March 24, 2014
What: Soul (0-1) at San Jose SaberCats (1-0). When: Sunday at 8 p.m. (ESPN3). Where: SAP Center, San Jose, Calif. Outlook: Soul running back Derrick Ross tied an Arena Football League record by rushing for six touchdowns in a season-opening overtime loss to the Arizona Rattlers. Ross, the league's all-time leading rusher, was named the AFL offensive player of the week. . . . The SaberCats opened their season with a 64-34 rout of the Portland Thunder.
March 18, 2014 |
THE SOUL played Arizona and lost a close game. This is not a recording. For the sixth time since 2011, the Soul squared off against the Rattlers. And for the sixth time, they have come up empty. This time, Philadelphia lost, 62-55, in overtime at Arizona in Saturday's season opener. Arizona, which has beaten the Soul in the last two championship games, scored on its first possession of the overtime and ended the game when Jeremy Kellem intercepted a Dan Raudabaugh pass. Arizona forced OT when Nick Davila hit Tyson Poots with a 34-yard touchdown pass with 8 seconds left and won it after Davila found Poots again from 14 yards out in overtime.
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 15, 2014 |
Former Temple lineman Wayne Tribue had figured his Philadelphia playing days were over, when Clint Dolezel called with an offer. The coach wanted him to try out for the Soul. Tribue, who had been in camp with the 49ers last year, hesitated. "I didn't know if I wanted to do arena [football]," said the 6-foot-3, 330-pound Tribue, who played all three interior line positions at Temple. "You hear about a drop-off in the way they treat players. I talked to some people I knew in the league, and they said this is the team to be on. I figured I might as well give it a try. " Tribue made it through camp last month at the NovaCare Complex and, with Morkeith Brown returning on defense, gives the Soul a Temple alum on both sides of the line.
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.
March 14, 2014 |
NATURE OR NURTURE? It' a fair question to put to Rhonda Ross - only love child of supremely gifted song stylist Diana Ross and Motown Records founder Berry Gordy - as Rhonda preps for her area club debut tomorrow. The venue? The aptly named, genre-crossing Rrazz Room cabaret in New Hope. Yes, Rhonda Ross has a look that identifies her as a mix of her parents. (Raised as a Silberstein, Rhonda didn't know Gordy was her biological dad until age 13.) Some resemblances also are noted in her singing voice, especially the way Rhonda modulates final notes - with a pitchy waver that's part of the Diana Ross signature.
February 17, 2014 |
In 2011, at an after-school workshop about Black History Month at Mighty Writers, the Philadelphia nonprofit that teaches children how to write, Nefeesah Cannady posed a question. "Ever since I've been little, I've been hearing about Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks," Cannady, then a junior at Central High School, said. "I know everything about those people - they were great Americans. But how come I don't know anything about the black Philadelphians that came before me?" That question, said Mighty Writers founder Tim Whitaker, "triggered this idea about all these pioneering black DJs from the 1950s up until 1979 that are all but forgotten.
January 30, 2014
B ARBARA DEVAN, 32, of Southwest Philadelphia, is chef, owner and CEO of Tasties, a soul-food restaurant on 52nd Street above Girard in West Philadelphia. This month she got city approval to run a food truck in University City. She plans to open a second Tasties restaurant next month on Germantown Avenue near Queen Lane in Germantown. Q: How did you come up with the idea for Tasties? A: I started Tasties in North Philadelphia in 2007. But after a year, I took a break to really find myself.
January 18, 2014 |
Blood may be thicker than water, but it's still no match for the Mendelssohn Octet or a nice late Haydn quartet. You might have spent the better part of Wednesday night's Philadelphia Chamber Music Society mash-up of the Jasper and Jupiter quartets pondering family dynamics; there are, among and within the two groups, three siblings and two marriages, all stemming from the impossibly musical surname of Freivogel. Filial layers extended into the local premiere in the Perelman Theater of Dan Visconti's Eternal Breath . The 2011 work was commissioned to honor the 40th wedding anniversary of Bill and Margaret Freivogel, progenitors both musical and familial as parents or parents-in-law to five of the players.