The Wacky World of Mr. Whammy


Mr. Whammy, also known as Bruce Reznick, must be in seventh heaven.  Being featured in the Canarsie Courier as the Brooklyn Nets #1 fan is one thing.  But making it to the sports pages of the New York Times?  Oy, his mother must be knelling in heaven, as her 80 year-old retired dentist son has become an icon.  All right, so maybe he’s not a retired dentist like the Times wrote but rather, a retired attorney.  At least he’s a professional, right?  And even though the Nets are uch un vey in last place behind the Sixers, mine Vameleh has sponsorship from JetBlue for his signature hex!

whammy-signature-hex One of the geriatric fan set who never got over the Dodgers leaving Brooklyn, Reznick adopted the Nets while they were playing in New Jersey.  To say he’s exuberant is an understatement – one could say that he’s even a bit of a basket case as he waves he delivers his hex in the opposing players’ line of sight enticing them to clank foul shots off the rim.  Gerald Henderson told a Philly Comcast broadcaster that he wished he had as much energy as the 80 year-old uber fan.


Whammy really seems to be enjoying the spotlight, and even his less-than-exuberant wife, Mrs. Whammy (aka Judy) has learned to bask in his notoriety.  He has a YouTube presence, and a cult fan following.  His son counts his “mentions” in the media, and frankly it’s a great escape from some of the serious problems on the world scene.

Not that I want to stir up any legal controversy over a retired attorney’s antics, but after watching Whammy’s signature hex I couldn’t help but wonder if there might be some copycat infringement on the Phillies Phanatic’s move from the dugout roof to psych out opposing pitchers.  I’ll let you be the judge …

About Leonard J. Press, O.D., FAAO, FCOVD

Developmental Optometry is my passion as well as occupation. Blogging allows me to share thoughts in a unique visual style.
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