Sports with Art Thiel

Sports with Art Thiel
5:00 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Don James Prepared UW Players for Football, Life

Legendary Washington football coach Don James greets fans prior to an NCAA college football game against Oregon, Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011, in Seattle.
Ted S. Warren Associated Press

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Tributes are planned this weekend for legendary University of Washington football coach Don James. He died last Sunday from pancreatic cancer at the age of 80. James coached the Huskies from 1975 until 1992, leading them to six conference titles and a share of the 1991 national championship.

The Husky marching band will perform a special tribute to James during halftime of Saturday night’s game against California at Husky Stadium. A public memorial service is planned for 3 p.m. Sunday at Hec Edmundson Pavilion on the UW campus.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says Don James will be remembered for what he taught players on the field, and off.

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5:00 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Can Sounders Stop Slide and Make the Playoffs?

Sounders goalkeeper Michael Gspurning, center, calls to teammates to position his defense during a match against D.C. United on July 3, 2013, at CenturyLink Field in Seattle.
Ted S. Warren AP Photo

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The Seattle Sounders play FC Dallas in Texas on Saturday. It’s yet another chance for the team to clinch a playoff berth. They’re running out of chances. 

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says a lot has been going wrong for the Sounders recently.  

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5:00 am
Fri October 11, 2013

Huskies vs.Ducks: Beyond Regional Rivalry

In this photo made with a fish-eye wide angle lens, Washington's Mike Criste (78) and Kevin King (20) run out of the tunnel into newly renovated Husky Stadium for an NCAA college football game against Boise State, Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013, in Seattle.
Ted S. Warren AP Photo

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The Washington Huskies host the Oregon Ducks Saturday in a highly-anticipated game. It begins at 1 p.m. at Husky Stadium in Seattle, but fans will be gathering well before that, with cable station ESPN featuring the matchup in their weekly “College GameDay” program—a first for Washington.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says this year, the game is more than just a regional rivalry; it’s a matchup between two nationally-ranked teams.  

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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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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

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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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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

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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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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

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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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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

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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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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

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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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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.

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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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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

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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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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

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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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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

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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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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

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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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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

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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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