July 22, 2014 |
For the last night of its U.S. tour - Sunday at Mann Center's outdoor Skyline Stage - Queens of the Stone Age truly let loose. A frightening proposition, considering guitarist-singer-lead Queen Josh Homme and company always blast forth with the most dramatically stylized iteration of glam-inspired, stoner riff-rock since David Bowie started Tin Machine. But there was Homme, all 6-foot-4 of him, peering at the starry skies, lush greenery, and sold-out throng at his feet, and he was in awe. "All this in the middle of the city!"
July 21, 2014
What: Arena Football League, San Jose SaberCats (12-4) vs. Soul (8-8). Where: Wells Fargo Center. When: Sunday, 4 p.m. TV: ESPN3.com. Outlook: After a bye week, the Soul play their final home game of the regular season. They are in the hunt for the final playoff spot in the American Conference, along with the 8-8 Tampa Bay Storm. "We are in playoff football mode now," Soul coach Clint Dolezel said. . . . Tampa Bay, which holds the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Soul, plays at Spokane (9-7)
July 18, 2014 |
IT WAS EARLY last August, in an otherwise ordinary NFL exhibition game in Cleveland, that Kent Richardson touched football heaven. "Getting into the game, all of those preseason games, that's what every kid dreams of," said Richardson, who was thisclose to making the Browns regular-season roster. "When I finally got out there, I was like, 'Man, I'm really on the stage that I wanted to be for years.' It was wonderful. " Richardson was the best defensive back in Arena Football when he was plucked from the Soul by Cleveland in January, 2013.
July 9, 2014 |
The Soul's Dan Raudabaugh threw four touchdown passes on Monday night in a 42-35 Arena Football League win over the Orlando Predators at the Wells Fargo Center. With the victory, the Soul (8-8) are within a half-game of the Tampa Bay Storm for the final wild-card spot in the American Conference. It was the Soul's second win over Orlando (8-7) this season. Raudabaugh was 14 for 25 for 193 yards and the four TDs. Three of the touchdown passes went to Markee Smith, who finished with five receptions for 64 yards.
July 6, 2014 |
When a team loses the way the Soul have in recent weeks, it must do things differently in order to achieve a different outcome. And that is exactly what happened last weekend, as the Soul (7-8) kept their postseason hopes alive by scoring a season-high 84 points in an 84-48 win against Iowa. The Soul outscored Iowa, 51-14, in the second half, using two defensive touchdowns and a safety to secure the win. "Our defense played really well for us in that second half," Soul quarterback Dan Raudabaugh said.
July 1, 2014
DEFENSIVE LINEMAN Teddy Jennings set a team record for sacks in a game as the Soul ended its three-game losing streak with a convincing, 84-48 win at Iowa on Saturday. Jennings, an AFL rookie who played collegiately at Connecticut, had 3 1/2 sacks to lead a Soul defense that had let the team down during the recent skid. He had two sacks to essentially halt a third-quarter Iowa drive when the Soul held a 40-34 lead. After a Philadelphia touchdown and two-point conversion, Jennings wrapped up Iowa quarterback J.J. Raterink for a safety that gave the Soul a 50-34 lead and control of the game.
June 29, 2014
What: Arena Football League, Iowa Barnstormers (6-8) at the Soul (6-8) Where: Wells Fargo Center When: Saturday at 8:05 p.m. TV: The Comcast Network Outlook: The Soul have lost three straight, the last coming on a Hail Mary against Cleveland with just two seconds left in the game. . . . With four games remaining in the regular season, the two-time American Conference champion Soul are a long shot to reach the playoffs. . . .. The Soul won the Week 7 meeting between the teams, 60-55.
June 28, 2014 |
When the full membership of New Edition decide to reconvene for a new album and summer tour, it's a reunion worth celebrating. Despite branching off onto successful solo tracks - most famously Bobby Brown, with Johnny Gill, Ralph Tresvant, and collaborations such as Bell Biv DeVoe and Heads of State (Brown, Gill, Tresvant) - the whole is always more dynamic than the parts. "Six individuals bringing six different levels of success outside of New Edition is good," Ronnie DeVoe said.
June 27, 2014 |
As Cristina Martinez heated a wide maguey leaf on the food cart's griddle, her husband, Benjamin Miller, reached into a warming box holding slow-cooked barbacoa lamb, and the earthy aromas of Capulhuac, Mexico, suddenly wafted over this South Philly corner at Eighth and Watkins Streets. "You want rib meat, leg, or spine?" asks Miller, assembling a one-pound package of moist flesh to be gift-wrapped inside the maguey leaf, with a pint of lamb consomme, spicy cactus salad, and a stack of fresh tortillas on the side.
June 24, 2014
IF THE ARENA LEAGUE is a steppingstone, then all Cleveland quarterback Shane Austin needs to get to the NFL is a few more games against the Soul. Ditto for his favorite receiver. Austin and Dominic Goodman hooked up on a Hail Mary pass on Saturday night as the Soul again squandered a last-minute lead to the Gladiators and lost, 69-68, at the Wells Fargo Center. Austin tied the AFL record with a staggering 11 touchdown passes, the last one came with a heavy dose of luck as three Soul d-backs and a Cleveland receiver banged into one another.