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4 comments | Friday, October 10, 2008

Let me apologize for being a little late on this post, but when you travel as much as I do you never know how slow the internet connection will be in any given hotel. And this past Monday it was hella slow.

Much of episode three of Shirts & Skins centered around the teams continued preparation for the Chicago Gay Games, however on this episode they were faced with a challenge from professional ABA team The Rumble. This game was a real test to see if the guys were prepared for the stiff competition they were sure to face in Chicago. Unfortunately, they lost not because of lack of skill but because they were not playing as a team.

Of course Jemel, one of the team's strongest players(along with Mike) and resident "clown"(and I mean that in a good way) chose to skip practice causing team morale to suffer and was benched throughout most of the game. Once again Jemel manages to shift the focus of another episode in his direction.

The good news is where episode three lacked in excitement and the inspiration that I personally look forward to seeing on Shirts and Skins, episode 4 definitely made up for it.

On episode 4 the team received a visit from the amazing openly lesbian WNBA star Sheryl Swoopes. After their disappointing performance against The Rumble the guys needed a morale boost and Sheryl "swooped" right in and provided some much needed encouragement.

In one of my favorite scenes Sheryl explains to the guys what it was like to come out while still playing professionally and the support she received from NBA stars Shaquille O'Neal and Vince Carter. Her only regret being that she didn't come out sooner. This especially hit home with Mike who has yet to come out to his family.

Meanwhile the date for their fashion show fundraiser was quickly approaching. As a team they decided to model aussieBum swim wear and let's just say the briefs were quite revealing. Who knew Jemel was packin like that in the back!

And Mike...Lawd have mercy!

And DeMarco...Take me higher Lord!

Yes sir! Episode 4 came together quite nicely for me and the fashion show turned out to be extremely successful, contrary to team manager Papa Joe's initial thoughts. Have you been following the show? What do you think about the series so far?

Watch full episodes of Shirts & Skins here.

Just In Case You Missed It: Shirts & Skins Recap & Review: Episode 2


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I think so far the series is coming along really well. I think the fourth was really helpful due to the fact that Ms Swopes came out and talk with the fellas about being gay and being out. It made a world of different.

October 10, 2008 9:42 PM

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October 10, 2008 10:25 PM

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I have seen those episodes of Shirts and Skins and let me tell you, it is really good. I like how Sheryl Swoops spoke from her heart and encourage some of the players. I thought the whole fashion idea was excellent and the team worked together in earning that money and making things work for Nationals. Good deal. Reminds me of my days being a manager for the varsity basketball team in hs...good times. lol. deuces.

October 20, 2008 3:30 AM

<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

I have to say...this show is captivated the eye of my 21 yo DL boyfriend who couldn't be bothered with gay television. We watch this together and his eyes never leave the screen. Not that the guys are hot because he likes fat bastards like me but he sees a lot of himself in it. Then I know Sheryl Swoopes personally so seeing her was a joy for me. She made some valid points though she is famous for saying she 'chose' to be gay but whatever. Its water under the bridge now. But we need more shows like this but i think the guys are so feminine sometimes. I have friends that play on gay bball teams in nyc and they are nothing like these guys. they are hypermasculine and super hot! lol

October 20, 2008 3:35 AM


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