Sports with Art Thiel

Sports with Art Thiel
9:00 pm
Thu May 24, 2012

Controversy surrounds latest Seahawks pick: Kellen Winslow Jr.

Bob Leverone AP File Photo

"Talented, but arrogant."

That's how KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel describes the player the Seahawks traded for this week.

Kellen Winslow Jr. is an outspoken tight end from Tampa Bay. And Seahawks coach Pete Carroll thinks he can 'fix him.'

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Sports with Art Thiel
12:00 pm
Thu May 24, 2012

Preview: Seahawks get another controversial player

Bob Leverone AP File Photo

Just a few weeks after their surprising selection of troubled defensive end Bruce Irvin in the first round of the NFL draft, the Seahawks have announced a deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for outspoken tight end Kellen Winslow Jr..

He's a talented player but has an extensive injury history and has often butted heads with his coaches.

Find out what KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel thinks about the deal 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 May 17, 2012

Why Seattle arena deal should be given the green (and gold) light

Investor Chris Hansen, right, shakes hands with Seattle SuperSonics supporters Kris "Sonics Guy" Brannon, center, and David Brown on Wednesday, after a memorandum of understanding was signed in an effort to bring the NBA back to Seattle.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

The proposal to build a new sports arena in Seattle is now open to public scrutiny now that the City of Seattle and King County have formalized their agreement with lead investor Chris Hansen.  The next step is to gain approval from the city and county councils.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel explains why he thinks the plan should move forward.

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Sports with Art Thiel
9:00 pm
Thu May 10, 2012

Seattle hosts U.S.-China game, becoming hub for women's hoops

Seattle Storm and U.S. Olympic star Sue Bird drives the ball during the U.S. women's basketball practice in 2009.
Jose Luis Magana AP Photo

The success of the Seattle Storm has led to some pretty high-profile women's basketball events being held in the city. One of them is Saturday night at KeyArena.

The U.S. Women's National team will play the Chinese Women's National team in an exhibition game at 7:30 p.m. KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says this is a big deal for fans of women's basketball and for the city.

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Sports with Art Thiel
12:00 pm
Thu May 10, 2012

Preview: U.S. Women take on China; Storm gets ready for 2012

Guard Sue Bird, left, of the US Olympic women's basketball team dribbles around teammate Kara Lawson during practice in Stanford, Calif., Tuesday, July 29, 2008.
Marcio Jose Sanchez AP Photo

The U.S. Women’s National Basketball team will play a special exhibition game on Saturday night at KeyArena in Seattle against the Chinese Women’s National basketball team. Current Seattle Storm point guard Sue Bird and former Storm player Swin Cash will play for the U.S. team.

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Sports with Art Thiel
9:00 pm
Thu May 3, 2012

Junior Seau suicide sparks more questions about NFL head injuries

A San Diego Chargers football fan wears the uniform of Junior Seau as he stands in front of the team's headquarters on Wednesday - the day Seau was found dead in his home from an apparent suicide.
Gregory Bull AP Photo

Just days after the suicide of retired NFL star Junior Seau, a lot of people are wondering whether the head injuries he suffered on the field may have played a role in his death.

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Sports with Art Thiel
12:00 pm
Thu May 3, 2012

Preview: Junior Seau suicide related to hard-hitting NFL career?

A man wears a Junior Seau replica uniform in front of Seau's restaurant in San Diego. Former San Diego Chargers star Seau was found shot to death at his home Wednesday in what police said appeared to be a suicide.
Gregory Bull AP Photo

The tragic death of NFL star Junior Seau has raised some questions about whether the hard hits he was involved in on the field somehow contributed to his apparent suicide.

The body of the 43-year-old linebacker was found Wednesday. Authorities say he left a note, although the contents of the note have not been revealed. Police have confirmed that Seau was shot in the chest. Does that mean he wanted his brain to be preserved for research, similar to the wishes of another former player who recently killed himself?

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Sports with Art Thiel
11:00 am
Fri April 27, 2012

The newest Seahawks sacker: surprising first round draft pick Bruce Irvin

Bringing his sack to Seattle: West Virginia's Bruce Irvin, left, sacks Maryland quaterback Jamarr Robinson in Sept. 2010.
Michael Switzer AP File Photo

He's everything the Seahawks said they wanted in their first round draft pick. West Virginia defensive end Bruce Irvin has speed and can deliver one heck of a sack. But he also comes with some baggage.

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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
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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