November 18, 2015 1 Comment
Being a fan of Philadelphia’s Professional Basketball team is kind of tough to endure right now. Everyone in the country is aware of their so called tanking. They are now in the third year of this mess. It is difficult to watch, but being a fan since the days of Wilt Chamberlain I continue to root for the home team. I was recently thinking ,when was the last time the Sixers were this bad ? Actually it was the 1996-97 season when they finished a dismal 22-60. However, they very entertaining to watch because of the little guy from Georgetown, Allen Iverson. Iverson played his heart out. He was listed at 6’1″ and about 170 pounds, but I had the privilege to meet him and stood beside him and believe me, I am 5’6, Iverson was just a few inches taller than I. I would estimate 5’9 and about 150 pounds. However he was one tough player and left it all out on the court every single night. The thing that really impressed me but often frustrated me while watching, was when Iverson would get knocked down to the floor going to the basket and never got a foul called on the defender. You see Iverson needed to earn that respect. The respect of the officials and his peers before he walked to the foul line to shot some free throws. With 600 free throw attempts being the magic number for most superstars, it took Iverson until the 1999 season or his fourth overall to reach that number. We all know how the Iverson story played out. He led his team to the 2001 NBA Finals and won the MVP Award and also was named an All Star numerous times and will be a first ballot Hall of Fame Inductee. Being knocked down and bouncing right back up brought to mind another athlete, current United States Naval Academy Quarterback, Keenan Reynolds. Reynolds recently broke the All Time NCAA Career Rushing TD record of 77, held by Monte Ball, when he scored 4 this past weekend against SMU. This record started getting some legs last year when it was apparent that Reynolds, if healthy would indeed break it. It has been mentioned in every type of media outlet all over the country. What hasn’t been mentioned is Keenan Reynolds as a legitimate candidate for the Heisman Trophy. You want to talk about getting knocked down. Well I sat down the last few days and did a little homework and came up with some staggering numbers. We are all aware of the triple or read option offense that is run by the Midshipman. What is tremendously overlooked in my opinion, is that Reynolds is a target on every offensive play that he is on the field. When Reynolds decides to keep the ball, obviously he is hit several times before he is tackled. He is also a target when he drops back to pass, although that is not too often and when Reynolds hold the ball until the last second before either handing it off or pitching it out he is again a target and is hit with or without the ball. Keenan Reynolds has played four years of college football and if Navy goes on to play 13 games this year he will have played 50 games in his NCAA career. After doing extensive research and averaging out a few numbers I would hope some people would take a look at the numbers. At the conclusion of this season, Navy will have averaged 900 offensive plays per season. Multiply that by four and you see what I am getting at. Three Thousand Six Hundred offensive plays that Keenan Reynolds was a target. He was the main target on 975 rushes and 455 pass attempts which adds up to 1,430 plays. Ouch. However, that is not the end. You see Navy ran the ball an additional 2,170 times and the main distributor of the pigskin was Keenan Reynolds. I am sure he was hit thousands of times on those handoffs. So you want to talk tough. Talk, Keenan Reynolds. Give him his just due. He may not have the sexy numbers of Alabama’s Derrick Henry or Ohio Sates Ezekiel Elliott and a few others. What he does have though is a heart as big as the country he will serve after his football career. Navy also is currently ranked 16th in the country. Keenan Reynolds is the main ingredient to that number. As I stated earlier, Iverson will be rewarded with the Hall of Fame. The least that could be done for Reynolds would be an invite to the Downtown Club in New York as a candidate for the coveted Heisman Trophy.