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