The dog days of summer are here in Washington, DC. Anyone familiar with the area can tell you an afternoon thunderstorm is common from mid-June through the end of September. On Saturday, June 7, 1980, the Dips and Chicago Sting played a matinee at Wrigley Field that featured a Washington-esque downpour. In fact, the rain was so torrential that it caused a 28 minute delay. The dirt infield at Wrigley turned to thick mud (note photo below).
The Sting appeared to have no problem adjusting to the playing conditions. The Diplomats appeared to be playing in a field covered with Mrs. O’Leary’s cow droppings. The Sting scored four straight goals, two by Arno Steffenhagen just four minutes apart. “The second half was like the St. Valentine’s Day massacre,” Carmine Marcantonio observed. No bullets were needed this time.