Art Thiel http://www.kplu.org en Seahawks Could Defend Super Bowl Title — If These Things Happen Now http://www.kplu.org/post/seahawks-could-defend-super-bowl-title-if-these-things-happen-now <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/160146160&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Seahawks are back at training camp this weekend in Renton. Fans, meanwhile, are looking ahead to the season with a big question on their minds: Can the team defend its championship?</span></p><p>“I think they’re in good position to do it, but it’s really hard,” said KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel.</p><p> Sat, 26 Jul 2014 16:40:37 +0000 Ed Ronco & Art Thiel 17864 at http://www.kplu.org Seahawks Could Defend Super Bowl Title — If These Things Happen Now 'It's About To Be The Greatest Time': 4 Reasons Seattle Fans Should Get Excited http://www.kplu.org/post/its-about-be-greatest-time-4-reasons-seattle-fans-should-get-excited <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/159161637&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>From Seattle Sounders players shining at the World Cup to four Mariners in the All-Star game, to the Seahawks winning best team in sports at the ESPY Awards, Seattle sports fans have lots of reasons to smile lately.</p><p>And come September, says&nbsp;KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel, those smiles may turn into tears of joy. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Kirsten Kendrick & Art Thiel 17793 at http://www.kplu.org 'It's About To Be The Greatest Time': 4 Reasons Seattle Fans Should Get Excited The Mariners Need More Kyle Seagers http://www.kplu.org/post/mariners-need-more-kyle-seagers <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/158160492&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Major League Baseball’s All-Star game is Tuesday in Minneapolis, with the winning league gaining home-field advantage in the World Series. Three Mariners will play for the American League: All-Star veterans Robinson Cano and Felix Hernandez and first-time All-Star Kyle Seager.</p><p>KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says the Mariners could use more players like Seager&nbsp;— homegrown and hitting the ball. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 14:25:04 +0000 Kirsten Kendrick & Art Thiel 17683 at http://www.kplu.org The Mariners Need More Kyle Seagers Why The Mariners Are So Good Right Now: Meet The Surprising Newcomers http://www.kplu.org/post/why-mariners-are-so-good-right-now-meet-surprising-newcomers <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/157187975&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Mariners are going for their fifth series win in a row, taking on the White Sox in Chicago this weekend.&nbsp;</span>KPLU<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;sports commentator Art&nbsp;</span>Thiel<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;says the Mariners have been on fire recently, particularly at the plate.</span></p><p> Fri, 04 Jul 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Kirsten Kendrick & Art Thiel 17577 at http://www.kplu.org Why The Mariners Are So Good Right Now: Meet The Surprising Newcomers As U.S. Advances, Rising Sounder Yedlin's Journey To 1st World Cup Extended http://www.kplu.org/post/us-advances-rising-sounder-yedlins-journey-1st-world-cup-extended <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/156178616&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>The U.S. Men's National Soccer Team will take on Belgium next Tuesday in the knockout round of the World Cup. The U.S. men weren't expected to get past the so-called Group of Death. But they did, and they did it with the help of Seattle's own DeAndre Yedlin, a World Cup rookie.</p><p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Kirsten Kendrick & Art Thiel 17433 at http://www.kplu.org As U.S. Advances, Rising Sounder Yedlin's Journey To 1st World Cup Extended With Win Over Ghana, U.S. An Unlikely Star In World Cup's 'Grand Theater' http://www.kplu.org/post/win-over-ghana-us-unlikely-star-world-cups-grand-theater <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/155126172&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>World Cup fever seems to have swept much of the nation, especially after the U.S. beat Ghana 2-1 on Monday. The U.S. men’s national team is led by captain and Seattle Sounders star Clint Dempsey, who scored the first goal in the first 30 seconds of the match.</p><p>As U.S. prepares to take on Portugal on Sunday afternoon, sports commentator Art Thiel&nbsp;says the team's win has changed the expected narrative of the World Cup, or what Art calls "grand theater." Fri, 20 Jun 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Kirsten Kendrick & Art Thiel 17266 at http://www.kplu.org With Win Over Ghana, U.S. An Unlikely Star In World Cup's 'Grand Theater' Would Sterling Lawsuit Expose NBA Secrets? http://www.kplu.org/post/would-sterling-lawsuit-expose-nba-secrets <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/154092436&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>The $2 billion sale of the L.A. Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is in limbo. Embattled Clippers owner Donald Sterling is moving forward with his lawsuit against the NBA, saying he was forced unfairly to sell the team after his racist comments were made public.</p><p>Sterling this week called the NBA "a band of hypocrites and bullies" and "despicable monsters." And the <a href="http://bigstory.ap.org/article/ap-source-donald-sterling-hires-investigators">Associated Press reports</a> he's now hired several private investigators to dig up dirt on NBA commissioners and his fellow owners.</p><p>Does the NBA have anything to hide? KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says there's a crack in the NBA's case. Fri, 13 Jun 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Kirsten Kendrick & Art Thiel 17120 at http://www.kplu.org Would Sterling Lawsuit Expose NBA Secrets? Sounders Head Into World Cup Break On Top With Two Players On National Team http://www.kplu.org/post/sounders-head-world-cup-break-top-two-players-national-team <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/153004579&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>The Seattle Sounders are on top of the Major League Soccer standings heading into Saturday’s game against the Fire in Chicago. Then they’re off for three weeks while the World Cup is played in Brazil.</p><p>Two Sounders players are on the men’s national team, which has taken them away from MLS play recently. But KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says the Sounders have sufficient depth on their team to handle it. Fri, 06 Jun 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Kirsten Kendrick & Art Thiel 16976 at http://www.kplu.org Sounders Head Into World Cup Break On Top With Two Players On National Team Ballmer Reaches Deal To Buy Clippers For $2 Billion, Won't Move Them To Seattle http://www.kplu.org/post/ballmer-reaches-deal-buy-clippers-2-billion-wont-move-them-seattle <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/151954427&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has reportedly reached a deal to buy the Los Angeles Clippers for $2 billion. Sources told ESPN and other media that the agreement was signed Thursday night by the family trust of embattled owner Donald Sterling and has been sent to the NBA for final approval.</p><p>KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says it’s not good news for Seattle.</p><p> Fri, 30 May 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Kirsten Kendrick & Art Thiel 16869 at http://www.kplu.org Ballmer Reaches Deal To Buy Clippers For $2 Billion, Won't Move Them To Seattle Will Hockey Win? New Developments In NHL's Race With NBA To Seattle http://www.kplu.org/post/will-hockey-win-new-developments-nhls-race-nba-seattle <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/150817608&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>A recent visit by the head of the National Hockey League has people in Seattle once again talking about whether the NHL will beat the NBA to town. KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says that's "score one" for the hockey execs. Fri, 23 May 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Kirsten Kendrick & Art Thiel 16785 at http://www.kplu.org Will Hockey Win? New Developments In NHL's Race With NBA To Seattle Speed And Strength: Closer Look At Seahawks' New Rookies http://www.kplu.org/post/speed-and-strength-closer-look-seahawks-new-rookies <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/149717220&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>The Seahawks are putting their new drafted and undrafted rookies to the test in a mini-camp this weekend in Renton. KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel&nbsp;says there are several standouts who could help the Seahawks be as good as they were last year. &nbsp; Fri, 16 May 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Kirsten Kendrick & Art Thiel 16599 at http://www.kplu.org Speed And Strength: Closer Look At Seahawks' New Rookies Richard Sherman Deal 'Deserved,' 'Part Of The Game' http://www.kplu.org/post/richard-sherman-deal-deserved-part-game <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/148583999&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Seahawks star Richard Sherman is now the highest-paid cornerback in the NFL after signing a $57 million, four-year contract extension this week.</p><p>KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel doesn't question the amount of the salary, but wonders what it might do to Sherman's performance on the field. Fri, 09 May 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Kirsten Kendrick & Art Thiel 16460 at http://www.kplu.org Richard Sherman Deal 'Deserved,' 'Part Of The Game' How Sterling Scandal Could Get Seattle's Ballmer Inside The NBA http://www.kplu.org/post/how-sterling-scandal-could-get-seattles-ballmer-inside-nba <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/147550463&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Now that Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling has been banned for life from the NBA and fined $2.5 million for racist comments that were made public, basketball fans in Seattle are wondering whether the Clippers might be sold and moved to the city.</span></p><p>"Almost zero chance. I don't see that happening," said&nbsp;KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel. But he says there may be a chance for retired Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer to get his foot in the door of the NBA.</p><p> Fri, 02 May 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Kirsten Kendrick & Art Thiel 16356 at http://www.kplu.org How Sterling Scandal Could Get Seattle's Ballmer Inside The NBA Seahawks Surprises: Tough 2014 Schedule, Sherman Honored, Wilson To Divorce http://www.kplu.org/post/seahawks-surprises-tough-2014-schedule-sherman-honored-wilson-divorce <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/146455612&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It may be baseball season, but Seahawks fans are already thinking about football this fall. That's because the 2014 NFL schedule came out this week, but that's not the only reason.</span></p><p> Fri, 25 Apr 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Kirsten Kendrick & Art Thiel 16260 at http://www.kplu.org Seahawks Surprises: Tough 2014 Schedule, Sherman Honored, Wilson To Divorce After Rocky Start, Sounders Star And Rapper Dempsey Finally Finds His Groove http://www.kplu.org/post/after-rocky-start-sounders-star-and-rapper-dempsey-finally-finds-his-groove <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Sounders star midfielder Clint Dempsey has made headlines recently. He scored his first-ever hat trick two weeks ago against Portland. Dempsey has scored a total of five goals in the past two games,&nbsp;</span><a href="http://sportspressnw.com/2183270/2014/dempsey-named-mls-player-of-week-again" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">earning back-to-back Player of The Week awards from Major League Soccer.</a></p><p>KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says things are finally coming together for Dempsey and the Sounders.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">"Finally, it's happening. The investment is bearing fruit," Art said.</span></p><p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Kirsten Kendrick & Art Thiel 16115 at http://www.kplu.org After Rocky Start, Sounders Star And Rapper Dempsey Finally Finds His Groove