Ricardo “The Busboy” Reyes. Now there’s someone who should have his own TV show.
If you saw the Barney’s Beanery legend with his white T-shirt and white apron and blue jeans destroy NBA stars LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Lamar Odom, Charles Barkley and Carmelo Anthony in his speciality – arcade Pop-a-Shot — during Jimmy Kimmel’s NBA Finals special shows on ABC, there’s no denying that Reyes deserved the 2011 red Ford Mustang as his prize from the show.
Which drags us sadly to Shaquille O’Neal.
The former Lakers star is all set for another six-episode season of the remarkably dull “Shaq Vs.” reality series, still not clear if he stole the idea from former Phoenix Suns teammate Steve Nash or he really is on the up-and-up in making this work as a legit summer programming filler.
What better way to start the show for the 5-foot-7, 148-pound Reyes to step up to the line against possibly the worst free-throw shooter in league history, and take him down like a wet cleaning rag.
Yet, it seems for naught.
TVWeek.com reports that the new series, starting Tuesday, Aug. 3, will have O’Neal going up against retired NBA star Barkley (in flagging down a hooker?), Tyson Gay (really, in a sprint?), Sugar Shane Mosley (we saw what Shaq didn’t do against Oscar de la Hoya), Joey Chestnut (some sort of eating contest) and Dale Earnhardt Jr. (probably driving go-carts). Shaq is also expanding it since he’s run out of ideas, and also wants to hang out with singer Justin Bieber, compete in a cook-off with food nut Rachel Ray, try to trick magicians Penn & Teller and then go all alphabet on Spelling Bee champ Kavya Shivashankar.
O’Neal showed up at last month’s Spelling Bee in Washington D.C. and told the 14-year-old Shivashankar: “Keep in mind, I have a bachelor’s and master’s, and I’m ready to go.”
That’s what he told Michael Phelps, Lisa Leslie, Misty May Treanor, Kerry Walsh, Albert Pujols and Ben Rothlesburger last year.
“I’m out to prove that I can compete beyond athletics,” O’Neal says in a statement. “I’ve spent all year sharpening my skills and I want to win. There’s no challenge bigger than me.”
Except, maybe this guy we know in West Hollywood …