THIS ONE’S FOR YOU, POPS.
Every summer at Orchard Beach, you can catch Joe Cruz running around like a chicken with his head cut off. He’s more than that. He’s on – as a basketball official getting his feet wet, and running out of the most respected NYC summer leagues. Hoops in the Sun.
“Little darling, the smiles returning to the faces
Little darling, it seems like years since it’s been here.”
– George Harrison
3:00 – What Hoops in the Sun means to Joe Cruz
4:58 – What was your relationship with playing sports?
8:08 – How did you get into officiating? When did you get start getting serious?
10:00 – Your perception of a ref after you became one:
11:04 – Agreeing to Disagree:
12:10 – Would you officiate another sport?
13:40 – How has Hoops in the Sun changed over the years?16:30 – What does the future hold for Hoops in the Sun?
18:10 – The difficulty in taking over the Hoops in the Sun Umbrella.
22:00 – Discussing the team.
22:20 – How do you get the teams involved in Hoops in the Sun? How do you go about finding an MC? DJ? What do you look for in referees?
27:50 – Who are the best players who have graced the Hoops in the Sun Courts?
28:25 – Best moment in Hoops in the Sun History.
29:45 – What did it take to get to where you are?
32:20 – What is it going to take to where you want to go, and where do you want to go?
36:00 – What is the stickiest situation you’ve ever been in, as well as running Hoops in the Sun?
40:08 – What’s the best moment in officiating, as well as ANOTHER great moment in Hoops in the Sun history?
42:23 – How do we find more information of Hoops in the Sun?
43:06 – Final thoughts before we part ways!