August 25, 2015 |
During the regular season, the Soul had their way with just about everyone on their Arena Football League schedule except the Jacksonville Sharks. In the American Conference championship game Sunday, that once again proved to be the case as the Sharks beat the Soul, 61-56, at the Wells Fargo Center, ending their quest for the franchise's second ArenaBowl title. "We didn't play well and they did and that's the bottom line," Soul coach Clint Dolezel said. "You turn the ball over twice and dig yourself a hole and it's going to be an uphill battle against a good team like that and that's the bottom line.
August 25, 2015 |
THE STARS were aligned for the Soul to get back to the ArenaBowl. Unfortunately, their telescope was broken. * Jacksonville was without its best player, who was injured. * The Soul had not lost at home all season. * Quarterback Dan Raudabaugh was in the midst of a career year. * Philadelphia had never lost a playoff game at home. Despite all of these variables, the Soul was beaten by Jacksonville last night, 61-56, in the American Conference Championship Game at the Wells Fargo Center.
August 24, 2015
What: Arena Football League American Conference championship. Who: Jacksonville Sharks (11-8) at Soul (16-3). When/where: Sunday at 5 p.m.; Wells Fargo Center. TV: CBS-SN. At stake: The winner of the American Conference championship will advance to ArenaBowl XXVIII . Last week: The Soul opened the playoffs with a 47-35 victory over the Cleveland Gladiators. The Sharks defeated the Orlando Predators, 55-33, on the road. Season series: Two of the Soul's three losses this season came against Jacksonville, which won the last two meetings, 55-47 and 74-67, respectively.
August 23, 2015 |
Soul linebacker Beau Bell spent most of the first half of the team's season in agony. "It felt like I had a knife in my back; it was almost unbearable," said Bell, who has played the entire season with a herniated disk in his back that forced him to miss almost two months. Soul receiver Shaun Kauleinamoku said the sprained knee that sidelined him for six weeks was more so frustrating than painful. "It was hard because I came here to play with my brothers and I had to spend a lot of time on the bench not being able to go to war with them," said the receiver, who was out from June 20 to Aug. 2. "You're just watching and waiting.
August 21, 2015 |
DICK VERMEIL has done just about everything in football, except own a team. Until now. Vermeil is buying a 2.5 percent stake in the Philadelphia Soul. Vermeil, 78, becomes the latest high-profile figure to join the group. Saints wide receiver Marques Colston became part of the ownership in October. There also has been talk that Philadelphia native Jahri Evans, a longtime teammate of Colston's, is next. Real estate mogul Craig Spencer, a co-founder of the Soul along with Ron Jaworski and Jon Bon Jovi, has been looking to diminish his investment in the club, which on Sunday will play for a berth in the ArenaBowl championship game.
August 19, 2015
DEAR ABBY: Two years ago, I met a gentleman, and he eventually decided we were "soul mates. " I agreed. Over time, we shared our life stories, good and bad. I confided that I'd had an abortion at the age of 18, which has haunted me all my adult life. Recently he was reciting a chronology of my life. When he got to the abortion, he said, ". . . and then you became a child murderer. " His comment stunned me. He finds nothing wrong with it. Was this total disrespect, or am I overreacting?
August 18, 2015 |
THE SOUL is one step away from its third ArenaBowl appearance in four years. In its way, however, is the AFL's most imposing defensive player and one of the league's most dangerous teams. Shortly after the Soul (16-3) dispatched Cleveland, 47-35, on Saturday, Jacksonville (11-8) went into Orlando and lumped up the surging Predators, 55-33, setting up Sunday's American Conference Championship Game at the Wells Fargo Center (5 p.m., CBSSN). This is the fourth meeting between the Soul and Jacksonville.
August 17, 2015
Saturday at 5 p.m. at the Wachovia Center TV: CBS Sports Network Standings: Philadelphia (15-3) won the American East Division. Cleveland (8-10) finished second in the division. Last week: The Soul closed the season on the road with a 48-33 victory at Cleveland. Season series: The Soul swept all three contests this season with the Gladiators. Along with last week's season-ending win at Cleveland, the Soul defeated the Gladiators, 68-43, and 72-56. Three stars: Gladiators – QB Shane Austin (416-682, 4,651 yards, 101 touchdowns, 18 interceptions)
August 16, 2015 |
Although it occurred 37 years ago, in Derek Stingley's mind it was just yesterday, and, to a degree, he was right. "It happened just yesterday as a matter of fact," Stingley, the first-year defensive coordinator of the Philadelphia Soul said via phone. "Yesterday, but 37 years ago. I remember it like it was yesterday. " This past Wednesday, Stingley was referencing Aug. 12, 1978. This past Tuesday marked 37 years since his father, the late Daryl Stingley, then a wide receiver for the New England Patriots, was left paralyzed by a savage hit from Oakland Raiders safety Jack Tatum during a preseason football game.
August 15, 2015 |
One of the bigger surprises in Best of Enemies , the lively documentary about William F. Buckley Jr. and Gore Vidal's debates-turned-death-matches during ABC News' coverage of the 1968 Republican and Democratic Conventions, is that the network promoted the two pundits as intellectuals . All brains, no brawn. Can you imagine news shows today trumpeting their guest commentators as erudite eggheads? That's a selling point? Roger Ailes would fire his Fox News marketing team on the spot.