August 5, 2014 |
THE SOUL completed an unfortunate hat trick on Saturday night in a playoff loss at Cleveland. Cleveland's Aaron Pettrey kicked a 36-yard field goal as time expired as the Gladiators beat the Soul on the final play of the game for the third time this season. Amazing. This defeat was the most gutting, a 39-37 loss that ended the Soul's 2-year run as American Conference champions. An Arena game where neither team reaches 40 points is like an NBA game played in the 70s - and not the 1970s.
June 20, 2014 |
WANT TO SEE Brian Westbrook in action again? The former Eagles running back will be among the ex- NFL players and other celebs who will play in next month's "Tribute to Heroes" Flag Football Challenge at the Wells Fargo Center. Westbrook will play for the NFL Stars alumni team that will take on the Wounded Warrior Amputees squad on Military Appreciation Night on Monday, July 7. The flag football tilt will begin at 6 p.m. and will be followed by the Soul vs. Orlando Predator's AFL game at 8. The Wounded Warriors are comprised of veteran service members use prosthetic devices.
April 29, 2014 |
Win or lose, Sunday was a big day for the Philadelphia Soul, the arena football team co-owned by former Eagles quarterback Ron Jaworski. That's because the game against the Iowa Barnstormers marked the first time since 2008 that sports network ESPN showed an Arena Football League game, the first one telecast this season. "It is ridiculously exciting to have the worldwide leader back with the Arena Football League," Jaworski, 63, said Thursday, stopping for a conversation in the ballroom of Valleybrook Country Club, one of five golf courses he owns in the region.
March 15, 2014 |
It's been a long offseason for the Soul, who lost the ArenaBowl to Arizona. But for quarterback Dan Raudabaugh, it's been especially long. The Soul fell, 48-39, to Arizona in last year's title game, but had possession and a chance to take the lead with less than a minute remaining. "It was about 51/2 months but it felt like 51/2 years," said Raudabaugh, who was a four-year starter at Miami of Ohio. "Two long off-seasons in a row. " Now it's time for the Soul to get back to work.
March 14, 2014 |
THE ARENA Football League's decision to take its championship away from a neutral site was economically fueled. If neutral sites helped the bottom line, they'd still be in play. So after two seasons, the league has gone back to awarding the championship game to the conference champion with the better record. The league is still populated by franchises that have and franchises that have not. The Soul is a franchise that has. So when Philadelphia visits Arizona, another successful franchise but from the opposite conference, it not only will be looking to avenge consecutive championship-game losses, the Soul also will be trying to get a leg up on hosting the 2014 championship game.
January 30, 2014 |
HARRY GAMBLE was a South Jersey native. That's where his football career began, at the high-school level. But he would become the coach at Penn, then later become general manager and team president of the Eagles. So Jim Murray considers him a Philadelphian. For another guy with ties to those two institutions, there is no higher compliment. "We're all part of the same family," said Murray, who preceded Gamble as the Birds' GM. "It's like the foundation of our existence. We have this thing that's extremely special.
November 28, 2013
Goodwill . . . no, wait When an anonymous letter purportedly from neighbors arrived complaining about our Christmas decorations being up before Thanksgiving, my wife and I were both very upset. Our decorations are in no way outrageous, and we live on a semi-rural road outside a subdivision. We have a grand total of eight strings of lights on our four-acre property - three illuminated bushes. Being friends with a diverse group of people, we not only display the traditional red and green of Christmas, but also the blue and white of Hanukkah and the winter season in general.
November 10, 2013 |
RON JAWORSKI faded back to pass. Peered downfield waiting for a sliver of daylight between receiver and defender. Drifted right, still searching. Thousand-and-two, thousand-and-three, thousand-and- pow ! This was Oct. 26, 1980, against the Bears, at Veterans Stadium. Jaworski never saw Mike Hartenstine. Never heard him, never sensed him. In boxing, the punches that do the most damage are the ones you don't see coming. Pow! Hartenstine speared Jaworski from behind, planting his helmet in the middle of the 7 on Jaworski's back.
September 17, 2013 |
PHILADELPHIA The express subway from Center City was a sea of green jerseys and expectant smiles. No one knew - not yet - that the Eagles would lose Sunday. They were still high on the previous win, still gung-ho. George Flowers, 60, of Villanova - wearing an old Brian Westbook jersey - was one of the hopeful. "This team was dead two years ago," he said. "Now it's alive. Philly's alive. " Zeb Stokes and son Alex, 27, have been going to games together for 22 years. "They look more like a team now," he said.
September 15, 2013 |
When the Eagles play their first home game of the Chip Kelly era Sunday against the San Diego Chargers, fans will see the first part of a major two-year revitalization of Lincoln Financial Field. The $125 million project is scheduled to be completed before the 2014 regular season, but the first phase, which cost $35 million, will be on display Sunday. It includes entrance-gate expansion and navigational improvements; a Wi-Fi system; concession-stand upgrades; expansion of the ProShop; Suites and Touchdown Club revitalization; and historical imagery - huge images of many of the Eagles' greats along the walls.