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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Sports with Art Thiel
3:21 pm
Thu November 10, 2011

Preview: Paterno firing, Penn State University fallout

Joe Paterno and his wife Susan stand on their porch to thank well-wishers gathered outside in State College, Pa., Wednesday.
Associated Press

Penn State University has been in turmoil over the last week following an indictment of former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky on charges of child sex abuse over a 15-year period.

This was followed by the firing of the university president and long-time iconic head football coach Joe Paterno. Find out what Art thinks about the Penn State decision and what it could lead to tomorrow morning at 5:35 and 7:35 on 88.5 KPLU.

Sports with Art Thiel
9:00 pm
Thu November 3, 2011

UW hosts Oregon, bids farewell to old Husky Stadium Saturday

Old file photo of Husky Stadium. The current stadium will host its final football game Saturday night when UW plays No. 6 Oregon. Much of it will then be demolished and replaced in a $250 million upgrade. What's your best Husky Stadium memory?
AP File Photo

It's perhaps the most fitting way to end an era at Husky Stadium. The University of Washington hosts No. 6 Oregon on Saturday night in a Pac-12 showdown that will be the final game in the 90-year old waterfront stadium.

We'd love to hear your favorite memories of the old Husky Stadium.

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Sports with Art Thiel
2:37 pm
Thu November 3, 2011

Preview: Big game in more ways than one for Huskies on Saturday

Washington punter Kiel Rasp reaches for Oregon cornerback Cliff Harris during last year's Huskies-Ducks match-up in Eugene. Oregon won the game 53-16.
Rick Bowmer AP Photo

The Washington Huskies host the 6th-ranked Oregon Ducks Saturday. KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says it's the biggest home game of the year - and the last one at Husky Stadium before it closes for major renovations.

The Ducks are a big threat to the Huskies, who have been doing quite well this season. Find out what Art thinks about the match-up tomorrow morning at 5:35 and 7:35 on 88.5 KPLU. Check back here for a blog of our conversation.

Sports with Art Thiel
9:00 pm
Thu October 27, 2011

MLS Cup could be within Sounders' grasp this season

Sounders goalkeeper Kasey Keller holds the U.S. Open Cup as he celebrates with his teammates this month in Seattle, after they won the Open Cup for a third year in a row. Will the team's first MLS Cup be next?
Ted S. Warren AP Photo

They've won the U.S. Open Cup for the third year in a row. They've moved on to the next round of a major international competition. And now, the Seattle Sounders have set their sights on winning their first-ever Major League Soccer Cup this year.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says it would be the logical end to a spectacular season.

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Sports with Art Thiel
12:00 pm
Thu October 27, 2011

Preview: Sounders FC going for it all in playoffs

Seattle Sounders' Osvaldo Alonso applies a defensive header near the goal during an Oct. 8 match against the Philadelphia Union in Seattle.
Ted S. Warren AP Photo

The Seattle Sounders begin playoff play on Saturday night against Real Salt Lake in Utah. The Sounders (18-7-9) earned the second-best record in Major League Soccer this season and are expected to go far in the playoffs.

In fact, the team is expecting to go all the way, after winning the U.S. Open Cup for the third year in a row.

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Sports with Art Thiel
9:00 pm
Thu October 20, 2011

UW needs more than luck to beat Stanford in 'game of the decade'

Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck passes under pressure in last year's 41-0 rout of UW. The Huskies are hoping for a very different outcome on Saturday, but Luck still stands in their way.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

The Washington Huskies play one of the best teams in the country on Saturday – the Stanford Cardinal and their star quarterback Andrew Luck. KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says this is one of the most significant games UW has played in a decade.

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Sports with Art Thiel
12:20 pm
Thu October 20, 2011

Preview: 'Biggest Huskies game in years' this weekend

Then-UW quarterback Jake Locker is sacked during last year's 41-0 loss to Stanford at Husky Stadium. The Huskies are hoping for a better outcome Saturday when they play the Cardinal. But Stanford QB Andrew Luck has been unbeatable so far this season.
Elaine Thompson AP File Photo

The Washington Huskies take on Stanford in California this Saturday. They're hoping for a much better showing than last season's embarrassing 41-0 loss at Husky Stadium.

Standing in their way is the best quarterback since John Elway, according to KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel.

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Sports with Art Thiel
9:00 pm
Thu October 13, 2011

One for the record books: Aaron Curry a bust for Seahawks

One of the many times Aaron Curry sat on the Seahawks sidelines this year.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

"The biggest draft bust in Seahawks history."

That's how KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel describes the team's trade this week of disappointing linebacker Aaron Curry to the Oakland Raiders. The Hawks got almost nothing in return.

Just two years ago, Curry was a top draft pick for the Seahawks. But he couldn't live up to the hype.

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Sports with Art Thiel
1:12 pm
Thu October 13, 2011

Preview: Aaron Curry biggest draft bust in Seahawks history

A rare sight this season: Seahawks linebacker Aaron Curry in action.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

He couldn't live up to the hype. The Seahawks have traded disappointing linebacker Aaron Curry to the Oakland Raiders for almost nothing in return. Just two years ago, the Hawks selected Curry as the No. 4 overall pick in the NFL draft.

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Sports with Art Thiel
9:00 pm
Thu October 6, 2011

WSU off to strong start despite quarterback controversy

WSU's Jeff Tuel (10) congratulates Marshall Lobbestael (9) after a touchdown against Idaho State last month. Tuel broke his collar bone in the game. Lobbestael has played well, leading to a potential controversy now that Tuel has recovered.
Dean Hare AP Photo

Washington State University is enjoying the best start to its football season since 2006. The Cougars are 3-1 heading into Saturday's game at UCLA. And they're doing it with their backup quarterback.

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Sports with Art Thiel
11:03 am
Thu October 6, 2011

Preview: WSU starts season strong

Washington State Cougars wide receiver Jeffrey Solomon hauls in a touchdown pass during the first half of last year’s WSU/UCLA match-up. The Cougars and Bruins play again on Saturday, with WSU off to a strong start this season.
Chris Carlson AP Photo

Washington State University's football program is off to its best start since 2006. Following an improbable win against Colorado last week, the Cougars are preparing to take on UCLA this weekend, under the leadership of backup quarterback Marshall Lobbestael.

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Sports with Art Thiel
9:00 pm
Thu September 29, 2011

Mariners in 2012: Newbies show promise, veterans pose problems

Mariner Ichiro Suzuki smiles at fans after the Oakland Athletics defeated the M's 2-0 in their final game of the season Wednesday. Art Thiel says Ichiro is a big question mark for the team next year.
Kevin P. Casey AP Photo

The Mariners had a dismal 2011 season. They lost more than 90 games for the third time in four years. Attendance hit a new low at Safeco Field.

Now that the season is over, fans are looking ahead to 2012 with a little more optimism. The team has made a lot of young acquisitions who look promising. But KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says some old problems remain.

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Sports with Art Thiel
12:06 pm
Thu September 29, 2011

Preview: Will young talent help Mariners bounce back?

Justin Smoak is met at home by Mike Carp and Dustin Ackley on Smoak's three-run home run against the Oakland Athletics Monday at Safeco Field. They are three of the new faces on the Mariners' roster. Can they help turn things around in 2012?
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

Now that the dismal 2011 season has come to a close, we're looking ahead to what 2012 might hold for the Mariners.

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Sports with Art Thiel
9:00 pm
Thu September 22, 2011

After shocking end to season, future uncertain for Seattle Storm

Sue Bird reacts to a call against her during Monday's decisive Game 3 of the first round of the playoffs against the Phoenix Mercury. Phoenix won 77-75. There's word Bird played with a hip injury all season and may need surgery to repair it.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

They may have won it all in 2010, but this year the Seattle Storm reverted back to their old habit of exiting the playoffs in the first round. They've done it six out of the last seven years.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says injuries and exhaustion were big factors.

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Sports with Art Thiel
11:24 am
Thu September 22, 2011

Preview: Sad ending to painful season for Seattle Storm

Seattle Storm's Lauren Jackson is fouled during the second half of the decisive Game 3 in the Western Conference semifinal Monday. Phoenix beat Seattle 77-75. Jackson missed much of the season recovering from hip surgery.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

What a difference a year makes. They were the WNBA champs in 2010, but the Seattle Storm is already out of this year's playoffs. They were eliminated in the first round by the Phoenix Mercury Monday night at KeyArena.

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