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ArenaBowl XXII
Baker’s Abrupt Departure Shouldn’t Hurt Long Legacy
Adam Markowitz,

For those that don’t know me, I’ve been around this game for a long time. However, out of every game, every trade, every free agent signing, every victory and every defeat I’ve witnessed, there has not been a more intriguing and mystifying day in Arena Football League history than Friday, July 25, 2008.

My trip to ArenaBowl XXII
Fran Stuchbury, OurSports Central

This was the sixth ArenaBowl I have attended, the first since ArenaBowl XIX in Las Vegas. While I was waiting for my flight at the Philadelphia airport I spoke to several Philadelphia Soul fans who said they were very excited about going to New Orleans. I was also on the same flight as Philadelphia Soul team president Ron Jaworski.

Breaking it Down - ArenaBowl XXII edition
Andy Lopusnak,

In the season finale of Breaking it Down, the world’s longest named championship, the Virgin Mobile ArenaBowl XXII New Orleans, will be broken down statistically and historically like no where else but right here on

Soul Generate 5.3 Local Rating for ArenaBowl XXII
Philadelphia Soul Press Release

Sunday’s Virgin Mobile ArenaBowl XXII win for the Philadelphia Soul was the most watched Arena Football game in the history of the franchise, recording a 5.3 rating and an 11 share within the local market.

Philadelphia Soul Championship Celebration Set
Philadelphia Soul Press Release

The Philadelphia Soul will celebrate bringing home the franchise’s first ArenaBowl title in style on Thursday, July 31 at 3 pm as the City of Philadelphia hosts a Championship Celebration at City Hall in Philadelphia.

Soul are savoring championship feeling
The Delaware County Times

Prior to Sunday, both Chris Jackson and Matt D'Orazio had Arena Bowl experience. Jackson's experience came in 2005, when he and the Georgia Force lost to the Colorado Crush in a nail-biter. D'Orazio made out better in his first crack at Arena Football glory.

It's all about Soul
Andy Lopusnak,

With Jon Bon Jovi guaranteeing a free concert to the residents of Philly because the Soul won ArenaBowl XXII 59-56 over the San Jose SaberCats this past Sunday, I got to thinking how this could be marketed to maximize exposure for the AFL and the Soul.

Soul's win a bit too dramatic
Philadelphia Inquirer

When Soul owner Jon Bon Jovi left his seat Sunday to head down to his team's locker room and celebrate the franchise's first ArenaBowl title, it was before the San Jose SaberCats scored 14 points in 11 seconds to suddenly put the outcome of the game in doubt.

With D'Orazio the MVP and starting QB, Graziani will move on
Philadelphia Daily News

Graziani suited up for the Soul for the final time yesterday. He's a free agent, looking to move on.

SaberCats fall short in comeback
San Jose SaberCats Press Release

Quarterback Matt D’Orazio passed for seven touchdowns and ran for another as the Philadelphia Soul hung on for a 59-56 win over defending champion San Jose, but not before the SaberCats gave a gallant comeback in the final minutes of ArenaBowl XXII Sunday afternoon in New Orleans Arena.

San Jose’s Back-to-Back Bid Busted
Adam Markowitz,

In an attempt to become the third franchise in Arena Football League history to record back-to-back ArenaBowl titles, the San Jose SaberCats found themselves on the short end of a 59-56 final.

Super Soul Win ArenaBowl XXII 59-56
Adam Markowitz,

For the city of Philadelphia, winning the individual games has always come relatively easily. But winning THE individual game of importance has been something that hadn’t happened since 1983 when the 76ers won the NBA Finals. But thanks to a smothering defense and a near perfect offensive effort, the Soul will return back to the City of Brotherly Love with the Foster Trophy. The Soul captured the ArenaBowl XXII crown by the count of 59-56.

Soul win it all in New Orleans, topping San Jose in ArenaBowl
Philadelphia Soul Press Release

The Philadelphia Soul capped a pressure-packed season with its first Arena Football League Championship, knocking off the defending champion San Jose Sabercats, 59-56, in ArenaBowl XXII Sunday afternoon in New Orleans.

Philadelphia Soul win ArenaBowl XXII
Joe Kauffman,

The Philadelphia Soul successfully covers a desperate last-second onside kick to win their first championship since joining the Arena Football League with a 59-56 victory over the San Jose SaberCats in ArenaBowl XXII New Orleans in front of 17,244.

ArenaBowl XXII Photo Gallery

Soul Set to Reverse the Philly Curse
Adam Markowitz,

For the residents of Philadelphia, the curse of the Bambino was nothing. All of the mumbo jumbo about some goat in Chicago is meaningless. In Philly, the only jinx that matters is known as the Curse of William Penn.

The AFL tomorrow
Tim Ball,

What’s going on in the office meetings between the franchise owners and the league office? We think of AFL success as a game won by massive and furious football players and run by business people that control things.

Commissioner Baker resigns
Adam Markowitz,

On Friday, the Associated Press reported that Arena Football League Commissioner David Baker resigned from his position after twelve seasons. The report was sent in at 5:18 CT by Barry Wilner. The shocking decision comes two days before ArenaBowl XXII between the Philadelphia Soul and San Jose SaberCats.

ArenaBowl XXII Podcast Interviews Press Release brings you interviews from Radio Row at ArenaBowl XII in New Orleans

Beat the Guru: ArenaBowl XXII
Adam Markowitz,

Welcome to the big time, boys and girls! After 17 weeks of regular season play, three weeks of postseason play, and an absolutely unnecessary bye week, we’ve finally hit the week of ArenaBowl XXII, and you’ve hit your headquarters for the gambling scoop on the 2008 title game.