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An Interview with Roy Geevarghese
Welcome back to The Tonight Show I'm your host Chung Lao.

Roy Geevarghese.  Opinionated.  Competitive.  Sincere.  Married.   The unabashed leader of Brooklyn's Finest, who vows to return to Brooklyn's lineup in 2007.  Official basher of Strong Island and any team that hates on Brooklyn. 

The thing that sticks out to me about Roy is when he told me that Brooklyn would be undermanned for the '06 BSC due to injury/availability issues, I told him that combining w/Yonkers or Strong Island was an option.  He then said that he'd rather go down swinging 0-5, than pollute their team with free agent filth.

Ok, I exaggerated a bit with that last part, but I can respect the team colors.  Enjoy....

Posted on November 13, 2006

Chung Lao:  Roy, whatís up man? 

Roy:  Whatís up Chris.  Should I be worried about you Chung, you were interviewing a Phantom before me. 

Chung Lao:  Pick one word that describes you. 

Roy:  Genuine 

Chung Lao:  Where did you grow up? 

Roy:  The first eight years of my life in India with mostly my grandparents.  From age eight to thirty two in Brooklyn, NY.(time flies, getting younger by the day)  I just moved to Long Island less than a year ago.  Itís eerie how quiet itís out here.  

Chung Lao:  What is the capital of Kazakhstan? 

Roy:  No clueÖÖ..wait let me google it.  Astana, I wouldnít have done this interview if I knew I had to study.  

Chung Lao:  What do you think of 

Roy:  I like all the b-ball tournament stuff on it, the pictures, video clips and the clueless morons who predict whoís gonna win it all and who the best players are.  You gotta explain Chung Lao and the Phantom to me one day.                  

Chung Lao:  Were you for/against the Iraq war, and why? 

Roy:  I was definitely for the Iraq war because 9/11 was an act of war against the U.S and somebody had to pay for 9/11.  It wasnít going to be just Osama and the primitive Taliban but anyone that thought like them to bring harm to the U.S.  We were living under the threat of Saddam doing something like 9/11 and we had to remove that threat.  The whole world thought he had WMDís even countries that didnít like America.  Looking back on it he didnít have WMDís but you canít live in fear and wait for possibly another 9/11.  

Pres Bush gave Saddam plenty of chances to cooperate with the weapons inspectors but he didnít.

I know conspiracy theorists say Bush knew about 9/11 before it happened and he wanted to get Saddam for trying to kill Bush Sr. and he went to war for the oil and so many more ands I could add.  But you canít prove any of that stuff.  America like the rest of the countries will look out for their own best interests but I canít believe Bush would sacrifice all those dead in the towers and all the dead soldiers to get oil or whatever other reasons they give.  I do think however we should start pulling our troops out of Iraq soon and let the Iraqis take care of themselves.  

Iím gonna stop right there cause I donít wanna write two pages and drag this on. 

Chung Lao:  What do you think of George W?  How will his presidency be remembered?

Roy:  I think George W is a good president.  Heís a born again Christian and I like all the values he stands for.  Of course heís gonna be remembered for going to war with Iraq and Afghanistan and all the events surrounding 9/11.  Heís also gonna be remembered for the supreme court judges he elected and his leadership during 9/11, also his close victory against Gore and so on.  

Chung Lao:  Whatís the first thing you notice about a person? 

Roy:  Notice if they have big earsÖ.lol.      

Chung Lao:  List your Favorites: 

                A.  Food(s):

                Pizza with anchovies.  

                B.  Car(s):

                Porsche 911


                 Range Rover

                 Jag XJ  

C.  Hobbies: 

Read, Chess, watch sports and news, b-ball. 

D.  Restaurant(s):

Mcdonaldís, just kidding.  I used to eat fast food all the time before I got married.  I went to get a checkup before the wedding and the doc told me I had high cholesterol.  So now I eat what my personal chef (my wife) gives me.  ďIím lovin itĒ. 

I have a bad memory when it comes to those things, but one of my favorite restaurants is called the Grocery in Brooklyn. 

E.  Countries to visit, re-visit:

Countries I want to visit are Egypt and Greece.  I wanna revisit India. 

F.  Cologne:

When I was younger I used to wear a lot of cologne but these days, donít really care.  My wife buys me cologne (last one was Armani Black Code) and sometimes I put it on.  I guess Iím not realIy a cologne guy anymoreÖjust a deodorant guy.  Iím a manly man, you know how it is Chris. 

G.  Jello Pudding Pop Flavor:


H.  Sports Team:

All NY teams but mainly the Knicks, Giants, Yankees 

I.  Bible Passage: psalms 23:4

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for thou art with meÖ 

Chung Lao:  Letís hear about those world famous skills in the kitchen. 

Roy:  You donít wanna know about my skills in the kitchen, but I just bought a Weber.  Come over, Iíll burn something on the grill for u.   

Chung Lao:  Is the glass half full or half empty? 

Roy:  Definitely half full 

Chung Lao:  As a NYer, you have an important choice to make.  Guliani or Hillary in 2008, and why? 

Roy:  Why is Hillary in NY in the first place. 

Guliani did a great job during 9/11 and became a hero but before that not a lot of people in NY liked him.  I must admit though he did a great job cleaning up NY.

Who are the other choices, donít like neither one of them, especially Hillary. 

Chung Lao:  It's come to my attention that you are an undercover Road Rager.  Please explain, and if you need any help, I'm here for you man.

Roy:  In my younger days (like Iím real old now) I used to drive crazy or so they say.  People that knew me then could probably tell you stories. (like Bro. Anbu, my fam and so on)  I guess I was a real road rager then but not the typical one, if someone cut me off or did something like that, I didnít yell or scream too much, I just got even.

These days Iím very controlled and try not to pay too much at the pump.  When I need to I still put the pedal to the metalÖlol.  But when my wifeís in the car I canít go faster than a fly or she might tell me, "stop driving", like that or Iím getting sick or something. 

Moral of the storyÖ.know who you marry before you say I doÖlol. 

Chung Lao:  Speaking of NY, would you recommend moving to Brooklyn?  Why/Why not? 

Roy:  If youíre faint of heart, I wouldnít recommend moving to BrooklynÖjust kidding.  I love Brooklyn.  Brooklynís beautiful, like everywhere thereís the good parts and bad parts.  Very pricey though. 

Lots of history, lots of culture, lots of guns but I love it. 

Chung Lao:  While you play on Brooklyn's Finest, you choose to live and pay taxes on Long Island.  Please explain this. 

Roy:  I just bought a place and moved to Long Island less than a year ago, me and wifey.  Taxes are through the roof out here but itís a nice change from Bklyn.  Quiet and peaceful and you can see the stars at night here. 

But Iíll always consider myself a Brooklynite.

Chung Lao:  Alright now Brooklyn went 1-4 at the 2006 BSC.  Give us the reasons for this sub-par record, and what kind of damage we can expect in 2007. 

Roy:  For the first time Bklyn didnít make the playoffs, we knew we were undermanned this year but we still played hard, couldíve beat a couple more teams this year even with this weaker squad. 

Reason for our performance this year was four of starters including myself didnít play, because of various reasons.  I had Achilles tendon surgery and Iím praying I get back to 100% by next year cause like they say I love this game.   

So hereís whatís gonna happen next year Chris, weíre gonna get our whole team back along with our two new additions and Bklynís going all the way.  Donít waste your time Chris, just engrave Brooklyn in next yearís trophyÖ.go nowÖÖlol.  

Chung Lao:  Do you still believe Philly got robbed in their playoff thriller against DC? 

Roy:  Philly definitely got robbed.  DC and Philly both played hard and both deserved to win.  Best game of the tournament.  The players should decide the outcome of the game not the referees.  There were so many crazy calls; we were scratching our heads watching the game.  They shouldíve let them play another 5 minutes and let the players decide the game instead of calling those questionable fouls.   

Chung Lao:  How often do you wear your Philly Ballazz Jersey? 

Roy:  You knew I was gonna say they got robbed didnít you? 

Donít have a Ballaz jersey, Chris.  Ballazz took the loss real well, theyíre good sports.  I was rooting for them.  A little controversy is good for the tourney though.  They got robbed, Chris, got me, ROBBED.  Next year fellas. 

Never mind, itís BROOKLYNís turn next year.   

Chung Lao:  What is something you cannot stand in a person? 

Roy:  I think I get along with everyone but I donít like pretentious people, phonies, frauds, fakes, you get the drift.  I like real people, genuinely good people. 

Chung Lao:  Whoís your Super Bowl pick for this year? 

Roy:  Bears and Ravens look great so far, canít predict right now, itís a little too soon.  One thing for sure though, it wonít be Brunell and the RedskinsÖ. Sorry GT. 

Chung Lao:  Itís been over a year since Hurricane Katrina.  Where in your opinion, does the blame fall for the mismanagement of this catastrophe? 

Roy:  Clinton was supposed to fix those levies long before this hurricane.  It seems like they blame Bush for even  the weather.  Thereís plenty of blame to go around for the mismanagement of this catastrophe from the governor of Louisiana, (I donít think she did a good job at all) mayor of NO, FEMA and GWB.  Canít predict acts of nature, just gotta get through it and keep moving forward.  Easy for me to say when thousands of peoples lives will forever be changed.  Hopefully weíll be better prepared for the future. 

Chung Lao:  Itís come to my attention that you have no love for NY sports teams.  Letís hear the reasoning. 

Roy:  Are you serious?  Whoíve you been talking to Chris?  I root for every NY team especially when they play against teams in Maryland cause of my fam down there.  I even root for Hofstra and the Jaspers.

Chung Lao:  After the recent debacle at the World Basketball Championship, Iíve lost respect for the NBA as an organization.  The founders of basketball, the U.S. only made bronze.  The NBA is supposed to be the highest level in the world, in terms of professional basketball, and yet our best players have consistently come up short.  What are your thoughts on this? 

Roy:  The rest of the basketball world was bound to catch up to us eventually, just like baseball.  But we still have the best players in the world.  They have to get used to playing with each other and playing with the international b-ball rules.  International game is different from the American game.  U.S team needs some more role players that can shoot and defend.

Itís just like Brooklyn we naturally have the best players in the whole tournament, but we hardly ever practice with each other, so in the tournament we donít really know our roles like a team that practices together routinely.  Great analogy huhÖÖÖ  

Chung Lao:  What is the most important thing in life? 

Roy:  Whoa, youíre asking some real serious questions here man.  Chris, easy with these questions.  

Being the man God wants me to be and living in a manner pleasing to him.  To be there for my family and friends and anyone who I could help in some way.

Had to give you a serious answer.  OK thatís it, no more loaded questions. 

Chung Lao:  Anti-US resentment seems to be increasing as time passes.  Should the U.S. be concerned with this? 

Roy:  Sure the U.S should be concerned.  I donít really understand why they have this resentment towards us.  Maybe, they think the U.S is only concerned about themselves and their own self-interests, but every nation is like that.

When catastrophes and problems arise around the world, we are usually first in line to help the victims.

Chung Lao:  Do you believe that war with Iran is inevitable? 

Roy:  They want to wipe Israel from the face of the earth and they hate the West.  There may be a possible war in the future, God knows. 

Chung Lao:  Who is the greatest power forward of all time? 

Roy:  All time maybe Karl Malone.  Garnett may one day get there. 

Chung Lao:  Will the Nets ever make the move to Brooklyn?  Thoughts? 

Roy:  They have a long term contract with the stadium theyíre presently in now.  Whenever they move thatíll be good for Brooklyn but itíll be real congested especially near the proposed site of the stadium.  But the Knicks will probably still be my team. 

Chung Lao:  Using nothing but Microsoft Paint, please draw us a picture. 

Roy:  My sisterís the artist in the family.   

Chung Lao:  Name someone you admire, and why. 

Roy:  Hereís another one of those questions again. 

Never admired too many people in my life.  As I get older I can only think of one person and that is my mother.  Growing up in a single parent home nearly all my life I saw my mother praying and working to make my sisterís life and mine better.  Itís really amazing to me how much God has blessed her and watching her I know thereís nothing impossible with God.  If I can accomplish half the things she has Iíll be a very happy man.  

Chung Lao:  Are we living in the End Times? 

Roy:  Yes, too many signs point to it. 

Chung Lao:  Define the ideal church, even if its not realistic. 

Roy:  Ideal church is where people love God with all their hearts, minds, soul and strength, and where they love their neighbors as themselves. 

Chung Lao:  Ok, the year is 2009.  The venue, the BSC.  Brooklyn has managed to get into the championship game for the first time in its history.  Starting lineup, yourself, Abhilash, Jason Burnett, Archie & Aaron.  You are up by 2 pts over Philly with 25 seconds left in the game.   

Ball is Phillyís.  Rocky inbounds to Binu.  Binu runs up the court, gives the ball to Blessan, who dishes it to Ricky, nothing on the post up, dishes back out to Binu, who shoots and HITS a 3 pointer. 

Philly is now up by one with 7 seconds left, and they have 2 fouls to give before Brooklyn can go to the foul line.  Whatís the game plan? 

Roy:  First of all where are you getting 2009 and first in history mess from.  I already told you Chris next year Brooklynís taking it. 

When we get to that point it wonít be a close game.  Brooklyn would be winning by at least fifteen points if we have that starting line up you mentioned along with our great bench.  Easy,  Ballaz, easy.

Game plan is, take it to the hole baby, take it to the hole. 

Shout out to the rest of the squad, Ben K, Ben H, Karsten, Martin, Brad, Joe, Bro. Terry  

Chung Lao:  Lastly, leave us with a parting thought. 

Roy:  Keep it real.  Just do it.  May the force be with you.

Chung Lao:  Thanks Roy.  Next up on The Tonight Show is Sungeeta Jain, the founder of The Orphanage Project.  You don't want to miss it....


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