I’ve seen Fire and I’ve seen rain

Birmingham RB Paul Robinson navigates through the Fire and the rain

Birmingham RB Paul Robinson navigates through the Fire and the rain

James Taylor’s classic song had nothing to do with football, however the line seemed quite fitting for Legion Field on the night of September 9, 1974. As the Birmingham Americans and the Chicago Fire went through pre-game warm-ups, the sound of Paper Lace’s “The Night Chicago Died” played over the PA system so that all in the stadium (and those listening on the radio) could hear. Also in the distance the rains from Hurricane Carmen were closing in. There had been some off and on rainfall prior to kick-off, however as the game progressed so did the rain, first coming in small spells, then coming in torrents. As players ran across the artificial turf, water splashed about like a strange football water park. The Americans and the Fire went back and forth in the deluge as 54,872 fans braved the elements in Legion Field with the Ams prevailing 41-40 on a last minute field goal by Earl Sark.

 

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