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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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    Episode 366, The Rant: Joey Mandarino, Part 2, The Return.

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 24, 2022 27:52


    Episode 366, The Rant: Joey Mandarino, Part 2, The Return. * Covid 19 started long ago. 2020 turned into 21’ and now we are in the throws of Summer 2022. We recorded a pod last summer, which never materialized into published. In this pod, we discuss his growth from when we first met, and the evolution of the pandemic, the evolution of him, and the Summer thats about to be. Part 2, Joey, now.

    Episode 365, The Rant: Dennis Dioud Jr.

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 21, 2022 40:13


    Certified Basketball Official, in pursuit of being great, attempting to elevate his game to the collegiate level. In the subsequent years that I’ve known him, one thing is clear; Dennis wants to be the best he can be. In this pod, we discuss his early life, moving to Long Island, discovering officiating, and what the summer and future hold. All that and more, my conversation with Dennis, now.

    Episode 364, The Rant: Devine Smith - Part 2, Things Done Changed - The Return.

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 8, 2022 33:50


    First of all, shouts to Devine, as he’s the fastest recurring guest in the history of this pod. In 4 short months, so many things have changed. We rechopped it up with Devine to talk about his breakout summer - his work in the community of Bay Shore and the Township of Islip, his summer Basketball League, his newly minted Flag Football League, Flag-On, and what else he’s up to this summer. All that and more, Devine, Part 2, now.

    Episode 363, The Rant: Izzy Serrano

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 2, 2022 102:02


    Certified Basketball Official. Taking Northern California, The Internet, and the World, by Storm. Better late than never! Albeit a few months back, we chop it up with Izzy of his incredible journey comporting to become an elite HS and aspiring Collegiate basketball official. In this pod, we discuss his love of sports, love of officiating, his season that was, and what the future holds. All that and more, my conversation with Izzy, now.

    Episode 362, The Rant: Ralph the Ref! The Return.

    Play Episode Listen Later May 31, 2022 13:00


    I got alot of names, some people say them to my face. One is a ghost, and Lord knows i’ve been one. The pod is back, I’m back. After a long lay off of ennui, we bring it back to hear stories that we find interesting, compelling, and entertaining. In this pod, we catch up with what I’ve been up, what we’ve been up to, and where we are going. All that and more. Me, on my own show. *

    Episode 361, The Rant: Jerrel  Harris - Texas, Part 2, The Return.

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 28, 2022 42:47


    Impact One, LuHI Boy’s Basketball. Impacting All.The only thing constant the past three years is deep change. In this pod, we reconnect with Jerrel to see what he’s been up to since the passing of JoJo Wright, to the recent passing of Brandon Wilson, his connection in coaching and training the young men on the LuHi Basketball team, and what he’s learned with the passage of time from when we last spoke. All that and more, part 2 with Texas, now.

    Episode 360, The Rant: Devine Smith. Former College Coach, Current HS Coach, and Head of Diverse Skill Training.

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 13, 2022 73:04


    For 20 years you can catch Devine at a sideline or bench near you. In this pod, we discuss him growing up in Harlem, him moving at an early age to Long Island, how he got into coaching, his longevity, and putting his all into the youth with Diverse Skill Training. All that and more, my conversation with Devine Smith, now.

    Episode 359, #therant: Kevin Spann. Energy on 100. Ambition on 1000. Success on 1000000. 

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 8, 2022 71:28


    It’s only fitting I say this: Happy Birthday Kevin. In this pod, we discuss his upbringing in Chicago, getting transported to Long Island, going after it in Basketball, playing D1, coaching D3, and shining a light on youth Basketball and Women’s Basketball with “She Got Game.” All that and more, my conversation with Kevin, now.

    Episode 358, The Rant: Mason Fornoles. The Boy. Wonder. 9 Years. Old.

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 2, 2022 18:23


    As the world, turns, and time passes, I watch my first born son, Mason, Fornoles, grow up before my very eyes. In this pod, we catch up with him, about what he’s learned since the last time he’s been on the podcast, him entering 3rd, grade, learning new things like mirror writing, turning 9, and his pursuit of Sony Playstation 5. All that and more, my conversation, with Mason, now.

    Episode 357, The Rant: John Dammer.

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 26, 2022 45:02


    Certified Football Official, Certified Softball Official, and Flag Football Staple. It was nearly 10 years apart from when I first reffed with John in Flag Football, until I saw him again, last summer. In this pod, we discuss his early life in the BX, him moving to Long Island and playing Soccer, how he got into officiating, and his key to longevity in officiating as a multi-sport official. All that and more, my conversation with John, now.

    Episode 356, The Rant: Carmela Garcia, Part 2, The Return.

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 25, 2022 27:37


    Steady progress has been made all pandemic long for one Carmela Garcia, and it shows. Mentally, physically, the growth has been exponential. In this pod, we chop it up with her, to talk Soccer and Hoops, how she’s taken her craft and cancellations both in strde, and the vast improvement within life and well-being overall, all through finding purpose in officiating. All that and more, Carmela, Part 2, now.

    Episode 355, The Rant: Kevin Hanifan.

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 21, 2022 134:07


    Former Head Coach of the Boy’s Varsity Football Team at Kellenberg Memorial High School, basking in retirement, forever a Firebird.Almost since the school's inception, Coach Hanifan has been there. In this pod, we sit down with the newly retired legend to discuss his early life in Hicksville, NY, his love of sports, how he got his foot in the door at Kellenberg, that has led him to his long winding, and long withstanding journey - all the while, bleeding Blue and Gold. Literally and figuratively he has built the building and built the Football Team, step by step, brick by brick. Along with my co-host and current assistant Coach Matt Polizzi, our conversation with Coach Hanifan, now.

    Episode 354, The Rant: Justin Bailey, Part 3 - The Return.

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 19, 2022 35:29


    Board 119 Certified Basketball Official, Owner and Operator of the outfit, Ref Corner. It was a pandemic ago since we linked up. In person, and still in it, we chop it up at the chop shop to discuss what Justin has been up to, his officiating experience in Omicron, his sabbatical on social media, his change in perspective in 2022, and what the future holds with reffing, Ref Corner, and beyond. All that and more, part 3 with Justin, now.

    Episode 353, The Rant: Jack Cella.

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 18, 2022 49:28


    Board 185 Certified Basketball Official. In hot pursuit of his goal of being an NCAA Division 1 Official - All while displaying it through - The Official Grind. Right before the Pandemic, Jack converted from a Coach to a Basketball Official. In this pod, we discuss his early life growing up in Staten Island, NY, his love of sports, how he got into officiating, and goals moving forward and beyond, and documenting his journey in his pursuit of being a College Official in his YouTube channel, The Official Grind. All that and more, my conversation with Jack, now.

    Episode 352, The Rant: Malachi Wilson.

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 13, 2022 48:13


    Board 41 Certified Basketball Official. Teaching others to become a Millionaire, they Methodical Way. Malachi and I have shared the same passion of Basketball, simultaneously, in different circles, for more than half of our lives. In this pod, we sit down with Malachi to discuss his love for the sport, transforming that to reffing, making money doing it - and making the money work for him. So much so that he is on a crusade, united with me, to teach others his maniacal ways all while introducing our new venture - the Methodical Millionaire. All that and more, my conversation with Malachi, now.

    Episode 351, The Rant: Marty Chiffriller - Part 2, The Return.

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 9, 2022 37:52


    It’s the holidays, and the beats and rhythms of the Basketball season are as normal as it can be. Knocking on wood, we get together before the thick of the holidays to catch up, to discuss the evolution of the pandemic, his experience in reffing the 21’-22’ season, and the strange nature of what normal is in officiating Basketball. All that and more, my conversation with Marty, now.

    Episode 350, The Rant: Bernard Bowen Sr. Part 3, or is it 4? 

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 6, 2021 55:46


    Owner of Bball Referees & Vice President of IAABO Board 42. * For almost 300 Episodes, Bernard has been a guiding, shining light for my career, every step of the way. In this pod we catch up with Bernard, as we discuss his new post as vice prez of the Bronx/Manhattan board of Boy’s HS Basketball, his growth in Bball Referees, assigning refs in a pandemic, and how all things virtual evolutionized officiating. All that and more, my conversation with Bernard, now.

    Episode 349, The Rant: A Conversation about the 2021 Girl's Varsity Volleyball Team at Kellenberg Memorial HS - The Champs!

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 15, 2021 86:36


    It’s been a long, winding, intense, and grueling season. But it’s complete - and what a ride it's been. In this pod, co-hosted with Coach Splendore, Uniondale Girl’s Volleyball Coach about the season I had, that he had, and what it meant to us. All that and more, our conversation, all things Volleyball now.

    Episode 348, The Rant: Justin Joseph - Part 2, The Return. 

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 20, 2021 21:23


    It’s the pandemic now and it was the pandemic before since the last time we spoke. In this pod, we catch up in time of the interim, where we talk about how he has still been getting his fill playing, being around the game always, and what the future holds. All that and more, Justin Joseph, part 2, now.

    Episode 347, The Rant: Kevin Carp

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 18, 2021 44:53


    Former Head Coach Varsity Boy’s Basketball Team at Northshore High School, Educator, Lightning Director, and Owner of Mecca Basketball. It was only a matter of time until I’d get Coach Carp on the Rant! On this pod, we discuss his love of basketball and his come-up playing it, his entree into coaching on an unforgettable JV season, to coaching at the varsity level, and pivoting because of COVID 19 as a Lightning Director and trainer at Mecca Basketball. All that and more, my conversation with Coach Carp, now.

    Episode 346, #therant: Brendan Beiersdorfer.

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 30, 2021 60:05


    Former Track Runner, Music Teacher, Board 41 Certified Basketball Official. Prodigious is an appropriate word to describe one Brendan. In this pod, we discuss his love of sports, his love of music, his love of teaching, how his pandemic has changed over time and in life, as well as his pursuit to get to the highest levels of officiating. All that and mote, my conversation with Brendan, now.

    Episode 345, The Rant: Jake Ellis.

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 27, 2021 64:51


    Head Honcho of Long Island Basketball and Head Coach of the Boys Varsity Basketball Team at St. John the Baptist. First off, my apologies to Jake. We recorded a few months before the pandemic, in the throw of it, and in the throw of it again. But this time, in person, we chop it up at the Chop Shop to discuss his COVID experience, how he balances work, coaching, and life, and what he expects for the upcoming season. All that and more, my conversation with Coach Ellis, now.

    Episode 344, The Rant: Tim Jinks - Part 2, The Return.   

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 21, 2021 37:07


    It’s been a whirlwind of life since we last spoke 2 years ago. A Career Change, moving, Corona Virus - Tim chops it up at the chop shop to talk about all these changes, his Summer of 2021, and getting his footing back in officiating. All that and more, Tim Jinks - Part 2 - now.

    Episode 343, The Rant: Hector Blaise.

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 16, 2021 82:39


    Queensborough Community College Women’s Basketball Head Coach, Middle School Teacher, St. John’s and Molloy College Alumni - all with a smile! As mentioned, the smile is infectious. Peep the JPEGS! In this pod, we chop it up with Coach Blaise about his humble beginnings in Queens, his realization that he was always meant to teach and coach, his experience at St. Johns and Molloy, his stint at LuHi and AAU program Empire, as well as his new Head Coaching position at Queensborough. All that and more, my conversation with Coach Blaise, now.

    Episode 342, The Rant: Aliyah McDonald: Snoop!

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 3, 2021 60:30


    Even before its inception, I always thought of Snoop as a bucket list of a guest. She joins #therant on this pod, to discuss her deep roots in Hempstead, Uniondale on Long Island, her love for Basketball, her legendary status at Uniondale High School, as well as being a College Champion at Molloy. Let’s not forget her competition at a high level in NYC and Long Island in the Women’s circuit repping us proud: as a player, coach, and an official, all while repping her brand, The Loner Stoner. All that and more, my conversation with Aliyah, now.

    Episode 341, The Rant: Nyreaf George.

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 31, 2021 55:08


    Part 2, The Return. Before the strange Summer of 2021 started, we chopped it up in the garage of one of my OG’s, Nyreaf. He returns on #therant, to discuss the state of NYC, the state of Officiating, his lessons in assigning, and catching up, all while I munch on some Chinese Food. All that and more, Nyreaf George, Part 2, the return - now.

    Episode 340, The Rant: Troy Hassler.

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 23, 2021 29:52


    Head Honcho of the Rockville Centre Basketball Summer League. Every Summer, with the exception of the Pandemic-laden year of 2020, barring a canceled game, 4 games are concurrently happening every weeknight. Enter Troy. In this pod, we discuss his love of sports, his hair-pulling with the RVC league, what he’s learned from the pandemic, and his happiness to get the league back, up and running, this summer. All that and more, my conversation with Troy, now.

    Episode 339, The Rant: Nate Reeves.

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 20, 2021 36:50


    Board 119 Certified Basketball Official, Ex-Baller, and Former York College Coach. Chances are, if you’ve been in the summer circuit in NYC, you have seen one Nate Reeves. In this pod, we chop it up after some games we did, discussing his early life in Hempstead, NY, his early days falling in love with the game of basketball, his college days at York, to being one of the top officials in the NYC circuit. All that and more, my conversation with Nate, now.

    Episode 338, The Rant: Shaquille Mosley.

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 17, 2021 96:35


    Uniondale Legend. Eternal Hooper, making a difference in his life, and others. Shaq don’t even remember when we played against each other 10 years ago. In this pod, we discuss his early life playing basketball, his tenacious work ethic that made him a beast at it, his pursuit of greatness, his experience playing basketball in high school and college, hooping all over the place and everywhere in between, and his experience running Shaq Attack Academy. All that and more, my conversation with Shaq, now.

    Episode 337, The Rant: Ryan Walker. Wavy! Part 2 - The Return.

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 13, 2021 39:57


    Newly-Minted Master of Ceremonies at Crunchtime Basketball. One year and a pandemic ago, we could only but visualize what Summer Basketball in New York would be like. The time is now, and everything that we worked for came to fruition. We chop it up with Wavy, after a long night on the mic about spectating all these games that came out, and showing up and showing out for Long Island. Ryan Walker, Part 2, the return, now.

    Episode 336, The Rant: Boss Chawla.

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 10, 2021 56:29


    Certified Basketball Official. In Memory of his brother, the one with the jump shot - Prince. It’s been the best of times. It’s been the worst of times. I’ve been through both with Boss. Fresh off the death of his brother, we use The Rant as a catharsis, to catch up on our lives, our reffing, and the future. All that and more, my conversation with Boss, now.

    Episode 335, The Rant: Corey Powell, Part 2, The Return.

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 6, 2021 45:27


    As we revisit the bright acolyte, we celebrate this young man, riding around, reffing, and getting it. In this pod, we discuss how he hit my line, expressed he wanted all the smoke, getting all the reps he could get, since the flood gates of basketball officiating opened up; learning all he can - all while finishing out his college years in playing. All that and more, Corey Powell, part 2, the return, now.

    Episode 334, The Rant: Blake Crespo

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 1, 2021 93:39


    Varsity Football Assistant Coach at St. John the Baptist, and part owner of LegendsU. Blake eats, sleeps, and breathes Football. In this pod, we discuss his humble beginnings in Brentwood, NY, his love of sports, his twists and turns playing in college, to coaching Football, and reffing Flag Football. Along with my co-host Sean McCann, our conversation with Blake, now.

    Episode 333, The Rant: Eddie Schook.

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 30, 2021 59:10


    Board 119 Certified Basketball Official. Looking Upward and Onward - 2021, and Beyond. The pandemic has brought perspective in his life; enter Eddie Schook. He discusses his upcoming and upbringing in Middle Village in Queens, NY, his experience playing sports, how he got into officiating, and how he feels about refereeing after gaining perspective. All that and more, my conversation with Eddie, now.

    Episode 332, The Rant: Mike Smolens

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 23, 2021 59:23


    We pull up to Great Neck, NY to speak to one Mike Smolens. In this pod, we discuss his love for sports early on, his versatility in playing a multitude of sports including Baseball, Soccer, and Tennis, how he got into umpiring at an early age, and how he got into his main passion in officiating now, Basketball. All that and more, my conversation with Mike, now.

    Episode 332, The Rant: Mike Smolens

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 23, 2021 59:23


    We pull up to Great Neck, NY to speak to one Mike Smolens. In this pod, we discuss his love for sports early on, his versatility in playing a multitude of sports including Baseball, Soccer, and Tennis, how he got into umpiring at an early age, and how he got into his main passion in officiating now, Basketball. All that and more, my conversation with Mike, now.

    Episode 331, The Rant: Sean McCann.

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 21, 2021 91:16


    Back in April 2021, Sean and I reluctantly started communicating, and ultimately working together. His story is incredible. In this pod, we discuss his early life playing Basketball, his love of sports, his deep love of Flag Football, his start in making the League LI Legends, and what the future holds. All that and more, my conversation with Sean, now.

    Episode 331, The Rant: Sean McCann.

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 21, 2021 91:16


    Back in April 2021, Sean and I reluctantly started communicating, and ultimately working together. His story is incredible. In this pod, we discuss his early life playing Basketball, his love of sports, his deep love of Flag Football, his start in making the League LI Legends, and what the future holds. All that and more, my conversation with Sean, now.

    #The Rant Bonus: Poppin' Flags with Sean McCann

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 18, 2021 51:38


    A Bonus! From the guys that brought you Referee Rant and Long Island Legends, the premier Flag Football league on Long Island, we present to you: Poppin' Flags - the new podcast where we cover all things Flag Football. We talk to people in or around the league, and those that truly love the game and want to grow it like us. Today's guest, Sean McCann, owner of LI Legends Flag Football League, and my partner in our new endeavor, LI Legends U - our youth Flag Football league. We'd be remiss to not mention and shout Blake Crespo, our other partner who will be on the show shortly. Sean also was gracious enough to be on #therant. His story will be on the next episode. And without further ado, here is Poppin' Flags! Follow and subscribe!

    #The Rant Bonus: Poppin' Flags with Sean McCann

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 18, 2021 51:38


    A Bonus! From the guys that brought you Referee Rant and Long Island Legends, the premier Flag Football league on Long Island, we present to you: Poppin' Flags - the new podcast where we cover all things Flag Football. We talk to people in or around the league, and those that truly love the game and want to grow it like us. Today's guest, Sean McCann, owner of LI Legends Flag Football League, and my partner in our new endeavor, LI Legends U - our youth Flag Football league. We'd be remiss to not mention and shout Blake Crespo, our other partner who will be on the show shortly. Sean also was gracious enough to be on #therant. His story will be on the next episode. And without further ado, here is Poppin' Flags! Follow and subscribe!

    Episode 330, The Rant: MTG Basketball

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 16, 2021 11:56


    Guess what New York, New York we back! We sit down with Rob Moses in the first weekend of the MTG Basketball tournament in St. Alban's, Queens. Sights and sounds were absorbed, and we got to sit down with the head honcho himself Rob Moses, and another off-duty official Warren Davis. MTG Basketball. The Rant. Now.

    Episode 330, The Rant: MTG Basketball

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 16, 2021 11:56


    Guess what New York, New York we back! We sit down with Rob Moses in the first weekend of the MTG Basketball tournament in St. Alban's, Queens. Sights and sounds were absorbed, and we got to sit down with the head honcho himself Rob Moses, and another off-duty official Warren Davis. MTG Basketball. The Rant. Now.

    Episode 329, The Rant: Jeff Lescouflair Part 3, The Comeback.

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 1, 2021 37:35


    After a seemingly never ending bout with Vaccines, Covid, and Sabbatical’s, June 1st is a rebirth. We are back. In this pod, we discuss me being sick and out of commission, what Jeff’s been up to with the Pandemic nearing it’s end, and what we both plan for the summer. All that and more, Jeff and I, back on The Rant, now.

    Episode 329, The Rant: Jeff Lescouflair Part 3, The Comeback.

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 1, 2021 37:35


    After a seemingly never ending bout with Vaccines, Covid, and Sabbatical's, June 1st is a rebirth. We are back. In this pod, we discuss me being sick and out of commission, what Jeff's been up to with the Pandemic nearing it's end, and what we both plan for the summer. All that and more, Jeff and I, back on The Rant, now.

    Episode 328, The Rant: Rob Bruin.

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 29, 2021 73:06


    As an early supporter of the pod, this episode was a long time coming. In this wide-ranging podcast, we chop it up with Rob about his podcast, his favorite rapper, his experience at the New House School at Syracuse University, his pandemic experience, and all things not officiating. All that and more, my conversation with Rob, now.

    Episode 328, The Rant: Rob Bruin.

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 29, 2021 73:06


    As an early supporter of the pod, this episode was a long time coming. In this wide-ranging podcast, we chop it up with Rob about his podcast, his favorite rapper, his experience at the New House School at Syracuse University, his pandemic experience, and all things not officiating. All that and more, my conversation with Rob, now.

    Episode 327, The Rant - Evan Conti.

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 22, 2021 76:50


    Coach Conti loves Basketball through and through. In this pod, we discuss his early life playing Ball, his experience in the Catholic League, his times playing in college, his memorable stint as a pro overseas, his time coaching at the college level, and coaching at the Level Up program. All that and more, my conversation with Evan, now.

    Episode 327, The Rant - Evan Conti.

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 22, 2021 76:50


    Coach Conti loves Basketball through and through. In this pod, we discuss his early life playing Ball, his experience in the Catholic League, his times playing in college, his memorable stint as a pro overseas, his time coaching at the college level, and coaching at the Level Up program. All that and more, my conversation with Evan, now.

    Episode 326, The Rant: Karima Penasa.

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 20, 2021 35:54


    It was 1 year, and 1 global pandemic ago, since we last spoke to one Karima. In this pod, we discuss the twists and turns that is being an official during age of CoronaVirus, what she’s been up to, and what she will be doing when things return to normal. All that and more, part 2, Karima, on #therant, now.

    Episode 326, The Rant: Karima Penasa.

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 20, 2021 35:54


    It was 1 year, and 1 global pandemic ago, since we last spoke to one Karima. In this pod, we discuss the twists and turns that is being an official during age of CoronaVirus, what she's been up to, and what she will be doing when things return to normal. All that and more, part 2, Karima, on #therant, now.

    Episode 325, The Rant: Joe Gaskin.

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 16, 2021 93:50


    Year in and year out, if your watching a High School Basketball game in Nassau County, chances are Joe Gaskin is at the helm. In this pod, we discuss his early life in Williston Park, his short athletic stint at St. Mary's in High School, his father being his guiding light as he watched him ref basketball, to having a legendary career in his own right. All that and more, my conversation with Joe, now.

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