And then before we get to team practices, Pirate Mike Edwards decides he needs to speak with Shane Adams about his future in the competition. If you don’t recall, Mike faced Joshua Knowles in the first competition of the show. Being that neither competitor had much time for practice and training, it was a little unfair to be honest that either of them had to compete right away. Big shiny brass balls aside, when you’re not prepared to compete, you don’t have the chance to bring your A-game. And after all this time, even though Mike has the opportunity to either replace a competitor who cannot go on, or be chosen to compete in a best of the rest match for $25,000 he’s decided that maybe it’s time for him to move on. He’s been having issues getting along with his teammates, and feels that he’s just a negative influence on them.
Luckily, Shane Adams isn’t a man to simply let you walk away from something you’ve started and he seems to know exactly how to bolster the egos of his competitors and to keep them hanging around. He tells Mike that he was chosen to joust first because everyone saw something special in him, and that the training and experience he’s still receiving can serve him well after this season’s competition should he choose to pursue an active career in competitive jousting afterwards. Thankfully, we’re not losing a Pirate this week. Mike is staying on.
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