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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.

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English


Episodes

Episode 100, The Rant: Tommy Caramella - Kindred Spirit, Friend, Mentor. Elite Boy’s & Girl’s Nassau Basketball Official.

10/16/2019
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As stubborn as it sounds, we reserved Episode 100 for this special guest. In this pod, we discuss our eerie similarities, what Basketball meant to him, how he loathed refs, and became one of them, to become one of the most respected of them all. Episode 100, my conversation with Tommy, now.

Duration:01:35:42

Episode 99, The Rant: Keith Keough. Grover Cleveland High School’s Proudest Basketball & Baseball Alumni, Basketball Assistant Coach, and Board 119 Official.

10/14/2019
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Keith beat the odds, and is reaping the benefits and values now. In this pod, he discusses his adverse come up at Cleveland High School, his officiating and coaching career, and what 1999 meant to both of us respectfully. All that and more, my conversation with Keith, now.

Duration:00:58:25

Episode 98, The Rant: Aloysius Johnson - One of Nassau County’s Elite Basketball Official, President, Chairperson, and Mentor to All.

10/11/2019
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Al is more than a peer, mentor. He is a man of integrity that will tell it to you, straight. In this pod he discusses his exploits as a player, how he discovered officiating, and what motivates him after all these years. All that and more, my conversation with Al Johnson, now.

Duration:00:53:18

Episode 97, The Rant: Anthony Leo - Lifetime Fitness’ Ultimate Hoops League Coordinator for the Northeast Region, League Assignor, and Media Pointman.

10/9/2019
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More often than not, you can catch Anthony Leo at Lifetime running the Ultimate Hoops. In this pod, he discusses his sports career growing up in Syosset, how he got involved with Ultimate Hoops, and what’s it like servicing a league where players will #neverretire. All that and more, my conversation with Anthony, now. ::DO REMEMBER:: Please join Anthony and the Rest of the Leo's to Michael Leo's 5K Run & Walk for Recovery run @ Jericho High School. Click the following link for more...

Duration:00:54:11

Episode 96, The Rant: Cal Griffin - Creator and Founder of All Things Hoops, the E-Magazine for the Basketball Junkie.

10/9/2019
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Basketball has always been an obsession for Cal. In this pod, he discusses how he got addicted, his trails and tribulations in high school and in college, and how he started his brand, All Things Hoops. All that and more, my conversation with Cal, now.

Duration:00:57:58

Episode 96, The Rant: Cal Griffin - Creator and Founder of All Things Hoops, the E-Magazine for the Basketball Junkie.

10/7/2019
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Basketball has always been an obsession for Cal. In this pod, he discusses how he got addicted, his trails and tribulations in high school and in college, and how he started his brand, All Things Hoops. All that and more, my conversation with Cal, now.

Duration:00:57:58

Episode 95, The Rant: Andre Vanterpool - Former Manhasset & Rice High School Standout, Stony Brook Big, Turned Coach, Turned Alum, JV Basketball Coach at Manhasset, and Setting the Mood Right with Pictures and Videos, one Event at a Time.

10/4/2019
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As much as his style is impeccable, Andre is unique, and enthralling. In this pod, we discuss his Basketball Career: from finishing alley-oops at Manhasset High School, to experiencing the Division 1 College Basketball Level, Coaching at an Early Age, and making art through his eyes. All that and more, my conversation with Drepool, now.

Duration:01:03:10

Episode 94, The Rant: Mic Larry - From the Congregation to the Court, his Mic, his Voice Coming Through Your Speakers.

10/2/2019
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Mic Larry always had an affinity for words. Mix that with a crowd, he keeps an audience entertained from a wedding, to a basketball game. In this pod we discuss his come up in Basketball, his affinity for announcing, and where he sees his future through his voice. All that and more, my conversation with Mic Larry, now.

Duration:00:48:04

Episode 93, The Rant: Tamar Adams - Certified Basketball Junkie: player, coach, CEO of Perfect Your Skills 24/7.

9/30/2019
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I’ve had so many interactions with Coach T over the years. He imbues his passion for the game when he teaches his kids, when he’s point guard on the floor, and when coaching his teams to victory. Practice makes permanent, and in this pod he discusses how his come up, how he developed Perfect Your Skills, and his new coaching position at Island Trees High School. All that and more, my conversation with Coach T, now.

Duration:01:30:32

Episode 92, The Rant: Coach Richard Curtin - Proud Father, Prouder Grandfather, Eternal Basketball Coach, and Seasoned Wise Soul.

9/27/2019
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Some 20 years ago, Coach Curtin and I were at the confines of the Kellenberg Memorial High School Gym. Not only was he my coach, he informed my own coaching career, and always encouraged me to stay the game. Not to mention his perplexing philosophies the are translucent, now. On the eve of his 60th birthday, we discuss his life, his coaching career, and what life has taught him. All that and more, my conversation with Coach Curtin, now.

Duration:01:26:14

Episode 91, The Rant: Karleena Tobin - Division 1 Women’s Basketball Official, WNBA Official, CEO of ElevenOne Officiating.

9/25/2019
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Unbeknownst to Karleena, Basketball was a passion turned full-time gig. From playing at a high level in Maryland, to playing collegiately at the University of Delaware, she found her footing, full time, in staying in the game in officiating. She discusses all of this, including her ElevenOne officiating initiative, to show that anyone willing to put in the work, can achieve anything they want in this game. All that and more, my conversation with Karleena, now.

Duration:00:25:22

Episode 90, The Rant: Orrin Barfield Jr. - First Year Certified Official, Former Arch Bishop Molloy Standout, and Collegiate Player for John Jay University.

9/23/2019
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After the alpha comes the omega, enter Orrin Jr - son of Basketball officiating greatness, we picked Episode 90 for him to honor his father for his own start in officiating, which started in 1990. In this pod, junior discusses his come up, watching his father officiate, working hard to belong on a high level high school team, how he got into reffing, and putting it on pause to play in college. All that and more, my conversation with Orrin Jr. featuring Sr., now.

Duration:00:47:09

Episode 89, The Rant. Orrin Barfield. Elite Collegiate & High School Basketball Official, Mentor to Many, and Still Improving.

9/20/2019
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We pulled up at the Rivalries Never Die earlier in the summer to get Orrin to discuss his journey in officiating. In it, he discusses how he stumbled upon reffing, when he took it serious, and how he stays sharp after all these years. All that and more, my conversation with Orrin, now.

Duration:00:40:46

Episode 88, The Rant: Dagan Nelson. NYU Men’s Basketball Head Coach, Master Communicator & Motivator

9/18/2019
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It’s been 2 decades since I’ve seen or spoken to Coach Nelson. He took some time out of his busy recruiting and pre-season schedule to talk to the Rant about his amazing journey in coaching that started with coaching a JV team on Long Island, his travels, his mentors that helped him along the way, and what he sees for NYU this season and beyond. All that and more, my conversation with Coach Nelson, now.

Duration:00:30:10

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

9/16/2019
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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.

Duration:00:57:28

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.

9/13/2019
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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.

Duration:00:45:15

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.

9/11/2019
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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.

Duration:00:31:56

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

9/9/2019
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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.

Duration:00:37:37

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.

9/6/2019
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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.

Duration:00:50:47

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

9/4/2019
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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.

Duration:00:49:53