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Oakland Raiders: 11 Men with More Than 11 Reasons for Victory in 2011

Honor Warren Wells TheTorch@dbintayaelSenior Writer IIApril 16, 2011

On a recent trip to Washington, I visited the area where the NFL owners and players were at one time negotiating to determine the outcome of the 2011 lockout.

When I returned home, I had to get a connecting flight in Dallas, Texas. My flight number was 1,001. That number is divisible by 11.

As I sat in the aisle seat, I looked over and saw a man reading a book that looked very interesting. I wished that I had a copy of that book.

I hoped there would be some advice for me in it, and that what I would learn from the book would enrich my writing about the Oakland Raiders.

I got off the plane and cast my eyes to the right and downward. On the shelf was the book that I wanted to read.

Then, a few days later, the book fell open on page 129 in Chapter 11.

Also, one of my digital recorders documented a conversation I had with a person who was not that excited about my sports and STEM project. (STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics.)

Next, while I talked to him, he was amazed at the fact that at that very moment he was reading Mark 11:1-11. On the day before, he taught a lesson to a group of powerful people in San Antonio, and he used the passage Luke 11.

If these are coincidences, then the frequency is very high.

Next, I dug deep in my purse, looking for one of my four digital recorders. It was recording every word and sound that I made on April 15. I looked at the face of the recorder and noted that the file number was 198. The time was 22:44.

Since I was in the mathematics department at a local university when all of this was happening, I stepped into the office of Dr. Rod Holmes. I asked him if he had recognized patterns like these in his life. He said, yes.

He shared with me that his father, the famous Pittsburgh Steelers defensive player was born on July 11 (7/11) and he passed away near Beaumont, Texas on Jan. 17 (1/17). These sequences are reversals of each other.

Interesting, don't you think? Here is some information on Ernie Holmes, who became a minister during his life after professional football:

Earnest Lee "Ernie" Holmes, also nicknamed "Fats" (July 11, 1948 – Jan. 17, 2008) was an American football player who was most famous for his years with the Pittsburgh Steelers from 1972-77. He was part of the famous Steel Curtain and played at defensive lineman.

Eventually, I picked up my pencil and wrote in the book that I had so conveniently purchased in Dallas. I noted:

198 = 18 x 11

22 = 2 x 11

44 = 4 x 11

2,244 = 204 x 11

Next, I found a Web site with more than 27 examples of the organization of the Bible based on multiples of 11.

Is that all there is to that? No.

My favorite team and every NFL team has 11 men on the field at one time.

These are observations. I will have fun attaching meaning to this pattern recognition experience and here is my conclusion.

End this lockout in 2011. Why not end it on or before April 22, 2011?

Furthermore, Oakland Raiders, please aim to get at least 11 wins in 2011.

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