Barkley should call Shaq for help

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Shaquille O’Neal’s new TV show, “Shaq’s Big Challenge” — in which he helps weight-challenged kids reshape their bodies — debuts Tuesday night at 9 on ABC.

I can hardly wait for the celebrity episode featuring Charles Barkley, David Wells, John Daly and Rick Majerus.

(Maybe they’ll have Mel “Dinner Bell” Turpin throw out the first rack of ribs.)

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No joke: Wouldn’t the concept work better if Shaq could get sports figures to perspire along with Porky, Tubby, Doughboy and Goodyear?

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Quote of the Week: “I’m leaving because I feel like the franchise and the Verizon Center are in a good place. [Wizards coach Eddie Jordan and GM Ernie Grunfeld] are phenomenal basketball people, and the city is lucky to have its first superstar with Gilbert Arenas.”

— Susan O’Malley, retiring president of Washington Sports and Entertainment (as quoted by The Washington Post)

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Good to know Walter Johnson and Sammy Baugh weren’t superstars — or John Riggins, for that matter.

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And correct me if I’m wrong, but aren’t Wes Unseld and Elvin Hayes among the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History — as voted in 1996? (Or do they not belong to the “city” because they played in Landover?)

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No offense to Miguel Tejada, but part of me is glad his consecutive-games streak ended at 1,152 — 1,480 shy of the mark set by You Know Who. Especially because, after Barry Bonds hit No. 756, ESPN probably would have begun a decade-long Countdown to Cal.

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