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.
August 8, 2015 |
Kindred the Family Soul is hosting its annual free Kindred the Family Reunion, on Sunday at Kingsessing Park, with Shanachie labelmates Teedra Moses and Jeff Bradshaw, local rapper Chill Moody, Little League sensation Mo'ne Davis, and more. Fatin Dantzler - the husband in Philly's preeminent R&B marital pair, with fellow singer, songwriter, and producer Aja Graydon - talks about being musical and being married. "It's funny, but there are a lot of people, men and women, who might not have gotten us at the start," Dantzler says.
August 7, 2015
Who: Soul (14-3) at Cleveland (8-9) When: Saturday, 7 p.m. Where: Quicken Loans Arena (20,562) TV/Radio: None On the web: ESPN3 Line: Soul -1 About the Gladiators: The win over Spokane last week snapped a four-game losing streak and finally clinched a playoff berth . . . Wide receiver Collin Taylor had five touchdown catches against Spokane and was named the league's player of the week. Taylor had four TDs the week before . . . Cleveland, beset by injuries all over the roster, was 17-1 last year.
August 4, 2015 |
FOR A TEAM that just had a week off, the Soul's defense was in a rather foul mood. It seemingly meant nothing that they were 13-3 and had clinched their conference. At the root of their irritability was a loss to Jacksonville on July 18 in which the defense gave up the most points it had all season. "We had a chip on our shoulder all week," defensive back Dwayne Hollis said. "We allowed 74 points [to Jacksonville.] That's not characteristic of us. We had to come out and play lights-out.
August 2, 2015
4 p.m. Sunday at the Wells Fargo Center TV: ESPN3 Soul record (home record): 13-3 (8-0) VooDoo record (road record): 3-12 (0-6) Soul key players: Dan Raudabaugh, QB: 108 TDs, 12 INTs, 4,596 passing yards. Tommy Taggart Jr., RB: 83 attempts, 260 rushing yards, 12 TDs. Marco Thomas, WR: 141 receptions, 1,662 receiving yards, 35 TDs. VooDoo key players: Adam Kennedy, QB: 38 TDs, 11 INTs, 2,561 passing yards. Roosevelt Falls, RB: 41 attempts, 94 rushing yards, nine TDs. Chris Duvalt, WR: 100 receptions, 1,183 receiving yards, 21TDs.
July 31, 2015
D EAR ABBY: I have been close to my best friend for three years. A year ago we decided to date. We have a wonderful relationship on almost every level. The only issue I have is that he's reluctant to open up about his past. He is a very private person, and I know it's because of his upbringing. This has sparked many debates between us that have ended less than pleasantly. Recently, he did open up, and when he did, he dropped a bomb. He asked me if I believed in soul mates, and I said yes. Then he told me about how in his past there was a girl he loved very much.