We are a nation obsessed with Top 10 lists. Fact-based, opinion-based, doesn't matter: We gobble our 10s as if they are the end-all, be-all. Ten snowiest cities, 10 best Yoda quotes, 10 coolest James Bond movies. If you make the 10, you're legit. If you don't, well, you're Octopussy. But shouldn't No. 11 get a little love? Eleven shouldn't just slink away into the shadows, unworthy and unloved. I mean, Octopussy has a couple of cool scenes in it, right? Plus what if you're the 11th fattest city? Could be worse. You could be, like, ninth! So herewith, on the appropriate date of 11/11/11, we celebrate the almost-theres, the Forgotten Ones, the underrated 11s.
11th all-time home run hitter for the New York Yankees: Don Mattingly (222)
11th all-time home run hitter for the Tampa Bay Rays: tie, Jorge Cantu, left, and Toby Hall (44)
11th ranked competitor in the Major League Eating confederation: Juliet Lee, who ate 13 lbs. of cranberry sauce in eight minutes
11th snowiest city in the U.S. (according to the Daily Beast): Albany, N.Y.
11th smartest city in the U.S. (according to Bizjournals): Albany, N.Y.
11th most dangerous city in the U.S. (according to Neighborhood Scout): Pontiac, Mich.
11 th fattest city in U.S. (according to Men's Health): Durham, N.C.
11th highest-grossing Steven Spielberg movie: Catch Me If You Can ($164 million), above
11th highest-grossing Woody Allen movie: Small Time Crooks ($17 million)
11th most popular fast-food chain (according to Facebook "likes"): Papa John's Pizza
11th best Beatles song (according to Rolling Stone): A Hard Day's Night
Sean Daly can be reached at email@example.com or (727) 893-8467. His Pop Life blog is at tampabay.com/blogs/poplife.