The Info List - ArenaBowl XXII

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Matt D'Orazio, QB, Philadelphia

Chris Jackson, WR, Philadelphia (Offensive Player of the Game) Gabe Nyenhuis, DL, Philadelphia (Defensive Player of the Game) Mike Brown, WR/DB, Philadelphia (Ironman of the Game)

Attendance 17,244

Winning coach Bret Munsey

Losing coach Darren Arbet

TV in the United States

Network ABC

Announcers Bob Wischusen, Ray Bentley, Stan Verrett
Stan Verrett
and Marcellus Wiley

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ArenaBowl XXII was played on July 27, 2008 at New Orleans Arena
New Orleans Arena
in New Orleans, Louisiana (the host of ArenaBowl XXI). It was the 22nd and final championship game in the history of the original Arena Football League. This was the fourth neutral site ArenaBowl in AFL history and the second ArenaBowl in the state of Louisiana. It was the last ArenaBowl before the AFL's economic suspension, until 2010 when the AFL was reformed, continuing on with ArenaBowl XXIII.


1 Background

1.1 Philadelphia Soul 1.2 San Jose SaberCats 1.3 Playoffs

2 Game summary 3 References

Background[edit] The game was played between the American Conference Champions San Jose SaberCats, who were making their fourth, and second consecutive, appearance in the title game (they have won in all of their previous trips), against the National Conference Champions Philadelphia Soul, who were making their first appearance in the franchise's history in the ArenaBowl. Philadelphia Soul[edit]

Week Date Opponent Home/Away Result

1 March 1 Orlando Predators Home W 77-56

2 March 9 Chicago Rush Away W 60-49

3 March 16 New York Dragons Home W 63-42

4 March 20 Los Angeles Avengers Away W 71-34

5 March 29 Tampa Bay Storm Home W 59-51

6 April 5 Utah Blaze Home W 64-56

7 April 12 San Jose SaberCats Away W 58-57

8 April 21 Columbus Destroyers Away W 76-55

9 April 28 Dallas
Desperados Home W 57-28

10 May 2 Cleveland Gladiators Away L 55-67

11 May 12 Georgia Force Away L 62-63

12 May 17 Columbus Destroyers Home W 51-43

13 May 22 Kansas City Brigade Home L 47-54


Bye Week

15 June 7 Dallas
Desperados Away W 71-64

16 June 14 Cleveland Gladiators Home W 62-61

17 June 22 New York Dragons Away W 59-30

The Soul, along with division rival Dallas, were undefeated at week 9. They preceded to beat them in that week, however when travelling to Cleveland for the following game, they lost their first game of the season. They continued to sputter, dropping two of their last three, however these ultimately were their only three losses on the season. They were the top seed in their conference, clinching home field advantage throughout the playoffs until the actual ArenaBowl. San Jose SaberCats[edit]

Week Date Opponent Home/Away Result

1 March 3 Chicago Rush Away L 47-70

2 March 10 Grand Rapids Rampage Away W 66-58

3 March 15 Arizona Rattlers Home W 63-43

4 March 22 Dallas
Desperados Home L 56-59

5 March 29 Kansas City Brigade Away W 44-36

6 April 5 New Orleans VooDoo Away L 43-72

7 April 12 Philadelphia Soul Home L 57-58

8 April 18 Utah Blaze Away W 61-40

9 April 26 Los Angeles Avengers Home W 70-42

10 May 3 Orlando Predators Away L 35-61

11 May 9 Arizona Rattlers Away W 63-42

12 May 17 Utah Blaze Home W 74-64

13 May 24 Colorado Crush Home W 59-42

14 May 31 Los Angeles Avengers Away W 66-56


Bye Week

16 June 14 Tampa Bay Storm Home W 73-70

17 June 21 Georgia Force Home W 68-62

The SaberCats finished the season with a record of 11-5, yet, unlike the Soul, were not undefeated for one week of the season, due to their loss in week one to the Chicago Rush. However, after losing four of their first seven games, and five out of their first ten, they continued on to finish with six consecutive wins to have a total of eleven during the season. They finished well enough to have the second best record in the conference, and best in their division. They were the number two seed in the playoffs. Playoffs[edit] One odd fact noted throughout the playoffs was that both lowest seeded teams making the playoffs won in the first round. In the playoffs, the Soul first beat the sixth-seeded New York Dragons 48-49 in the Divisional round of the tournament on a controversial call. The Soul appeared to have scored the game-winning touchdown as time expires. The play was reviewed, and even though the replays seemed to indicate a knee down before the ball crossed the goal line, the score was confirmed and the Soul won the game. In the Eastern Conference Championship they proceeded to beat the fourth-seeded Cleveland Gladiators
Cleveland Gladiators
by a score of 35-70. The SaberCats had a similar playoff schedule. They also had a first-round bye but unlike the Soul, failed to gain home field advantage throughout the playoffs. They beat the fifth-seeded Colorado Crush (51-64) in the Divisional round and the sixth-seeded Grand Rapids Rampage (55-81), who previously beat top-seeded Chicago Rush, in the Western Conference Championship. Game summary[edit] The SaberCats received the opening kickoff, and teams exchanged touchdowns through the first quarter, tying the game three times. It was 20-20 when the Soul took control. Philadelphia scored three unanswered touchdowns in the second quarter to go up 34-20 and led 37-27 at halftime. In the second half, Philadelphia scored on its opening drive and added a safety to up its lead to 46-27. San Jose responded to close the game to 46-34 on a 12-yard touchdown pass from Mark Grieb to Jason Geathers. But the Soul was able to match each SaberCat score. With 39 seconds left in the game, a two-yard touchdown pass from Matt D'Orazio to Phil Bogle
Phil Bogle
gave the Soul a seemingly comfortable 59-42 lead. San Jose scored in 11 seconds and recovered an onside kick, and scored again with just 17 second left. Suddenly it was 59-56, but the Soul recovered the ensuing onside kick and was finally able to run out the clock. Philadelphia defeated San Jose 59-56, and Soul quarterback Matt D'Orazio was named the Mitsubishi Motors ArenaBowl XXII MVP. D'Orazio was 26 for 43 for 302 yards, seven touchdowns and no interceptions. His leading receiver was Chris Jackson with 11 catches for 146 yards and three scores. Grieb finished with 299 passing yards, eight touchdowns and one interception. Rodney Wright caught 13 passes for 144 yards and two scores. Geathers had five touchdonwns and 101 receiving yards. [1] References[edit]

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2008 AFL season

American Conference National Conference

Central Division Western Division

Chicago Rush Colorado Crush Grand Rapids Rampage Kansas City Brigade

Arizona Rattlers Los Angeles Avengers San Jose SaberCats Utah Blaze

Eastern Division Southern Division

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Desperados New York Dragons Philadelphia Soul

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Philadelphia Soul ArenaBowl XXII champions

1 Larry Brackins 2 Matt D'Orazio (MVP) 4 Anthony Dunn 5 Dee Webb 6 Eddie Moten 7 Tony Graziani 9 Brian Mance 11 Mike Brown 12 Kenny Henderson 15 Brent Holmes 16 Connor Hughes 18 Darius Watts 22 Rob Keefe 23 Rod Davis 24 Raheem Orr 30 Clifton Smith 40 Wes Ours 50 Justin Cleveland 54 Craig Kobel 55 Martin Bibla 65 Mike Mabry 77 Phil Bogle 81 Chris Jackson 88 Sean Scott 95 Kevin Carberry 97 Gabe Nyenhuis 98 Bryan Save

Head coach: Bret Munsey

Coaches: Connell Maynor Mickey Mays Jerry Odom

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Philadelphia Soul

Founded in 2004 Based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


Franchise Seasons Players Coaches


Wachovia Spectrum Wells Fargo Center

Head coaches

Trigg Fuller Munsey Hohensee Plank Dolezel

Playoff appearances (9)

2006 2007 2008 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017

Division championships (5)

2008 2012 2013 2015 2016

ArenaBowl appearances (5)


Hall of Fame members

Clint Dolezel Mike Hohensee

Current league affiliations

League: Arena Football League

Seasons (12)


2004 2005 2006 2007 2008


2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017

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San Jose SaberCats

Founded in 1995 Based in San Jose, California


Franchise Seasons Players


SAP Center at San Jose

Head coaches

Shell Arbet

Playoff appearances (16)

1995 1997 1998 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2012 2013 2014 2015

Division championships (10)

1995 2000 2001 2002 2003 2006 2007 2008 2014 2015

ArenaBowl appearances (5)


Retired numbers

2 16 55

Hall of Fame members

Darren Arbet Ben Bennett Sam Hernandez Bob McMillen Omarr Smith Clevan Thomas Barry Wagner

Current league affiliations

League: Arena Football League Conference: National Conference

Seasons (19)


1995 1996 1997 1998 1999


2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009


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