Sports with Art Thiel

Sports with Art Thiel
5:00 am
Fri January 3, 2014

Seahawks' First-Round Playoff Bye Continues To Pay Off

Seattle Seahawks' flags are run onto the field after a touchdown by the team against the St. Louis Rams in the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013, in Seattle.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

The Seahawks may not be playing in the first-round of the NFL playoffs this weekend but they’ll be closely watching the teams who are playing in the NFC Wild Card match-ups.

The Hawks clinched their division with a win over the Rams last Sunday and that earned them a first-round bye, in addition to home field advantage in the playoffs. KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says the timing couldn’t be better.

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5:00 am
Fri December 27, 2013

Top 5 Seattle Sports Stories Of 2013

Seahawks fans celebrate after Seahawks' Michael Bennett recovered a New Orleans Saints fumble and scored a touchdown on Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, in Seattle.
John Froschauer AP Photo

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From a blockbuster baseball signing to talk of the Super Bowl, there was a lot for Seattle sports fans to smile about this year. KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel names his top five sports stories of the year.

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5:00 am
Fri December 20, 2013

A Lot At Stake For Seahawks On Sunday

Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) huddles with teammates.
Kathy Willens AP Photo

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Even though the Seahawks have the best record in football (12-2) and have already made it to the playoffs, that doesn't mean they can coast through Sunday's game against the Cardinals.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says a win would mean a lot.

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5:00 am
Fri December 13, 2013

Mariners Say 'Hello, Cano,' But Thiel Says Deal With Slugger 'Stupid'

Seattle Mariners

The Mariners have officially welcomed All-Star slugger and second baseman Robinson Cano to Seattle with one of the biggest contracts in Major League Baseball history and some other new players to help support him.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel called the deal "stupid" but said it had to be done.

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5:00 am
Fri December 6, 2013

Fans Help Seahawks Soar to New Heights

Seattle Seahawks fans cheer as they hold a 12th Man flag in the Monday Night Football match-up against the Saints in Seattle.
Scott Eklund AP Photo

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There’s no place like home. That’s definitely true for the Seattle Seahawks. They’re undefeated at CenturyLink Field this season with a margin of victory that hasn’t been seen in the NFL in 40 years.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says the Seahawks will move a step closer to having home field advantage in the playoffs if they beat the 49ers on Sunday in San Francisco, a place where they haven’t won since 2008.

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2:42 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

Thiel: No Surprise UW's Sark Leaving Job for USC

FILE - In this Nov. 29, 2013 file photo, Washington head coach Steve Sarkisian runs onto the field before NCAA college football game against Washington state in Seattle.
Elaine Thompson Associated Press

University of Washington head football coach Steve Sarkisian has accepted a coaching job at the University of Southern California, USC announced on Monday.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says the news "wasn't a surprise."

“I believe I wrote when he was hired five years ago that he would last in this job until USC has a head-coaching vacancy,” said Art. 

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5:00 am
Fri November 29, 2013

No World Series 'Unfortunate Legacy' for Retiring Mariners Pres.

Retired Hall-of-Fame Mariner Ken Griffey Jr. puts his arm around team president Chuck Armstrong before a baseball workout in April 2009.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

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Retiring Mariners president Chuck Armstrong did a lot for the team in his nearly three decades in the front office. But it’s what he wasn’t able to accomplish that will be his lasting legacy: get the Mariners to the World Series.

Armstrong’s retirement announcement this week comes at a time of major discontent among fans. KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says even more change is needed at the top.

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5:00 am
Fri November 22, 2013

UW Football Coach Steve Sarkisian Under Pressure

Washington head coach Steve Sarkisian on the sidelines ready to play against UCLA Friday, Nov. 15, 2013, in Pasadena, Calif.
Alex Gallardo AP Photo

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The University of Washington football team plays Oregon State in Corvallis Saturday night. UW's starting quarterback is nursing an injury and they’re coming off a big loss against UCLA last week. 

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says there’s no rest for the weary; Washington State is waiting in the wings.

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5:00 am
Fri November 15, 2013

Harvin Debut to Make 9-1 Seahawks Even Stronger

Seahawks wide receiver Percy Harvin makes a catch as he takes part in practice Oct. 22 in Renton. It was Harvin's first full team practice since he injured his hip during the off-season.
Ted S. Warren AP Photo

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The 9-1 Seahawks host the 2-7 Vikings Sunday at CenturyLink Field. The match-up has been made more interesting with word that wide receiver Percy Harvin will likely make his much-anticipated debut with the Seahawks against his former team, Minnesota.

Harvin was added to the active roster this week after hip surgery in August. KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says that has a lot of people excited.  

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5:00 am
Fri November 8, 2013

Sounders' Season Over after 2nd Loss to Portland in Semifinals

Game and season over. The Sounders' Clint Dempsey walks off the pitch after the Sounders lost to the Portland Timbers 3-2 Thursday night in Portland, in the second game of the Western Conference semifinals in the MLS Cup soccer playoffs.
Ted S. Warren AP Photo

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The Seattle Sounders’ season has come to an end after a second playoff loss to Portland Thursday night. The Timbers beat the Sounders 3-2 in Portland to win the two-game, aggregate-goal semifinal series 5-3.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says the game was an embarrassing end to the Sounders’ rocky season.  

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5:00 am
Fri November 1, 2013

What 7-1 Seahawks Need to Do to Avoid 'Circling the Drain'

Tom Gannam The Associated Press

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The Seahawks are 7 and 1 at the midpoint of the season as they prepare to host the winless Tampa Bay Buccaneers at CenturyLink Field Sunday afternoon.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says despite their record, the Seahawks have some big problems they need to fix.  

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5:00 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Don James Prepared UW Players for Football, Life

Legendary Washington football coach Don James greets fans prior to an NCAA college football game against Oregon, Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011, in Seattle.
Ted S. Warren Associated Press

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Tributes are planned this weekend for legendary University of Washington football coach Don James. He died last Sunday from pancreatic cancer at the age of 80. James coached the Huskies from 1975 until 1992, leading them to six conference titles and a share of the 1991 national championship.

The Husky marching band will perform a special tribute to James during halftime of Saturday night’s game against California at Husky Stadium. A public memorial service is planned for 3 p.m. Sunday at Hec Edmundson Pavilion on the UW campus.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says Don James will be remembered for what he taught players on the field, and off.

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5:00 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Can Sounders Stop Slide and Make the Playoffs?

Sounders goalkeeper Michael Gspurning, center, calls to teammates to position his defense during a match against D.C. United on July 3, 2013, at CenturyLink Field in Seattle.
Ted S. Warren AP Photo

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The Seattle Sounders play FC Dallas in Texas on Saturday. It’s yet another chance for the team to clinch a playoff berth. They’re running out of chances. 

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says a lot has been going wrong for the Sounders recently.  

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5:00 am
Fri October 11, 2013

Huskies vs.Ducks: Beyond Regional Rivalry

In this photo made with a fish-eye wide angle lens, Washington's Mike Criste (78) and Kevin King (20) run out of the tunnel into newly renovated Husky Stadium for an NCAA college football game against Boise State, Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013, in Seattle.
Ted S. Warren AP Photo

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The Washington Huskies host the Oregon Ducks Saturday in a highly-anticipated game. It begins at 1 p.m. at Husky Stadium in Seattle, but fans will be gathering well before that, with cable station ESPN featuring the matchup in their weekly “College GameDay” program—a first for Washington.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says this year, the game is more than just a regional rivalry; it’s a matchup between two nationally-ranked teams.  

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5:00 am
Fri October 4, 2013

Can Seahawks Stay Undefeated Against Colts?

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) is taken down during the first quarter an NFL football game against the Houston Texans Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Houston.
David J. Phillip AP Photo

For the first time in team history, the Seattle Seahawks have a 4-0 start. KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel calls that a “tremendous start.”

“I thought they were going to stumble in the first game against Carolina, and they nearly did,” he said. “I thought that was going to be a problem, because this team had a lot of things to get right in the exhibition season that I don’t think were quite there, especially in the offensive line.”

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