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Posts in 4/08: Fight Night
That's a gutless split... (1.55)

Wags: As for the purse and ticket sales Sixty-forty to the winner, allocated to the charity of their choice.

Sara: That's a gutless split, Wagner. But then, it's gonna be a sad day in Palookaville when your washed-up Louis meets his Marciano.

Joseph Louis Barrow (May 13, 1914 – April 12, 1981), best known as Joe Louis was an American professional boxer who competed from 1934 to 1951. He reigned as the world heavyweight champion from 1937 to 1949, and is considered to be one of the greatest heavyweight boxers of all time. Nicknamed the "Brown Bomber", Louis' championship reign lasted 140 consecutive months, during which he participated in 26 championship fights. The 27th fight, against Ezzard Charles in 1950, was a challenge for Charles' heavyweight title and so is not included in Louis' reign. He was victorious in 25 consecutive title defenses. In 2005, Louis was ranked as the best heavyweight of all time by the International Boxing Research Organization, and was ranked number one on The Ring magazine's list of the "100 greatest punchers of all time".

Rocco Francis Marchegiano (September 1, 1923 – August 31, 1969), best known as Rocky Marciano, was an American professional boxer who competed from 1947 to 1955, and held the world heavyweight title from 1952 to 1956. He is the only Heavyweight champion to have retired undefeated as champion. His six title defenses were against Jersey Joe Walcott, Roland La Starza, Ezzard Charles (twice), Don Cockell and Archie Moore. Known for his relentless fighting style, formidable punching power, stamina, and exceptionally durable chin, Marciano has been included by boxing historians in lists of the greatest boxers of all time, and is currently ranked by BoxRec as the eighth greatest heavyweight boxer in history. His knockout-to-win percentage of 87.76% remains one of the highest in heavyweight boxing history.

We're here to make you the killer!... (2.33)

Bobby: Wake up.

Dollar Bill: The fuck are you doing? Sneaking in here like Versace!

Wags: Versace was the victim. Cunanan was the killer.

Jocko: We're here to make you the killer!

Bill’s wife: Bill, who are these men?

Jocko: Nothing to fear, miss. We're just gonna turn your husband into a man. Lock and load.

Giovanni Versace (2 December 1946 – 15 July 1997) was an Italian fashion designer and founder of Versace, an international fashion house that produces accessories, fragrances, make-up, home furnishings, and clothes. He also designed costumes for theatre and films. As a friend of Eric Clapton, Diana, Princess of Wales, Naomi Campbell, Duran Duran, Kate Moss, Madonna, Elton John, Cher, Sting, Tupac, The Notorious B.I.G. and many other celebrities, he was one of the first designers to link fashion to the music world. He and his partner Antonio D'Amico were regulars on the international party scene. On 15 July 1997, Versace was shot and killed outside his Miami Beach mansion Casa Casuarina at the age of 50.

Andrew Phillip Cunanan (August 31, 1969 – July 23, 1997) was an American serial killer known to have murdered five people, including Italian fashion designer Gianni Versace and Chicago real estate developer Lee Miglin, during a three-month period in mid-1997. Cunanan's string of murders ended on July 23 of that year with his suicide by firearm. In his final years, Cunanan lived in the greater San Diego area without a job. He befriended wealthy older men and spent their money. To impress acquaintances in the local gay community, he boasted about social events at clubs and often paid the check at restaurants.

This and subsequent scenes feature a cameo performance from John Gretton "JockoWillink (born September 8, 1971), an American podcaster, author, and retired United States Navy SEAL. He received the Silver Star and Bronze Star for his service in the Iraq War and was commander of SEAL Team Three's Task Unit Bruiser during the Battle of Ramadi. Willink is co-author of the books Extreme Ownership and The Dichotomy of Leadership (alongside fellow retired SEAL and former Task Unit Bruiser platoon commander Leif Babin) and is co-founder of the management consulting firm Echelon Front, LLC.Willink also hosts a weekly podcast with friend and Brazilian jiu jitsu practitioner Echo Charles, called the Jocko Podcast. Listen to him on Brian Koppelman’s podcast The Moment here.

You gonna get to it?... (4.26)

Bonnie: You gonna get to it?

Wendy: Huh?

Bonnie: We just warmed up, ran the whole loop and you haven't said shit. The absolute last thing I need is a jogging buddy who's less talkative than Ghost Dog.

Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai is a 1999 crime film written and directed by Jim Jarmusch. Forest Whitaker stars as the title character, the mysterious "Ghost Dog", a hitman in the employ of the Mafia, who follows the ancient code of the samurai as outlined in the book of Yamamoto Tsunetomo's recorded sayings, Hagakure. Critics have noted similarities between the movie and Jean-Pierre Melville's 1967 film Le Samouraï. The film opened to largely positive critical reception, and was nominated for both an Independent Spirit Award for Best Feature and a César Award for Best Foreign Film.

It's like the end of Speed-The-Plow... (6.23)

Chuck: Thought you might be in need of a hearty breakfast after your run. Even got that bread you like from She Wolf.

Wendy: This is all either too soon or too late.

Chuck: Or maybe it's just a moment of warmth, of connection. To show you I appreciate…

Wendy: It's like the end of Speed-The-Plow. Remember we used to see plays together? "Would you of gone to bed with me, I didn't do your book.” I can't separate the gesture from the situation.

She Wolf is an upscale, artisanal and stupendously expensive NY bakery.

Speed-the-Plow is a 1988 play by David Mamet that is a satirical dissection of the American movie business. As stated in The Producer's Perspective, "this is a theme Mamet would revisit in his later films Wag the Dog (1997) and State and Main (2000)". As quoted in The Producer's Perspective, Jack Kroll of Newsweek described Speed-the-Plow as "another tone poem by our nation's foremost master of the language of moral epilepsy." The play sets its context with an epigram (not to be recited in performance) by William Makepeace Thackeray, from his novel Pendennis, contained in a frontispiece: It starts: "Which is the most reasonable, and does his duty best: he who stands aloof from the struggle of life, calmly contemplating it, or he who descends to the ground, and takes his part in the contest?" The character of Bobby Gould finds himself on both sides of this dilemma, and at times in the play he "stands aloof", and at other times he "takes part" in life's contest, with its moral strictures.

Bobby Axelrod is no Larry Bird... (7.52)

Taylor: The bill in the state legislature right now to ban fracking I'm betting it passes Fossil fuels are a dead end. As was my time at Axe Capital.

Scott Wapner: What was the story there?

Taylor: You were at one of the most successful funds ever The Celtics were dominant for a long time, and then they weren't. And Bobby Axelrod is no Larry Bird.

The Boston Celtics are an American professional basketball team based in Boston, Massachusetts. The Celtics compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member of the league's Eastern Conference Atlantic Division. Founded in 1946 as one of the league's original eight teams, the team play their home games at TD Garden, which they share with the National Hockey League (NHL)'s Boston Bruins. The Celtics are one of the most successful teams in NBA history; the franchise has won the most championships in the NBA with 17, accounting for 23.9 percent of all NBA championships since the league's founding.

Larry Joe Bird (born December 7, 1956) is an American former professional basketball player, former coach, and former executive who most recently served as President of Basketball Operations for the Indiana Pacers in the National Basketball Association (NBA). Nicknamed "The Hick from French Lick," Bird has been described as one of the greatest basketball players and greatest shooters of all time. Drafted into the NBA by the Boston Celtics with the sixth overall pick in the 1978 NBA draft, Bird started at small forward and power forward for the Celtics for 13 seasons. Bird was a 12-time NBA All-Star and received the NBA Most Valuable Player Award three consecutive times (1984–1986). He played his entire professional career for Boston, winning three NBA championships and two NBA Finals MVP awards. Bird was also a member of the gold-medal-winning 1992 United States men's Olympic basketball team known as "The Dream Team". He was voted to the NBA's 50th Anniversary All-Time Team in 1996, was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1998, and was inducted into the Hall of Fame again in 2010 as a member of "The Dream Team".

Wimpier than George McFly at prom... (8.37)

Bonnie: I'll say it since the rest of you are wimpier than George McFly at prom: We've got to get out of our New York refinery positions.

George Douglas McFly (portrayed by Crispin Glover in Back to the Future and by Jeffrey Weissman in Back to the Future Part II and Back to the Future Part III and voiced by Michael X. Sommers in Back to the Future: The Game) is the father of Marty, Linda and Dave from the union with his wife Lorraine Baines McFly. Although he is one of the main characters in the first movie, George only makes cameos in Back to the Future Part II and Back to the Future Part III.

I'm going full Sir Tristram de Lyones... (9.40)

Connerty: I wasn't born with a broadsword in my hand but I was forced to learn how to wield one, so I did. And now I'm going full Sir Tristram de Lyones until I pierce Axe's shield and drive it into his motherfucking heart.

Sir Tristan (Tristram), Tristan, or Tristram in Old English, was a contemporary of King Arthur and a Knight of the Round Table. He was the nephew and champion of King Mark of Cornwall and the son of Meliodas, King of Lyoness. Tristan's mother died when he was born, and as a young man he took service with his uncle, Mark. Tristan became the champion of his uncle after defeating and killing Marhaus of Ireland in a duel. That defeat led to a truce with King Anguish of Ireland and he arranged for his daughter, Iseult to be married to King Mark. It was Tristan who was sent to Ireland to fetch the would be Queen. While in the process of bringing her back to Cornwall, Tristan and Iseult fell helplessly in love with one another. Therefore, they fled from Mark and lived the rest of their days on the run.

Don't speak any more German at me.... (13.10)

Connerty: You trying out for community board rep?

Sacker: Are you trying out for Sturmbannfuhrer?

Connerty: I was following a direct order from my superior.

Sacker: Exactly what Herr Adolf Eichmann said when they caught him in Argentina.

Connerty: Don't speak any more German at me. Jock told me to go shut it down. What should I have done?

Sacker: In American then? Refuse the order. Like Dawson and Downey should've with the code red.

Sturmbannführer ("assault unit leader") was a Nazi Party paramilitary rank equivalent to major that was used in several Nazi organizations, such as the SA, SS, and the NSFK. Translated as "assault (or storm) unit leader" (Sturmbann being the SA and early SS equivalent to a battalion), the rank originated from German shock troop units of the First World War. The SA title of Sturmbannführer was first established in 1921. In 1928, the title became an actual rank and was also one of the first established SS ranks.

Otto Adolf Eichmann (19 March 1906 – 1 June 1962) was a German-Austrian Nazi SS-Obersturmbannführer (Senior Assault Unit Leader) and one of the major organizers of the Holocaust. He was tasked by SS-Obergruppenführer (Senior Group Leader) Reinhard Heydrich with facilitating and managing the logistics involved in the mass deportation of Jews to ghettos and extermination camps in Nazi-occupied Eastern Europe during World War II. He was captured by the Mossad in Argentina on 11 May 1960 and subsequently found guilty of war crimes in a widely publicised trial in Jerusalem, Israel. Eichmann was executed by hanging in 1962.

Dawson and Downey are characters from the 1992 movie A Few Good Men, directed by Rob Reiner, written by Aaron Sorkin and starring Tom Cruise and Jack Nicholson.

I'd like to tap dance like Gregory Hines... (13.46)

Hap Halloran: What do you want?

Chuck: Open and fair elections.

Hap Halloran: Yeah. Well, I'd like to tap dance like Gregory Hines. But I have neither the shoes nor the rhythm to pull that off.

Chuck: No. You don't have the will. But I do.

Gregory Oliver Hines (February 14, 1946 – August 9, 2003) was an American dancer, actor, singer, and choreographer.

I'm Sugar Ray?... (22.35)

Dollar Bill: I just want to carry the Axe Cap torch, you know? Win for you guys.

Bonnie: Mafee may have youth on his side, but so did Donny Lalonde when he lost the title to Sugar Ray Leonard.

Dollar Bill: I'm Sugar Ray?

Bonnie: Totally. You're gonna win because you've got more heart… We're dead.

Donny Lalonde (born March 12, 1960) is a retired professional boxer. His nickname is "Golden Boy," after the Golden Boy statue atop the Manitoba Legislative Building in his boxing home town of Winnipeg. Lalonde held the WBC Light Heavyweight Championship from 1987 to 1988.

Ray Charles Leonard (born May 17, 1956), best known as "SugarRay Leonard, is an American former professional boxer, motivational speaker, and occasional actor. Often regarded as one of the greatest boxers of all time, he competed from 1977 to 1997, winning world titles in five weight divisions; the lineal championship in three weight divisions; as well as the undisputed welterweight title. Leonard was part of "The Fabulous Four", a group of boxers who all fought each other throughout the 1980s, consisting of himself, Roberto Durán, Thomas Hearns and Marvin Hagler.

"The Fabulous Four" created a wave of popularity in the lower weight classes that kept boxing relevant in the post-Muhammad Ali era, during which Leonard defeated future fellow International Boxing Hall of Fame inductees Hearns, Durán, Hagler, and Wilfred Benítez. Leonard was also the first boxer to earn more than $100 million in purses, and was named "Boxer of the Decade" in the 1980s. The Ring magazine named him Fighter of the Year in 1979 and 1981, while the Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA) named him Fighter of the Year in 1976, 1979, and 1981. In 2002, Leonard was voted by The Ring as the ninth greatest fighter of the last 80 years; BoxRec ranks him as the 27th greatest boxer of all time, pound for pound.

All aggro rage.... (29.25)

Bobby: As the adrenaline recedes, I'm starting to get a new perspective. That didn't actually go so well, did it?

Wendy: Depends. Were you aiming to be the Henry Rollins of Wall Street? All aggro rage. I'm not sure that's gonna help your fracking position.

Henry Lawrence Garfield (born February 13, 1961), better known as Henry Rollins, is an American singer, songwriter, musician, actor, presenter, comedian, and activist. He currently hosts a weekly radio show on KCRW, is a regular columnist for Rolling Stone Australia, and was a regular columnist for LA Weekly. After performing in the short-lived band State of Alert in 1980, Rollins fronted the California hardcore punk band Black Flag from 1981 to 1986. Following the band's breakup, he established the record label and publishing company 2.13.61 to release his spoken word albums, and formed the Rollins Band, which toured with a number of lineups from 1987 to 2003 (and again in 2006). Rollins has hosted numerous radio shows, such as Harmony in My Head on Indie 103, and television shows such as The Henry Rollins Show, 120 Minutes, and Jackass. He had recurring dramatic roles in the second season of Sons of Anarchy, in the final seasons of the animated series The Legend of Korra as Zaheer, and has also had roles in several films. He has campaigned for various political causes in the United States, including the promotion of LGBT rights, World Hunger Relief, the West Memphis Three, and an end to all war.

She was Cherokee. I'm Haudenosaunee... (30.30)

Chuck: As your wise predecessor, Wilma Mankiller said, "Leaders are encouraged to remember seven generations in the past and consider seven generations in the future when making decisions that affect the people. "

Jane Halftown: She was Cherokee. I'm Haudenosaunee. That would be like me citing Vince Neil to sell you. Does Vince Neil speak to who you are?

Chuck: Some days.

Wilma Pearl Mankiller was a Cherokee activist, social worker, community developer and the first woman elected to serve as Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation. Born in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, she lived on her family's allotment in Adair County, Oklahoma, until the age of 11, when her family relocated to San Francisco as part of a federal government programto urbanize Native Americans. After high school, she married a well-to-do Ecuadorian and raised two daughters. Inspired by the social and political movements of the 1960s, Mankiller became involved in the Occupation of Alcatraz and later participated in the land and compensation struggles with the Pit River Tribe. For five years in the early 1970s, she was employed as a social worker, focusing mainly on children's issues.

Vincent Neil Wharton (born February 8, 1961) is an American musician. He is best known as the lead vocalist of heavy metal band Mötley Crüewhich he co-founded in 1981, but he has also released three albums as a solo artist. He is known for his turbulent personal life which has led to multiple arrests and convictions, including one for vehicular manslaughter.

I see how this is going to go... (36.37)

Bob Sweeney: I see how this is going to go. I'm gonna say no and let me guess uh, teachers' strike? No. Nurses? Or you're gonna release my tax returns? Or I'm gonna find Khartoum's head in my fucking bed?

Bobby: No horses need be harmed in the making of this picture.

Khartoum was the name of the unfortunate racehorse from this famous scene in The Godfather.

Looks like they left you some work to do... (38.27)

Connerty: And so, General, with the Native Americans prepared to get vocal, the news on mobile voting isn't good.

Jock Jeffcoat: I thought Sam Houston and the Texas Rangers took care of this shit a hundred and fifty years ago. Looks like they left you some work to do. Whatever you need me to do, I'm ready. Find a way to introduce an infected blanket, like good ol' Lord Jeff Amherst.

Sam Houston (March 2, 1793 – July 26, 1863) was an American soldier and politician. An important leader of the Texas Revolution, Houston served as the 1st and 3rd president of the Republic of Texas, and was one of the first two individuals to represent Texas in the United States Senate. He also served as the 6th Governor of Tennessee and the seventh governor of Texas, the only American to be elected governor of two different states in the United States.

Field Marshal Jeffery Amherst, 1st Baron Amherst, KB (29 January 1717 – 3 August 1797) served as an officer in the British Army and as Commander-in-Chief of the Forces. Amherst is best known as the architect of Britain's successful campaign to conquer the territory of New France during the Seven Years' War. Under his command, British forces captured the cities of Louisbourg, Quebec City and Montreal, as well as several major fortresses. He was also the first British Governor General in the territories that eventually became Canada. Numerous places and streets are named for him, in both Canada and the United States.

Amherst's legacy is controversial due to his expressed desire to exterminate the race of indigenous people during Pontiac's War, and his advocacy of biological warfare in the form of gifting blankets infected with smallpox as a weapon. This has led to a reconsideration of his legacy. In 2017, the City of Montreal planned to remove his name from a street in the city. The city of Amherst, Nova Scotia is also considering renaming in light of recent movements to reconsider the naming of "towns, streets and monuments that celebrate past war heroes whom, seen through today's ethical lens are not people who behaved in ways that we respect today," as is the town of Amherstburg, Ontario.

Ohhh, I'll fix it... (52.35)

Chuck: I guess this voting thing does matter that much to 'em.

Chuck Snr: Then you better fucking fix it.

Chuck: Ohhh, I'll fix it. Like Lyndon Johnson did the South. For my own fucking reasons.

Lyndon Baines Johnson (August 27, 1908 – January 22, 1973), often referred to as LBJ, was an American politician who served as the 36th president of the United States from 1963 to 1969. Formerly the 37th vice president of the United States from 1961 to 1963, he assumed the presidency following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. A Democrat from Texas, Johnson also served as a United States Representative and as the Majority Leader in the United States Senate. Johnson is one of only four people who have served in all four federal elected positions. Born in a farmhouse in Stonewall, Texas, Johnson was a high school teacher and worked as a congressional aide before winning election to the House of Representatives in 1937. He won election to the Senate in 1948 and was appointed to the position of Senate Majority Whip in 1951. He became the Senate Minority Leader in 1953 and the Senate Majority Leader in 1955. He became known for his domineering personality and the "Johnson treatment", his aggressive coercion of powerful politicians to advance legislation.