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
12:00 pm
Thu April 26, 2012

Update: Seahawks make surprise pick in first round of draft

Fast, with a past: West Virginia defensive lineman Bruce Irvin runs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis on Feb. 27, 2012. The Seahawks selected him in the first round of the NFL draft Thursday.
Dave Martin AP

The Seahawks made a surprise choice for their first round pick in the NFL draft Thursday night.

They chose Bruce Irvin, a 6-3, 248-pound defensive end from West Virginia. He's fast - dazzling scouts with a 4.5-second time in the 40 yard dash. But he also has a troubled past.

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Sports with Art Thiel
9:00 pm
Thu April 19, 2012

Traffic concerns need to be addressed for proposed new arena

More land has been purchased for a proposed new sports arena in Seattle's SoDo district. Art Thiel says the city needs to address legitimate traffic concerns in the already-congested neighborhood.
AP Photo

"It's only going to get worse."

Those are the words of KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel regarding traffic in Seattle's SoDo district.

Members of the King County Council this week echoed concerns raised by the Mariners, the Port of Seattle and many SoDo businesses that a third arena in the area would create huge traffic nightmares. Not that there aren't any of those already.

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Sports with Art Thiel
1:00 pm
Thu April 19, 2012

Preview: Traffic concerns legitimate for proposed new arena

Traffic near Seattle stadia
Lana_aka_BADGRL Flickr

Members of the King County Council this week raised concerns about a proposed new arena in Seattle's SoDo district. Among the concerns is increased traffic - the same reason the Mariners, Port of Seattle and many SoDo businesses have come out against the idea of building third arena in the area.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel shares his insight on this issue 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 April 12, 2012

Cool heads urged as Sounders fans prepare for payback for 'vicious hit'

Sounders midfielder Steve Zakuani writhes in pain after a tackle by Rapids midfielder Brian Mullan in April 2011 in Denver. Zakuani is still recovering from the injury as Mullan and the Rapids make their first trip to Seattle since the hit on Saturday.
Ed Clemente

It's payback time. That's what a lot of Seattle Sounders FC fans are saying about Saturday's matchup with the Colorado Rapids at CenturyLink Field.

It's the first time they will be able to voice their opposition to Rapids midfielder Brian Mullan's vicious tackle last season of one of the Sounders' best players, Steve Zakuani. The hit left Zakuani with a broken leg as well as muscle and nerve damage from which he's still recovering.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says Sounders fans have a right to be angry and a right to voice that anger on Saturday - but he warns against going too far.

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Sports with Art Thiel
12:00 pm
Thu April 12, 2012

Preview: Advice for Sounders fans looking for payback

The most hated man among Sounders fans? Colorado Rapids midfielder Brian Mullan returns to Seattle Saturday for the first time since he broke the leg of the Sounders’ Steve Zakuani last season.
Jack Dempsey AP Photo

A controversial sports figure comes to Seattle Saturday. Colorado Rapids midfielder Brian Mullan will appear before Sounders fans for the first time since breaking the leg of popular midfielder Steve Zakuani last season.

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Sports with Art Thiel
9:00 pm
Thu April 5, 2012

UW players heading to NBA draft: Ready or not

UW's Terrence Ross (31) and Tony Wroten (14) celebrate their 57-53 win over Utah on Jan. 7, 2012. Ross was the Huskies' leading scorer with 14 points.
Colin E. Braley AP Photo

They were the top two players on the University of Washington basketball team this season. They weren't able to get the Huskies to the NCAA Tournament, but sophomore Terrence Ross and freshman Tony Wroten are nonetheless leaving UW to enter the NBA draft.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says only one of them is ready.

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Sports with Art Thiel
12:00 pm
Thu April 5, 2012

Preview: Right time or too soon for NBA draft?

Tony Wroten, left, celebrates Washington's 90-86 win over Oregon with Terrance Ross, right, in a quarterfinal in the National Invitation Tournament March 20 in Seattle. Both are leaving UW to enter the NBA draft.
Ted S. Warren AP Photo

They were certainly stars this season. But is that enough? Freshman Tony Wroten and sophomore Terrence Ross both announced this week that they're leaving the University of Washington to enter the NBA draft.

Find out what KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel thinks about their decision 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 March 29, 2012

Mariners trip to Japan a hit in more ways than one

Coming Home. Japanese journalists focus their cameras on Mariner and native son Ichiro Suzuki before practice this week at the Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Japan.
Itsuo Inouye AP Photo

The Mariners return from Japan Friday with one win and one loss under their belt, following the two-game series with the A's in Tokyo that kicked off their 2012 season.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says, overall, the trip was a success. He spent the week with the team in Japan.

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Sports with Art Thiel
10:42 am
Wed March 28, 2012

Art Thiel: Ichiro hits all the right notes in Japan

Seattle Mariners rightfielder Ichiro Suzuki, right, celebrates with teammates after beating the Oakland Athletics 3-1 in their American League season opening MLB baseball game at Tokyo Dome in Tokyo on Wednesday.
The Associated Press

TOKYO — Now he shows us.

In a game postponed from nine years ago, played 4,800 miles from where he’s hit leadoff for the last 11 years, following up an idea started eight years ago, Ichiro revealed himself to be baseball’s greatest No. 3 hitter.

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Sports with Art Thiel
9:40 am
Tue March 27, 2012

Mariners in Japan: '3/11' will long be an open wound

The tsunami that struck Kadanowaki Elementary School also slammed cars into the building. The explosions ignited fires throughout, claiming uncounted lives.
Ben VanHouten Mariners

ISHINOMAKI, Japan – Busing swiftly through the detritus of devastation is hardly a good way to get a feeling for the loss, in the space of a few hours, of about 20,000 people from a town of 160,000.

But then, what is a good way to comprehend  the unimaginable?

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Sports with Art Thiel
9:00 pm
Thu March 22, 2012

New Seahawks QB scores with bosses, fans; Mariners hope to score big in Japan

Matt Flynn scores a touchdown against Minnesota Nov. 14, 2011, in one of the two games he played for the Packers.
Matt Ludtke AP

Seahawks fans like what they're hearing about new quarterback Matt Flynn. Team leaders touted his skills and leadership ability this week.

While the Seahawks welcome an important new player, a veteran player for the Mariners is preparing for a huge homecoming in Japan. 

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Sports with Art Thiel
12:00 pm
Thu March 22, 2012

Preview: Excitement builds for new Seahawks QB

Matt Flynn in action for the Green Bay Packers on Jan. 1, 2012
Matt Ludtke AP

Fan excitement is building for the Seahawks new quarterback Matt Flynn. Will he really have to compete for the job of starter?

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Sports with Art Thiel
9:00 pm
Thu March 15, 2012

Seahawks still quarterback shopping as free agency heats up

Green Bay Packers backup quarterback-turned free agent Matt Flynn in action on Jan. 1, 2012. Art Thiel says he may be the next Dave Krieg for the Seahawks.
Matt Ludtke AP Photo

It's up in the air who will be the starting quarterback for the Seahawks next season. The Hawks are said to still be searching for their next star. Will they find him in the free agent pool?

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel breaks down the moves the Seahawks have made so far, and what might be in their future.

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Sports with Art Thiel
12:00 pm
Thu March 15, 2012

Preview: With key players signed to new deals, what's next for the Seahawks?

Seattle defensive end Red Bryant tries to block a field goal during a game against the Cardinals on Jan. 1, 2012. He signed a new contract with the Hawks this week, making him the team's highest-paid defender.
Matt York AP Photo

With the signing of defensive end Red Bryant to a new, five-year contract this week, the Seahawks now have their two best free agent players locked up. Bryant's deal comes on the heels of star running back Marshawn Lynch signing a new contract with the team. 

So, what's next for the Seahawks in the offseason, now that it appears they're out of the running for quarterback Peyton Manning?

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Sports with Art Thiel
9:00 pm
Thu March 8, 2012

Making the case for Peyton Manning in Seattle

AP file photo
Goodbye Indianapolis, hello Seattle? The Seahawks confirm they're among the teams vying for Peyton Manning. Nam Y. Huh

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel likes the idea of Peyton Manning coming to Seattle. He says the team and the city have a lot to offer him. And it goes without saying what he can offer the team - as long as he stays healthy.

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