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.
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.