The six-episode series follows the Rock Dogs, a gay amateur basketball team, as they prepared for the National Gay Basketball Association championships earlier this year. The show is set in a loft in San Francisco’s Mission District as six of the team’s 12 players live together for more than three weeks as they practice and play.
“Shirts & Skins” doesn’t shy away from skin or drama, but digs a little deeper than most reality television shows and includes a healthy dose of on-the-court action that helps it stand out from other reality TV. These guys can hoop, after all.
One of the six teammates living in the loft is Rory Ray, a web developer who joined the Rock Dogs in 2002 and now lives in New York City.
I think it is amazing what they are able to capture. They put six very different guys in a house and said do whatever you are going to do. Pretty much whatever happened has happened. You can see in the first two episodes that there are a lot of things of depth and substantial issues that are being discussed and talked about. I don’t think anyone expected it to be any of that. I think they got more than they bargained for – in a good way.