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.
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.