November 13, 2013
OPENS WITH ARIZONA The Soul will open its 2014 season on March 15 at Arizona, its chief nemesis the last few years. Philadelphia has lost its last four games against Arizona, including the last two ArenaBowl title games. Due to the uncertainty of the availability of the Wells Fargo Center, the Soul's first home game is in Week 6 when conference rival Jacksonville visits. The Soul have beaten the Sharks in the conference title game the last two seasons. Iowa joins the Soul in the East Division, along with Cleveland and Pittsburgh.
October 21, 2013 |
A receiver got loose behind the secondary, a pass found him as he reached the end zone. Text messages started flying around Philadelphia. "You watching the Notre Dame game?" The receiver, the touchdown-scorer that night, wasn't with the Irish. He was with the other guys, Arizona State. And he was John Rankin's kid. So a retired Philadelphia police officer, Rankin's old partner, high-fived his television and started dancing his own version of an end-zone celebration - "I started to get my little shuffle on. " A college basketball coach in South Jersey, one of Rankin's old coaches, said to himself, "Who can I text this late at night?"
October 10, 2013 |
Alison Miller and her husband, Charles "Chuck" Dearing, sold their Westampton, Burlington County, house, and set off on their grand adventure in 2009. No address. No ties to place. Just a Ford Escape and two suitcases. The Inquirer published a May 2012 Home & Design article about the couple's adventures after one of their visits back to South Jersey, where Chuck had a reassuring follow-up visit with an oncologist about a rare cancer that had temporarily interrupted their travels.
October 4, 2013
RYAN HOWARD is headed to the Hall of Fame . . . in Arizona. Howard will be inducted into the Arizona Fall League Hall of Fame on Wednesday, Oct. 9 at Scottsdale Stadium before the Scottsdale Scorpions' home opener in Arizona Fall League play. Howard, who missed the last 3 months of the Phillies season while recovering from knee surgery, played for the Phoenix Desert Dogs in 2004. "Ryan Howard is a record-setting all-star player, a World Series champion, and a great ballplayer, teammate and person," Fall League director Steve Cobb said in a press release.
August 28, 2013 |
Gregory Wilkinson spent part of his summer vacation beating caterpillars in Arizona. It was all for a good, green cause: To "beat" the creatures is to collect, and it is hoped, protect them. "Some of the plants the caterpillars eat are disappearing, and the caterpillars are going to disappear too," says Wilkinson, 33, who teaches seventh-grade math at William Allen Middle School in Moorestown. "They can't just decide to change what they're eating. That sort of adaptation takes thousands and thousands of years.
August 19, 2013 |
ORLANDO - If he had to lose, Soul receiver Tiger Jones would rather get blown out than lose like his team did to Arizona in Saturday's ArenaBowl. A disappointing day continued the Soul's frustrations against the Rattlers, as Arizona won, 48-39, before an Amway Center crowd of 12,039 and a national TV audience. The big play eluded the Soul all day. The sequence that symbolized the afternoon came in the final minute, when it looked as if the Soul might pull off a heart-stopping comeback.
August 13, 2013 |
THE SOUL-ARIZONA Rattlers series isn't so much a rivalry as it is a sibling relationship. And Arizona is the big brother. For the Soul to make it a legitimate rivalry, Philadelphia is going to have to beat the Rattlers one of these days. They get their next crack on Saturday at ArenaBowl 26 in Orlando. "They're a good football team," head coach Clint Dolezel said, "but we feel like we can play with them. No doubt about it. " The Soul advanced to their third ArenaBowl with Saturday's 75-59 win at Jacksonville in the American Conference Championship.
July 11, 2013 |
PRESCOTT VALLEY, Ariz. - On a day filled with speeches from dignitaries including the vice president, the words of the lone survivor of a fire crew overrun by flames resonated deepest in an arena packed with firefighters from around the nation. A stone-faced Brendan McDonough filed onto the stage at the end of the service Tuesday and offered what's called "The Hot Shot's Prayer," calmly reciting the words: "For if this day on the line I should answer death's call, Lord, bless my Hotshot crew, my family, one and all. " He concluded by telling the crowd: "Thank you, and I miss my brothers.
July 6, 2013 |
PRESCOTT, Ariz. - They remembered the Fourth but also the 19. At Bistro St. Michael on Whiskey Row in this Old West town, 19 candles burned beneath red, white, and blue bunting, one for each firefighter killed last weekend battling a wildfire not far from the place they called home. In a quiet neighborhood near the high school, which at least five of them attended, 19 miniature U.S. flags were planted in front yards, each pole tied with the purple ribbon that commemorates fallen firefighters.