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July 28, 2012
NEW ORLEANS VOODOO AT SOUL What: Arena Football League quarterfinals When: Saturday at 7 p.m. Where: The Wells Fargo Center About the Soul: At 15-3, the Soul enter the playoffs with the AFL's best regular-season record and riding an eight-game win streak. The Soul have the best offense in the league, averaging 68.2 points per game. While quarterback Dan Raudabaugh doesn't throw for a lot of yards by AFL standards, he is one of the more efficient passers, throwing for 115 touchdowns against 18 interceptions.
SPORTS
September 1, 2010 | By Mario Aguirre, Inquirer Staff Writer
Mike Hohensee has been around the Arena Football League long enough to tell stories that few people can. As a quarterback for Pittsburgh in the inaugural 1987 season, Hohensee recalls wearing uniforms made by Zubaz, the clothing line best known for its zebra-print shorts and wild patterns. "We actually had mesh sides to our pants, so you could actually see leg," Hohensee said, laughing. "So, yeah, we've evolved. " Hohensee is now a longtime AFL coach, and he is taking over the reborn Soul, who will resume league play in April.
BUSINESS
November 15, 2012 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Looking for new live sports for its 24-hour national sports channel, CBS Sports Network has reached a two-year rights deal with the Arena Football League. Terms were not disclosed, and the contract is much shorter than those for the NFL, Major League Baseball, and major college sports. The deal "satisfies the nation's hunger for football, especially in the spring," said Dan Weinberg, senior vice president of CBS Sports Network. Arena games, including those of the Philadelphia Soul, are played between March and July.
SPORTS
August 29, 2012 | BY ED BARKOWITZ, Daily News Staff Writer
RON JAWORSKI was in China this week trying to generate interest for American football in general, and the Arena Football League in particular. Jaworski is part of a group trying to kick-start indoor leagues all around Asia, the most populous continent in the world. "We're coming to a country that doesn't know much about what American football is, but it's a country that loves sports," Jaworski said in a story first reported on the website China.com.cn. "They will pick up on football very quickly.
NEWS
June 29, 2002 | By Mike Bruton INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Philadelphia, a city known for its passionate sports fans, now has another professional football team to cheer - and boo, too. The Arena Football League (AFL), which was founded 16 years ago and has steadily increased in popularity, is coming to Philadelphia next year. Ron Jaworski, an NFL analyst for ESPN and former Eagles quarterback, said that he and a group of partners had reached an agreement in principle yesterday to join the AFL. He said that the deal will be sealed once the paperwork is completed.
SPORTS
January 30, 2004 | By Larry Eichel INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
When it comes to money, David Baker, commissioner of the Arena Football League, says the main difference between his league and the big league is a few zeros missing at the end of every number. In the NFL, each team gets $70 million a year in national television revenue, which is about $70 million more than the owners of the new Philadelphia Soul figure to see from NBC, the arena league's carrier. With so little money involved, relatively speaking, the odds of making a killing in the indoor game are not huge.
SPORTS
February 21, 1993 | By Glen Macnow, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Here's what local fans need to take their minds off of Reggie White's imminent departure and Norman Braman's ill-conceived shots at the city, its mayor and its fans: More football. The indoor Arena Football League (AFL) is planning to expand for its seventh season, beginning in May. Philadelphia is among four finalists for a new franchise. Perhaps you haven't been waiting all your life for this brand of Roller Derby football, which is played on a 50-yard rug ("He's at the 15, the 20, the 25, the 20 . . . ")
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August 27, 2016 | By Jill Beckman, For The Inquirer
To hoist the Foster Trophy on Friday night, the Soul will first have to conquer the Arizona Rattlers, who have clinched the Arena Football League championship three times in the last four years, knocking the Soul off twice along the way, in 2012 and 2013. The Rattlers dominate the Soul with a 7-1 all-time record. The Soul's lone triumph against the Rattlers came this season in Week 7, a 65-58 victory. The first and only Arena Football League title for the Soul came in 2008, but they will try once again when they travel to their opponent's territory, where the Rattlers are 10-0 with an average victory margin of 29 points per game.
SPORTS
March 17, 2016 | By Ed Barkowitz, Staff Writer
FROM THE OUTSIDE peering in, it would seem as if the Arena Football League is taking on water. Four more teams were subtracted this offseason, the 18-game schedule was reduced to 16 and everybody gets to make the playoffs. It's been a chaotic seven months since last year's championship, which San Jose won to cap an historic 20-win season. Even the Sabercats had to cease operations because of money problems. "It was a tumultuous offseason in revamping our league," Soul majority owner Ron Jaworski said at the team's media day in Voorhees on Tuesday.
SPORTS
October 12, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Delvin Breaux runs out of Lincoln Financial Field's visitors' locker room on Sunday afternoon to play against the Eagles, it will mark the continuation of an incredible comeback. The New Orleans Saints cornerback was told nine years ago this month that he should have died on the field when he broke his neck as a high school senior. The injury prevented him from being cleared to play at Louisiana State. His dream looked dim. But Breaux, who grew up in New Orleans, refused to give up. The rookie's journey to the NFL took him to a semipro league before stints in the Arena Football League and Canada.
SPORTS
August 25, 2015 | By John N. Mitchell, Inquirer Staff Writer
During the regular season, the Soul had their way with just about everyone on their Arena Football League schedule except the Jacksonville Sharks. In the American Conference championship game Sunday, that once again proved to be the case as the Sharks beat the Soul, 61-56, at the Wells Fargo Center, ending their quest for the franchise's second ArenaBowl title. "We didn't play well and they did and that's the bottom line," Soul coach Clint Dolezel said. "You turn the ball over twice and dig yourself a hole and it's going to be an uphill battle against a good team like that and that's the bottom line.
SPORTS
August 16, 2015 | By John N. Mitchell, Inquirer Staff Writer
Although it occurred 37 years ago, in Derek Stingley's mind it was just yesterday, and, to a degree, he was right. "It happened just yesterday as a matter of fact," Stingley, the first-year defensive coordinator of the Philadelphia Soul said via phone. "Yesterday, but 37 years ago. I remember it like it was yesterday. " This past Wednesday, Stingley was referencing Aug. 12, 1978. This past Tuesday marked 37 years since his father, the late Daryl Stingley, then a wide receiver for the New England Patriots, was left paralyzed by a savage hit from Oakland Raiders safety Jack Tatum during a preseason football game.
SPORTS
August 2, 2015
4 p.m. Sunday at the Wells Fargo Center TV: ESPN3 Soul record (home record): 13-3 (8-0) VooDoo record (road record): 3-12 (0-6) Soul key players: Dan Raudabaugh, QB: 108 TDs, 12 INTs, 4,596 passing yards. Tommy Taggart Jr., RB: 83 attempts, 260 rushing yards, 12 TDs. Marco Thomas, WR: 141 receptions, 1,662 receiving yards, 35 TDs. VooDoo key players: Adam Kennedy, QB: 38 TDs, 11 INTs, 2,561 passing yards. Roosevelt Falls, RB: 41 attempts, 94 rushing yards, nine TDs. Chris Duvalt, WR: 100 receptions, 1,183 receiving yards, 21TDs.
SPORTS
May 5, 2015 | BY ED BARKOWITZ, Daily News Staff Writer barkowe@phillynews.com
THE ARENA FOOTBALL League prides itself on fan interaction. But this is not what the league had in mind. Following his ejection for a third-quarter fight on Saturday night, Portland defensive back Quincy Butler unintentionally threw his helmet into the Wells Fargo Center stands and hit an unidentified female spectator. It was unclear whether the woman was injured, though she did leave her seat shortly afterward. Just moments before, Butler tangled up with Soul wide receiver Ryan McDaniel, who was blocking Butler downfield.
SPORTS
April 12, 2015
What: Arena Football League Who: Jacksonville Sharks (0-2) at Soul (2-0). Where: Wells Fargo Center. When: Sunday, 4 p.m. TV: Comcast SportsNet Outlook: Soul QB Dan Raudabaugh has passed for 14 touchdowns in the team's first two victories and has been named athletic offensive player of the game twice. . . . The game is a homecoming for former Soul players Derrick Ross, Tiger Jones and Wayne Tribue. . . . The Sharks have lost their first two games by a combined total of two points.
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