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.
August 14, 2015
DEFENSIVE BACK James Romain remembers the feeling of losing the 2013 ArenaBowl to Arizona as if it were yesterday. "I cried after that game. It was my rookie year and I felt we should have won that game," Romain said of the Soul's 48-39 loss in Orlando. "We had the opportunity to win and we didn't. When you lose a championship game - the last game of the season - you have six months to think about it. " Actually, it's been a year and six months. The Soul stumbled through 2014, but regained form this year by posting a franchise-best 15-3 record to grab the top seed in the American Conference.
August 13, 2015 |
DAN RAUDABAUGH'S journey to becoming the best quarterback in Soul history started in, of all places, a Dallas parking lot. After finishing his career at Miami of Ohio in 2009 - and after an unsuccessful tryout with the Cincinnati Bengals - Raudabaugh was working for the Daryl Flood moving and storage company in his hometown of Coppell, Texas. His job wasn't particularly pleasant. Unloading trucks was the most strenuous duty. Some days the crew would have to handle 2,500-3,000 pieces averaging 25-35 pounds.
August 11, 2015 |
IF FAMILIARITY breeds contempt, the Soul and Cleveland must really hate each other by now. After a decisive win in Cleveland over the weekend, the Soul (15-3) will turn around and host the Gladiators (8-10) this Saturday at 5 p.m. in an AFL playoff game at the Wells Fargo Center. It will be the teams' fourth meeting this year, and the seventh in just the last two seasons. The Soul won the first three meetings this season, while Cleveland won all three last year - including a playoff game with a field goal at the buzzer.
August 10, 2015 |
The Soul finished the regular season with a 48-33 victory against the Cleveland Gladiators (8-10) on Saturday night in Cleveland. Dan Raudabaugh completed 19 of 31 passes for 238 yards, six touchdowns, and no interceptions. Shaun Kauleinamoku led the Soul receivers with six catches for 94 yards and two touchdowns. Marco Thomas had five receptions for 48 yards and one touchdown. Beau Bell recorded three total tackles, one sack, and a blocked extra point. The Soul (15-3)
August 10, 2015
Saturday at 7 p.m., Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland. Last week: The Soul (14-3) defeated the New Orleans VooDoo, 61-28, at home. The Gladiators (8-9) clinched their second consecutive playoff berth with a 59-42 victory over the Spokane Shock. This season: The Soul defeated Cleveland, 63-48, on April 18. They also beat Cleveland, 72-56, on July 11. Soul leaders: QB Dan Raudabaugh, 391-588, 4,743 yards, 113 TDs, 12 interceptions; WR Marco Thomas, 150 catches for 1,724 yds, 39 TDs; WR Ryan McDaniel, 112 catches for 1,240 yds, 28 TDs. Top Gladiators: QB Shane Austin, 400-649, 4,475 yards, 98 TDs, 18 interceptions,; WR Collin Taylor, 136 catches for 1,523 yds, 41 TDs; WR Dominick Goodman, 135 catches for 1,262 yds, 27 TDs. Playoff picture: The Soul have clinched the American East Division and home-field advantage in the conference.