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Posts in 3/01: Tie Goes To Runner
I come from baseball country... (4.59)

Jock Jeffcoat: I just wanted to make sure our agendas are aligned when it comes to that justice you spoke of moments ago. These high-profile cases you and your people have working? Heap of Wall Street-related matters.

Chuck: Well, the markets are within my purview.

Jock Jeffcoat: Well, that may be, but I come from baseball country. We learn at an early age that a tie goes to the runner. And that is how I want you to think of our business community and its leaders from now on. Now, look, if there's a clear crime, then, by all means, you go after it. But if it's a bang-bang play, don't call a man out on a win. Just let that rally continue.

Chuck: I thought you come from horse country.

Jock Jeffcoat: West Texas contains multitudes, Chuck.

Chuck: Ahh…

Tie goes to the runner is a popular interpretation of baseball rules. The claim is that a batter-runner who arrives on base the same time as the ball is safe. However, umpires generally reject the concept that baseball provides for a tie in this way, and instead rule on the basis that either the player or the ball has reached the base first. The wording of rule 5.09(a)(10), formerly 6.05(j), of the Official Baseball Rules is that a batter is out when "After a third strike or after he hits a fair ball, he or first base is tagged before he touches first base". Therefore, if the runner or first base is *not* tagged before he touches first base, he is safe. 

In response to a question from a Little League umpire, Major League Baseball umpire Tim McClelland has written that the concept of a tie at a base does not exist, and that a runner either beats the ball or does not. In 2009, umpire Mark Dewdeny, a contributor for Bleacher Report, citing McClelland, also rejected the idea of a tie, and further commented that even if a "physicist couldn't make an argument one way or the other" from watching an instant replay, the runner would still be out. However, if the runner or base must be tagged before the runner reaches the base, it could be argued that a tie at the base (one of the results of the base not being tagged before the runner arriving) results in the runner being safe.

In other words, since the rule is not "the runner must touch first base before the ball arrives" and it is instead "the ball must reach first base before the runner arrives" some believe that the tie goes to the runner. Another consideration is that umpires are trained to make the call by watching for the runner's foot to touch the base and listening for the ball to strike the fielder's glove. Because sound travels more slowly than light, an apparent tie means that the ball must have arrived first, so a tie should go to the fielder.

That's the Frozen Man, right?... (7.13)

Dollar Bill: I've been humping my ass into the city, hour and a half in traffic, into this swanky Manhattan office, and you haven't called a single meeting because the government's frozen all the assets. So when you called this meeting, I assumed that meant it was go-time and they've finally been unfrozen.

Wags: Not yet. Still frozen like Otzi in the goddamn Alps.

Ben Kim: That's the Frozen Man, right?

Dollar Bill: I need those funds to flow like the Kancamangus Rapids. I'm ready to rock and roll on full auto right the fuck now.

Ötzi, also called the Iceman, the Similaun Man (Italian: Mummia del Similaun), the Man from Hauslabjoch, the Tyrolean Iceman, and the Hauslabjoch mummy, is the well-preserved natural mummy of a man who lived between 3400 and 3100 BCE. The mummy was found in September 1991 in the Ötztal Alps, hence the nickname "Ötzi", near Similaun mountain and Hauslabjoch on the border between Austria and Italy. He is Europe's oldest known natural human mummy, and has offered an unprecedented view of Chalcolithic (Copper Age) Europeans. His body and belongings are displayed in the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology in Bolzano, South Tyrol, Italy.

That's inspiring stuff... (8.46)

Wendy: Are you planning to come to the office anytime soon?

Bobby: Yeah, once my assets are unfrozen.

Wendy: Should everyone else go home, too?

Bobby: Not if they want to stay on the payroll.

Wendy: That's inspiring stuff. Must be what Kennedy said to his staff during the Cuban missile crisis.

Bobby: Kennedy wasn't under as much pressure as I am.

The Cuban Missile Crisis, also known as the October Crisis of 1962, the Caribbean Crisis or the Missile Scare, was a 13-day (October 16–28, 1962) confrontation between the United States and the Soviet Union initiated by American ballistic missile deployment in Italy and Turkey with consequent Soviet ballistic missile deployment in Cuba. The confrontation is often considered the closest the Cold War came to escalating into a full-scale nuclear war…

They ride in on horses?... (9.48)

Wags: The idea dinner. Top-ten hedge-fund managers in the city will be there. These rat fucks are how these billionaires measure themselves. Even being in the room confers upon you almost mythical status, like you're a knight of the Round Table.

Dollar Bill: They ride in on horses?

Wags: Maybachs.

Maybach Motorenbau is a defunct German car manufacturer that today exists as a sub-brand of Mercedes-Benz. The company was founded in 1909 by Wilhelm Maybach and his son, originally as a subsidiary of Luftschiffbau Zeppelin GmbH, and it was known as Luftfahrzeug-Motorenbau GmbH until 1999.

In 1960, Maybach was acquired by Daimler-Benz. The name returned as a standalone ultra-luxury car brand in the late 20th century and early 21st century, sharing significant components with Mercedes-Benz cars. After slow sales, Maybach ceased to be a standalone brand by 2013, and it became (in 2015) a sub-brand of Mercedes-Benz, which is owned by Daimler AG. As of 2018, Daimler produces an ultra-luxury edition of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class under the Mercedes-Maybach name.

Your ego just wrote a check your body can't cash... (11.44)

Wags: You're not authorized to guarantee bonuses. Your ego just wrote a check your body can't cash.

Taylor: I appreciate you waiting until after the meeting to hit me with that one. I know holding back doesn't come naturally.

Wags: Well, I was so shocked you could quote Top Gun, it took me a second to respond.

Top Gun is a 1986 American action drama film, directed by Tony Scott, and produced by Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer, in association with Paramount Pictures. It is the first installment of the Top Gun film series. The screenplay was written by Jim Cash and Jack Epps Jr., and was inspired by an article titled "Top Guns" published in California magazine three years earlier. The film stars Tom Cruise, Kelly McGillis, Val Kilmer, Anthony Edwards, and Tom Skerritt. Cruise plays Lieutenant Pete "Maverick" Mitchell, a young naval aviator aboard the aircraft carrierUSS Enterprise. He and his Radar Intercept Officer, Nick "Goose" Bradshaw (Edwards) are given the chance to train at the US Navy's Fighter Weapons School at Naval Air Station Miramar in San Diego, California.

Like A Christmas Carol... (12.07)

Wendy: I want to run a Dickens process. Tony Robbins took me through it a few years back, so - Sit down. I take you to specific moments in your life, use them to jump into the future. You get to experience different possible versions of your life, like in…

Bobby: Like "A Christmas Carol," hence, Dickens.

Anthony Jay Robbins (born Anthony J. Mahavoric; February 29, 1960) is an American author, entrepreneur, philanthropist and life coach.[1]Robbins is known for his infomercials, seminars, and self-help books including Unlimited Power and Awaken the Giant Within. Robbins is the founder of several companies that earn approximately $6 billion in annual sales. In 2015 and 2016 he was listed on the Worth Magazine Power 100 list. His seminars are organized through Robbins Research International.

The Dickens process is a neurolinguistic programming technique poplularised by Robbins. Click the link for more details.

The dickbags bought 'em... (12.43)

Fifth grade. I needed money. There were these rich eighth-grade pricks from Harrison. God, I hated their stupid faces. I had an Islander jersey and a Koho hockey stick. I signed 'em Mike Bossy and Bryan Trottier, and the dickbags bought 'em.

What'd you get?

$300 cash, new sneakers, Atari.

When they found out, they went to town on me like Dave "The Hammer" Schultz. God, I got so angry at them, my parents for not having enough money, myself for getting caught. That rage grew in me. It worked like jet fuel for years.

Michael Dean Bossy or, according to some sources, Michael Jean Bossy (born January 22, 1957) is a Canadian former ice hockey player who played for the New York Islanders for his entire career and was a crucial part of their four-year reign as Stanley Cup champions in the early 1980s. Among many other remarkable achievements, he was the only player in NHL history to score consecutive Stanley Cup winning goals (1982 and 1983) and the only player to record four game-winning goals in one series (1983 Conference Final). He is the NHL's all-time leader in average goals scored per regular season game, holds the NHL's third highest all-time average points scored per regular season game, and is one of only five players to score 50 goals in 50 games. In 2017 Bossy was named one of the '100 Greatest NHL Players' in history.

Bryan John Trottier (born July 17, 1956) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey centre who played 18 seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the New York Islanders and Pittsburgh Penguins. He won four Stanley Cups with the Islanders, two with the Penguins and one as an assistant coach with the Colorado Avalanche. He holds the NHL record for points in a single period with six (four goals and two assists) in the second period against the Rangers on December 23, 1978.[citation needed] He is also one of only eight NHL players with multiple five-goal games. On August 4, 2014, Trottier was announced as an assistant coach for the Buffalo Sabres. In 2017 Trottier was named one of the '100 Greatest NHL Players' in history.

David William "The Hammer" Schultz (born October 14, 1949) is a Canadian businessman and former professional ice hockey coach and player. Schultz is renowned as one of hockey's greatest enforcers and holds the NHL record for most penalty minutes in a single season, at 472. Schultz was born in Waldheim, Saskatchewan, but grew up in Rosetown, Saskatchewan.

I was more Iron Sheik era... (15.55)

Chuck: Well, well, well. Bryan Connerty and his new lord. May your reign be long and fruitful.

Dake: I serve at the pleasure…

Chuck: Don't we all? Freezing the assets? Now, that's an Ivan Koloff bear hug you're putting on the man. You're squeezing the breath out of him.

Dake: I was more Iron Sheik era.

Chuck: All right, fine. It's a camel clutch, and a hell of a good one.

Ivan Koloff (born Oreal Donald Perras; August 25, 1942 – February 18, 2017) was a Canadian professional wrestler, best known for once holding the WWWF World Heavyweight Championship. He was known as "The Russian Bear".

Hossein Khosrow Ali Vaziri (born March 15, 1943), better known by his ring name The Iron Sheik, is an Iranian-American former professional wrestler, amateur wrestler and actor. Vaziri is a one-time world champion, having won the WWF World Heavyweight Championship in 1983. He was what is referred to as a transitional champion, which saw him end the nearly six-year reign of Bob Backlund as champion only to lose the belt four weeks later to Hulk Hogan, who began a four-plus year reign himself. Coming off the Iranian hostage crisis, The Iron Sheik, an Iranian citizen who praised his home country and bashed the USA, is considered to be one of the greatest heels of all time. His villainous character peaked during the 1980s WWF wrestling boom and his rivalry with Hulk Hogan turned Hogan into one of the greatest television heroes of the decade. He would later form a tag team with Nikolai Volkoff, with whom he won the WWF Tag Team Championship at the inaugural WrestleMania event. In 2005, he was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.

You're not seeing it... (18.45)

Stephen Birch: We need to see the trade history leading up to the redemptions and cash positions.

Ben Kim: Sure. Let me bring up a different screen.

Wags: Like Squanto should have said to the pilgrims, "Get the fuck out of here."

Lara: Wags, come on.

Wags: It's proprietary. You're not seeing it.

Lara: This is bullshit, Wags.

Wags: Lara, we're not having a fight. I'm telling you, you're not gonna see that shit.

Tisquantum c. 1585 (±10 years?) – late November 1622 O.S.), more commonly known by the diminutive variant Squanto, was a member of the Patuxet tribe best known for being an early liaison between the native populations in Southern New Englandand the Mayflower Pilgrims who made their settlement at the site of Squanto's former summer village.

Ding, ding, ding!... (18.01)

Lara: I'm here to go over my assets.

Bobby: You were supposed to bring a business manager or accountant, not a competitor.

Steven Birch: I only compete with currently active hedge funds.

Wags: Ding, ding, ding! I want a clean fight. Protect yourselves at all times. There'll be no standing eight count.

Bobby: Give Lara full access to the books. She has a right to see the state of things.

Wags: As you wish, my liege.

Wags is doing a whole boxing referee thing, of course. A standing eight count, also known as a protection count, is a boxing judgment call made by a referee during a bout. When invoked, the referee stops the action and counts to eight. Typically, a boxer can take 3 standing eight counts in a round. During that time the referee will determine if the boxer can continue. When the count reaches eight, the referee often moves back two steps and instructs the boxer to walk towards them and hold their arms out. This helps the referee determine if the boxer is functioning and alert enough to continue. If the boxer is unsteady on his feet, or seems unable to focus on the referee, the bout is ended on account of a TKO. It was designed to protect boxers by allowing the referee to step in and give an overwhelmed fighter an eight-second respite. Standing eight counts by the referee are scored the same as a knockdown, whether the boxer was knocked down or not. The United States Association of Boxing Commissions eliminated the standing eight count in 1998 and it is usually not formally invoked in professional bouts today.

It should be understood that a standing eight count is different than a mandatory eight count. A mandatory eight count is only assessed once a fighter is knocked down.

Turn on the telestrator... (20.10)

Orrin: The charges carry a long potential sentence. Fifteen to twenty years and tens of millions in fines, of course. They're using the locked-up money to distract us as they meticulously build their case.

Bobby: They are using the locked money to do three things. One, to make me take a plea. Two, to make it hard for my people so they'll quit. And, three, to spread the word through implication that this is about more than my actions against Ice Juice, that we are an illegal enterprise.

Spyros: Turn on the telestrator, because you just diagrammed the shit out of this.

telestrator is a device that allows its operator to draw a freehand sketch over a moving or still video image. Also known as a video marker, this device is often used in sports and weather broadcasts to diagram and analyze sports plays or incoming weather patterns. The user typically draws on a touchscreen with a finger or uses a pen on a graphics tablet. From the touchscreen or the tablet, the drawing signal is communicated to the telestrator, which overlays the video image with the drawing and outputs the combined signal for broadcast or display.

Today, the telestrator is used in a wide variety of applications (from educational, boardroom, church and military presentations to telemedicineconferences), where it can be used by both the near and far ends to annotate precise details of microscopic images or other medical images that are under consultation. The telestrator is also used in courtrooms to communicate details of multi-media images presented to a jury, as was most famously seen during the O.J. Simpson trial in March 1995.

As much edge as Mister Rogers... (22.31)

Bobby: Listen, Lara, I won't micromanage you. But if you really plan on giving billions of dollars to this stock jockey, ask him this, how he's codified the behavioral heuristics at his firm from stock selection to position sizing to market timing to risk management. He hasn't, because his decision-flow process is Google, Exxon, Proctor & Gamble, same as any old lady in Kansas City, except she won't charge you two and twenty for it.

Stephen Birch: We are all in the same game, Axe, protecting assets and trying to find that edge.

Bobby: You have about as much edge as Mister Rogers.

Fred McFeely Rogers (March 20, 1928 – February 27, 2003) was an American television personality, musician, puppeteer, writer, producer, and Presbyterian minister. He was known as the creator, composer, producer, head writer, showrunner and host of the preschool television series Mister Rogers' Neighborhood (1968–2001). The show featured Rogers's kind, neighborly persona, which nurtured his connection to the audience. Rogers would end each program by telling his viewers, "You've made this day a special day, by just your being you. There's no person in the whole world like you; and I like you just the way you are."

You must miss her... (24.27)

Chuck: Your wife, she still down in D.C.?

Dake: Yes, outside.

Chuck: You must miss her.

Dake: We talk every day, and the train ride is only…

Chuck: Sure it is. But the problem is that the free flow of information, the casual details of the day, can get lost. You know, for a time, even though we did reside in the same house, my wife and I lived that way.

Dake: You're telling me that you and your wife have no secrets?

Chuck: Oh I'm certain some are still lurking. We all mask certain emotions, often our most intense ones, like Bjorn Borg did. But like Borg, eventually, it'll end up costing you everything, so we're digging in, right? Digging in.

Dake: Ah.

Björn Rune Borg (born 6 June 1956) is a Swedish former world No. 1 tennis player widely considered to be one of the greatest in the history of the sport. Between 1974 and 1981 he became the first man in the Open Era to win 11 Grand Slamsingles titles (six at the French Open and five consecutive at Wimbledon). He also won three year-end championships and 15 Grand Prix Super Series titles. Overall, he set numerous records that still stand.

A teenage sensation at the start of his career, Borg's unprecedented stardom and consistent success helped propel the rising popularity of tennis during the 1970s. As a result, the professional tour became more lucrative, and in 1979 he was the first player to earn more than one million dollars in prize money in a single season. He also made millions in endorsements throughout his career. The downside, however, was that the constant attention and pressure eventually caused burnout and his retirement at the age of 26.

Not exactly Blue Horseshoe loves Anacott Steel... (28.13)

Bryan: You know, I was just wondering, who'd you get the initial tip from that started all this? I should interview him or her.

Dake: I understand why you're asking, but my tipster is not exactly Blue Horseshoe loves Anacott Steel. Just a foot soldier. It was enough info to get the FBI going but not a firsthand witness. If there were material value, I would share the name.

Bryan: Of course. I know you would.

Blue Horseshoe loves Anacott Steel is from the movie Wall Street. Blue Horeshoe is a code name for the Gorden Gekko character. Annacott Steel is a stock he likes. Its code for, Gorden Gekko is going to put Annacott Steel into play (potentially buyout offer). This would mean the stock is going higher. …Or something.

That's so Chuck of you... (31.49)

Chuck: Funny thing, the egg cream, hmm? No egg in it, no cream, either. Just chocolate syrup, a splash of milk, seltzer. I guess the French had a drink called chocolat et creme.The American corruption for that became "egg cream." 

Ira: Wonderful arcana. That’s, that's so Chuck of you. God, I used to love that shit. Go home and write it in my journal.

An egg cream is a cold beverage consisting of milk, carbonated water, and flavored syrup (typically chocolate or vanilla). Despite the name, the drink contains neither eggs nor cream.

The egg cream is almost exclusively a fountain drink. Although there have been several attempts to bottle it, none has been wholly successful, as its fresh taste and characteristic head require mixing of the ingredients just before drinking.

Most writing on the egg cream assumes that it originated among Eastern European Jewish immigrants in New York City. This has led to a variety of theories to explain the widely noted paradox that the New York City egg cream is made with neither eggs nor cream.

Stanley Auster, the grandson of the beverage's alleged inventor, has been quoted as saying that the origins of the name are lost in time. One commonly accepted origin is that egg is a corruption of the German word echt — also found in Yiddish, meaning "genuine" or "real" — and this was a "good cream".

Food historian Andrew Smith writes: "During the 1880s, a popular specialty was made with chocolate syrup, cream, and raw eggs mixed into soda water, In poorer neighborhoods, a less expensive version of this treat was created, called the Egg Cream (made without the eggs or cream)."

The explanation to which Chuck subscribes comes from reports that it grew out of a request for chocolat et crème from someone, possibly the actor Boris Thomashefsky who had experienced a similar drink in Paris, which according to his heavy accent morphed the name into something like "egg cream", which then developed into the current term.

Ever seen Eastern Promises?... (34.28)

Wags: Ever seen Eastern Promises?

Taylor: No. Have you ever been to one of these idea dinners?

Wags: No seconds in attendance.

Taylor: Ugh. 

Eastern Promises is a 2007 British-Canadian-American gangster film directed by David Cronenberg, from a screenplay written by Steven Knight. The film stars Viggo Mortensen, Naomi Watts, Vincent Cassel, Sinéad Cusack and Armin Mueller-Stahl. It tells a story of a Russian-British midwife, Anna (Watts), who delivers the baby of a drug-addicted 14-year old Russian prostitute who dies in childbirth. After Anna learns that the teen was lured into prostitution by the Russian Mafia in London, the leader of the Russian gangsters (Mueller-Stahl) threatens the baby's life to keep Anna from telling the police about their sex trafficking ring. As Anna tries to protect the baby, she is enmeshed deeper into the criminal underworld, and she is threatened by the Mafia leader's son (Cassel) and warned off by the son's strong-arm man (Mortensen).

Samson got a real buzz cut... (45.23)

Dake: I'm holding in my hand Robert Axelrod's signature relinquishing his ability to trade securities. He gave it up.

Chuck: Well ol' Samson got a real buzz cut. Uh, we need to get our version out right away.

Dake: I've already taken steps.

Samson was the last of the judges of the ancient Israelites mentioned in the Book of Judges in the Hebrew Bible (chapters 13 to 16) and one of the last of the leaders who "judged" Israel before the institution of the monarchy. He is sometimes considered to be an Israelite version of the popular Near Eastern folk hero also embodied by the Sumerian Enkidu and the Greek Heracles.

The biblical account states that Samson was a Nazirite, and that he was given immense strength to aid him against his enemies and allow him to perform superhuman feats, including slaying a lion with his bare hands and massacring an entire army of Philistines using only the jawbone of a donkey. However, if Samson's long hair was cut, then his Nazirite vow would be violated and he would lose his strength.

buzz cut is any of a variety of short hairstyles usually designed with electric clippers.

Have fun smashing shit apart?... (47.37)

Taylor: IoT, you know?

Bobby: Sure, Internet of Things.

Taylor: When companies that make appliances and digital thermostats contract with the firms that manufacture the microchips to make their products smart, the connected things inside, they force the chip companies to sign nondisclosures.

Bobby: They don't want their competitors to be able to mimic them.

Taylor: Right, so it's hard to know which chip companies are poised to dominate the market. My theory: If we could find a common component among a bunch of varied devices You could reverse-engineer it.

Bobby: You have fun smashing shit apart?

Taylor: A blast. And I found a component that matched the specs for a Quartes chip. So I called Quartes and claimed to be building an Internet-connected washing machine that sends a message to the owner when the laundry is done. Got the full specs on their latest chips.

Bobby: And they matched.

Taylor: That they did.

The Internet of things (IoT) is the network of devices such as vehicles, and home appliances that contain electronics, software, actuators, and connectivity which allows these things to connect, interact and exchange data. The IoT involves extending Internet connectivity beyond standard devices, such as desktops, laptops, smartphones and tablets, to any range of traditionally dumb or non-internet-enabled physical devices and everyday objects. Embedded with technology, these devices can communicate and interact over the Internet, and they can be remotely monitored and controlled.

Quite the cotillion... (48.55)

Bobby: Tonight's a big one for me. The most important managers in the business will be there. Between them, they cover all the meaningful strategies currently in play.

Taylor: Quite the cotillion.

Bobby: It's the social event of the season.

The cotillion (also cotillon or "French country dance") is a social dance, popular in 18th-century Europe and America. Originally for four couples in square formation, it was a courtly version of an English country dance, the forerunner of the quadrille and, in the United States, the square dance. 

It was for some fifty years regarded as an ideal finale to a ball but was eclipsed in the early 19th century by the quadrille. It became so elaborate that it was sometimes presented as a concert dance performed by trained and rehearsed dancers. The later "German" cotillion included more couples as well as plays and games.