If it was big, he was there

New series by Steve Milton be­gins Fri­day

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS - He’s

been ev­ery­where, man. Ever won­der what it would have been like to be in­side some of the great­est sports sto­ries of our times? To ac­tu­ally see it first­hand from be­hind the scenes, in­side the ropes, from the dugouts and dress­ing rooms? Well, our Steve Milton has. OK, maybe not ev­ery ma­jor story over the past four decades, but a lot of them. How about be­ing in At­lanta when the Toronto Blue Jays won their first World Series in 1992, or when Joe touched ’em all in 1993? He was there. He was the world’s go-to ex­pert when the fig­ure skat­ing scan­dal sur­faced at the Olympics in Salt Lake City and he was in the arena when Torvill and Dean skated to Bolero. As The Spec­ta­tor’s se­nior sports colum­nist, Steve has been wit­ness to all of th­ese and dozens and dozens more, and we’ve asked him, with your urg­ing, to go back and tell us again — this time from the in­side out. Be­gin­ning Fri­day, Steve will be­gin a series of flash­backs that tell great sto­ries from his in­side per­spec­tive. What he saw and heard and how it felt to be there. So, how can you be a part of it? Just tell us about a fa­mous sport­ing event since 1975 that you would like to ex­pe­ri­ence again, and chances are, Steve was there and can tell you some­thing new. Be­low are just a few of the amaz­ing sport­ing events Steve has cov­ered, and we’ll start things off with the 2004 Daytona 500 when Dale Earn­hardt Jr. won for the first time at the world’s great­est stock car race. Yes, Steve was there. You can take it from there. Con­tact Steve at smil­ton@thes­pec.com or @mil­to­natthes­pec and let him take you back in time. How’s this for a list to get you started: Wayne Gret­zky’s last game Dale Jr. wins first Daytona 500 Blue Jays win first World Series by Cana­dian team (in At­lanta) Touch ’em all, Joe Dono­van Bai­ley’s two Olympic golds Bolero by Torvill and Dean Sid­ney Crosby’s golden goal The fi­nal-week Blue Jays col­lapse in 1987 First game at SkyDome Michael Jor­dan fills SkyDome TFC first game Toronto Rap­tors’ first game First game in ACC (in both bas­ket­ball and hockey)

Last game in Maple Leaf Gar­dens (in both bas­ket­ball and hockey)

Canada’s first men’s skat­ing world cham­pi­onship in 22 years

North Amer­ica’s first Olympic ice dance cham­pi­onship The French Judge Scan­dal in Salt Lake City Kevin Martin comes on to the curl­ing scene Dono­van Bai­ley beats Michael John­son Laura Fortino to Poulin for un­ex­pected gold medal

First Olympics with NHL hockey and women’s hockey First snow­board Olympic gold Ross Regli­a­bati tests pos­i­tive for mar­i­juana

The two great­est foot­ball games ever played (1989 and 2016 Grey Cups)

The Great­est Women’s Soc­cer Game ever played (Can-U.S., 2012 Olympics)

Canada’s first Olympic soc­cer medal in 80 years (Lon­don, women, 2012) First Olympic medal by an Older­shaw The non-triple play by the Blue Jays First Jay to hit for cy­cle Four no-hit­ters lost in the ninth Cana­di­ens’ team doc­tor saves a sec­ond hockey player’s life (Bill Lind­say) Shaun White elec­tri­fies Van­cou­ver 25 Pan Am soc­cer games Mike Weir loses play­off to Vi­jay Singh in Cana­dian Open Tiger Woods’ sec­ond pro tour­na­ment Gae­tan Boucher wins two Olympic golds

, HAMIL­TON SPEC­TA­TOR FILE PHOTO

Steve Milton just be­hind pit row at the 2004 Daytona 500, dur­ing the race in which Dale Earn­hardt Jr. won his first 500, six years to the day af­ter his fa­ther won his only “Great Amer­i­can Race” and three years af­ter Dale Sr. died on the same track.

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