From the announcement in January that St. Louis born educator/poet Dr Maya Angelou and st. Louis Cardinals legend Stan Musial were two of several who would receive the National Freedoms Award from President Obama at The White House to St Louis Rams' wide receiver rookie Austin Pettis receiving a four game suspension in December for taking performance enhancement drugs this season, St Louis had many arts and entertainment based events and notable stories that not only made an impact in the city, but also across the country.
Below are the BIG STL A&E STORIEZ of 2011 from #10 to #1
10. Mizzou Tigers Splits with Big 12 Conference. There have been rumors and rumblings about the Mizzou football team ciphering their ties from the iron clad Big 12 Conference to The Big 10 Southeastern Conference in mid 2010. It came into reality in November and it will be official in July.
9.St Louis Based Production Team Foxx Starstuckk Sues Saturday Night Live's Andy Samberg and Lonely Island for Royalties. In November, the Emmy award nominated St. Louis production duo Foxx Starstrukk (Monique Hines and Aleric Banks) filed suit in NYC claiming Saturday Night Live based group Lonely Island and NBC did not pay them production royalties when NBC used their beats for the Emmy Award nominated song, "Shy Ronnie" that was featured in a SNL Digisode featuring Rihanna and Lonely Island. The case is still pending.
8. St. Louis Filmed Reality Documentary Series "Welcome To Sweetie Pies" Becomes a Big Hit on OWN. Who knew that a documentary about a former backup singer for Ike and Tina Turner turned soul food proprietor in St. Louis (Robbie Montgomery) and her family and work brood would become the saving grace of megamillion TV goddess Oprah Winfrey's ratings waned OWN? The series, which filmed this spring in St Louis, aired this Fall and became a smash hit. So much, that The Big O greenlit a second season that began filming in December and will air next Spring.
7.Former St Louis Rams Player Marshall Faulk is Inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame.
6.St Louis Cardinals veteran Stan Musial Receives the National Freedoms Award. After a lengthy campaign in 2010 by stalwart St Louis Cardinals fans to persuade President Obama to give Stan the Man the National Freedoms Award, it became reality late last year that he along with several other noted people (including St Louis born poet/educator Dr Maya Angelou) would receive his award in February. It was an important moment for Cards fans, even slugger Albert Pujols delayed his contract negotiations that week with the organization in respects to Musial's day.
5.The Cardinals Rally Squirrel Becomes a Phenomenon During The Playoffs and World Series. During the Oct 5 Game between the Cardinals and the Phillies in Busch Stadium a weird happening occurred when a random squirrel appeared on the field and ran across home plate. As a result, the furry animal became a national phenom and a celebrity mascot for the Cardinals winning a spot in the World Series yielding a Twitter page, Rally towels and tee-shirts for Cards fans throughout the playoffs and the Cards eventual World Series achievement.
4.St. Louis Cardinals Manager Tony LaRussa Retires From Baseball. The past few months of this year for the St. Louis Cardinals has seen its share of swooping highs (winning the World Series) and swooping lows (Albert Pujols leaving the Cards for the Angels). In between both extremes was the shocking newz that its Skipper, Tony LaRussa, not only was departing as the manager of the Cards after 11 years, but he was retiring from baseball (some were not who listened to JC Cochran's show on KTRS where he hinted at LaRussa's intentions a month prior) --and he announced it during a press conference a couple days after St. Louis' win of the World Series in October. It made national newz, even getting him landed in the chair talking about it with David Letterman on his talk show. LaRussa became the first manager to retire in the same season after a World Series.
2.St Louis Cardinals Slugger Albert Pujols Leaves The Organization/Signs a $250 Million Deal with the Anaheim Angels. Throughout slugger Albert Pujols career, he has been dubbed "The Next..."Well, when December arrived, he became , "The Pariah." Pujols' final season with the St Cardinals was a bit aloof after the organization didnt re-sign Pujols before his deadline in February and the beginning of the 2011 Season clenching the fact he would be a Free Agent soon to be.
Critics and sports pundits have agreed that the comeback season of the Cardinals was one of the historic moments ever in MLB history. The overall average national Nielsen rating for the seven games was 10.0, with Fox's 14.7 rating for Game 7 being the network's highest for a World Series telecast since Game 4 of the 2004 World Series.