The Rant

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June 03, 2019 00:39:06
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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. ...

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May 31, 2019 00:30:42
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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. ...

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May 27, 2019 01:13:36
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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. ...

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May 24, 2019 NaN
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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. ...

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May 21, 2019 01:02:30
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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 wide ranging conversation with Eric, now. ...

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May 17, 2019 01:08:57
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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. ...

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