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Posts in 1/04: Short Squeeze
Drop the weapon!... (1.58)

An early scene opens with a very drunk Mick Danzig - one of Axe’s portfolio managers - venturing into his garden in the middle of the night clutching a bottle of booze in one hand and an automatic weapon in the other. He sets the bottle down on the lawn and proceeds to fire indiscriminately in the direction of some deer who are feeding on his plants. The booze is Singani. And the brand - which happens to be owned and operated by film maker Steven Soderbergh - is this one.


Singani is distilled from white Muscat of Alexandria grapes. It is produced only in the Bolivian high valleys and is considered the national liquor of Bolivia and a cultural patrimony. Its character and production methods are closest to eau-de-vie but it is classified as a brandy for purposes of international trade. Singani has been declared a Domain of Origin (Denominación de Origen or DO) and a Geographical Indication (GI) by the Bolivian government. Singani has been produced since the 16th century shortly after the Spanish arrived in South America. It was first distilled by monastic orders who needing sacramental wine found it expedient to also distill. Most sources say the name singani derives from a pre-Columbian village of that name near the mission that first distilled the liquor.

Queen for a Day... (6.15)

Chuck: Let's get started.

Bryan: This is a proffer session, otherwise known as Queen for a Day. As the documents you signed state, you lay out everything illegal you've done in the securities industry, particularly in regards to Axe Capital, in return for a felony 5K letter-reducing sentence. If you are untruthful or withholding, you can and will be prosecuted.

Chuck: Sing for your supper and you'll get breakfast in the morn'.

In the American legal system "queen for a day" refers to written documents that are designed to create a potential mutually beneficial arrangement with the federal government and a person of interest regarding a criminal investigation. The concept of a "queen for a day", more commonly known as proffer agreements permit the accused individual to disclose to authorities key points of knowledge to crimes committed by that person and/or others, with implied assurance that said knowledge will not be used against them in later proceedings.

More precisely it facilitates a symbiotic relationship by giving prosecutors a sample of the individual's knowledge that in turn provides the accused leverage to bargain with for something such as a lesser sentence or immunity in regards to the whole of the investigation.

I want a cheesesteak... (7.29)

Chuck: I got it. He's rich. Let's go.

Pete: Rich? Rich is a Marquis Jet card, uh, flying out East on a chopper. This is more like, "Hey, I want a cheesesteak. Send some guy to Philly and bring them back for everyone."

Chuck: Jim's or Shank's

Pete: Both. And Tony Luke's. The fact is, he does not need to call meetings. Everywhere he goes, they form around him. I mean, he's like a Like an aircraft carrier in the center of a strike group. When he turns left, battleships, destroyers, subs, they all turn left with him...


Marquis Jet is now NetJets Inc., a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway, is an American company that sells part ownership or shares (called fractional ownership) of private business jets. NetJets was founded in 1964 as Executive Jet Aviation. It was the first private business jet charter and aircraft management company in the world.

Jim's, Shank's and Tony Luke's are all well-known brands of Philly Cheesesteak, which is the culinary speciality of Philadelphia, the largest city in Pennsylvania.

Couldn't be more psyched... (9.53)

I couldn't be more psyched if you told me Jillian Barberie was gonna ride my face like American Pharoah.

Bobby: That's beautiful. I want that on my tombstone.

All yours.



Jillian Marie Barberie (née Warry; born September 26, 1966) is a Canadian-born American actress, television hostess, sportscaster, and radio personality who currently co-hosts The Drive Home on 790 KABC in Los Angeles. From 1995 to 2012, she was a co-host on the popular Los Angeles television morning show Good Day L.A.. Concurrently, from 2000 to 2005, she appeared on Fox Sports as the weatherperson for Fox NFL Sunday. From 2006 to 2013, she was known as Jillian Reynolds by marriage.

American Pharoah (foaled February 2, 2012) is an American retired Thoroughbred racehorse who won the American Triple Crown and the Breeders' Cup Classic in 2015. In winning all four races, he became the first horse to win the Grand Slam of Thoroughbred racing.[a] He won the 2015 Eclipse Award for Horse of the Year and 2015 Champion three-year-old. He was bred and owned throughout his racing career by Ahmed Zayat of Zayat Stables, trained by Bob Baffert, and ridden in most of his races by Victor Espinoza. He now stands at stud at Ashford Stud in Kentucky. American Pharoah is descended from Secretariat, Count Fleet, War Admiral, and Gallant Fox, all of whom also won the American Triple Crown.

Then Augusta, baby... (19.02)

One step closer? Whoo-hoo! Yeah, his life goal is to play on at least one course in every country on the planet.

And then - Augusta, baby!

Gentlemen, have fun.

Will do.

Augusta National Golf Club, located in Augusta, Georgia, is one of the most famous golf clubs in the world. Founded by Bobby Jones and Clifford Roberts on the site of the former Fruitland (later Fruitlands) Nursery, the course was designed by Jones and Alister MacKenzie and opened for play in January 1933. Its first club professional was Ed Dudley, who served in the role until 1957; Dudley was one of the top tournament professionals of his era, with 15 wins on the PGA Tour. Since 1934, the club has played host to the annual Masters Tournament, one of the four major championships in professional golf, and the only major played each year at the same course. It was the top-ranked course in Golf Digest's 2009 list of America's 100 greatest courses and was the number ten-ranked course based on course architecture on Golfweek Magazine's 2011 list of best classic courses in the United States.

I'm here for the band... (24.10)

Elise: How you doing? You're not going hunting? No.

Bobby: No, I'm here for the band.

Elise: I'm here for the band, too. You want to pass me a water? I practically wore out my Ride the Lightning CD by the time I was 12, so this is basically my childhood dream come true. I can die after tonight.

Bobby: I wore that album out, too.

Elise: Yeah, okay. Best song?

Bobby:  Fade to Black.

Elise: Wrong. Creeping Death. But yours is respectable. Classic.

Bobby: Well, you can't beat a classic…


This is a couple of Metallica geeks disagreeing whilst simultaneously bonding.

You want to stay, stay... (34.13)

Bobby: Your granddaddy made a fortune in bourbon. Did he fold up shop when they passed the Volstead Act? How the fuck do you think you got to where you are today? You think you got a suite in Churchill Downs because of your winning goddamn personality? If you want to stay, stay. You want to pull, then tell me in the morning, but either way, get off my dick.

The National Prohibition Act, known informally as the Volstead Act, was enacted to carry out the intent of the 18th Amendment (ratified January 1919), which established prohibition in the United States. The Anti-Saloon League's Wayne Wheeler conceived and drafted the bill, which was named for Andrew Volstead, Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, who managed the legislation.

Churchill Downs, located on Central Avenue in south Louisville, Kentucky, United States, is a Thoroughbred racetrack most famous for annually hosting the Kentucky Derby. It officially opened in 1875, and held the first Kentucky Derby and the first Kentucky Oaks in the same year. Churchill Downs has also hosted the renowned Breeders' Cup on nine occasions, most recently on November 2 and 3, 2018. Churchill Downs Incorporated owns and operates the racetrack. With the infield open for the Kentucky Derby, the capacity of Churchill Downs is roughly 170,000.



You know, I've never seen it... (36.24)

Elise: Well, this is getting tragic again. Don't go all Charles Foster Kane on me.

Bobby: You know, I've never seen it. Seen Rocky seven times. But never Kane.

Elise: If you, of all people, have never seen Citizen Kane, you have to, immediately, projected on a big screen, on film. That's doctor's orders. Promise me.

Bobby: I promise.

Charles Foster Kane is a fictional character and the subject of Orson Welles' 1941 film Citizen Kane. The character is widely believed to be based on publishing tycoon William Randolph Hearst. Welles played Kane (receiving an Oscar nomination), with Buddy Swan playing Kane as a child. Welles also produced, co-wrote and directed the film.

You’e like Paulie Pennino... (42.32)

Freddie: I fucked up.

Bobby: Yeah? Fucked up how?

Freddie: Um I heard your Cross-Co. play on the runway, and I-I-I jumped on it.

Bobby: You rode along on my intel?

Freddie: I piggybacked because I figured you always know.

Bobby: You stole my fucking idea. You're like Paulie Pennino.

Freddie: Who?

Bobby: Paulie, Adrian's brother, putting the Shamrock Meats logo on Rocky's robe. You should've asked, man, like any friend would.

Paul "Paulie" Pennino is a fictional character in the Rocky film series, played by Burt Young, who, along with co-star Burgess Meredith, was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in the first film

Paulie is Adrian's older brother and Rocky Balboa's best friend/brother-in-law. He is a former United States Navy man and an alcoholic and is not afraid to lose his temper when the opportunity arises. Most of the time he does that out of jealousy towards his friends and family, and he feels like they owe him for their success. Despite this, he cares about his friends and family, and he will stand up for Rocky if someone insults him. Despite being friends with Apollo Creed and Tony "Duke" Evers, Paulie is shown to be racist, as seen in Rocky III when he openly stated that he did not like any of the black boxers in the gym where Creed once trained, though that could just be out of nervousness. He says in Rocky Balboa that "Italian food cooked up by a bunch of Mexicans ain't so special." He's also known for his catchphrase "I don't sweat you" in response to a fight. Paulie, while a loyal friend to Rocky, causes the premature birth of Balboa's son by shouting at his wife during her pregnancy, creates the brawls that draws Rocky into a street fight against Tommy Gunn, and establishes a quasi-marital relationship with Sico - a robot given to Paulie by Rocky as a birthday present in Rocky IV.