September 06, 2011
Warning: Video contains some NSFW language.
Next Sunday, the venerable HBO comedy "Entourage" will bow out after eight seasons at the top of every fraternity brother's TV show power rankings. When the finale episode airs, everyone will have to console themselves with DVDs, or possibly even move on to a more mature show like "Scrubs" or "The Wizards of Waverly Place."
The writers are pulling out all the stops to send their series out on a high note. For a show about celebrity, that means one thing: cameos! In Sunday's episode, we saw appearances from sports luminaries such as Mark Teixeira, Alex Rodriguez, Michael Strahan, and the NBA's own Amar'e Stoudemire(notes).
The context is perfectly normal: Turtle, friend of Hollywood superstar Vincent Chase, is trying to start a baked clams restaurant in Los Angeles, home of people who love non-trendy food typically consumed by the proletariat. Unfortunately, to get the space he wants, he needs more money from investors like Amar'e. But it's tough to ask for more money when you have already gotten a quarter-million from everyone for what seems like a poorly formed idea. Understandably, Stoudemire is taken aback and confused. Just like the audience, most of whom don't understand how "Entourage" is still a thing.
Still, this appearance must have been a thrill for Amar'e. While critical opinion on "Entourage" has soured significantly, athletes still love it, mostly because it's one of the few shows on television that deals with the concerns of their lives. That doesn't mean it's a good work of art, of course, but it is at least someone relatable for them. In a world where everyone they know wants something, at least athletes got a half-hour of pleasure every week.
(Video via PBT)