May 4, 2014
What: Arena Football League, Soul (3-3) at Pittsburgh Power (3-3) When: Saturday at 7 p.m. Where: Consol Energy Center TV: The Comcast Network Outlook: The Soul have won three straight, including last week's thriller at home over Iowa. . . . QB Tim Raudabaugh threw 9 TD passes last week, and he was named the AFL's offensive player of the week. His 1,466 pass yards rank sixth in the league. . . . Pittsburgh QB Tommy Grady is fifth in yards, and he's thrown one more TD pass (32 to 31)
April 29, 2014 |
ONLY 5 SECONDS remained on the clock for the Philadelphia Soul. After falling behind by one point with 41 seconds left, quarterback Dan Raudabaugh hit Anthony "Tiger" Jones on a 6-yard pitch-and-catch to secure a 60-55 win over the visiting Iowa Barnstormers yesterday. The Soul (3-3) has won its last three games. "That's how arena football goes," Raudabaugh said. "We want the ball last. We got out of bounds when we needed to and made catches. It was a tight one, we have to get better, but it's good to get that first division win. " In front of a live audience on ESPN2 - the first AFL broadcast on an ESPN network since 2008 - the Soul's offense was nearly unstoppable.
April 29, 2014
MY FATHER succumbed to lung cancer at the age of 43. The end was particularly cruel, his body racked with chemo and his famously nimble mind mottled with morphine. He was half of what he'd been, to the casual eye. But to his loved ones, including a parish priest and confessor who'd been through his own dark night of the soul, my father had the same value he'd always had, as a beloved child of God. In the last days, when flashes of my father's Jimmy Cagney wit and vitality emerged from the narcotic fog, Father Troy comforted him and told him that the pain would subside, that his spirit would soon be free and lifted up to paradise.
April 29, 2014 |
Only five seconds remained for the Soul Sunday at the Wells Fargo Center. After the home team fell behind by one point with 41 seconds left, quarterback Dan Raudabaugh hit Anthony "Tiger" Jones on a 6-yard pitch-and-catch to secure a 60-55 Arena Football League victory over the Iowa Barnstormers. "That's how arena football goes," Raudabaugh said. "We want the ball last. We got out of bounds when we needed to and made catches. It was a tight one; we've got to get better but it's good to get that first division win. " The Soul (3-3)
April 28, 2014
What: Arena Football League, Iowa Barnstormers (3-2) at Soul (2-3) When: Sunday at 4 p.m. Where: Wells Fargo Center TV: ESPN2 Outlook: The Soul have won two straight after starting the season with three losses. QB Dan Raudabaugh, who struggled in the three losses, is up to seventh in the AFL with 1,183 passing yards. He also has 22 TD passes, and last week threw his 229th TD pass as Soul QB to surpass Tony Graziani for the franchise record. . . . WR Ryan McDaniel has 41 receptions for 525 yards and 10 TDs. WR Anthony "Tiger" Jones is just 171 receiving yards shy of 10,000 for his career.
April 28, 2014 |
As the record-holder for the most interceptions in a season, Rayshaun Kizer has shown a knack for keeping his eyes on the ball in the Arena Football League. Now your eyes can see what his are seeing. In Sunday's game against the Iowa Barnstormers, the Soul defensive back plans to wear a helmet equipped with an impact-resistant, high-definition video camera. The television production crew will pop the memory card out of his helmet when he's on the sideline and run it to the broadcast booth for use in game coverage on ESPN2.
April 24, 2014
LARRY BRACKINS, the last link to the Soul's 2008 title team, has been traded to Orlando, as the team continues to shape its roster amid injuries and a slow start. Brackins, a 6-5 wide receiver, spent six seasons with the Soul and is the team's all-time leader in touchdown catches. His most memorable play was stretching for a touchdown on the final play as the Soul avoided an upset by New York in the first round of the 2008 playoff run, which ended in the franchise's only championship.
April 22, 2014
RAYSHAUN KIZER led a solid defensive effort as the Soul beat Jacksonville, 54-41, in the team's home opener on Saturday. Kizer had 10 1/2 tackles, the most by a Soul defender this season, and rookie Teddy Jennings had 2 1/2 sacks as Philadelphia held the Sharks' offense to five touchdowns. Dan Raudabaugh overcame three interceptions and threw four touchdowns as the Soul (2-3) won its second in a row. Tiger Jones caught three TDs and Ryan McDaniel the other. McDaniel's score was from 49 yards, the longest possible on a 50-yard AFL field.
April 21, 2014
What: Arena Football League, Jacksonville Sharks (2-2) at Soul (1-3) When: Saturday at 6 p.m. Where: Wells Fargo Center Outlook: The Soul open their home season after a much-needed victory last week against the Orlando Predators. QB Dan Raudabaugh, whose numbers had been lagging after a huge season in 2013, threw seven TD passes last week. . . . The Soul have beaten the Sharks in each of the last two Eastern Conference championship games. . . . Jacksonville defeated the Tampa Bay Storm, 60-41, last week.