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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 87, The Rant: Herving Armand: Motor-Cycle Riding, Deep-Thinking 2nd Year Official Mastering Basketball, Soccer, and Baseball, one Sport at a Time.

Herv has always been involved in sports. From growing up in Queens and playing at the Collegiate level, he wanted to continue with sports after. Enter officiating; in this pod we discuss all that, his experience juggling multiple sports, his experience trying to master said sports, and what the future holds. All that and more, my conversation with Herv, now.


Episode 86, The Rant: Speedy Claxton: Former Christ the King Standout, Hofstra Basketball King, NBA Champion, and Current Assistant Coach for the Hofstra Pride Men’s Basketball Team.

We pulled up at my alma mater, Hofstra University, to record with Coach Claxton to talk to his exploits on the Basketball court. We discuss his journey that took him from Corona Queens, to the NCAA Tournament, his travels in the NBA, and what led him back home. All that and more, my conversation with Speedy, now.


Episode 85, The Rant: Cassio Machado and Ralph the Ref discuss the special Ebook inspired by the first 50 episodes of the Rant, The Rant Replay.

There were so many quotes that you could sift out of the first 50 episodes, and it needed to be preserved in writing for posterity. In this pod we discuss the genesis of the project, the transcribing of the quotes, how it’s help me master English, and our favorite episodes thus far. All that and more, Episode 85, now.


Episode 84, The Rant: Warren Davis. AKA Jug, AKA Jug Head, also known as Rule Master.

We sat down with Jug not to far from his house, at Jurassic Park, to discuss his automatic Jumpshot, his experience doing high level officiating in NYC, and how he mastered the rules of Basketball, one section at a time. Be sure to look out at the end of the pod for our new segment, dropping weekly and daily, Monday through Friday: Jug’s Jewels. All that and more, my conversation with Jug, now.


Episode 83, The Rant: Gerda Gatling: One of NYC’s Top Basketball Officials: From Balling in the DMV, Securing Space at Stony Brook, and Traveling in Between, all in Pursuit of Officiating Full-Time.

The Rant pulled up to Brooklyn to speak to Gerda. In this pod we discuss why she’s forever indebted to John Coleson, how she got thrown in the fire, how she leveled up in officiating doing crazy games in New York City, and how she became a staple in the Women’s Basketball College Circuit. All that and more, my conversation with Gerda, now.


Episode 82, The Rant: Keith Willis - Former Baller; From Getting Buckets to Transitioning to an Elite PSAL Basketball Official.

Coming From Brooklyn and Coming to Queens, Keith is comfortable officiating in the Belly of the Beast, the Public School Athletic League, in New York. In this pod, we discuss how he played at a high level, how he discovered officiating, and breaking it down on how he’s getting to his highest level in officiating. All that and more, my conversation with Keith, now.


Episode 81 The Rant: Cara Castruonova

Cara's father is old school; so much so, she got trained in the archaic methods of boxing that you would only see in the movies. In this pod, we spar on the mic and discuss her affinity for the sport, her road to become a golden glove champion, how she helped people lose weight on her watch, and her pursuit to become a high level official on the ring. Along with my special co-host Cassio Machado, my conversation with Cara now.


Episode 80, The Rant, Niya Khan - High School Official, Daughter of Officiating Royalty, and Advocate in the Fight Against Cancer.

Niya has had Officiating in her blood. She is the daughter of Rachelle Jones, a Women’s Final Four Basketball Official. In this pod she discusses her own come up, her mothers impact on her as well as the officiating community, and raising awareness through her brand Conquer Cancer. All that and more, my conversation with Niya, now.


Episode 79, The Rant: AJ Hemmingway - Balancing Work, Life, and Officiating, all in Pursuit of the Highest Level of Men’s College Basketball.

AJ played ball as early as he can remember. In this pod he discusses his travels in the AAU circuit as a kid, how he played at a high level at Brooklyn College, and his new passion that he unexpectedly took on as an official. He discusses how officiating balances with he rest of his life and activities, All that and more, my conversation with AJ, now.


Episode 78, The Rant: Katrina Plummer - High Level Multi Sport Athlete, Multi Sport Official In Soccer and Basketball, and Director of Women’s Premier League.

Katrina knows a thing or two about being courted. She was blessed to be gifted at many sports, including Soccer, Lacrosse, and Basketball. In this pod she discusses her playing days, her experience in college, her advice to kids in their own recruitment process, as well as her career as an official and running the Women’s Premier League. All that and more, my conversation with Katrina, now.


Episode 77, The Rant: Nyreaf George - Multi-sport Official, Single Minded Purpose in Making Refereeing Work For Him.

Nyreaf and I go back to my CYO days in Basketball. I saw him here and there, but we just started having conversation longer than this blurb. In this pod, we discuss his start in officiating, how he balances assigning, as well as being a great official outside of Basketball. All that and more, my conversation with Nyreaf, now.


Episode 76, The Rant: Nicole Robinson. Shooting Star in Basketball Officiating. Unlimited Potential Being Realized by the Day.

It was evident when speaking to Nicole that there was a humble-yet-aggressive demeanor in her style. In this pod she discusses her love of Basketball, how her father has crystallized Officiating as an avenue to stay in the game, and what her future holds. All that and more, my conversation with Nicole, now.


Episode 75, The Rant: Chiené Joy Jones - All encompassing lover of Basketball - Former Baller, Passionate Coach, Athletic Director, and Up and Coming Basketball Official.

We pulled up to the Gauchos Gym in the BX to sit down with Chiené. In the pod we discuss her come up playing at NYU, her experience coaching kids to their own athletic scholarships, and her new found passion and give back to the game, officiating. All that and more, my conversation with Chiené, now.


Episode 74, The Rant: Dave Williams - Former Basketball Standout, Washington General, and Underground Basketball Official Extaordinaire.

I’ve done so many games with Dave, and surely I’ll be doing more in the future. In this pod we discuss his come up playing in New York City, his time as a Washington General, and how officiating has given him the ability to have more than one car. All that and more, my conversation with Dave, now.


Episode 73, The Rant: Billy Heenan - Former Sharp Shooter, Budding Coach at the AAU Level, and Earning His Stripes as an Up and Coming Official.

Billy loves Basketball as much as the next man. Surrounded by greatness on his High School Team, he had to work extra hard just to get minutes on the court. Those principles he learned guided his work ethic in college, in coaching, and officiating. All that and more, my conversation with Billy, now.


Episode 72, The Rant: Crunch Time Basketball - Moe, Marcus, and Whyte: Creators of Long Island’s Premier Pro-Am Basketball League, Showing that Hoopers can Ball in the suburbs, too.

Growing up, Moe, Marcus, and Whyte had an affinity for Hempstead; moreover, an affinity for Long Island. In this pod, they discuss their love for the crib, what Basketball has done for them, the genesis and development of Crunch Time Basketball, and what the future holds. All that and more, my conversation with The Crunch Time team, now.


Episode 71, The Rant: Shay Franklin: Pitbull on the Basketball Court, Tenacious on the Sidelines, and Earning Her Stripes as a First Year Official.

There has never been any doubt that Shay has been talented with anything she has done in the game of Basketball. In this pod, she discusses her natural ability when hooping, her love of helping kids have opportunities that she had before them, and the mental challenge that officiating presents. All that and more, my conversation with Shay, now.


Episode 70 The Rant: Leroy Samuel. - Board 119 Certified Official, Basketball Coach to Multiple Teams, and Basketball Trainer, Young OG.

When initially approaching Leroy to hop on The Rant, I could hear his reluctance. His fears were allayed, soon as we pressed record. On it, he discusses his come up as a young man from Queens, his affinity for being great at everything he does, his first experience blowing the whistle, and how his old soul often competes to catch up with his young body. All that and more, my conversation with Leroy, now.


Episode 69, The Rant: Christian Rios - the Eleven in Eleven44, the Gray Eminence and Aesthetic Director of Referee Rant.

Christian never was, or will be, an official. However, he’s official in anything he does, whether it be graphic design, photography, or editing The Rant. In this pod, we discuss the partner, that’s deafening in his silence, his experience creating Referee Rant, and his reluctance to put a cap on its limit. All that and more, my conversation with Christian, now.


Episode 68, The Rant: Blake Redford. - Shadow Reffing, Mirror Officiating, taking a look at himself - to be the best that he can be as an Official in Basketball.

Failure is something and I that Blake can relate to - like me, he failed the first time he tried to get certified for Basketball; only the first time I failed, it was the first time he passed, on his second go round. In this pod, he discusses his playing style at Manhasset, his journey as an official, and the stickiest situation that I’ve ever heard in officiating to date. All that and more, my conversation with Blake, now.