Sports with Art Thiel

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Negotiations continue between the Seahawks and quarterback Russell Wilson over extending his contract. Wilson has led the team to three playoffs and two Super Bowls during his first three years in Seattle.

But KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says giving Wilson what many fans feel he deserves is easier said than done.

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New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady confirmed that he will appeal his punishment by the NFL in the so called “deflategate” controversy regarding the team’s doctored footballs in the AFC Championship game against the Indianapolis Colts in January.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel explains how the Patriots have written a bizarre new chapter in the saga and how it could affect how the Seahawks are viewed.

"Just when think this story can't get more absurd, it takes a fresh turn," Thiel said.

He's referring to the Patriots' creation of a website to post a lengthy rebuttal to the allegations of cheating leveled by an independent investigator hired by the NFL.

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The Seahawks are getting their first look at their newly-drafted players this weekend in a three-day camp. This, as one of those rookies continues to draw big scrutiny.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says the Seahawks' choice of Frank Clark sparked controversy and comparisons to troubled players they've selected in the past.

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Baseball is back to normal this weekend after a very abnormal game this week in Baltimore. The sports world was captivated by the Orioles and White Sox playing a game in an empty Camden Yards, due to the riots in Baltimore.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says Major League Baseball missed the chance to make a bigger statement.

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The NFL released its 2015 schedule this week, causing a major media circus. At the center of it all: the Seattle Seahawks.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says the team has a lot of people talking.

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Now that the 2015 Masters is in the books, the golf world’s focus is shifting to Pierce County. Chambers Bay Golf Course in University Place will host the U.S. Open June 18-21.

It’s a first for the Pacific Northwest. KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says it’s a really big deal.

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The Mariners are in Oakland this weekend for their first road trip of the season. They got off to a bumpy start at home, much to the dismay of many fans.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says the city seems to be suffering from the “Seahawks effect.”

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The Mariners start the 2015 season at home Monday afternoon. They host the Los Angeles Angles at Safeco Field.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says there's a different vibe surrounding the team this year, and it's got him a bit out of sorts.

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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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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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The Seahawks host the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday afternoon. The Hawks are hoping for a second win against their rivals this season to move them closer to the playoffs.

A lot of people are wondering whether it will be Jim Harbaugh’s last visit to Seattle as coach of the 49ers.

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After just barely missing the playoffs this season, the Mariners are going all in to try to make it to the postseason next year.

They made some big moves this week to improve their odds, namely signing veteran free agent slugger Nelson Cruz.

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The Seattle Sounders and LA Galaxy meet Sunday in California for the first of two games in Major League Soccer’s Western Conference Finals.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says this series is not the MLS Championship, but it might as well be.

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The Seahawks' schedule is about to get tougher, and the timing couldn’t be worse. They learned this week that they’ll be without two key players for the rest of the season.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel said it’s bad news as the team heads to Kansas City to face the Chiefs on Sunday.

Art also says Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez narrowly losing his bid for a second Cy Young Award was "a little bit unfair."

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It hasn’t been a good week for the University of Washington or Washington State University football teams. They both lost key players, and for different reasons.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says the Huskies dismissed a player who had a reputation as a troublemaker.

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The No. 1 Seattle Sounders start their playoff run this weekend. KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says this could be the year the Sounders win it all and make history in the process.

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The spotlight will be on the Seahawks once again this weekend as the team tries to bounce back from all the controversy that's been swirling around them recently. They play the Carolina Panthers in Charlotte on Sunday.

The Seahawks have been under intense scrutiny following back-to-back losses and the shocking trade of star receiver Percy Harvin.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says this is what happens when a defending Super Bowl champion makes a controversial mid-season trade that really amounts to a firing.

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The unranked Washington Huskies take on the No. 9 Oregon Ducks Saturday in Eugene. The Ducks are heavily favored to win, as they have the past 10 years.

But the Huskies may be able to turn their luck around this year with the help of a man known as “the mad scientist.”

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