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Murderer’s Row… (2.00)

Bobby: Okay, best baseball team, all time?

Dean: '27 Yankees?

Bobby: Justify it. Why were they the best?

Dean: Murder's Row.

Lara: Murderer's. And that's not an argument, Dean.

Gordie: I know. Gehrig hit 373.

Murderers’ Row were the baseball teams of the New York Yankees in the late 1920s, widely considered one of the best teams in history. The nickname is in particular describing the first six hitters in the 1927 team lineup: Earle Combs, Mark Koenig, Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Bob Meusel, and Tony Lazzeri.

Henry Louis Gehrig, (born June 19, 1903 – June 2, 1941), nicknamed "the Iron Horse", was an American baseball first baseman who played his entire professional career (17 seasons) in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the New York Yankees, from 1923 until 1939. Gehrig was renowned for his prowess as a hitter and for his durability, which earned him his nickname "the Iron Horse." He was an All-Star seven consecutive times, a Triple Crown winner once, an American League (AL) Most Valuable Player twice, and a member of six World Series champion teams. He had a career .340 batting average, .632 slugging average, and a .447 on base average. He hit 493 home runs and had 1,995 runs batted in (RBI). In 1939, he was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame and was the first MLB player to have his uniform number (4) retired by a team.

Half the Chinese are applying to the Ivies… (6.43)

DeGuilio: And the sad thing is, it's so competitive now. Half the Chinese are applying to the Ivies. All our kids are gonna end up in second-tier schools.

Chuck: Not Eva. She's going to Yale.

DeGuilio: Like I said.

Chuck: Oh, you fucking Harvard guys.

The Ivy League is an American collegiate athletic conference comprising sports teams from eight private universities in the Northeastern United States. The term Ivy League is typically used to refer to those eight schools as a group of elite colleges beyond the sports context. The eight members are Brown University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Harvard University, the University of Pennsylvania, Princeton University, and Yale University. Ivy League has connotations of academic excellence, selectivity in admissions, and social elitism.

While the term was in use as early as 1933, it became official only after the formation of the NCAA Division I athletic conference in 1954. Seven of the eight schools were founded during the colonial period (Cornell was founded in 1865), and thus account for seven of the nine Colonial Colleges chartered before the American Revolution.

Ivy League schools are generally viewed as some of the most prestigious, and are ranked among the best universities worldwide by U.S. News & World Report.[4] All eight universities place in the top fourteen of the 2019 U.S. News & World Report national university rankings, including four Ivies in the top three (Columbia and Yale are tied for third). In the 2019 U.S. News & World Report global university rankings, three Ivies rank in the top ten (Harvard – 1st, Columbia – 8th, and Princeton – 9th) and six in the top twenty. Undergraduate-focused Ivies such as Brown University and Dartmouth College rank 99th and 197th, respectively. U.S. News has named a member of the Ivy League as the best national university in each of the past 18 years ending with the 2018 rankings: Princeton eleven times, Harvard twice, and the two schools tied for first five times.

Harvard University is a private Ivy League research university in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with about 6,700 undergraduate students and about 15,250 post graduate students. Established in 1636 and named for its first benefactor, clergyman John Harvard, Harvard is the United States' oldest institution of higher learning, and its history, influence, and wealth have made it one of the world's most prestigious universities. World University Ranking = 6th.

Yale University is an American private Ivy League research university in New Haven, Connecticut. Founded in 1701, it is the third-oldest institution of higher education in the United States and one of the nine Colonial Colleges chartered before the American Revolution. World University Ranking = 8th.

You wanna sack the city with me?… (08.15)

DeGuilio: None of us not the AG, not you, not me none of us took down a single fucking giant in the shadow of the crash of '08. I mean, maybe one or two mortgage brokers got kneecapped. Axelrod's the chance to cement shoe a big one, for all of us.

Chuck: Well, I can't really think about any of that because as you damn well know, I've recused myself.

DeGuilio: Yeah. Like you said. All eyes are on you, Chuck. Land it safely. We will get you any resources you need.

Chuck: Thank you.

DeGuilio: Maybe the Attorney General will grace you with a presence on the podium, class the thing up.

Chuck: When the jungle was thick, you hid in the hills. And now that I've bushwhacked through and I have El Dorado in my sights, you wanna sack the city with me?

DeGuilio: "With me"? Huh. I thought you recused yourself.

El Dorado (Spanish for "the golden one"), originally El Hombre Dorado ("The Golden Man") or El Rey Dorado ("The Golden King"), was the term used by the Spanish Empire to describe a mythical tribal chief (zipa) of the Muisca native people in then Spanish colonial province of Colombia, who, as an initiation rite, covered himself with gold dust and submerged in Lake Guatavita. The legends surrounding El Dorado changed over time, as it went from being a man, to a city, to a kingdom, and then finally to an empire.

A second location for El Dorado was inferred from rumors, which inspired several unsuccessful expeditions in the late 1500s in search of a city called Manõa on the shores of Lake Parime. Two of the most famous of these expeditions were led by Sir Walter Raleigh. In pursuit of the legend, Spanish conquistadors and numerous others searched Colombia, Venezuela, and parts of Guyana and northern Brazil for the city and its fabulous king. In the course of these explorations, much of northern South America, including the Amazon River, was mapped. By the beginning of the 19th century, most people dismissed the existence of the city as a myth.

Nice Kikashi (13.51)

Chuck: DeGiulio knows about our informant.

Bryan: Of course he does. I told him.

Chuck: Why the fuck did you…

Bryan: I-I-I heard from some guys in his office that he was still considering pulling the thing from us. He was wondering about our ability to close. So I let it leak that we were closer than anyone knew.

Chuck: Nice Kikashi.

Bryan: How the fuck do you know what a kikashi…

Chuck: You don't have to live in Asia to play a little Go. Okay. Okay, this we can work with…

Go is an abstract strategy board game for two players, in which the aim is to surround more territory than the opponent. The game was invented in China more than 2,500 years ago and is believed to be the oldest board game continuously played to the present day. A 2016 survey by the International Go Federation's 75 member nations found that there are over 46 million people worldwide who know how to play Go and over 20 million current players, the majority of whom live in East Asia.

Literally meaning 'an enlivenment', Kikashi is a forcing move, usually one made outside the primary flow of play. Unlike sente, though, a move is kikashi when it yields a high efficiency in play by forcing the opponent to abandon a course of action. A kikashi stone will usually be sacrificed while conferring an advantage; for example, the kikashi stone could act as a ladder breaker or destroy the opponent's potential eyeshape, while the answering move has no value at all. Moves can be kikashi, or not, depending on whether they are answered with appropriate sophistication or not. If the answering move strengthens the position, then the play is not kikashi but aji keshi (ruining one's own potential).

Ruggie Wrap with Cones... (16.30)

Wendy: Lunch, is it?

Mafee: Yeah. Ruggie Wrap with Cones.

Wendy: Mm.

Mafee: I have an extra.

Wendy: Sure. I'll have half.

As explained on the Reddit Billions thread: “The Ruggie Wrap with cones is a BIG CT [Conneticut] shoutout. Cones are very much a Fairfield County thing. they are basically deep fried mashed potato balls. the Ruggie is from Chicken Joes. There are a handful of places in FC that do cones right and Chicken Joes is one of the OG's.”

Then I’m gonna fuckin hobble ‘em... (23.12)

Bobby: What do you know?

Wags: They're gone for sure. Channing, Carly, and fucking Hlasa. They grabbed a few analysts, too. Security pulled this.

Bobby: They'll start their capital raise soon, if they haven't already.

Wags: Meetings are being set. I've gotten a few calls from folks poking around, see how pissed we'd be if they kicked in.

Bobby: I brought this on, Wags, 15 years ago. All of it. I might as well have spoken a fucking incantation.

Wags: If you feel that way, what do you want me to do?

Bobby: Keep listening. Find out what they're up to. Then I'm gonna fucking hobble them.

Wags: Like in Misery.

Misery is a 1987 psychological horror thriller novel by Stephen King. The novel was nominated for the World Fantasy Award for Best Novel in 1988 and was later made into a Hollywood film and an off-Broadway play of the same name. When King was writing Misery in 1985 he planned the book to be released under the pseudonym Richard Bachman but the identity of the pseudonym was discovered before the release of the book.

The novel focuses on Paul Sheldon, a writer famous for Victorian-era romance novels involving the character of Misery Chastain. One day he is rescued from a car crash by crazed fan Annie Wilkes, who transports him to her house and, once finding out what he has done to Misery in his latest book, forces him to write a new book modifying the story – no matter what it takes.

Read the plot summary of the book to find out what Bobby is referring to. It’s very Stephen King.

Like Keynes said… (36.45)

Lonnie: What's this about?

Chuck: Well, this is your make-up call. Judge Wilcox you had a problem with him.

Lonnie: Yeah, US vs. Tritter. I asked for seven years on gun trafficking. Some kid in the projects. Wilcox gave him 35 years. [sighs] It's fucking frontier justice. It nagged at me. I asked you if I could do an off-book investigation on Wilcox, but you shut me down. Do you remember what you told me?

Chuck: No.

Lonnie: "At least he's a prosecutor's judge."

Chuck: I've reconsidered.

Lonnie: Why?

Chuck: Like Keynes said, "When the facts change…". Look into Wilcox. Go wherever it leads.

Lonnie: You're making a move on a federal judge. Is he in your way? What's your beef with him?

Chuck: If he's clean, none at all.

John Maynard Keynes, 1st Baron Keynes (5 June 1883 – 21 April 1946), was a British economist whose ideas fundamentally changed the theory and practice of macroeconomics and the economic policies of governments. He built on and greatly refined earlier work on the causes of business cycles, and was one of the most influential economists of the 20th century. Widely considered the founder of modern macroeconomics, his ideas are the basis for the school of thought known as Keynesian economics, and its various offshoots.

The Keynes quote that Chuck is referring to is: “When the facts change, I change my mind. What do you do, sir?” He may never have actually said it, incidentally. Read about it here.