Sports with Art Thiel

Sports with Art Thiel
12:46 am
Fri March 11, 2011

Art Thiel: Give Romar benefit of the doubt in Overton case

Too much, too little or just right? Depending on who you ask, you will get different answers to the question of whether University of Washington basketball coach Lorenzo Romar went far enough in his punishment of senior guard Venoy Overton.

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9:21 am
Fri March 4, 2011

NFL labor talks extended; Hasselbeck likely free agent

Love 'em or leave 'em: Matt Hasselbeck hugs coach Pete Carroll after the Seahawks beat the Saints in the NFC Wildcard playoff game Jan. 8, 2011. Art Thiel says Hasselbeck will be a free agent whenever NFL players get a new contract.
Robert Sorbo REUTERS

NFL labor talks have gone into overtime.  Owners and players have now agreed to a seven-day extension to come up with a new collective bargaining agreement with the players' union.

For Seahawks fans, this means quarterback Matt Hasselbeck will likely become a free agent.

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1:45 pm
Fri February 25, 2011

Huskies bounce back after controversy - NCAA tourney bound?

After a mid-season controversy and losing a shot at the Pac-10 title, the Washington Huskies appear poised to end the regular season on a high note. And they might just make it to the NCAA tournament.

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8:15 pm
Thu February 17, 2011

Hard to embrace idea of Griffey as Mariners' consultant

Ken Griffey Jr. puts his arm around Mariners team president Chuck Armstrong before a baseball workout in 2009 at Safeco Field. Their close relationship came under scrutiny last year, following Griffey’s abrupt retirement from baseball.
Elaine Thompson AP

There are a lot of unanswered questions and unresolved issues with Ken Griffey Jr.'s new job as special consultant with the Seattle Mariners. This follows his abrupt retirement in the middle of the season last year.

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5:34 am
Fri February 11, 2011

Concerns of both sides need to be heard in NFL labor talks

Seahawks linebacker Aaron Curry talks with fans at the end of the playoff game against the Saints Jan. 8, 2011, in Seattle. Curry's $60 million/5 year rookie contract is a reason why NFL owners want a wage lid for rookies.
John Froschauer AP

The NFL may want to keep celebrating a successful 2010 season and profitable Super Bowl, but it must now turn its attention to a more unpleasant topic: a new collective bargaining agreement with players. The contract of a popular Seahawks player factors into one of the issues at play.

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2:32 pm
Fri February 4, 2011

Steelers and Super Bowl still bad mix for Seahawks fans

Do you remember the Seattle Seahawks losing to the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XL? If you lived in Seattle five years ago, of course you do. Have you gotten over it? If not, you might want to root for the Green Bay Packers this weekend.

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1:06 pm
Fri January 28, 2011

After Niehaus: How do you replace a legend?

Dave Niehaus was the legendary voice of the Seattle Mariner broadcasts for more than 30 years. His death last fall has left a void. How will the M's fill it?
AP

The sudden death of Mariners' Hall of Fame broadcaster Dave Niehaus last November left a huge void in the team's radio booth. It's a void that will be evident this weekend as fans flock to Safeco Field for Mariners FanFest - the annual meet-and-greet with players and team personnel.

Since there is no one voice that can replace Niehaus, the Mariners have decided to use five this season. 

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4:48 am
Fri January 21, 2011

Seahawks start offseason with big changes and challenges

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck talks to head coach Pete Carroll on the sideline during an NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers, Sunday, Sept. 12, 2010, in Seattle. Will coach and player be on the same sideline next season?
Ted S. Warren AP Photo


There's no rest for the weary at Seattle Seahawks headquarters. Less than a week after the end of the season, head coach Pete Carroll fired offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates and hired Darrell Bevell from the Minnesota Vikings to replace him.


Carroll also has hired the newly-fired head coach of the Oakland Raiders, Tom Cable, to be his assistant head coach and the man in charge of the Hawks' offensive line. How does all of this impact the effort to re-sign quarterback Matt Hasselbeck?

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4:14 am
Fri January 14, 2011

Can Seahawks maximize advantages for another playoff win?

Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch, left, carries the ball as Chicago Bears linebacker Pisa Tinoisamoa tries to make the tackle during a regular season game in Chicago, Oct. 17, 2010. Seattle won 23-20. Can Lynch and the 'Hawks win there again?
AP

It will be freezing cold. The field will be lousy. But the Seahawks are bringing a lot of emotional momentum into Sunday’s NFC Divisional Playoff game against the Bears in Chicago. 

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3:47 am
Fri January 7, 2011

Win or lose against Saints, Seahawks season a triumph

Seattle Seahawks place kicker Olindo Mare (10) and holder Jon Ryan (9) kicka a field goal as New Orleans Saints cornerback Tracy Porter (22) tries for the block during an NFL football game at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, Sunday, Nov. 21, 2010.
AP file photo

The Seattle Seahawks host the defending Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints Saturday in the NFC playoff game.  Kickoff is at 1:30 at Qwest Field.  Matt Hasselbeck will be the starting quarterback, getting the nod over Charlie Whitehurst, who led the Seahawks to victory over St. Louis for the NFC West title last weekend. 

Sports commentator Art Thiel shared his thoughts on the Saints-Seahawks matchup with KPLU’s Kirsten Kendrick.

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1:30 am
Fri December 31, 2010

Top five Seattle sports stories of 2010

Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll right, greets Seahawks' Earl Thomas after a play against the Carolina Panthers in the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 5, 2010 in Seattle.
Ted S. Warren AP

What would you say was the top Seattle sports story of 2010?   Sports commentator Art Thiel has come up with his top five, and he shared them with KPLU’s Kirsten Kendrick.

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2:37 am
Fri December 24, 2010

UW 'excited but serious' about Holiday Bowl

The Washington Huskies are working hard to prepare for their first bowl appearance in eight years.  They play Nebraska in the Holiday Bowl next Thursday, December 30th, in San Diego. 

Sports commentator Art Thiel shared with KPLU’s Kirsten Kendrick the many reasons why this game is such a big deal for Washington and not for Nebraska. 

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5:52 am
Fri December 17, 2010

Should the Mariners trade Felix in rebuilding year?

Felix Hernandez won the 2010 American League Cy Young Award, despite having the fewest wins There are rumors the Yankees may want to trade for him. Art Thiel says if the Yankees make a serious offer, the Mariners should listen.
AP Images

The Mariners have signed three veteran free agents in the past week.  But the news is not generating much excitement.  Sports commentator Art Thiel tells KPLU’s Kirsten Kendrick that’s because the Mariners are embarking on a rebuilding year, which could have them entertaining offers for star pitcher Felix Hernandez. 

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7:26 am
Fri December 10, 2010

UW will have emotional edge in Holiday Bowl

UW quarterback Jake Locker is tackled during a game against Nebraska at Husky Stadium on Sept. 18, 2010. Washington lost 56-21.
AP

The Washington Huskies may be all smiles when it comes to preparing for the Holiday Bowl on December 30th.  But that’s not the case for their opponent, Nebraska.  Sports commentator Art Thiel tells KPLU's Kirsten Kendrick the Cornhuskers are suffering from a double case of Déjà Vu. 

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11:23 pm
Thu December 2, 2010

One chapter closes, another opens

You’ve read his columns in the Seattle P-I for 30 years – first in print and more recently online.  Now, KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel has started a new Web site with friend and former P-I colleague Steve Rudman.  It’s called Sportspress Northwest.  Art talked with KPLU’s Kirsten Kendrick about his new venture, and about one of the big stories that will be featured on the site this weekend (the Apple Cup). 

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