October 12, 2014 |
WITH ALL the negative news surrounding Atlantic City and the casinos shutting their doors, the Soul and majority owner Ron Jaworski hope to bring some positivity to the Jersey Shore. It's not yet been finalized, but the Daily News has learned that a deal is in the works for the Soul to play two games at Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall this upcoming season. The first game would be in March - and televised nationally on ESPN - while the other would be at a later date. The Soul is in negotiations with the New Jersey Casino Reinvestment Development Authority on the potential deal.
October 3, 2014
NEW ORLEANS Saints wide receiver Marques Colston is close to joining the ownership group of the Philadelphia Soul. Colston owns the Harrisburg Stampede, a franchise in the Professional Indoor Football League, which is a lower level than the Arena Football League in which the Soul plays. Colston's ownership share in the Soul couldn't be determined. The 31-year-old holds every significant receiving record for the Saints, and was a key player when New Orleans won the Super Bowl following the 2009 season.
September 18, 2014
CALLING IT an easy decision, Clint Dolezel re-signed to coach the Soul for another two seasons. "It's hard to beat our ownership, the facilities, the way we're treated," Dolezel said from his suburban Dallas home. "It was a no-brainer on my end. " As the Arena Football League again goes through a tempest of transition, the Soul remains one of the most stable franchises. Reupping Dolezel likely will lead to many of the team's key free agents, most notably quarterback Dan Raudabaugh, being retained.
September 2, 2014 |
It would take some investigating to see what 28-year-old New Orleans native Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews and 65-year-old Charles Bradley, born in Gainesville, Fla., have in common beyond music. That said, the roots in deep, abiding soul, gutsy R&B, and slippery, jazzy funk indigenous to each man's area of origin would be enough to create binding ties - and to sell out South Street's Theater of the Living Arts on a humid Saturday. That they did so together, and with a start time of 11 p.m., meant that this was truly an evening of towering old-soul vibes struck in the midnight hour.
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 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 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 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 )