30 Years of Adam: 1999

Adam Reisinger, the creator of AdamReisinger.com, turns 30 on May 17, 2010. As part of the countdown to his 30th birthday, AdamReisinger.com looks back on May 17th each year since 1980.

1999, my 19th birthday, was my first birthday away from home. I was finishing up my freshman year at Towson University, and if memory serves me correctly (and I'm pretty sure it does) I had a final exam that day. In fact, I had exams on my birthday three times in four years at college.

While I was focusing on my Final Exam, Israel was electing a new leader, choosing Ehud Barak to succeed Benjamin Netanyahu as prime minister. Barak's term ended up lasting less time than my college career, as he resigned in 2001.

There were two NBA playoff games on May 17, 1999. In the first one, Jalen Rose scored 27 points off the bench to help the Pacers overcome 35 points by Allen Iverson and win Game 1 of their semifinal series. In the West, Tim Duncan scored 25 points and had six blocks to lead the Spurs to a Game 1 win over the Lakers, a series San Antonio would end up sweeping en route to their first title.

Meanwhile, the Mets continued to be completely inconsiderate of my birthday, losing to the Brewers 7-6. They were in third place in the NL East and trailed two teams in the NL Wild Card standings, but ended up reaching the postseason that year and beating the Diamondbacks in an incredible NLDS before losing to the Braves in the NLCS. Fucking Braves.