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Finally, its here. The subject of my first interview is none
other than my brother in law, Grace's brother, Glenn. I have
known him for over three years now. Within this time, I have
learned that the man is passionate about his sports, he can
make friends in a second and he is aggressive in his
Posted on VinodandGrace.com circa early January 2003
Vinod: What is your favorite TV Show and why?
Glenn: 24 (Fox on Tuesdays 9:00PM) definitely. without
a doubt the greatest TV network show on television. Why?
Perfect balance of drama, suspense, mystery, and action all
packed in a one hour. Favorite cable show - The Sopranos
Vinod: Twelve rounds of boxing. Pick the winner, no
- Reggie Miller vs. Spike Lee
Glenn: Tough match. Spike seems like he got some issues
to deal with. He's still mad about not getting his 40 Acres
and a Mule. Spike all the way.
- Yao Ming vs. Shawn Bradley
Glenn: Ming of course. Dude is from China. He's must've
taken a karate class or two. Better match up? Shawn Bradley
vs. Yao Ming's interpreter. (By the way, did you see the
Celebrity Boxing match between Mutumbo vs. William Perry?)
- Hashish vs. Danny P
Glenn: Depends how many Remy Martins Danny has had and
if Yams is in the room or not. If so, Danny hands down. - A
gorilla vs. a lion. Come on. U've seen the Lion King
right? King of the Jungle all the way.
- Fran vs. Charles
Glenn: Fran all the way. How many 60 year old ladies do
u know who have just changed the transmission in her car by
Vinod: Please pick your position:
- Biggie Smalls/Tupac
Glenn: Depends on mood. Hype & Murder music=Biggie,
Storytelling & Conscience music=Tupac. More on a conscience
tip now, gotta say Pac.
Glenn: M by far. Heard the interview Em and Zo had with
Angie Martinez. Heard both points of view, gotta side with
Em. Zo (rumored of being behind the Paul Pierce stabbing)
blames Em for "jeopardizing the hip hop culture". Zo ramps
and raves that, "Hip-hop came from the streets. It's gone
mainstream, it's corporate, but it is part of culture. It
breathes life into a lot of people. I just felt that on my
first record where I went at Eminem, it wasn't so much about
Em, it was about the machine. The way media outlets are
taking what Eminem is doing and using it as a double
standard for what other artists are doing. Eminem gets to do
songs that we would never get to do," he added. "Eminem gets
to talk about his issues and his pain ... killing his
mother, beating his girl, drugs. We have to rock the party
in order to get spins and burn on the radio. We have to
entertain more than expose our true issues. When black and
Latino people try to give our pain on there we couldn't get
burn. The machine doesn't want our pain to be out there."
Pure Hatoration. What is Zo's point? Just cuz Em is selling
quadruple platinum and he can barely go gold, he's calling
him the "rap hitler"? Truth is Em can flow and Zo can't.
Ever heard any of Zo's work besides Rock the Party? Probably
not cuz he's wack! In Zo's interview with Angie, he poses a
question on how Em can sell 4 million records in the US,
while others struggle to sell 1 million. How is it Em's
fault if he appeals to a broader fan base? Em can relate to
more people (poor people, white people, angry youth, drama
with baby moms, and neglected children)? Zo needs to do his
research. People in the hood are not the only ones buying
records. There is a broader fan base that is emerging in
hip-hop and Zo isn't ready for it.
- Redskins (The team that one the last superbowl) vs.
Glenn: What? U can't be serious. Last Redskin team to
go to the Superbowl was in 1991. Ring any bells? For all you
football novices (Roy Geevarghese) let me school yal on the
'91 Skins. They're only NFL's top 5 rated football teams
EVER (Top 5 NFL Teams of all time: 1985 Bears, 1972
Dolphins, 1962 Packers, 1991 REDSKINS, 1999 Rams)! For all
you Madden players, check the defense, offense, and special
team ratings (all 99) and u'll find them ranked as high as
the Ecko and All Madden teams. Not tryin to take anything
away from the Raiders (Rich Gannon, the 2002 league MVP, was
a Washington Redskin in '93), but if they'd face off today,
'91 Skins would win by 17.
http://espn.go.com/page2/s/list/football/teams/greatest.html - for Roy
You can look at two stats to get a pretty good idea of just
how great a team is: yards gained per pass attempt, and
yards allowed per pass attempt. The 1991 'Skins topped the
NFL in each category, with Mark Rypien averaging 8.5 yards
per attempt, while his colleagues on Washington's defense
allowed only 6 yards per attempt. Rypien's targets? Art
Monk, who caught 71 passes for 1,049 yards, and Gary Clark,
who averaged almost 20 yards per catch, gaining 1,340 yards
on 70 receptions. Washington was also good on the ground,
with Earnest Byner and Ricky Ervins combining for 1,708
yards. The 'Skins outscored their opponents 485-224, and
they had a tough schedule. After going 14-2, they romped
through the NFC playoffs, beating the Falcons 24-7 and
demolishing the Lions 41-10 on their way to the Super Bowl.
In the Big Game, the 'Skins beat the Bills 37-24. Nuf said.
'91 Skins vs. '03 Raiders? can't be serious...........
34% Liberal 67% Conservative
25% Moderate 16% Moderate
28% Haven't Thought About It 12% Haven't Thought About It
20% African Americans 2% African Americans
12% Hispanic 5% Hispanic
28% Catholic 20% Catholic
19% from Union homes 12% from Union homes
38% from homes with annual income 20% from homes with annual
under ,000 under ,000
60% female 49% female
24% senior citizens 22% senior citizens
Tend to be:
Urban Dwellers Suburbians
Laborers White collar
Socially Disadvantaged Upper Class
Minorities Straight White Males
My party? Neither. After Russ Perot's Independence Party
Campaign in the 80s, I've been a loyal fan (I think it was
his ears that sold me). Between Demos and Repubs, I gotta
side with the Demos (but grateful Bush was in office
- Affirmative Action/Earning it
Glenn: Wow. U're implying that AA and Earning it are on
the opposite ends of the spectrum. AA gives minorities the
means of 'Earning' a chance to 'Earn' it.
Boxers. Boyz gotta breathe.
- Lady Terrapins vs The Knicks
Depends on where they're playing. In Comcast Center, Lady
Terrapins by 12. In Madison Square Garden, Lady Terrapins by
22. Yup, I heard all the booing the NY fans were giving the
Knicks last game. Fair weathered fans. Yal gotta be like the
Washington Wizard fans, just be happy if your team breaks
- Cleveland Cavaliers vs. the Terrapins 2nd Unit
Normally I would take this opportunity to plug my Terrapins
and how deep our recruiting class is (3rd best in the
country behind Duke and Arizona), but I'm gonna resist that
unction and plug the Cavs young athletic talent for a
second. Timer on? K, here it goes....What? Times up? Cool,
Terrapins 2nd Unit by 4 points.
- Invade Iraq/Stronger sanctions
I dunno. Mixed emotions here. From what I understand, after
the Gulf War, the UN Security Council ordered the
destruction or removal of all of Iraq's so-called "weapons
of mass destruction" - agents of nuclear, biological and
chemical warfare. But most experts agree the Iraqis managed
to keep stockpiles of chemical and biological weapons hidden
from the UN weapons inspectors. And since the inspections
ended in 1998, Iraq has probably made more - or has at least
restored its ability to do so. On the flip side, a NY Times
article (dated 10/11/02) suggests that the real motivation
to wage war against Iraq is to impose a "lengthy occupation"
of Iraq in order to secure its vast oil resources for
American and British oil companies. Can we sit still while
others plot with mass destruction? Or do we let greed
(disguised as patriotism) take the better of us to
infiltrate this country and rape them of all their oil?
Honestly don't know.
- Death Penalty/Life Sentence
Life Sentence. Jesus and the stoning of the prostitute
- East Coast/West Coast
Hip Hop - East all the way
Livable cities - East (exception
made for San Diego) Never been in an earthquake before.
Fashion - East of course.
Don't wanna get jumped for wearing a red shirt, or killed
for wearing a blue hat.
Cars - West. Big fan of
'64 Impallas with hydraulics.
Weather - East. Grown
accustommed to accessorizing in the fall and winter.
Besides, we still got Miami.
Lingo - East. All those
who watched Baby Boy know what I'm talking about.
I need 2 purs of 'em Err Force Ones. Nike hands down. Who
are we kidding? Count the pairs of shoes or items of
clothing you have of each........
Your ideal car
Mercedes Benz CLK GTR. Classy, Sporty, and Exotic all in
- Your ideal mate
Catherine Zeta Jones (don't know where that came from, just
popped into my head)
- A creative execution for the DC snipers
Have them sit down with Charles and Steve (Vinod, u know
what I'm talking about) while they discuss the importance of
- Your fascination with pens
This is going to sound really stupid, but it dates back to
TV show 'MacGyver'. I saw this guy literally save a whole
city block from blowing up, by using his pen! Since then,
the collection started. I told you it was gonna sound
stupid........... All yal males reading this who grew up in
the 80s know what I'm talking about, don't frunt.
- Your dream job
First choice: Joe & Gavin Maloof's job. Who are they? The
owners of the Sacramento Kings. The brothers also own a
casino. Imagine that. What do ya say Justin? Tryin to go
half on the Washington Wizards and the Belagio?
Second choice: Being the Vice President. It seems like a
chill job - mad status for doing nothing. By the way, has
anybody seen Dick Cheney lately on the news? I haven't seen
homeboy since Dec 2001.
- Your favorite TV show
see Question 1. (Shoutouts to Vincent and the 'FAV' button
on the remote)
Vinod: In your opinion, who will be the best man at
the following weddings:
- Roy and Susan
Bro Marco. He and Roy have been through alot together. I
think Bro. Marco wrote a song about it.......
- Ben and Xiomara
Buddah from DC. Ben's gonna give him one 'shot' to get the
speech right. (Shout outs to 2K9)
Vinod: In Maryland, provide the names of the
restaurants/fast food joints that makes the best:
Ben's Chilli Bowls
Small pizza shop in the City Plaza food court. Off the
- Chinese Food
Royal Jade (actually in all fairness, not the best in the
area, but the only one I can correctly pronounce)
- Buffalo Chicken Wings
Toss up - Cluck U (only cuz I took on the Cluck U challenge
by eating the 911 wing and won the T Shirt) and Hooters
- Indian Food
Vinod: You have 4 dollars in your pocket, what would
you get from the Wendy's .99 menu?
Easy. Jr Cheeseburger Deluxe (for substance), Chicken
Nuggets (for variety), Chili (for flavor) and assuming i got
chump change for tax, gotta go with the Chocolate Cookies
(for my chocolate addiction).
What was the most emotional movie you saw? And why was it
Ice Age. Squirrel never gets to plant the nut.
recall a most emotional movie ever. I could recall some
movies, which had some scenes that touched me: Legends of
the Fall (shoutouts to Justin and Michael Mark - they know
why), John Q (shoutouts to Vinod - u know why), Armageddon (shoutouts
to Grace, shorty's name was Grace in the movie), and Time to
Kill (shoutouts to Anu - she knows why). Anybody seen Antwone
Vinod: Your son is 18 and is listed as 6 feet 7
inches. Colleges have been offering him scholarships to play
ball. NBA scouts have theorized that if he opted out to the
draft he would be a solid number 5 in the first round. Would
you suggest he jump to the draft ? or go to college? Why for
I would suggest he jump into the draft (cha ching). Nah,
seriously, if he had what it takes to be top 5 picked out of
all the potential kids coming out for the draft in the whole
country - gotta go into the draft. True, college would be a
good development period, but if you got the talent to
develop straight in with NBA, why not? You got everything to
win by going (college is still an option) and everything to
lose if you don't (career ending injury in college). Gotta
go when u're hot.
Vinod: You are granted 10 minutes with George W Bush.
He will highly consider anything you discuss. What would you
I would see if there were any applications for the Vice
Presidential position. see Question 4, Point #5.
Vinod: What are the advantages of owning a Nextel?
Direct Connect without a doubt. Lets us live our childhood
walkie-talkie games while remaining sophistamacated.
Copy? Over and Out..........
Vinod: Should musical artists receive compensation for
websites like NAPSTER AND KAZAA ? Why or why not?
Definitely not. I agree with Chuck D on this.
VInod: Game is 15. One on one basketball. You versus
Jessu Daniels. Jessu is given a 7-point head start. Who
Can't be serious. Give him a 14-point start and he'd still
come up short. So focused.......... Shoutouts to the
JzaRecta. Only thing he might get me in is Caramms, but I've
been practicing on that too.....
Vinod: What was last book you read?
Rich Dad, Poor Dad. Recommend it. Great bathroom reading.
Vinod: Who will win the Super Bowl? Why?
Tampa Bay. 45-28. Mark my words. You heard it here first.
Vinod: How far will the Wizards go in the playoffs?
Tough one. If they do make it, I think they'll make it past
the first round but stopped short in the second round due to
the lack of desire and their inexperience (excluding Jordan
Vinod: How many countries have you visited? And which
ones do you want to visit?
Canada (that shouldn't count), Mexico, Jamaica, Trinidad,
Puerto Rico, India, Dominican Republic. Kinda wanna to the
Vinod: Did OJ Simpson kill Nicole Brown Simpson? Why
or why not?
Negative. Too sloppy of a slaughter to not have one single
drop of blood on him. He came onto the scene after the fact.
My theory: His son did it. His son had a disturbing domestic
disturbance at a local mall with Nicole shortly before the
murder. While OJ was on trial, he personally requested
his law team to ship his son out of country for the whole
ordeal. He didn't want his son on the witness stand. When
his son wuz there for the verdict, even before the verdict
was read, his son was balling out of control - maybe cuz he
knew that his father was taking his murder rap.
Vinod: How would you commemorate the victims of 9/11?
I like the Viewing Wall at Ground Zero, which displays
panels bearing the names of more than 2,800 people who died
at the site. I hear NY is renaming 98 streets to names of
the victims, think thats kinda cool. The light tribute was
awesome. Perhaps an eternal flame and a 24/7 soldier on duty
for a grave at the Arlington cemetery representing our dead
at WTC, the Pentagon, and the flight that crashed in PA
would be tight. Every missile launched in Afghanistan should
have a name of one of our victims on it. An editorial once a
week in the New York Times highlighting a victim for every
victim involved. I don't know about making a holiday out of
it - might be too depressing to have a day off to reflect.
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is Sarah Mathai. Keep it locked in....
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