It’s a vital number that has been part of our lives since ancient times.
When we learned how to count, we discovered that 10 is the first two-digit number. Thanks to a healthy dose of "This Little Piggy," we also know 10 is the number of fingers and toes that are attached to the human body.
Historically, there was a period in Southern China known as the Ten Kingdoms, which took place, appropriately enough, in the 10th century.
It’s useful in geography too. Looking for the headquarters of the Government of the United Kingdom? That address is 10 Downing Street or simply, No. 10 if you know your way around London.
Furthermore, there are 10 Provinces in Canada and there are 10 regions in Ghana.
Captivated with astrology? Ten represents the number of tarot decks that corresponds to either Chance, Fortune or Wheel of Fortune.
Fascinated with Moses and the Bible? Flip to Exodus and you’ll get a lesson on the Ten Commandments and the Ten Plagues of Egypt.
What about Pythagoreanism? Look no further than its famous mystical symbol known as the tetractys, which consists of 10 points arranged in four rows. Looks awfully similar to a triangle, by the way.
Pop culture? Well, the American rock band Pearl Jam became all the rage in the early 1990s, thanks to a certain numeral. That would be Ten, which was the name of its debut album.
Legend has it the number was used to pay tribute to now former NBA All-Star Mookie Blaylock. Why? Let’s just say you could find those digits on a few of his tank tops during his 13-year career. Ten of them in the Eastern Conference, of course.
So why I am so geeked out when it comes to this rather simple number?
Like Pythagoras, I’m guilty of subscribing to a theory about everything being reduced to numbers.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not totally sold, but there seems to be something eerie about what’s happening on West Pioneer Trail.
Let’s take a look at the Aurora football team, shall we?
The Greenmen recently accomplished something no previous team has done this century.
Aurora had its first unblemished regular season since 1998.
And what exactly does that mean? I’ll give you a hint: It has something to do with Matthew Mitcham and Mary Lou Retton.
Just like the Australian diver and the gold-medal winning American gymnast, Aurora finally got its coveted "perfect 10."
And who was the Greenmen’s field general during this pursuit of excellence?
His name is Alex Moore, a first-year starter who happens to be in the — you guessed it — 10th grade. His backup is fellow 10th grader Colin Skolaris.
In case you’re wondering, Mr. Skolaris wears jersey number … Come on. Do I really need to tell you?
Since Moore, Skolaris and Co. started playing high school football, they have received plenty of tutelage from some knowledgeable coaches.
All 10 of them, in fact.
My bizarre fixation with this number doesn’t apply to just the gridiron either.
Matthew Singleton, Aurora’s current 5K superstar, recently concluded a sensational season at the Division I state cross country meet.
Wanna take a guess what place he finished? Here’s a dead giveaway: His grade is a mirror image of it.
Emma Krondorfer earned a prestigious all-district honor for her work on the pitch. Her jersey number is … drum roll, please … 10.
Noah Goodman recently stepped down as the Greenmen’s head girls golf coach after ... how many years? I have a feeling you’re getting annoyed with me … 10!
According to astrology, one particular sign often describes someone who is a "master of self-control and has the ability to lead the way."
Those people also know how to "learn from their mistakes and get to the top based solely on their experience and expertise."
Sounds a lot like the Greenmen football squad, doesn’t it?
Therefore, is it safe to say that Aurora is a Capricorn?
Why not? Like the Greenmen, Capricorn is linked to a certain symbolic number that seems practically inescapable.
And what number might that be?
Maybe a certain 1979 romantic comedy will jog your memory.
Think Dudley Moore and Bo Derek on a beach somewhere in Mexico.
Reporter Frank Aceto can be reached at 330-541-9444, firstname.lastname@example.org or @FrankAceto_RPC.