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 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.

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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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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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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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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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"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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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This might not be the best weekend to be a Seahawks or Husky fan. Both teams are big underdogs in road games against major football powerhouses.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel can't recall a time when both teams were so heavily favored to lose in the same weekend.

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The Seattle Seahawks and Washington Huskies are poised to make rather dubious history this weekend. They're both underdogs in their respective football games. If the spreads hold true, it could be a grim weekend for football fans.

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If you're going to be bad, be really bad. That might be a good slogan for the Seahawks, as they start the regular season Sunday against the 49ers in San Francisco.

National media predictions say the Seahawks will be one of the worst teams in the NFL this year. KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says that may be a good thing.

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There are a lot of new faces on the Seahawks this season. And that doesn't bode well for the team's chances. National media predict that the Seahawks will be one of the worst teams in the NFL in 2011.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says he's having a hard time arguing against that prediction.

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The 2011 University of Washington football season kicks off Saturday with a game against Eastern Washington at Husky Stadium.

There will be a lot of changes this year. And KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says that's a good thing.

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University of Washington football fans are hoping for another bowl appearance this year. The Huskies open the 2011 season Saturday at home against Eastern Washington.

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"When you have two quarterbacks, you have none."

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel quoted that old sports adage a few weeks ago, when the Seahawks decided to pass on veteran quarterback Matt Hasselbeck in favor of two relatively inexperienced QBs.

After two preseason games, some experts and fans are questioning whether the Seahawks made the right choice in deciding who would be their new starter.

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If you're a Seahawks fan, are you missing Matt Hasselbeck yet? The team declined to resign the veteran quarterback, prompting him to sign a three-year deal with the Tennessee Titans.

Instead, the Hawks are pinning their hopes on two quarterbacks this season – starter Tavaris Jackson and No. 2 guy Charlie Whitehurst. But neither is standing out during preseason play.

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It's about time. That's what KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says about all the young players the Mariners have acquired recently.

Art has said for years that the Mariners need to grow their own talent, rather than waste millions of dollars on veteran free agents who are often on the decline. And he says the fresh young faces are giving fans some excitement in an otherwise dismal season.

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The Mariners locker room is full of young faces these days. And KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says that's a good thing.

University of Washington

The University of Washington said this week it's close to reaching its fundraising goal for renovating Husky Stadium. KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says fans will benefit from this project, but don't have to pay for it.

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You have to give up a lot to get a lot. That's what sports analysts are saying about the choices the Mariners made at the trade deadline last weekend. They gave up four pitchers for six players. Starting pitcher Erik Bedard is now with the Boston Red Sox and starter Doug Fister is a Detroit Tiger.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says the players the Mariners got in return look good on paper. But how will they look in the field and at the plate?

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Just who are these guys? Mariners fans might be asking that question about the players the team acquired in trades with Boston and Detroit. Those trades this weekend sent pitchers Erik Bedard, Doug Fister, David Pauley and Josh Fields packing. 

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel shares his insights on the new players, and when we might see them having an impact. That's coming up tomorrow morning at 5:35 and 7:35 on 88.5 KPLU. Check back here tomorrow to find a blog of our conversation.

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The football news came fast and furious this week. The NFL lockout ended. Training camp started. Players were released or signed by teams in a mad rush to prepare for a season that starts in just two weeks.

It was an intense period of personnel shuffling unprecedented in the NFL, and the Seahawks were right in the middle of it.

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It's official today: Vince Young is out at quarterback for the Tennessee Titans and former Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck is in. Several media outlets are now reporting that Hasselbeck has agreed to a multi-year deal with the team.

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They Mariners have now lost 12 straight games, plummeting out of playoff contention for another season.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says desperate times call for desperate measures. That includes thinking seriously about trading Ichiro Suzuki or Felix Hernandez.

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With Major League Baseball's trade deadline looming at the end of the month, and given the Mariners recent plummet from contention, KPLU sports commentator says the M's need to make some big moves.

That means getting rid of some veterans like Ichiro Suzuki and Felix Hernandez ... and their big salaries.

Adding urgency to this move, the Mariners got swept today by the Blue Jays in Toronto, losing 7-to-5. They're losing streak now stands at 12.

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