I had to do something for 11-11-11, and other websites have already done the best #11’s in sports history. Who posts a story about 11-11-11 on November 9th? Seriously.
Anyway, I’ve decided to take it a step further and catalog the greatest moments in the history of the number 11, sports or otherwise. My 11th birthday narrowly missed the cut, although that was one hell of an ice cream cake.
June 17, 2010: Phil Jackson wins his record-setting 11th NBA championship ring or, as AOL News describes it, “one for the toe.” Of course everyone expected the Lakers to contend for a three-peat the following season, but they got Dirked and decided to take it out on the Goblin from Harry Potter.
July 17, 2011: In the aftermath of one of the worst natural disasters in recent memory, the Japan women’s soccer team upsets the U.S. in the championship game to win the World Cup. The game was tied after regulation, but Japan dominated in penalty kicks, winning 3-1. How far away is the penalty kick, you ask? 11 meters.
May 9, 2011: The upscale New York restaurant, Eleven Madison Park, establishes itself as the country’s culinary leader by winning both Outstanding Restaurant and Outstanding Pastry Chef at the highly prestigious James Beard Awards ceremony. Some people may think restaurants like this are pretentious, and they’re not exactly helping their cause with a menu that looks like this.
October 26, 1991: In the eleventh episode of the third season of the acclaimed young adult series, Saved By The Bell, we learn an important lesson about the dangers of drilling for oil. After striking oil on the Bayside football field, everyone at the school starts thinking about how they’re going to spend the money. But when they discover that the oil is affecting the local wildlife, including Mr. Belding’s favorite duck, Becky, Zack and the gang take a stand against big oil.
December 7, 2001: Steven Soderbergh creates a masterpiece with a remake of the 1960 Rat Pack caper, Ocean’s Eleven. A star-studded cast led by Brad Pitt and George Clooney helps produce one of the best heist movies ever made.
December 10, 2004: Ocean’s Twelve is released and is widely considered one of the worst films ever made, effectively proving the eternal dominance of the number eleven.
February 7, 1795: The first amendment after the Bill of Rights, the Eleventh Amendment, is ratified. It deals with the hot-button issue of a state’s sovereign immunity, stating “The Judicial power of the United States shall not be construed to extend to any suit in law or equity, commenced or prosecuted against one of the United States by Citizens of another State, or by Citizens or Subjects of any Foreign State.” So…yeah. Go Eleventh Amendment!
March 2, 1984: Without a doubt, the greatest moment in the history of the number eleven, brought to you by Christopher Guest in the mockumentary, This Is Spinal Tap.