August 6, 2013 |
THE SOUL FUMBLED away a chance to host the conference championship game a few weeks ago with a loss in the regular-season finale. Now, we'll find out if it even mattered. After holding off Orlando on Saturday, Philadelphia will travel to Jacksonville for Saturday's American Conference championship game. The Soul was 7-2 on the road this year, tied for the best road mark in the AFL, and has enough veterans that the hostility of a road playoff game should be mitigated. The Soul beat Orlando, 59-55, in a first-round game on Saturday to get to this point.
August 5, 2013 |
After a tough first half, quarterback Dan Raudabaugh turned in a spectacular second half in leading the Soul to a comeback playoff victory at the Wells Fargo Center. With the great play of their quarterback, a goal-line stand, and a forced fumble by Tyron Hurst with 30 seconds left in the game, the Soul endured six lead changes and defeated the Orlando Predators, 69-65, in the first round of the Arena Football League playoffs. The Soul advance to the American Conference championship game Saturday in Jacksonville against the Sharks (12-6)
August 2, 2013 |
RYAN BLASZCZYK has used a very unique recipe to get into the Arena Football League playoffs. First he started with some pork and beans. Then he added a phone call out of the blue with a dash of good timing. And just like that, he's in his first postseason game since the 2009 St. Petersburg Bowl. "It's very odd, but you have to be ready for every opportunity that's presented to you," he said. An injury to star center Brennen Carvalho forced the Soul to sign Blaszczyk off the street.
August 2, 2013 |
DOUG PLANK says he abruptly left the Soul last year because he needed a different challenge. Boy, did he get it. Plank was the Soul's coach in 2012 and took them all the way to the AFL championship game. Shortly after losing to Arizona, he dropped his resignation on Ron Jaworski's desk and headed out of town. Plank was being pulled in different directions. His wife and family lived in Arizona. The Soul's offensive coordinator was poised to become the head man. He had no roots here.
August 1, 2013 |
The Soul will host their former head coach, Doug Plank, who led them to the ArenaBowl last season, and the Orlando Predators on Saturday at the Wells Fargo Center in the first round of the Arena Football League playoffs. The game is scheduled for 7 p.m. and will be shown on the CBS Sports Network. The Predators (7-11) qualified for the playoffs Saturday with a 71-42 victory over New Orleans. The Soul (12-6) lost their regular-season finale to San Antonio, 42-28, to snap a seven-game win streak.
August 1, 2013
AROUND HERE lately, a playoff game is something that happens in other towns. But the Soul is hosting a postseason game this weekend and is planning a pep rally tonight to get the excitement going. The Soul, the last Philadelphia pro team to make it to the playoffs when it went to the ArenaBowl last summer, hosts Orlando at 7 p.m. on Saturday in a first-round game. The Soul (12-6) beat the Predators twice this season. Orlando (7-11) squeezed into the playoffs on the final day of the season.
July 30, 2013
THE SOUL BLEW a chance for homefield advantage throughout the playoffs as its eight-game winning streak came to a grinding halt on Saturday. Dan Raudabaugh, who had been practically flawless for 2 months, threw five interceptions and the Soul offense hit every pothole it could in the 42-28 loss at San Antonio. A win earlier in the evening by Jacksonville relegates the Soul to the No. 2 seed in the American Conference. Philadelphia (12-6) hosts a first-round game against former coach Doug Plank and the Orlando Predators (7-11)
July 28, 2013
Saturday, 9 p.m. at the Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas. TV: CBS Sports Network On the web: Soul.ArenaFootball.com/AllAccess Records: Soul (12-5), Talons (9-8). About the Soul: This is the last regular-season game, and they can lock up first place in the American Conference and home field throughout the playoffs with a victory. . . . They have a seven-game win streak and a seven-game road win streak. . . . Receiver Tiger Jones is the first Arean Football League player to have three straight seasons with at least 2,000 receiving yards.
July 28, 2013 |
IT'S NOT UNUSUAL to find a doctor in the house during Friday services at the Zubaida Foundation mosque in Lower Makefield - or several doctors. "We have two heart surgeons, for example," said mosque administrator Mohammed Husain. The largely professional, mostly second-generation immigrants who worship at the Bucks County mosque tend to be accomplished people. That's why America opened its doors in the first place to the Indian, Pakistani and Bangladeshi families who are the core of the congregation (now joined by some with roots in the Middle East and South Africa, along with American-born Muslims)
July 24, 2013 |
EAST CLEVELAND, Ohio - The soul-searching has begun in and around Cleveland - again - as the chilling details emerge from the latest missing-women case to send a shiver through the metropolitan area. A registered sex offender was charged Monday with murder and kidnapping of three women whose bodies were found in plastic trash bags in a run-down East Cleveland neighborhood. It is the third major case in four years of multiple killings or abductions to haunt the metropolis. "I do think we have to ask ourselves as a community the larger question: Why here, and what can we do to better understand the conditions that fostered this savage behavior?"