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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The Seahawks are staying busy in the offseason. They continue to enhance their roster. And they learned this week that they'll get even more opportunities to do that during next month's draft.

But KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says the biggest question about the Seahawks next season has yet to be answered.

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The shocking decision this week of San Francisco 49ers rookie linebacker Chris Borland to retire from the game over health concerns has shaken up the NFL.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says it's time for the league to come clean about the dangers of the sport.

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The Seahawks sent shockwaves through the NFL this week with their big trade with the New Orleans Saints: giving up center Max Unger and their first round draft pick for tight end Jimmy Graham.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says it was a bold move that will pay off big time.

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The Seattle Sounders kick off their 2015 season Sunday night. They host the New England Revolution at 6:30 at CenturyLink Field.

The Major League Soccer season begins with a brand new contract between the league and its players’ union.

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The Mariners begin spring training play next week in Arizona with a pretty bold prediction from one of their star players.

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Northwest college football stars are among the hundreds of athletes who’ve been invited to take the first step toward being drafted into the NFL. They’re being evaluated this week at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.

Several local standouts could be top draft picks.

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The Seahawks are in contract mode with two of their best players. Running back Marshawn Lynch is hinting at retirement. Quarterback Russell Wilson is poised for a big payoff.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says the salary cap will be a factor in both players’ negotiations.

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As the Seahawks and their fans begin the process of trying to move on after Sunday’s heartbreaking Super Bowl loss, the fallout from the controversial play call continues. KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says a comeback from this will be the challenge of Coach Pete Carroll’s career.

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With the hype almost over, the Seahawks say they're ready to take on the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl on Sunday.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel is in Glendale, Arizona, for Super Bowl XLIX.

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KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel still can't get over how the Seahawks came from behind to beat the Packers in overtime to advance to their second Super Bowl in two years.

“That was the most remarkable sequence of events I have ever seen in my sports writing career," he proclaimed.

Art breaks down the game and looks ahead to Super Bowl XLIX between the Seahawks and Patriots.

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The Seattle Seahawks host the Green Bay Packers on Sunday in the NFC championship game. The winner will head to the Super Bowl.

It’s the second year in a row for the Seahawks and their fans to be in this position. But KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says those two years couldn’t be any more different.

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The Seahawks host the Carolina Panthers Saturday night in the NFC divisional playoff game. Kickoff is 5:15 at CenturyLink Field.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says it's not going to be the cake walk that many Seahawks fans may be expecting.

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The year 2014 started with a Super Bowl victory by the Seattle Seahawks, and ended with them in the playoffs once again. In between those events, a lot happened with the Mariners, Sounders and two separate University of Washington teams.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel counts down his top five sports moments of 2014.

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The University of Washington football team is spending the holiday break preparing for a battle against Oklahoma State University in the Cactus Bowl, which takes place on Friday, Jan. 2, in Tempe, Arizona.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says it may be one of the "lesser" bowl games, but it still has some value for UW.

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Playoff talk is heating up for the Super Bowl champions, the Seahawks. Their biggest game of the season is this Sunday against the first-place Cardinals in Arizona. Kickoff is 5:30.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says there's a lot at stake.

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