Sports with Art Thiel

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

Ball in Sacramento's court in battle with Seattle over Kings

Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson on Tuesday, introducing the first part of his plan to keep the Kings in Sacramento. The move came a day after the Maloof family signed an agreement to sell the Kings to a Seattle group led by investor Chris Hansen.
Rich Pedroncelli AP Photo

The agreement to sell the Sacramento Kings to a Seattle investment group - with the goal of moving the team to Seattle - is not a slam dunk. It still needs NBA approval. And momentum is growing in Sacramento to try to keep the Kings there.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel tries to clear up some of the confusion Seattle fans may have about what's going on.

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5:00 am
Fri January 18, 2013

Looking back at Seahawks' playoff loss, and ahead to next season

Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll walks off the field during the first half of Sunday’s playoff game against the Falcons in Atlanta.
John Bazemore AP Photo

Seahawks fans still have a lot of anguish and, for some, anger about Sunday's playoff loss to Atlanta. KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel has some answers for fans, and a look ahead to next season.

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8:30 am
Mon January 14, 2013

Seahawks' playoff defeat leaves one fan heartbroken but hopeful

Seahawks middle linebacker Bobby Wagner (54) sits on the bench during the second half of an NFC divisional playoff game against the Atlanta Falcons Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013, in Atlanta. The Falcons won 30-28.
Dave Martin AP Photo

A dramatic comeback was not enough for the Seahawks Sunday. They lost to the Falcons 30-28 in the NFC Divisional playoff game in Atlanta. Find out what one longtime Seattle sports fan has to say about it.

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9:02 am
Fri January 4, 2013

Why the Seahawks will beat RG3 and the Redskins

Seahawks rookie quarterback Russell Wilson
AP Photo

Two rookie quarterbacks who've shined in the regular season will go head-to-head Sunday in Washington D.C., as Russell Wilson and the Seahawks go up against Robert Griffin III and the Redskins in the first round of the NFC playoffs.

Find out why KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel thinks the Seahawks will prevail.

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5:00 am
Fri December 28, 2012

Top 5 sports stories of 2012

Nathan Adrian bringing home the gold
AP Photo

What do a swimmer, a rookie quarterback, a perfect pitcher and a hedge fund manager have in common?

They're all on KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel's list of the top 5 sports stories of 2012.

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5:00 am
Fri December 21, 2012

Rookie-led Seahawks poised for playoffs

Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson reacts after scoring a touchdown against the Buffalo Bills Dec. 16 in Toronto.
Mike Groll AP Photo

The Seahawks will be in the national spotlight when they host the San Francisco 49ers for Sunday Night Football on NBC.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says it's going to be an intense, high-scoring game that should live up to the hype. Not to mention that the Seahawks could seal a wildcard playoff berth with a win.

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5:00 am
Fri December 14, 2012

WSU probe raises questions; UW bowl ticket sales lag

This Oct. 13, 2012 file photo shows WSU wide receiver Marquess Wilson (86) standing on the sidelines.
Dean Hare AP Photo

Washington State University has cleared its football coach of accusations of abuse. And the University of Washington is trying to lure more fans to Las Vegas for the team’s bowl game next weekend.

Both of those topics were on the mind of KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel this week.

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5:00 am
Fri December 7, 2012

Seahawks may have strategy regarding suspensions

Seahawks' Brandon Browner (39) reacts after recovering a Carolina Panthers fumble earlier this season. The Hawks will lose his fumble recovery and interception skills for four games, after he withdrew his appeal of a substance abuse violation.
Bob Leverone AP Photo

The Seahawks are still very much in the running for the playoffs. That's why KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel thinks there's some sort of strategy around their two star cornerbacks and the status of their appeals of NFL substance abuse violations.

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5:00 am
Fri November 30, 2012

What's behind the leak of the Seahawks' drug controversy?

Who tipped off the media and why? That’s the question Art Thiel is asking, after news that Seahawks cornerbacks Richard Sherman (#25 here) and Brandon Browner reportedly violated the NFL’s banned substances policy. The news leaked before their appeal.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

The Seahawks claim it's not a distraction. But KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel begs to differ. Star cornerbacks Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner will be playing under a cloud of controversy this Sunday in Chicago, as they appeal a reported violation of the NFL's drug policy.

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5:00 am
Fri November 23, 2012

Mariners' new scoreboard: hit or miss?

In this computer rendering provided by the Seattle Mariners, a new high definition video display screen is seen where it will replace the current center field scoreboard at Safeco Field.
Ben VanHouten Seattle Mariners

"It's more of a hood ornament when no one is really buying the car."

That's what KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel has to say about the Mariners' plans for a new scoreboard at Safeco Field - at an estimated cost of $10 million.

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5:00 am
Fri November 16, 2012

WSU controversy highlights lack of players' rights

This Oct. 13, 2012 file photo shows WSU wide receiver Marquess Wilson (86) standing on the sidelines.
Dean Hare AP Photo

Washington State University's athletic department and the Pac-12 are each investigating claims of abuse by first-year head football coach Mike Leach. The often controversial coach denies the claims being leveled by former star receiver Marquess Wilson, who quit the team.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says, no matter who's right in this case, it sheds light on the long-overlooked issue of players' rights - or lack of them - in college sports.

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5:00 am
Fri October 19, 2012

Rough season for UW, WSU quarterbacks

UW quarterback Keith Price reaches for the ball as he fumbles it against Southern California on Oct. 13. USC recovered at its own 4-yard line and won the game 24-14.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

There's not a lot to cheer about this season if you're a college football fan in Washington.

Both the University of Washington and Washington State have been struggling. KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says nowhere is that more evident than at the position of quarterback.

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5:00 am
Fri October 5, 2012

Will Mariners fence changes make big difference next year?

A sign put up by Mariners fans behind left field indicates a concern for their seats. The Mariners this week announced plans to move in the outfield fences at Safeco Field for the 2013 season to make it easier on hitters.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

Despite modest improvement this year, the Mariners end the season last in the American League West for the third year in a row.

And that's not the end of the frustration for Mariners fans, according to KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel.

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5:00 am
Fri September 28, 2012

Seahawks fans' reaction to disputed call 'foolish'

The call seen 'round the world: Officials signal a touchdown by Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate on the last play of the Monday Night Football match-up against the Green Bay Packers. The call gave the Seahawks a 14-12 win.
Stephen Brashear AP Photo

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel has a bone to pick with some Seahawks fans. He's baffled by the action of several season ticket holders following the Seahawks' controversial victory over the Green Bay Packers Monday night, at the hands of replacement referees.

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9:46 am
Tue September 25, 2012

Seahawks, Packers, NFL, referees, history collide in end zone

Packers defenders fight for possession of a jump ball with Seattle Seahawks wide receivers Charly Martin (14) and Golden Tate, right, in the final seconds of last night's game.
Stephen Brashear AP

Special post from SportsPress Northwest

As the parabola of Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson’s final pass became apparent – in play, in the end zone –  there was no doubt that the Seahawks, the Packers, a stadium of fans, and the world that cares about Monday Night Football were about to witness the worst collision between clown cars in the history of the circus.

Boom! Floppy shoes, orange hair, red noses flying across the Pioneer Square landscape. Oh, the greasepaint!

And grinning in the bottom of the mayhem was a hero named Golden.

Does it get more loopy?

Yes. Loopy went overtime, grabbed a snack and came back on the field to kick a pointless point. Ten minutes after the game was over, it was over-over:  Seattle 14, Green Bay 12, but the controversy over this outcome will finish the moment the sun goes supernova.

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