ESPN.com -- well, "ESPNET.SportsZone.com" (I've got the swag to prove it) -- launched 16 years ago today: April 2, 1995.
I joined as college basketball editor in the fall of 1996. (I still have the epic cover letter I sent to the original publisher, Geoff Reiss.) That was my first stint. It was unforgettable, hustling with amazing people -- some of whom are still there, many of whom have moved on to other things -- and working on an amazing, media-defining product.
I left for a few years, but I was lucky enough to start writing for Page 2 shortly after it launched in 2000 -- one of my close colleagues from the mid-90s, Kevin Jackson, was Page 2's founding editor -- and a regular spot in the Page 2 rotation turned into a daily, top-of-the-morning column for nearly four years.
I remain a proud and loyal alum and participating both in those formative years -- they were my formative years, too -- and in the post-2000 years of acceleration and experimentation on Page 2 is a professional and personal experience I cherish.
Here's to ESPN.com on its birthday -- and to a great next year ahead.