August 20, 2014 |
To the members of Congregation Rodeph Shalom, the stately Reform synagogue at Broad and Mount Vernon Streets, Lee Stanley was a keeper of history - a beloved, rumpled man who wore a straggly beard and oversize suits, and kept at his enthusiastic recall an unmatched knowledge of the congregation's musical tradition. In his earnest way, fellow congregants say, Stanley could pluck from his mind details most others had long forgotten - or never thought to preserve: the precise date the congregation changed the melody for a particular song or tinkered with the Hebrew phrasing of a prayer.
August 15, 2014 |
SOUL RUNNING back Derrick Ross was named first-team all-AFL for the fourth consecutive season. Ross, the league's all-time leading rusher, broke his own team record this season by running for 36 touchdowns. Ross should get consideration for the league's offensive MVP award, though Arizona quarterback Nick Davila is probably the favorite. The remainder of the AFL's awards will be announced next week ahead of the Aug. 23 championship game between Cleveland and visiting Arizona.
August 15, 2014
SOUL DEFENSIVE lineman Teddy Jennings was named first-team all-AFL. Jennings, a rookie who played collegiately at Connecticut, was fourth in the league with 11 sacks. Veteran defensive back Rayshaun Kizer (Walsh University, Ohio) was named second-team all-league after leading the Soul with nine interceptions and placing fourth in the AFL with 101.5 tackles. The AFL's ArenaBowl 27 is next Sunday, Aug. 23, when Arizona plays at Cleveland. - Ed Barkowitz
August 8, 2014
THE SOUL'S season is over, but offensive lineman Wayne Tribue continues to play on. Tribue's latest NFL stop is with the Dallas Cowboys, who signed the 6-3, 329-pounder to a free-agent deal on Monday. Tribue, a Temple product, played 15 games for the Soul this year. He left twice during the Soul's season; once for a CFL tryout in June and most recently the Chicago Bears brought him in for a look. Tribue, 24, was born in Philadelphia but went to high school in York. He is listed as the third-string right guard for the Cowboys behind starter Zack Martin and John Wetzel.
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.
August 4, 2014 |
It's the picture of innocence: a country priest in billowing cassock, strolling a rural road in Ireland's windswept West, encountering a young girl, chatting with her about this, about that. But then her father pulls up in a car, and angrily summons her. With an utterly vilifying look, he warns the cleric off. "That scene encapsulates everything the movie is about," says Brendan Gleeson , the Irish actor who plays Father James, a good priest in a bad world, in John Michael McDonagh's stormy tale of reckoning, Calvary . "It's a powerful, troubling, funny moment," says Gleeson, a familiar face in big Hollywood pictures ( Edge of Tomorrow , the Harry Potters )
August 4, 2014
Kicker Aaron Pettrey connected on a 36-yard field goal as time expired and the Gladiators defeated the Soul, 39-37, in front of 12,684 fans on Saturday night in the first round of the Arena Football League playoffs at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. The Soul's Rayshaun Kizer set an AFL record with four interceptions in the losing effort. "We put up a good fight and had our opportunities, but we didn't cash them in," Soul coach Clint Dolezel said. "This is a game that we hope we remember and motivates us for next year.
August 3, 2014 |
If Soul coach Clint Dolezel is fearful about opening the playoffs against a juggernaut with the best regular-season record in Arena Football League history, he didn't show it. "We match up well with them," Dolezel said of the Soul (9-9), who will play a wild-card game at 7 p.m. Saturday at Quicken Loans Arena against the Cleveland Gladiators (17-1). "They are a veteran club kind of like we are. " The Soul do have a healthy dose of respect for the top-seeded Gladiators. "The biggest difference is they believe they are going to win every football game," Dolezel said.
August 1, 2014 |
THE LIVELY James Brown biopic "Get on Up" says it loud, to borrow a phrase from its subject, even if it's not initially clear what's being said. No matter. In the end it's the performance of Chadwick Boseman that does most of the talking, unifying the movie's nervous narrative and confusing shifts in tone. "Get on Up" opens in a jumble of images/ideas/eras - young Brown surviving a near plane crash in Vietnam, an older version bringing a shotgun to scare tenants in one of his properties, a boy chasing his mom (Viola Davis)
August 1, 2014
THE SOUL will be shorthanded for this week's playoff game as stud offensive lineman Wayne Tribue has left the team for a tryout with the Chicago Bears. Tribue, a Temple product, is an AFL rookie who has generated interest in other pro leagues. He spent time in training camp with the Montreal Alouettes of the CFL in June. Tribue, who could not be reached for comment, also spent time in 2012-13 with the Denver Broncos, New Orleans Saints and San Francisco 49ers. "Out of anybody on our team, we think Wayne has the highest potential," said Soul general manager Tom Goodhines.