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BadlandsVikings
03-23-2008, 07:41 PM
PP.O name: Garland Greene
Real name: Brian Espy(I am still waiting for my royalty check from ESPN)
Age: 37
Current City: Bloomington, MN
Hometown: Minneapolis, MN
Occupation: Academic Advisor

1) How did you choose your screen name?It used to be thebigdaddy but it just doesn't fit anymore since my surgery. Then I picked it based on one of my favorite movie characters

2) Garland, could you tell us a little about where you grew up and about your family?

I grew up in South Minneapolis, so I have been a city boy for most of my life. I am currently married to my wife Stephanie and have 3 boys Joshua 7, Avery 5, and Isaac 2. We also have a Dog, Mandi which is a Bichon/Poodle mix. I have a half sister on my dads side that lives in TX.

http://i201.photobucket.com/albums/aa236/Garland_Greene/Boys013.jpg
Mandi
http://i201.photobucket.com/albums/aa236/Garland_Greene/Mandi006.jpg

3) What type of student where you in High School? Did you play in any sports or where you involved with any school clubs and such? I was mostly a A/B student except math which I sucked at. I was doing good to get a C. I kept busy all year long I played football, Wrestled, and threw Shot for track.


4) What did you do after High School? I went to college at St. Johns. I played 2 years of football for John Gagaliardi and then I hurt my Knee again.
I was given the choice of either keep playing or never be able to walk through a metal detector again, So I stopped playing.

5)What was your first job? I worked at a Dairy Queen when i was 16, I also worked as camp counselor for our family church.

6) When did you decide to be such a dedicated fan of the Minnesota Vikings?
As far back as I can remember. I remember my Grandpa taking me to tailgating at the old Met center.I thought it was the coolest thing ever. I think it set in when 2 minute Tommy threw the hail mary to Ahmad Rashad vs. The Browns.

7) Could you tell us one of your favorite memories that has to do with the Vikings or one of its past or present players, coaches, etc. There is a few The hail mary I mentioned before. The Vikings 98 season after the ATL game if you could still remain a fan then you had to be die hard. That was really our year, Getting to Meet Alan Page. Most recently was the PPO tailgate before the SD game this year and then the game itself. My wife was never really much into football and never quite understood my passion for it. But after meeting everyone and seeing how laid back there were, and also getting to see history in the making she has become more of fan of AD than anything else. But I will take it.

8}How did you come to find PP.O and what attracted you most to the site?
I am a refugee from the "Flagship" of the Vikings. I was actually a mod there for a while but realized I was fighting a forest fire with a squirt gun. Went looking for something different that had less BS and actually talked about Vikings with out having 20 threads about the same thing. I found this place by accident. Glad I did, and since then I have made a few converts over here as well.

9) What other sports teams do you follow?
I follow the Gophers in football and basketball. Really excited about Gopher football next year. I am a casual fan at best of the Twins and T-Wolves but its hard when they give up their best players. I also follow the Texans, More of he Houston thing than any thing I remember the old Oilers and alot of my family followed them and now the Texans. I guess if the Vikings didn't exist they would be my team. Vikings vs. Houston would be my dream Superbowl

10) When you’re not on PPO what could you likely be found doing with your spare time? Spending time with the kids, between Cub Scouts, baseball, school functions and swimming lessons I still find some time to go to school. I am currently working on getting my supervisory management degree. I also am a die hard sci-fi fan.

11) Do you say a special prayer before Vikings games? Not really, just hope for no major injuries.

12)Where do you watch away Vikings games? In my basement. I tend to be kinda loud so I can scream all I want down there.

13)What is your worst fear? Heights and Roller coasters. Some of this is one in the same. Bad experience as a kid so i will not go near another roller coaster. when the kids get older we want to go to Disney world so i will have to figure out something.

14) What type of hobbies do you enjoy? cooking, and BBQ. My dad was from TX so he taught me a thing about BBQ

15) What’s your favorite food? The foods I miss the most is BBQ I could easily throw down a rack now I am good to get through 1 rib. I also love chicken, or anything that can be cooked on a BBQ. Chili, and I also like a good hamburger.

16) Where are some of the places you’ve been, and where are some of your favorites. I have been to about 30 different stattes, and 3 different countries, Canada, Bahamas, and Jamaica. TX and Jamaica were probably my favorites.
I hav family all over in TX.
But we went to Jamaica for our honeymoon, sitting on the deck of our room overlooking the ocean and smoking a few Cubans was great.

17) What is one thing you've always wanted to do, but haven't done yet in your lifetime? Buy season Tickets to the Vikings, Deep sea fishing. We were supposed to go 1 day in Jamaica but it rained that day and we couldn't go out.

18)If you could live anywhere where would it be?
Texas, I love MN but there is something about Texas that I love. My guess would be not having 30 below windshield ;D I laugh when my family tells me that its 3o degrees and they have their parkas on and think they are going to freeze.

19) Do you believe the Vikings will have their big day someday? When they do win the Super Bowl, what will be the first thing you think you will do? I believe we are closer than most people think we are.
I think we are one QB away from being able to do it. ;D When we win. I don't know, probably cry, and jump for joy. I would for sure take the day off to go to the parade and probably to the airport to great the team when they got home.

20) Up to this date, what is one of your favorite PPO memories?
I know alot of people say this but tailgating, people that really have not done so really should. I am planning on meeting up with people at the draft. So I hope something will be coming out soon. Also meeting all of the great people that post here.

singersp
03-23-2008, 08:20 PM
We know what his family & dog looks like, but most don't know what Garland looks like, so..........

Here's a pic of Garland & his lovely wife Stephanie.........

Help me out GG. Was this shortly after the surgery or before it?

Do you have anything more recent?

http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b21/singersp82759/100_0591.jpg

Garland Greene
03-23-2008, 08:28 PM
"singersp" wrote:


We know what his family & dog looks like, but most don't know what Garland looks like, so..........

Here's a pic of Garland & his lovely wife Stephanie.........

http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b21/singersp82759/100_0591.jpg


Wow that was almost 100 pounds ago

singersp
03-23-2008, 08:36 PM
"BadlandsViking" wrote:



20) Up to this date, what is one of your favorite PPO memories?
I know alot of people say this but tailgating, people that really have not done so really should. I am planning on meeting up with people at the draft. So I hope something will be coming out soon. Also meeting all of the great people that post here.


Thanx for sharing GG. Interesting stuff. I'm looking forward to meeting you again at the draft party.

Are we going to get some pics of you with cheerleaders?

Garland Greene
03-23-2008, 08:47 PM
"singersp" wrote:


"BadlandsViking" wrote:



20) Up to this date, what is one of your favorite PPO memories?
I know alot of people say this but tailgating, people that really have not done so really should. I am planning on meeting up with people at the draft. So I hope something will be coming out soon. Also meeting all of the great people that post here.


Thanx for sharing GG. Interesting stuff. I'm looking forward to meeting you again at the draft party.

Are we going to get some pics of you with cheerleaders?


Oh for sure. I know the wifey will get a kick out of it ;D

Marrdro
03-23-2008, 08:53 PM
What a great read.
Any man that can make good BBQ is number one in my book, then throw in this little nugget.....


10) When you’re not on PPO what could you likely be found doing with your spare time? Spending time with the kids, between Cub Scouts, baseball, school functions and swimming lessons I still find some time to go to school.

Gotta love the family man.
Great stuff my friend.
Great stuff indeed.
;D

singersp
03-23-2008, 08:54 PM
"Garland" wrote:


"singersp" wrote:


We know what his family & dog looks like, but most don't know what Garland looks like, so..........

Here's a pic of Garland & his lovely wife Stephanie.........

http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b21/singersp82759/100_0591.jpg


Wow that was almost 100 pounds ago


Wow! Good for you GG & congrats. Any recent pics?

I hope I didn't offend you by posting an older one.

Garland Greene
03-23-2008, 09:05 PM
"singersp" wrote:


"Garland" wrote:


"singersp" wrote:


We know what his family & dog looks like, but most don't know what Garland looks like, so..........

Here's a pic of Garland & his lovely wife Stephanie.........

http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b21/singersp82759/100_0591.jpg


Wow that was almost 100 pounds ago


Wow! Good for you GG & congrats. Any recent pics?

I hope I didn't offend you by posting an older one.


No you did not in any way ofend me. I like to look back at who I was and realize how far I have come.

Here is a pic of me and My son at Cub Scouts
http://i201.photobucket.com/albums/aa236/Garland_Greene/001.jpg

pack93z
03-23-2008, 09:13 PM
"GG" wrote:

12)Where do you watch away Vikings games? In my basement. I tend to be kinda loud so I can scream all I want down there.

LOL... During games I usually isolate myself as well.. ummm, yep I tend to verbally light something up a couple times a game.. favorite line has to be, " What in the hell are you doing".... now that Favre has retired, that will probably cut a time or two out of each game.

Great read Garland.. congrats on the reduction.. I am working on those winter pounds again as well.

dcboardr41
03-23-2008, 09:17 PM
congrads man on losing the weight

what was your secret?

C Mac D
03-23-2008, 09:18 PM
Great read, thanks for sharing the information. You have a lovely family.

I often wondered about the Steve Buschemi avatar... I agree though, great character... "Define irony: a bunch of idiots dancing on a plane to a song made famous by a band that died in a plane crash."

Garland Greene
03-23-2008, 09:54 PM
"dcboardr41" wrote:


congrads man on losing the weight

what was your secret?


I had the gastric Bypass surgery. It was a tough decision and not one made on just a whim. I have battled weight all of my life. There have been times when it is tough but it has been the best decision of my entire life.
My Weight day of surgery was 414 which was July 9th I stepped on the scale today and it read 271. I have not been 270 since at least 20 years ago.

dcboardr41
03-23-2008, 09:58 PM
"Garland" wrote:


"dcboardr41" wrote:


congrads man on losing the weight

what was your secret?


I had the gastric Bypass surgery. It was a tough decision and not one made on just a whim. I have battled weight all of my life. There have been times when it is tough but it has been the best decision of my entire life.
My Weight day of surgery was 414 which was July 9th I stepped on the scale today and it read 271. I have not been 270 since at least 20 years ago.


thats a great thing to hear man
good for you

davike
03-23-2008, 10:28 PM
sitting on the deck of our room overlooking the ocean and smoking a few Cubans was great.

That sounds fricken amazing!

Nice to know some more about you GG! You have some very cute boys

Vikes_King
03-23-2008, 10:36 PM
lookin good GG, keep it up! sounds like you're a good father, your boys are lucky

x-ray jeff
03-23-2008, 10:43 PM
Good read- well done. I remember when you posted that you were going in for the gastric bypass, glad it has gone so well for you! I gotta say, you already have to have some sort of "supervisory management " degree wrangling those three boys. Keep up the good work!

litlharsh
03-23-2008, 10:53 PM
haha your sons look so awesomely goofy

cogitans
03-24-2008, 05:11 AM
Nice read, and a beautiful family.

Are you the one walking the dog, or does the kids get that chore?

It's good that you got over here to become a valuable member instead of wasting your time at that other place

Zeus
03-24-2008, 07:24 AM
"Garland" wrote:


10) When you’re not on PPO what could you likely be found doing with your spare time? Spending time with the kids, between Cub Scouts, baseball, school functions and swimming lessons I still find some time to go to school. I am currently working on getting my supervisory management degree. I also am a die hard sci-fi fan.

20) Up to this date, what is one of your favorite PPO memories?
I know alot of people say this but tailgating, people that really have not done so really should. I am planning on meeting up with people at the draft. So I hope something will be coming out soon. Also meeting all of the great people that post here.


A kindred spirit!
I love being a daddy and I love tailgating with PPO!

Good read, GG!

=Z=

Prophet
03-24-2008, 07:28 AM
Interesting read GG, I have some great memories tailgating at the old Met too....freezing my nuts off.
Nice family.

Garland Greene
03-24-2008, 08:40 AM
"cogitans" wrote:


Nice read, and a beautiful family.

Are you the one walking the dog, or does the kids get that chore?

It's good that you got over here to become a valuable member instead of wasting your time at that other place


I walk the Dog, The dog Walks the Boys. She is small but she likes to go full speed when she walsk so after about a block the boys are done. :D

jargomcfargo
03-24-2008, 09:44 AM
Great looking family. Thanks for the read.
My mother moved us to the cities when I was in 9th grade. I lived north of Lake street but went to Central High.
I still have a sister who lives on 35th and Nicollet ave..
So I'm familliar with south Minneapolis.
Missed you at the tailgate but look forward to meeting you at one next year.

C Mac D
03-24-2008, 09:50 AM
"jargomcfargo" wrote:


Missed you at the tailgate but look forward to meeting you at one next year.


+1

=C=

Jilly
03-25-2008, 05:06 PM
I love the picture of your sons in the tub. My Mother used to do the same thing with my sisters and I. Of course I was the youngest so I was always placed in the back, where your youngest is sitting in that picture. Its the worst spot. It's shallow and the water is colder so please do your youngest a favor and let him sit in the front so he doesn't grow up with the same horrible memories that I have ;D

Sorry to hear that your deep sea fishing trip got cancelled but hopefully you'll get to go sometime soon. We use to go down to the Keys at least twice a year when we lived in Florida, and we made it down to Cabo San Lucas for the first time last year.
Even if you don't like fish, like myself, its an incredible experience.

Nice to know a little more about you.

BTW, have you taken your trip to Vegas yet?

cajunvike
03-25-2008, 05:15 PM
"Garland" wrote:


"singersp" wrote:


"Garland" wrote:


"singersp" wrote:


We know what his family & dog looks like, but most don't know what Garland looks like, so..........

Here's a pic of Garland & his lovely wife Stephanie.........

http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b21/singersp82759/100_0591.jpg


Wow that was almost 100 pounds ago


Wow! Good for you GG & congrats. Any recent pics?

I hope I didn't offend you by posting an older one.


No you did not in any way ofend me. I like to look back at who I was and realize how far I have come.

Here is a pic of me and My son at Cub Scouts
http://i201.photobucket.com/albums/aa236/Garland_Greene/001.jpg




Congrats on the weight loss...hope to meet you in person at the Draft Party!

PacNWVike
03-25-2008, 05:46 PM
The Marietta Mangler!!!
Great read GG and great family.
Hope to hook up with you at the PP.O tailgate this year.
I'll even provide the cigars, if MN law still allows it!
What do you think of Babyon 5?

singersp
03-25-2008, 07:35 PM
"Garland" wrote:


"singersp" wrote:


"Garland" wrote:


"singersp" wrote:


We know what his family & dog looks like, but most don't know what Garland looks like, so..........

Here's a pic of Garland & his lovely wife Stephanie.........

http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b21/singersp82759/100_0591.jpg


Wow that was almost 100 pounds ago


Wow! Good for you GG & congrats. Any recent pics?

I hope I didn't offend you by posting an older one.


No you did not in any way ofend me. I like to look back at who I was and realize how far I have come.

Here is a pic of me and My son at Cub Scouts
http://i201.photobucket.com/albums/aa236/Garland_Greene/001.jpg




Wow, What a difference!

You definitely want to not only keep looking at old pics of yourself, but remember what life was like back then.

It's necessary to keep you going in the right direction & to prevent slips & loss of will power.

mr.woo
03-25-2008, 07:49 PM
great read my friend. you dont look like a serial killer at all lol

BadlandsVikings
03-25-2008, 07:51 PM
"mr.woo" wrote:


great read my friend. you dont look like a serial killer at all lol


His twin does the weather on the today show

VikingMike
03-25-2008, 08:52 PM
Great to meet you and know more about you, GG, you're a class act. Beautiful family, they look so happy...great job with the weight loss. I know how hard it is...been fighting it all my life.

I'd like to share a Cohiba with you and the guys at a tailgate if I ever get to the dome. Maybe this year.

(Someone asked about the title of the movie...of course it's Con Air.)

litlharsh
03-25-2008, 11:02 PM
"C" wrote:


"jargomcfargo" wrote:


Missed you at the tailgate but look forward to meeting you at one next year.


+1

=C=
bahhahaha

jargomcfargo
03-25-2008, 11:13 PM
"litlharsh" wrote:


"C" wrote:


"jargomcfargo" wrote:


Missed you at the tailgate but look forward to meeting you at one next year.


+1

=C=
bahhahaha


U2
bahhahaha
:o

Vikefanman2000
03-25-2008, 11:34 PM
Good read.....congrats on the weight loss!

Ltrey33
07-15-2008, 06:47 PM
I never ever understood Garland's name until I watched Con Air over the weekend. I was like, "Wow....I feel like a dumbass."

marstc09
07-20-2008, 01:43 PM
It is nice to know more about you after meeting you a couple times now.