Chris Jackson hauls in a touchdown on his way to be player of the game. (Marc Serota/AFL/

Philadelphia Has A Champion

Congrats to the Philadelphia Soul for defeating the San Jose Saber Cats in Arena Bowl XXII.

Arena football is not one of the four major sports, but for a Championship starved city like Philadelphia, this means something. This victory will not satisfy fans desire for a sports championship, but maybe this will pave the way for other Championships.

It’s been 25 years since the Sixers swept the Lakers in the NBA Finals. This Championship drought is the longest for any city with four major sports franchises. Many claim that the city of Philadelphia is unable to win, because of the Curse of Billy Penn.

I was never one to believe in curses, but after watching all of the failures over the years, I have started to become a believer. Hopefully the Eagles, Phillies, Flyers, and Sixers can get their act together and start winning it all. They no longer have the Billy Penn excuse.

Maybe Philadelphia just needed a little Soul to break the curse, and the Championship drought. At least we can hope.

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  • http://landryhat davedallasfan

    yeah that’ll be the only football championship you’ll see

  • Greg

    I have been very bothered by the sports writers in the Philadelphia region covering this great win and event. The reasonings I am bothered is that they do not mention the Back-To-Back championships that the Philadelphia Barrage won for the city. As a fellow lacrosse player and fan I feel I must defend my sport and let people know that this wasn’t the ONLY championship Philadelphia has had in recent history.

  • EaglesChick

    Actually ESPN has a nice chart on their coverage of the Soul’s Championship victory that shows all the philly championships –

    shows that tennis, hockey (phantoms), soccer, lacrosse (Barrag & Wings) as champions. :)

    Guess our local reporters forget that.

  • Redskins Guy

    Bwahahahahaha!!! I guess you’ll always have Arena Football!
    Seriously, an Arena Football Trophy is much like a Superbowl trophy…only more pathetic.

    Go Souls! I bet you kicked the ass of Bon Jovi’s team! Stick that in your pipe and smoke it!  You know, if they try really hard, I hear some of those players might actually make the practice squad in the NFL.

    But maybe this will help ease the pain of being the only NFC East team without a superbowl trophy.   You may not have won the lottery, but at least you have a coupon that lets you supersize your next McDonald’s order.  That’s almost as good, right?
    Sorry. I need to point and laugh at how sorry it is that *this* is the best your city can manage. *snicker*

  • http://landryhat davedallasfan

    yeah, that’ll be the only football championship you’ll see

  • Love4DaStar

    HAHAHAHA!!!…enjoy this one philly cause it’s the only football championship you’ll be winning…wow, all this excitement over the AFL…pathethic

  • Redskins Guy

    I just love the title of this article. “Philadelphia has a Champion.” It brings a tear to my eye! *sniffle* I know you guys have been waiting sooo long.  I’m so happy for you!

  • Ian

    Dallas Dave - I heard you the first time, but thanks for the kind words.

    – I must admit I have slept on the Barrage. They have a dynasty going. ’04, ’06′, and ’07.

    Eagles Chick – Thanks for the link, and good stuff. I think we have not given those teams enough love. :-)

    Guy – Thanks for bringing nothing to table. I really appreciate it.

    I believe two time MVP, and Super Bowl MVP Kurt Warner played in the arena league. So put your dads pipe in your mouth and smoke it!

    Love4DaStar – I don’t pretend to be a big Soul fan, because I am not. I just think gave recognition to the Soul winning a Championship.

    Soul>Cowboys 8-)

  • Cfr-Cluj

    thnks for sharing, but no thanks :)

  • Pattison

    LOL at the loser cowboys and redskins fans hatin if the soul would of lost you all would be rippin them for chokin shut up

  • Cowboys Choke Once Again

    Jerry Jones was praying his AFL team would win a championship so he could buy some more botox

  • Redskins Guy

    If the soul would have lost, I’d be saying “Who the hell are the soul?” I had no idea they were even in contention for any title, though I can’t help but snicker as I type that sentence while referring to Arena football. 

    I suppose if someone had stopped to explain to me who the Soul were and that they were in Philly and they *had* in fact choked, then yes I might have made some comment about Philly teams choking.

    However, I far prefer to have Ian write some lame article pumping himself up and pretending like this is a big win for his city and a sign of things to come.  High comedy at its finest.
    So I have to ask, is their full name “Philadelphia HAS NO soul”?

  • Redskins Guy

    Oh and Ian, name one player other than Kurt Warner who was in the Arena league and ever amounted to anything in the NFL.  Kurt Warner was also a grocery store clerk. 

    By your logic, perhaps the NFL should start hiring  Safeway employees too. I mean, Kurt Warner! Two time MVP and superbowl MVP! There’s just as many grocery store clerk success stories as there are arena football success stories. Or close enough that statistically they’re about the same.

    So take my Dad’s pipe and stick it up your ass.

  • Ian

    Wide receivers David Patten and Oronde Gadsden, kick returner Michael Lewis, quarterback Tommy Maddox, and current Tampa Bay defensive end Greg White

  • Redskins Guy

    Uh huh. How many members of the Soul will be on an NFL roster this year? How many will be starting?
    That’s what I thought.

  • Staubach

    I thought Philly has already sold their soul ;-)

  • Staubach

    Mr “Cowboys Choke”, how many owners do YOU know who can come to camp every year with a different face ;-)

  • Ian

    Guy – Actually WR Larry Brackins might get signed to the NFL. 3 NFL teams have already inquired about him.

  • Redskins Guy

    Well I stand corrected. We’ll see what happens. Maybe I should pay more attention to the AFL.

  • Redskins Guy

    Staubach, don’t feel too bad; his full nickname is “Cowboys Choke, Eagles Swallow.”