Art Thiel

Sports Commentator

Art Thiel is a co-founder and writer for the rising sports website Sportspress Northwest. In 2003 Thiel wrote the definitive book about the Seattle Mariners, “Out of Left Field,”  which became a regional bestseller. In 2009, along with Steve Rudman and KJR 950 afternoon host Mike Gastineau, Thiel authored “The Great Book of Seattle Sports Lists,” a cross between historylink.org and Mad Magazine that has become mandatory reading for any sports fan who has an indoor bathroom.

A graduate of Pacific Lutheran University as well as two dead papers and a live one, the News Tribune of Tacoma, he has become a fan of entrepreneurial online journalism because it allows him to continue a lifelong passion to take the English language to places it rarely visits willingly, and does not involve the cleaning of kennels or stables.

Kirsten Kendrick's Q. & A. with Thiel can be heard every Friday during M.E. at 5:35am and 7:35am and again that same day on ATC at 4:45pm. It also airs Saturday at 6:35am and 9:35am.

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Sports with Art Thiel
5:00 am
Fri October 4, 2013

Can Seahawks Stay Undefeated Against Colts?

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) is taken down during the first quarter an NFL football game against the Houston Texans Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Houston.
David J. Phillip AP Photo

For the first time in team history, the Seattle Seahawks have a 4-0 start. KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel calls that a “tremendous start.”

“I thought they were going to stumble in the first game against Carolina, and they nearly did,” he said. “I thought that was going to be a problem, because this team had a lot of things to get right in the exhibition season that I don’t think were quite there, especially in the offensive line.”

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Sports with Art Thiel
5:00 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Questions about Leadership as M's Wrap Up Another Losing Season

A patch with the initials of late Mariners majority owner Hiroshi Yamauchi is displayed on a team uniform at Safeco Field this week. Art Thiel says it’s time for some changes following Yamauchi’s death and the end of the season this weekend.
Stephen Brashear AP Photo

Sports with Art Thiel weekly commentary

The Mariners end the 2013 season on Sunday. It’s their eighth losing season in 10 years. KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says it's time for some big changes, but he doubts any will be made.  

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Sports with Art Thiel
5:00 am
Fri September 20, 2013

Hiroshi Yamauchi: The Mystery Man Who Saved Baseball in Seattle

File photo: Hiroshi Yamauchi, then-president of Japan's Nintendo Co., answers questions during a news conference after he won the final approval to buy the Mariners in 1992.
Katsumi Kasahara AP File Photo

Sports with Art Thiel weekly commentary

The death of Mariners' majority owner Hiroshi Yamauchi has raised a lot of questions about the future ownership of the team. And just as many questions about the man himself.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel gives us a history lesson on how Yamauchi saved professional baseball in Seattle but in recent years caused anger and mistrust among fans.

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Sports with Art Thiel
5:00 am
Fri September 13, 2013

Seahawks Poised to Win, Fans Ready to Roar

Seahawks fans will attempt world record for loudest crowd roar at a sports stadium Sunday at CenturyLink Field.
Elaine Thompson AP File Photo

Sports with Art Thiel weekly commentary

CenturyLink Field will be packed and louder than ever on Sunday evening. The Seahawks host the San Francisco 49ers in a much-anticipated match-up. 

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says this game may very well be a preview of the NFC championship battle this season.

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Sports with Art Thiel
5:00 am
Fri September 6, 2013

Seahawks Expected to Go Far in 2013, but Sunday...?

Seahawks "12th Man" flags are waved before a preseason game against the Denver Broncos on Aug. 17, 2013, in Seattle.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

Sports with Art Thiel weekly commentary

The Seahawks play the Panthers in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday morning to kick off their much-anticipated 2013 season.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says the season might not start off with a bang, but could end with one.  

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Sports with Art Thiel
5:00 am
Fri August 30, 2013

New Husky Stadium 'Spectacular'

Bleachers and seats surround the newly renovated Husky Stadium looking east Wed., Aug. 28, 2013 in Seattle.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

Sports with Art Thiel weekly commentary

The new and improved Husky Stadium opens Saturday night as the University of Washington hosts Boise State to kick off the 2013 football season. KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel got a sneak preview of the renovated facility and was quite impressed.  

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Sports with Art Thiel
5:00 am
Fri August 23, 2013

Can Chris Hansen Be Trusted?

Sacramento Kings fans during the relocation battle with Chris Hansen's Seattle investment group. Can you spot the gorilla in the photo?
Rich Pedroncelli AP

Sports with Art Thiel weekly commentary

A lot of questions remain following the revelation that Seattle arena investor Chris Hansen gave $100,000 to the anti-arena campaign in Sacramento, well after losing the battle to relocate the city's NBA team to Seattle.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel wonders if Seattle arena stakeholders are wondering whether Hansen can be trusted.  

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Sports with Art Thiel
5:36 am
Fri August 16, 2013

Will the 'Most Miserable Sports City' Be Missed?

Kevin Kniestedt's press pass from Safeco Field from 2004 when he covered the retirement of Edgar Martinez.

Listen to the full commentary.

Forbes Magazine recently named Seattle as the "Most Miserable Sports City in America." As KPLU's Kevin Kniestedt prepares to leave Seattle and move across the country, he asked Sports Commentator Art Thiel if it really is that bad of a sports town, and what he might be missing after he leaves.

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Sports with Art Thiel
5:00 am
Fri August 9, 2013

High Hopes for Sounders with Star Acquisition

Clint Dempsey, left, the newest member of the Seattle Sounders, trains for the first time with the team, Wed., Aug. 7, in Tukwila. The Sounders face Toronto FC on Saturday.
Ted S. Warren AP Photo

Sports with Art Thiel weekly commentary

The Seattle Sounders took a big step toward establishing themselves as a world-class team with this week's acquisition of Clint Dempsey, the captain of the U.S. Men's National Team.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says this is a big deal.  

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Sports with Art Thiel
5:00 am
Fri August 2, 2013

Costly Seahawks Acquisition Sidelined; Team Still Strong

Injured Seahawks wide receiver Percy Harvin (11) can only stand and watch as other receivers go through practice drills during training camp Sat., July 27, in Renton.
Ted S. Warren AP Photo

Sports with Art Thiel weekly commentary

He cost the Seahawks a lot in trade treasure. Now, an injury could cost wide receiver Percy Harvin the season. He had hip surgery this week and is expected to be out for much – if not all – of the season.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel explains why this is a blow but not a death knell for the team. And he discusses reports there might have been warning signs about Harvin's injury.  

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Sports with Art Thiel
5:00 am
Fri July 26, 2013

'Affection' for Mariners Manager Recovering from Minor Stroke

Mariners manager Eric Wedge watches batting practice before a baseball game against the Houston Astros, Wed., June 12, 2013, in Seattle.
Ted S. Warren AP Photo

Sports with Art Thiel weekly commentary

The Mariners are going to be without skipper Eric Wedge for at least the next 10 days. He's out of the hospital but not back with the team following a minor stroke this week.

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Sports with Art Thiel
5:00 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Sounders Limp into Second Half of Season

The Sounders' Eddie Johnson, center, heads the ball during a match against D.C. United on July 3 in Seattle.
Ted S. Warren AP Photo

Sports with Art Thiel weekly commentary (recorded over the Internet)

The Seattle Sounders host the Colorado Rapids Saturday to begin the second half of the season. KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says the team is far from full-strength.   

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Sports with Art Thiel
5:00 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Mariners' Performance Causes Trust Issue with Fans

Mariners starting pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma stands on the mound in Tuesday’s game against the Boston Red Sox at Safeco Field. Iwakuma gave up five runs in the inning.
Ted S. Warren AP Photo

Sports with Art Thiel weekly commentary

The Mariners head into next week’s All-Star break out of the pennant race once again. KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says the team's poor performance has created a trust issue with fans.  

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Sports with Art Thiel
5:00 am
Fri July 5, 2013

'Odds against Seattle from start' in NHL Coyotes coming to town

The Phoenix Coyotes take the ice to greet fans prior to an NHL hockey game against the Chicago Blackhawks earlier this season in Glendale, Ariz.
Matt York AP Photo

Sports with Art Thiel weekly commentary

The two most promising chances for the NBA and NHL to come to Seattle this year are now gone. This week the city council in the Phoenix suburb of Glendale voted to approve a lease agreement that keeps the NHL's Coyotes in Arizona.

The news comes two months after the NBA rejected a bid to relocate the Sacramento Kings to Seattle.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says it's a blow to Seattle's arena project, but not a very big one.  

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Sports with Art Thiel
5:00 am
Fri June 28, 2013

NCAA let Oregon Ducks off easy

In this 2012 file photo, Oregon football coach Chip Kelly walks out of the tunnel with his team before their game against Fresno State in Eugene, Ore.
Don Ryan, File AP Photo

Sports with Art Thiel weekly commentary

It should’ve been tougher. That’s what KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says about the punishment that the NCAA has issued to the Oregon Ducks football program for recruiting violations.

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