Although it’s been many years since I’ve actually had a jersey on my back, this week there were two things that crossed my path that reminded me of my connection to the No. 11.
A colleague at work sent an email around seeking confirmation that making a wish whenever the clock says 11:11 was a thing. One of his students had mentioned it and he had never heard of it before.
On Nov. 11, 1918, World War I ended in an armistice between Germany and the Allies. Armistice Day, known as Veterans Day in the U.S. and Remembrance Day in most European nations, has been celebrated on that day ever since.
The treaty that was signed early that morning was to go into effect at 11:00 a.m. Paris time, on the 11th day of the 11th month.
Nov. 11, 1911 (11/11/11) is the only date left in the record books on which the existing record high and record low temperatures were recorded on the same day.
In Oklahoma City, temperatures in the afternoon were recorded at 83 degrees until an Arctic front blew through and sent the temperature at midnight to a low of 17. The next morning, the temperature fell to 14 degrees — a drop of 69 degrees in less than 24 hours.
Also this week, I read a cool article that included stories from each member of the Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals and their connection to the number they were on their uniform. It again made me remember how important the number on my back was when I was in my more active days.
I’ve always had a connection with the No. 11. My brothers and I have been fighting over who was the first one to wear 11 on their jersey for years until my oldest brother, Douglas, broke out proof that it was him, but I’ve been wearing it the longest.
In high school and college, my personal statistics were always better when I was wearing No. 11. In my first year of not wearing my favorite number in college, I went scoreless for an entire season maybe for the first and only time in my life.
I was known as the “Postman” that year by my teammates for the number of near misses I had. It really shouldn’t have been a surprise then the next year when I didn’t let the jersey get warm before asking for my beloved 11 when the leading scorer in our college’s history decided not to come back for his senior year.
One of my favorite football players was Jim Jensen who, you guessed it, wore 11 on his back for the Miami Dolphins. He also caught Dan Marino’s 200th touchdown pass, at a time when 200 touchdown passes meant something.
Apollo 11 was the first manned spacecraft to land on the moon.
Cale Yarborough and Darrell Waltrip each drove the No. 11 car when they won the NASCAR Winston Cup series.
There were 11 managers to manage the Yankees between their World Series championships in 1978 and 1996.
It was 11 years between football national championships for Notre Dame in 1966 (Parseghian), 1977 (Devine), and 1988 (Holtz).
Sports Illustrated had a poll where they picked the top athletes by number. For some unknown reason, they omitted this mostly grey, a good bit pudgy over-50 men’s soccer player.
Even though I scored a bunch of goals in Carroll Indoor’s men’s soccer leagues over the years, just because Mark Messier is the only hockey player to captain two teams to the Stanley Cup Championship and is second in scoring in the NHL, they use him as the poster boy for No. 11.
I don’t know how long I’ve been noticing it, but for some unexplained reason, I glance at the clock either beside my bed, in my car on my watch or wherever there’s a digital clock and it seems to come up 11:11.
If I believed what the internet told me about this “phenomenon,” there are a group of fun-loving Spirit Guardians that use this as a way to let their presence be known. Or it could be a “wake-up” call to lightworkers — people who signed up for a “green beret” type mission when they were on the spirit plane as time to gather as much light as possible for the “return trip.”
When you look up at your clock today or in the near future and see 11:11, if you’re having a good day, thank your Spirit Guardians.
If your day is going downhill, maybe you should begin to collect some more light for the trip. Whichever you believe, make sure that at the very least, you make a wish when that time pops up twice a day.
Or just ignore it, because as English lawyer Francis Bacon, Sr. said “there’s superstition in avoiding superstitions.”