Sports with Art Thiel

Sports with Art Thiel
9:00 pm
Thu June 16, 2011

Riots mar end to spectacular season for Vancouver Canucks

Parked cars were set on fire, others were tipped over, and looters shattered storefronts and ransacked businesses following the Vancouver Canucks' 4-0 loss to the Boston Bruins on Wednesday night in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals.
Photo by Craig McCulloch KPLU

It started out as remarkable, but ended in riots. The 2010-11 season for the Vancouver Canucks was one for the record books - in more ways than one.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says the violence that occurred on the streets of downtown Vancouver after Game 7 was a bizarre end to the "strange" championship series between the Canucks and the Boston Bruins.

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11:13 am
Thu June 16, 2011

Preview: Bizarre end to 'strange' Stanley Cup series

Art Thiel discusses the "strangest" Stanley Cup series ever and the posts-game rioting.
Craig McCulloch KPLU

"This was one of the strangest seven-game series I've ever witnessed in any sport," said KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel, regarding the Boston Bruins defeating the Vancouver Canucks 4-0, in Vancouver, to win the Stanley Cup.

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9:00 pm
Thu June 9, 2011

Sounders FC, Vancouver renew soccer rivalry

Seattle Sounders FC fans cheer during a MLS match against the Portland Timbers, May 14, 2011 in Seattle. Saturday's match against Vancouver at Qwest Field isn't expected to generate as much animosity but will still renew a longstanding regional rivalry.
Ted S. Warren AP

Think of them as the nice cousins who live up North. That’s what KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says of the Vancouver Whitecaps. They’re coming to Qwest Field in Seattle Saturday night to play the Sounders FC in the first Major League Soccer match-up between the two teams.

While the match will renew a longstanding regional soccer rivalry, Art says it’s hardly the same as the fierce rivalry Seattle has with its neighbors to the South – the Portland Timbers.

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9:00 pm
Thu June 2, 2011

There's room on the Canucks' bandwagon for Washington fans

The Vancouver Canucks celebrate after scoring a goal against the Boston Bruins late in the third period to win Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals, Wednesday, June 1, 2011, in Vancouver.
Julie Jacobson AP

Whether you've been following the team for years or are just now jumping on the Vancouver Canucks' bandwagon, it's worth the ride. Those are the words of KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel as the Canucks vie for their first-ever Stanley Cup title.

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11:01 am
Fri May 27, 2011

Mariners' streak gives fans 'hope for the future'

Felix Hernandez pitches the Mariners to a 6-1 victory over the Padres on Sunday, May 22. The Mariners swept the three-game series, and their strong starting pitchers were a big reason why.
Lenny Ignelzi AP

The Mariners are firing on all cylinders these days, with great starting pitching, clutch hitting and good fielding. They enter this weekend's big series with the Yankees on a hot streak. But how long can it last?

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9:00 pm
Thu May 19, 2011

NBA executive's revelation he's gay a 'positive step in a slow evolution'

Rick Welts is the current president of the Phoenix Suns, whose career as an NBA executive started in Seattle with the Sonics. He's revealed he is gay - the first person in men's team sports to do so.
David Wallace AP

He started his NBA career in Seattle as an assistant public relations director for the SuperSonics. Now, Rick Welts is the president of the Phoenix Suns. And he recently revealed he's gay. He's the first person in men's team sports - executive or active player - to make such an admission.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel has known Rick Welts for more than 30 years, from his time in Seattle. He shared some insight on Welts' struggle to reveal his sexual orientation in an industry that Art says has "a narrow definition of manliness that does not include being gay."

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9:00 pm
Thu May 12, 2011

No winners after Mariners cut Milton Bradley

Milton Bradley watches from the dugout during a game at Safeco Field in April 2011. Note the earplugs. KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says Bradley started wearing them even during home games to try to drown out fan criticism.
Elaine Thompson AP

"He's done." The words of KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel when asked about the professional future of Milton Bradley. The Mariners cut ties with the controversial outfielder this week.

Known for his hot temper on and off the field, as well as other personal problems, Bradley has played for eight teams in his Major League career - five in five years. While you would think the Mariners are relieved to be rid of him, Art says there are no winners here.

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9:00 pm
Thu May 5, 2011

How the public benefits from the Pac-12 TV deal

The revenue from the new Pac-12 television deal is expected to be a huge boon for the University of Washington and its efforts to renovate Husky Stadium without public money.
File photo/Ted S. Warren AP

Incredible. Unbelievable. Whopper-sized. Just some of the words used to describe the television deal announced this week by the new Pac-12 Conference. It's the biggest media rights contract in college sports history.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says the deal may seem ridiculous to non-sports fans, but they too will benefit from it.

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9:00 pm
Thu April 28, 2011

No room for war room in NFL draft

A so-called "war room" during the 2010 NFL draft. Art Thiel wants to do away with the phrase in relation to the draft. He says a serious military term that describes where life-and-death decisions are made has no place in sports.
Evan Siegle/Pool photo AP

Editor's Note: In the first round of the NFL Draft Thursday, former Washington quarterback Jake Locker was selected by the Tennessee Titans with the No. 8 pick. The Seahawks chose James Carpenter, a tackle from Alabama, with the 25th overall pick.

If you watch any part of the NFL Draft over the next few days, chances are you'll hear the words "war room" to describe the place where team leaders huddle together to make their player selections.

The seemingly careless use of such a serious military term is a pet peeve of KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel. And he wants to start a campaign to abolish the use of the phrase in sports.

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9:00 pm
Thu April 21, 2011

Lockout poses draft challenges for Seahawks-will they go for a QB?

Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck gets a hug from coach Pete Carroll after the team beat the Saints in the NFC Wildcard playoff Jan. 8, 2011. With Hasselbeck now a free agent, will the Hawks open their arms to another quarterback in the upcoming draft?
REUTERS Robert Sorbo

How can you have a successful draft during a lockout? That's what the Seahawks are trying to figure out ahead of the 2011 draft, which begins Thurs., April 28.

Even as the current players are locked out, the Hawks are trying to decide who to add to the team. KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says the big question is, will they go for a quarterback?

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9:00 pm
Thu April 14, 2011

Have Mariner fans lost hope?

Mariner fans have left the building. Some never even arrived. Safeco Field attendance hit a record low this week. This photo is from a game from last year's 101-loss season, in which the M's lost to the Cubs in extra innings.
Ted S. Warren AP

The Mariners have said that 2011 is a rebuilding year. But, judging by recent attendance at Safeco Field, they're going to have to rebuild more than just the team. KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says the bond between the Mariners and their fans has been broken.

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9:00 pm
Thu April 7, 2011

UW's Thomas and Locker: path to pros risky for both

UW quarterback Jake Locker smiles during a pro day workout at UW on March 30, 2011. Locker is participating in this month's NFL draft, after finishing his senior year at UW. Art Thiel says he was a better prospect a year ago.
Elaine Thompson AP

Two of the University of Washington's most prominent athletes in recent years are planning to go pro. Point guard Isaiah Thomas recently announced he's leaving the UW a year early to enter the NBA draft. And quarterback Jake Locker is participating in the NFL draft this month.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says both athletes have taken risks in their paths to professional sports.

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4:01 pm
Fri April 1, 2011

Mariners start 2011 season with a major shuffle

Mariners right fielder Ichiro Suzuki stretches before a spring training game in Arizona last month. Art Thiel says Ichiro is the only player to be starting in the same position he played last year, as the Mariners shuffle things around.
Lenny Ignelzi AP

The Mariners are making some changes to their starting lineup as the 2011 season gets underway. Will it bring them better luck than last year's losing season?

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel is skeptical, but he says there are some bright spots coming out of spring training.

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9:29 am
Fri March 25, 2011

What makes a successful pro sports owner? Look to the late Barry Ackerley

He was tough. He was obstinate. He was the only sports figure to ever lay a hand on KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel. But Art says Barry Ackerley was the best owner the Sonics ever had.

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9:21 am
Fri March 4, 2011

NFL labor talks extended; Hasselbeck likely free agent

Love 'em or leave 'em: Matt Hasselbeck hugs coach Pete Carroll after the Seahawks beat the Saints in the NFC Wildcard playoff game Jan. 8, 2011. Art Thiel says Hasselbeck will be a free agent whenever NFL players get a new contract.
Robert Sorbo REUTERS

NFL labor talks have gone into overtime.  Owners and players have now agreed to a seven-day extension to come up with a new collective bargaining agreement with the players' union.

For Seahawks fans, this means quarterback Matt Hasselbeck will likely become a free agent.

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