It was 23 years ago today — May 26, 1999 — that the very first Uni Watch column appeared in the sports section of The Village Voice. At the time, I probably would have been happy if someone had told me that the project would last a few years, and I would have laughed very hard if someone suggested it could last over two decades. Assuming I even wanted to cover the uni beat for that long, how could there possibly be enough to write about for such an extended run?
Twenty-three trips around the sun later, Uni Watch is still going strong. So on the occasion of its 23rd birthday, here are 23 fun facts, stories, secrets, and behind-the-scenes anecdotes about this surprisingly durable media project.