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May 13, 2019 NaN
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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 Alex, now. SHOW NOTES: 3:16 - What sports did you play growing up? 5:37 - How did you get into umpiring? 8:00 - When did you start taking it serious? 9:30 - How in depth was officiating baseball? 12:57 - What was your experience doing school games? 17:50 - How did adult league experiences help you in school games? 22:53 - What was your experience of baseball on the Varsity level? 26:56 - Describe the difficulty of persuading people to officiate baseball 29:54 - Experience in college 34:55 - Responsibilities and differences between bases and being behind the plate 41:19 - Does injuries affect your performance behind the plate? 42:06 - Craziest experience being injured and still upping 42:28 - Stickiest situation being an umpire 46:37 - Stickiest situation being the interpreter/teacher 48:48 - Best moments being an umpire 55:04 - Evolution of equipment in baseball umpiring 59:25 - What does the future hold? 59:56 - Final Thoughts from Alex Flyntz ...

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May 10, 2019 NaN
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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 discuss her amazing career, her family life, her bright present, and even brighter future. My conversation with Criscia, now. ...

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May 08, 2019 NaN
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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. ...

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May 06, 2019 NaN
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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. ...

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May 03, 2019 NaN
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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. ...

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May 01, 2019 NaN
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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. ...

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