual football game they played (which looked nothing like any actual football game I've ever seen, and was such a pointless farce it's not even worth discussing in detail), watching Shaq and Big Ben good-naturedly trash talk each other while playing HORSE, good-naturedly trash talk each other at a press conference, Shaq attempt and miserably fail an NFL draft test, Roethlisberger hilariously imitate Shaq's ogre run, and Shaq giggling about the prospect of winning Ben's Super Bowl ring for a week was pretty great television. (For summer, I mean. Obviously this wouldn't fly with me during the real TV season. Clarifications!)
But in the game of amazing quotes, Shaq vs. Ben is a much closer game:
"Do you really think you can win at any of these things you're going to do?" -- Ben Roethlisberger, playing the role of Hurley tonight.
"Me and my Donald Trump negotiation skills." -- Shaq (context irrelevant).
Verdict: Shaq, for the very narrow win.
Watch it again! There is literally nothing else to watch:
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