White Lotus Season 2 Finale

White Lotus Season 2 Finale, Saturday Night Live, An Argument for Commercials, and North Carolina Women’s Basketball Report on the Sunday Dec 18, 2022 edition of the Torg Stories Podcast.

Tweets of the Week

To connect with Katie White’s Twitter profile, click here.

To connect with John Downs Twitter profile, click here.

Here are some links mentioned on the podcast:

  • For SNL’s Jennifer Coolidge is impressed by Christmas skit, click here.
  • For more information on the Cherokee Invitational Basketball tournament, click here.
  • Watauga High School will play in the Ulitsvyasdi bracket. There are three more brackets, each with 8 teams. To access all of those brackets, click here.

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Deon Sanders, Top Gun, and White Lotus

Deon Sanders, Top Gun, Scoring at the End of a Blowout, and White Lotus topics on the December 11, 2022 edition of the Torg Stories Podcast.

Tweets of the week discussed on the episode:

WorldWideWob and Pat_Benson_Jr

@WrBolen stands with everyone pro Zion Dunk

AP reports on Top Gun and @LindaHolmes wonders about artichoke liqueur.

To read about artichoke liqueur, click here.

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Good NBA nugget from Stan Van Gundy.

For articles like the one mentioned above and random out-of-context tweets, check out Mike Freeman on Twitter.

To read Mike Freeman’s article about Deon Sanders move to Colorado, click here. Here’s a quote from the article:

  • What I felt was the most significant acknowledgement of what Sanders might have accomplished at Jackson State: “Sanders’ success at Jackson State, and what could be even more success at Colorado, and earning huge paychecks along the way, could open up doors for Black coaches. Sanders could even lead to the hiring of more Black coaches in Power Five conferences.”

A recapping of White Lotus Episode Season 2, Episode 6 with some commentary and sprinkles of humor mixed in:

Tanya, who you can see in Legally Blonde and current Old Navy commercials, is off for two nights to Quentin’s family palazzo with the “high end gays” and her assistant Portia. The beautiful couple, Cam and Daphne, are having sex to open the episode. Next door at the resort, Harper talks to her husband Ethan how they aren’t attracted to each other anymore. We get lots of shots of statues with no noses.

Tanya, who in no way seems to have her shart together, (I say shart to avoid cussing like my daughter Izzy showed me how to do) tells her assistant Portia to get her shart together, which although ironic is probably the right advice. Grandpa Bert Di Grasso is very excited to go with his son Dom and grandson Albie (who have both slept with Lucia) to visit the place in Sicily where their family is from. Lucia approaches Ethan at the resort and demands to be paid for a night’s work as an escort, even though it’s Cam who arranged the evening and who slept with her. Ethan’s wife Harper thinks she keeps seeing evidence that Ethan did cheat on her even though she didn’t. Harper says to Ethan, “I saw you talking to the hookers.”

Quentin, who appears to be paying Jack to sleep with him, watches Jack drive away for the day with Portia. We hear “get it together again,” but this time it’s Grandpa Bert telling his son Dom about his losing it over Lucia coming along with Albie for the trip to see where they come from. There are a bunch of what I take to be red herrings about who will do the killing in the final episode. Jack gives a pretty good speech about living each day as it comes. He’s pretty hard on Portia for saying she feels unsatisfied; kind of a person of ease’s discontent that she might have.

Lucia is supposed to be the DeGrasso family interpreter as they travel to find their family roots but she is followed by this dude we’ve seen before. He seems to indeed be her pimp or it’s some kind of set up. The DeGrasso’s let her go off with him. Back at the resort, don’t forget Cam grabbed Harper’s leg the day before. Now she goes off to drink with him. Then she goes back up to the rooms with him. Maybe they’re in the same room and maybe they’re not. For the first time we get to see someone’s imagination: Ethan imagines Cam and his wife Harper in the room together. Other than getting hurt, the Degrasso visit to the motherland couldn’t go worse. The elder lady of the house threatens to throw artichokes at their heads.

Back at the palazzo, Quentin has set Tanya up with a young good looking man. Tanya does lots and lots of coke. Valentina has a birthday. She asks out the worker she has been harassing. She says yes! Oh, the worker is engaged to Rocco. Valentina cancels! Mia, who is friends with Lucia, turns out to be an amazing piano player and singer. We learn Valentina has never been with a woman. Mia says she’ll give her a birthday present and sleeps with her. The palazzo party totally rages. Doesn’t one guy look a lot like Borat? Jack gets terribly drunk. Portia wants to go back. They don’t. Jack says he was in a deep hole. Sounds like Quentin and his buddies think Tanya can get them out of financial trouble. Tanya sleeps with the dude she’s been set up with. Is it part of a set up to get her money? Final episode coming up next.

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Indiana vs UNC, White Lotus, and Tweets of the Week

Battle of Top Ranked Women’s Teams, White Lotus Episode 5, and Tweets of the Week are this week’s topics on the December 5, 2022 edition of the Torg Stories Podcast.

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Segment One: Tweets of the Week

Joanna Robinson is a writer and podcaster at The Ringer. Click here for Twitter bio.

Nick Stevens is managing editor of High School OT at WRAL. Click here for Twitter bio.

Thanks to Keith Booker for the shoutout about our upcoming games at Watauga HS in Boone, NC. Keith is MMBR National Director of Scouting and Evaluation. Click here for his Twitter profile.

Watauga HS Girls are #9 in the new Charlotte Observer Sweet 16 Poll. Langston Wertz JR is a sports columnist for the Charlotte Observer. Click here for his Twitter profile.

SEGMENT TWO: WHITE LOTUS, SEASON 2, EPISODE 5

Here is my episode five summary with commentary:

  • We open with Albie (who my sister Anne says is a kind of Stanford boring guy) with Lucia the escort his dad slept with a few days before.  I was right about people heading off to Palermo, at least with the very rich older lady Tanya and Quentin and his entourage. They take a boat with plans to visit Quentin’s mansion and to see the opera Madame Butterfly. Lucia says she likes Albie and doesn’t want any more money to spend time with him. The wife Harper in the rich nerdy couple plants the evidence of the cheating she found in their hotel on the bathroom sink so that her husband will find it and finally Harper gets the story of what happened with her husband Ethan and Cameron when the she and Daphne were out of town. I’m just realizing that Cameron also slept with Lucia within the past three nights. Harper and Ethan get together with Ethan’s old college friend Cameron and his wife Daphne and Harper decides to tie one on. Harper starts saying things “let’s get some molly and rage!” that let Cameron know she knows about him cheating on his wife. Cameron put his hand on Harper’s leg later in the evening. Valentina, the hotel manager re-assigns the hotel worker (sexual harassment!) who keeps flirting with the worker she likes for whom she bought the starfish pendant. Lucia’s friend Mia, who has not slept with anyone for $$$, starts flirting with gay Valentina the hotel manager. She eventually convinces Valentina to let her play the piano at the resort. The rich older lady Tanya (who has gone to see the opera) also brings her assistant Portia to Palermo and she goes out with my sister Anne’s favorite man in the show, the dangerous Jack whose uncle Quentin has the mansion in Palermo and who has gone with Tanya to see Madame Butterfly. We’ll see if my sister Anne is still in on Jack. Harper tells Cameron’s wife Daphne that she thinks her husband cheated on her. Daphne says she has a trainer and maybe Harper should get a trainer / (wink, wink).We get a story from Quentin who says he’s never been in love except for with a straight cowboy who didn’t love him back.  “Love’s never been my achilles heel,” Quentin says. “It was always beauty. I’d die for beauty; wouldn’t you?” Lots of hints about dying are starting to pile up. We get a montage to the sound of Mia playing the piano. Anne’s guy Jack tells Portia that he’s got to do something for his uncle and for her to keep the door unlocked cause he’ll be back. We get a shot of Harper looking like she could kill somebody. Cameron certainly looks like he could kill somebody. Albie’s dad Dom tries to call his wife but can’t get through. The older rich lady Tanya can’t sleep and holy smokes, isn’t that Jack having sex with Quentin who we have been told is his uncle? Bodies are coming in the next two episodes. Who’s not going to make it? Who will do the killing?

SEGMENT THREE:

INDIANA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL VS. UNC

Sydney Parrish went 4-7 from three and scored 24 points for Indiana in their 87-63 win over North Carolina.

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Down on Disney, NBA / NFL Standings, and White Lotus Episode 4

Down on Disney, a peek at the NFL and NBA Standings, and White Lotus season 2, episode 4 are the topics on this November 27, 2022 Episode of the Torg Stories Podcast.

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Relevant Links to today’s podcast:

  1. NFL Playoff picture click here.
    • The Jets roll with a new quarterback.
    • Bengals recover nicely after a terrible start.
  2. NBA Standings click here.
    • Celtics best record in the league. Pacers in 4th place?!!!
  3. NY Times article “Iger’s Sudden Return to Disney Shocks a Discontented Kingdom” by Brooks Barenes, Benjamin Mullin, and James B Stewart click here.
    • Eye-popping losses in streaming. Lower-than-expected theme park profitability. Sharp challenges in cable television, including at ESPN.
  4. White Lotus Season 2 Cast and Characters click here.
    • “My whole life has been one long distraction.”

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Podcast: Reading Elon Musk, NBA City Jersey Draft, and White Lotus s.2 e.3

Elon Musk Runnin’ Twitter, the new NBA City Jerseys, and White Lotus Season 2 Episode 3 are topics on the November 20, 2022 episode of the Torg Stories Podcast.

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How would you rank the above jerseys?

Bill Jersey Rankings:

  1. Dallas
  2. Heat
  3. Sixers
  4. Brooklyn
  5. Minnesota

Anne jersey rankings:

  1. Warriors
  2. Heat

Relevant Links to This Week’s Episode:

  • to subscribe and listen to the podcast via the podcast app of an iPhone, click here
  • for Alexa Corse and Tim Higgins article “Twitter’s Mass Resignations Test Elon Musk’s Management Playbook” click here
  • for Ryan Mac and Kellen Browning’s “Elon Musk Reinstates Trump’s Twitter Account” click here
  • to see all of the NBA City Jerseys, click here
  • for a list of the cast and characters of White Lotus Season 2, click here

Hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving. Thanks for checking out the podcast!