May 8, 2015 |
ALMOST A WEEK later and Clint Dolezel is still fuming. A scuffle during Saturday's win over Portland was made even worse, the Soul's coach contends, by two undeserved ejections. One of the players tossed was Soul wide receiver Marco Thomas, who Dolezel said wasn't even part of the fight. The other player, Portland's Quincy Butler, was so irate over his ejection that he threw his helmet toward the padded sideline wall at Wells Fargo Center. Problem is, Butler missed the wall and hit a spectator sitting at field level.
May 5, 2015 |
THE ARENA FOOTBALL League prides itself on fan interaction. But this is not what the league had in mind. Following his ejection for a third-quarter fight on Saturday night, Portland defensive back Quincy Butler unintentionally threw his helmet into the Wells Fargo Center stands and hit an unidentified female spectator. It was unclear whether the woman was injured, though she did leave her seat shortly afterward. Just moments before, Butler tangled up with Soul wide receiver Ryan McDaniel, who was blocking Butler downfield.
May 4, 2015
When: Saturday at 6 p.m. Where: Wells Fargo Center TV: ESPN3 Standings: Soul (5-0) first in American East; Thunder (2-3) second in the National Pacific. Last week: Soul defeated New Orleans, 55-42; Thunder lost to San Jose, 64-45. Last meeting: This is the first meeting between the teams. . 3 stars: Soul - QB Tim Raudabaugh (123-186, 1,446 yards, 34 touchdowns, 4 INT); WR Marco Thomas (44-481, 9 TD); RB Tommy Taggart (39-111, 6 TD); Thunder - QB Kyle Rowley (105-177, 1,446, 22 TD, 7 INT)
May 3, 2015
A RIGHT ANKLE injury will keep Soul linebacker Beau Bell out of today's game against visiting Portland. Bell sprained his ankle during Sunday's win at New Orleans, and coach Clint Dolezel said Bell will miss at least two games. The Soul got a spell of good news, as leading receiver Marco Thomas was back to full practice on Thursday. Thomas, the league's receiver of the year last season with Iowa, missed last week's game with a hamstring injury. Tonight's game Who: Portland (2-3)
April 28, 2015 |
The Soul remained undefeated, beating the division-rival VooDoo, 55-42, Sunday night in New Orleans. The Soul (5-0) led by as many as 27 on two occasions and never trailed. Dan Raudabaugh was 18 of 25 and threw for 196 yards, five touchdowns and an interception. Soul receiver Ryan McDaniel had six catches for 56 yards and a touchdown. Xavier Boyce (59 yards, two touchdowns) and Shaun Kauleinamoku (55 yards, touchdown) were Raudabaugh's other main targets with four catches apiece.
April 28, 2015
TOMMY TAGGART rushed for 47 yards and three touchdowns and Dan Raudabaugh threw for five scores as the visiting Soul beat New Orleans, 55-42, yesterday. Xavier Boyce had four catches for 59 yards and two touchdowns and Ryan McDaniel chipped in 6-56-1 as the Soul (5-0) played without leading receiver Marco Thomas, who is nursing a hamstring injury. Soul coach Clint Dolezel said that Thomas would have been available had it been a playoff game. LaRico Stevenson led the Soul's defense with nine tackles and an interception.
April 26, 2015
Who: Soul (4-0) at New Orleans VooDoo (1-3) When: Sunday at 4 p.m. Where: Smoothie King Center, New Orleans TV: None Standings: Soul first in American East; VooDoo last in American East. Last week: Soul defeated Cleveland, 63-48; VooDoo lost to Tampa Bay, 42-13. Last meetings: Soul defeated VooDoo, 79-60, on May 11, 2014. 3 stars: Soul - QB Tim Raudabaugh (105-161, 1,250 yards, 29 touchdowns, 3 INT); WR Marco Thomas (44-481, 9 TD); WR Ryan McDaniel (36-449, 12 TD)
April 26, 2015 |
British singer-songwriter Mike Scott and the Waterboys' primary concerns are apparently blues, water, and having the blues in relation to the water. Scan his 34-year-long catalog and you'll find album titles such as Fisherman's Blues , This Is the Sea , and the recently released Modern Blues . It's a band whose music could be described as soul-blues-shanty-punk. On an unseasonably chilly Thursday night at the Keswick Theatre, Scott and his Waterboys showed how glorious such an unlikely mash-up could be. Scott - a sometimes sneering vocalist of clarity and expressiveness - is more of a smart poet/lyricist than a Muddy Waters blues guy. To be sure, down-home blues did lurk behind some of the numbers.
April 24, 2015 |
NOBODY KNOWS better than Phillies fans how debilitating a torn Achilles' tendon can be to an athlete. Ryan Howard hasn't been the same since 2011. Soul wide receiver Ryan McDaniel tore his right Achilles' in the middle of last season. He has rebounded to become one of the best receivers in the Arena League. "There was never a doubt that he would come back and be full strength by training camp," coach Clint Dolezel said emphatically. "Never a doubt. " In fairness to Howard, McDaniel was 25 and in his second AFL season when he was hurt, while Howard was 31 and finishing his 10th professional baseball season.