March 17, 2016 |
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.
October 12, 2015 |
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.
August 25, 2015 |
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.
August 16, 2015 |
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.
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.
May 5, 2015 |
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.
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.
March 30, 2015 |
When the Soul were eliminated in the first round of the 2014 Arena Football League playoffs, the loss solidified the front office's belief that it was time for change. In the two previous seasons, the Soul had reached the ArenaBowl but failed to win the title. Last year, they were an aging, 9-9 team, one headed in a direction no one liked. So coach Clint Dolezel and his staff embarked upon a massive retooling effort, the goal being to make the Soul younger, more athletic, and once again a legitimate ArenaBowl contender.