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Referee’s have a voice. We are always on the defensive. This is our avenue to be on the offensive. For, we have something to say.

Referee’s have a voice. We are always on the defensive. This is our avenue to be on the offensive. For, we have something to say.
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Referee’s have a voice. We are always on the defensive. This is our avenue to be on the offensive. For, we have something to say.




Episode 57, The Rant: Ethan Wong - Volleyball Official, Hockey Official, and Being Great at Both in Canada.

Ethan discusses two sports that are rarely spoken on the Rant - Volleyball and Hockey. In this pod, we discuss his love of Volleyball and Hockey growing up, what it’s like to skate, what Hockey means in Canada, and what the future holds for him. All that and more, my conversation with Ethan, now.


Episode 56, Rob Moses - Assistant Varsity Basketball Coach at Cardozo High School, PSAL Basketball Official, and founder of the More Than A Game Inc.

Rob Moses wears many hats, but they all have one common thread; the game of Basketball. In this pod we discuss his love for said sport, his experience with coaching along side the Legend Ron Naclerio, his own experience officiating NYC, and his give back and thank you to Queens - More Than A Game Inc. - all that and more, my conversation with Rob, now.


Episode 55, The Rant: Damion Reid - Image Capturer, Photographer, and Witnessing Some of the Greatest Sporting Events in NYC.

A picture is worth a 1,000 words, and Damion has taken thousands of them. In this pod, he describes his love of photography, his love of sports, and how he combined the two, to make a passionate living. All that and more, my conversation with Damion, now.


Episode 54, The Rant: Tom Konchalski, High School Basketball Talent Evaluator & Master of His Own Memory.

For 61 years, Tom Konchalski searches far and wide to see a new crop of talent in the game of Basketball. At a park near his apartment in NYC, he discusses his love for watching Connie Hawkins dunk a basketball, his formula for evaluating Basketball players, his fondest memories, and what the game means to him. All that and more, my conversation with Tom, now.


Episode 53, The Rant: Nate Cearley, Kansas State Intramural Supervisor, Collegiate Football Official, NBA Grassroots Candidate.

Sky’s the limit for one Nate. His potential and ambition are on a collision course with his opportunities. In this pod, we sit with the precocious young man, to discuss his come up as an intramural ref not knowing what to do, to seeking people that do, transitioning all the way to the NBA grassroots program. All that and more, my conversation with Nate, now.


Episode 52, The Rant: Justin Bailey, Top Level. Up and Coming Basketball Official, and CEO of Refs Corner.

I’m happy I never got a chance to play against Justin in a game of Basketball; chances are, I wouldn’t stand a chance. He discusses his playing days as a youth, playing for St. Mary’s on Long Island, his collegiate career and how it structured him, and his love for officiating and his brand Refs Corner. All that and more, my conversation with Justin, now.


Episode 51, The Rant: Michael Mayer, Basketball and Baseball Official in Nassau County New York.

It was only 4 years ago when I met Mike Mayer on the Basketball Court. I noticed that his shoes had dirt. He just came from a baseball game, and I, a Lacrosse game. He convinced some to join baseball. Join baseball I did. In this pod, Mike discusses his love for baseball growing up, his transition officiating a sport with a clock, and everything in between. All that and more, my conversation with Mike, now.


Episode 50, The Rant: Ron Naclerio, Eternal Cardozo High School Basketball Coach, Living Legend.

For 4 decades Ron Naclerio has been knocking doors to help the youth, and make them bust down doors when on the court. He shares his experience being the Dozo Hoops head honcho, his experience being a Baseball prospect, how he stays sharp with his X’s and O’s, and what his future holds. All that and more, my conversation with Coach Naclerio, now.


Episode 49, The Rant: John Lombardi, Newly Retired Flag Football Player, Former Little League Umpire, Current Pro Wrestling Official, and head honcho at High Tide Taco Bar.

I’ve known John since I started my officiating. From Viking hats and handing out ref fees, we always had a bond. He discusses his love for flag football, his other love of Pro Wrestling, and what his future holds. All that and more, my conversation with John, now.


Episode 48, The Rant: Eric Carmona, Baseball in the Bronx - from playing Little League, to Coaching, and finally - officiating in High School, College, and now the Pro Level.

Baseball is in Eric’s blood. That blood done spilled over - as he combined his propensity of officiating and his love of baseball and found umping. Suffice to say, it’s his calling. He discusses his start as a short stop with a dream, living in close quarters of Yankee Stadium, and how he tries to outwork himself by improving in his craft everyday. Not only that, he’s generous with his information, ready to dispense what he’s learned to pay it forward to anyone that’s willing to listen. My...


Episode 47, The Rant: Nelson Santiago, Division 1 Men’s Official, G League Official, and Enjoying the Journey in How He Got There.

What we find most impressive of Nelson is not the level of where he’s at in the game officiating, but his approach. He discusses his precocious beginnings in Central Florida, falling in love with adjudicating the game of Basketball, and what the journey experiencing it all means to him. Along with my co-host Michael Grant, my conversation with Nelson, now.


Episode 46, The Rant: Alex Flyntz. NAUA Interpreter & Elite Baseball Umpire.

Alex has seen it all on the diamond. For nearly 4 decades, he’s thrown balls and strikes behind the dish, and out’s and safe’s on the base paths. We honor his career by discussing it’s illustriousness in it’s entirety, from doing adult fast pitch softball, to High School, all the way to the NCAA level. He’s seen his share of hardball. He talks about what baseball mean’s to him, interpreting the rules year in and year out, and what the future holds. All that and more, my conversation with...


Episode 45, The Rant: Criscia Long, Elite Dancer, Director of Entertainment

Criscia was something serious when it came to dancing. I’ve seen first hand. That’s why I couldn’t be any prouder on how she took her passion, and done sublimated it to a successful career. From humble beginnings as a cheerleader, to a college dancer at VCU, to Carnival Cruz Line, she attacked dancing with the same tenacity. Dreams were realized as she became a captain of the elite team - New York Knick’s City Dancers, to now being the Director of Entertainment of the Brooklyn Nets. We...


Episode Forty Four, The Rant: Ray the Ref interviews Ralph the Ref. About Reffing, and Referee Rant.

Forty Four is a special number to Ralph the Ref - he worship’s the arc that Hubert Davis used to shoot behind, among other greats that bestowed the numberical nomenclature. In this special commemorative pod, Ray Valeriano discusses the start of Referee Rant with it’s creator Ralph the Ref - it’s inception, it’s progress, it’s future, and oh yeah, we talk about reffing. Ray’s conversation with Ralph, now.


Episode 43, The Rant: Anthony Puccio. From the Meadowlands, to the Prudential, all the way to the Barclay's Center. Brooklyn Net's Fan Turned Beat Writer.

Since age 7, a young Pooch has been enthralled by the Nets. he is the new form of reporter, who started writing documents on Microsoft Word which led him to the parquet floor in downtown Brooklyn. He discusses his love of basketball, his love of flag football, and navigating being a beat writer in 2019. All that and more! My conversation with Pooch, now.


Episode 42, the Rant: Sky Khaleel - D1 Basketball Player, Turned Coach/Ref, turned AAU program director for the non-profit Sky’s the Limit Basketball.

Basketball has done so much for Sky’s life thus far. He was able to play at the highest level in college, coach in the AAU circuit, and even ref at a high level in the Tri State area. We discuss his come up, his playing days, how he balances officiating and coaching, and discusses in detail his new AAU program, Sky’s the Limit. All that and more, my conversation with Sky, now.


Episode 41, the Rant: Mike Horrey - Keeping Uniforms around the World Tucked, and Officiating at a High Level.

Not only is Mike a high level official in New Jersey, he looks doing it. In this pod, we discuss him scoring 1,000 points in high school, his track and field career, and the problem he solved with his unique product - Neat Tucks. All that and more, my conversation with Mike Horrey, now.


Episode 40, the Rant: Claire Canty - Boss Lady of Board 41, and Officiating the Game she Loves, Lacrosse.

I hope everybody gets a chance to officiate with a referee like Claire - she’s ambitious, courageous, and most importantly, professional. The Rant sits down with her to discuss her days playing Lacrosse in high school, her collegiate experience at Wesleyan College, her journey in officiating, and how she manages the two. All while pursing to be one of the few women to be a Varsity Official on the Boy’s side, in Nassau County. All that and more, my conversation with Claire now.


Episode 39, the Rant: Karima Penesa, Being Home Schooled, Officiating in the state of New Mexico, and Finding The Right Mentors to Push her to the Next Level

Karima not only has potential, she has kinetic energy. She took officiating the game of Basketball to the next level, meeting the right mentors in New Mexico and Colorado respectively. She talks about growing up, learning how to referee a basketball game, and her goals beyond. All that and more, my conversation with Karima, now.


Episode 38, the Rant: Jalal Khweiss, Up and Coming Board 119 Member, Girl’s Certified Basketball Official, and Learning the Rules, One Interpretation At a Time.

alal has a heart of gold. Cream rises to the top, where I found him doing a AA playoff game for the Public School Athletic League in New York City. In this episode he describes his humble beginnings, his track career, how he started officiating, and how his affinity for the rules has brought him to the top. All that and more - my conversation with Jalal - now.