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January 31, 2019 01:53:54
Episode 11 - The sit down with Don Landolphi

Episode 11 - The sit down with Don Landolphi

This is a special sit down with my home Basketball association interpreter, the venerable Don Landolphi. Unbeknownst to him, he has been instrumental in much of my success today from laying down strong roots instilled in me previously from my failures. His encouragement after I failed the written test was everything to me. Despite a failure to launch, I had no such sophomore slump. For what was supposed to, was my rookie year, and I made sure I absorbed anything and everything to make me the best I can be. Don is attributed. And so, my conversation with Don Landolphi, along with my co-host Steve Baum: we go over his upbringing and sports, his coaching career, and his long & illustrious officiating career. His second wind as an interpreter; and what’s next in retirement. Something tells me he’ll still. Be. Around. At the end he has a q&a session fielded by members in the association. I hope you enjoy. ...

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January 30, 2019 00:35:00
Episode 10 - John Ottavino - Baseball Umpire, and Rule of the Day Distributer

Episode 10 - John Ottavino - Baseball Umpire, and Rule of the Day Distributer

Episode 10, The Rant - we have a special guest, John Ottavino, championship PSAL baseball umpire, servicing New York City. His son Adam, just signed a 3 year deal to join the formidable set up that is the New York Yankees. In it, we discuss his experience officiating Baseball in NYC, his only experience officiating Adam, and his affinity for the rules - so much so that he sends out a rule of the day via email, servicing 600+ officials. Find out how to get on that list, and my conversation with John Ottavino, now. Interested in the Rule of the Day? Email John at [email protected] ...

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January 28, 2019 00:33:34
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Episode 9 - Serving The Game and the Officiating Community with Crown Ref's very own - Paul Diasparra

We stop in the Crown Basketball facility to talk to Paul Diasparra, founder and creator of Crown Refs. The IG page is designed to help basketball officials improve their craft. He is currently a high level high school and division 2 collegiate Basketball official, and going further by the day. This is a treat, as Crown Refs and Referee Rant collaborate for the first time on this podcast. He discusses Crown Refs, The Basketball Shop, Mr. Pink, and more. * Instagram: [crown_refs](http://instagram.com/crown_refs) * Twitter: [@crownrefs](http://twitter.com/crownrefs) [The CROWN REFS Podcast](http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-crown-refs-podcast/id1447147700?mt=2) ...

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January 26, 2019 00:33:34
Episode 8 - Sticky Situations and Rules Talk with Steve Baum

Episode 8 - Sticky Situations and Rules Talk with Steve Baum

We close out another work week with Steve Baum. We discuss sticky situations that transpired from the week that was, and go over a Girl’s Middle School quiz, for you to download. I hope you enjoy. Next week, we will be bigger, and better. We promise. ...

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January 22, 2019 00:51:37
Episode 7 - Vball and B-ball with Steve Kaufmann

Episode 7 - Vball and B-ball with Steve Kaufmann

Steve Kaufmann is searching for that feel, the feel that he already has in Basketball. As he has mastered officiating in the high school ranks, he is trying to double down and do the same with Volleyball. Will Baseball be next? We find out in episode 7 of The Rant. The sit down with Steve occurred after 3 games at Island Garden and we discuss all thing hoops and all things vball. My conversation with Steve, now. “Whatever you are, be a good one.” - Abraham Lincoln ...

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January 21, 2019 00:25:26
Episode 6 – Reffing, Playing, and Commissioning with Kash: Thanos of the SABL Universe

Episode 6 – Reffing, Playing, and Commissioning with Kash: Thanos of the SABL Universe

This special edition of The Rant is a collaboration with SABL - otherwise known as the South Asian Basketball League. Our guest this episode is Kash, with a K. I like to call him the Thanos of the SABL - he’s the commissioner, he’s a player, and he’s even a basketball official. We discuss his experience in wearing all of these hats simultaneously, and discuss how Referee Rant and the SABL will work together now, and in the future. We will be starting a new podcast that will showcase SABL players each week, as well as a docu-series showing a day in the life of an official at SABL. And so, my conversation with Kash, now. ...

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