Power respond decisively to Soul trash talk
TribLIVE Sports Videos
Trash talk often flies back and forth among players, but what spewed from Philadelphia into Pittsburgh last week was different.
Power coach Ron James said he was challenged by a Philadelphia Soul owner, who posted this message to Facebook:
“Get ready to lose this weekend.”
That was all James had to hear. When he informed his Power players about the inflammatory remarks, they responded as James hoped, giving the Soul (9-9) a decisive pounding, 64-34 on Saturday night at Consol Energy Center.
The victory stretched the Power's winning streak to 12 going into next Sunday's playoff game in Orlando against the Predators.
The Power, who won all three games against the Soul, finished the regular season 15-3.
James refused to name the Soul owner, although he said it wasn't former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Ron Jaworski, one of the Soul's majority owners.
“He knows who he is,” James said of the Facebook culprit.
James said the words made him work a little harder last week while preparing for the game.
“You think to yourself, maybe I'm not working hard enough,” he said. “The first thing I do is look in the mirror and say, ‘How can I get better this week?' When I get challenged like that in a public forum, I take it to heart, work a little harder and see what the results may be.”
The result in this case was a dominant victory, led by defensive back Virgil Gray and quarterback Tommy Grady.
Gray, who played in only his second game since missing the previous two months with a high ankle sprain, intercepted two passes, giving him a franchise record 11 in 11 games.
Grady completed 15 of 23 passes for 136 yards and seven touchdowns, giving him 115 this season and moving him into ninth place all-time in Arena Football League history with 512.
Wide receiver Prechae Rodriguez had four scoring receptions (14, 15, 5 and 4 yards), Shaun Kauleinamoku two (13 and 10) and Hank Edwards one (7).
The Power held the Soul, who were trying to qualify for the playoffs, to seven points in the first half.
Philadelphia's total of 34 marked the seventh time this season the Power'sopponent failed to score 40.
Linebacker James Bryant said his teammates took the Soul owner's challenge personally.
“You are talking about the No. 1 defense (statistically) that already beat you twice, and you have the nerve to say you are going to come in and turn the Power off in our house with a packed house, at that?” he said.
Power officials announced a crowd of 9,549 — a three-year high — in the team's first home game in 35 days and perhaps the last this year.
Jerry DiPaola is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter @JDiPaola_Trib.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Steelers notebook: Ravens enter short-handed at tight end
- Steelers defense takes aim at Ravens QB Flacco
- $412K sought to add lighting in East Liberty
- High school football roundup: No. 13 Riverside upsets Beth-Center in 1st round
- Hackers’ new Dyre malware infects W.Pa. computers, vexes FBI cyber agents
- Ferrante, wife were at odds over trip
- Apollo-Ridge stands tall in 58-40 victory over Beaver Falls
- Fire damages silo on Salem farm
- Evaporating cap on Pa. gasoline taxes to offset drops at pump
- Young leads Pitt’s new-look lineup past IUP in exhibition opener
- Medicare paid for drug coverage of patients who had died, investigators say