Sports with Art Thiel

Sports with Art Thiel
12:15 pm
Thu August 4, 2011

Preview: Mariners trade for talent, but not for this season

New Mariner Casper Wells is greeted at home by Mike Carp and Jack Wilson after Wells and Carp scored Wednesday against the A's at Safeco Field. Wells plays left field and is one of the players acquired in trades over the weekend.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

Just who are these guys? Mariners fans might be asking that question about the players the team acquired in trades with Boston and Detroit. Those trades this weekend sent pitchers Erik Bedard, Doug Fister, David Pauley and Josh Fields packing. 

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel shares his insights on the new players, and when we might see them having an impact. That's coming up tomorrow morning at 5:35 and 7:35 on 88.5 KPLU. Check back here tomorrow to find a blog of our conversation.

Sports with Art Thiel
9:00 pm
Thu July 28, 2011

Hasselbeck joins Locker; Seahawks QB job now up in the air

Matt Hasselbeck hoists the Seahawks' NFC championship trophy after a 34-14 defeat of the Carolina Panthers on Jan. 22, 2006. The Hawks didn't resign Hasselbeck, who instead agreed to a three-year deal with the Tennessee Titans.
Ted S. Warren AP Photo

The football news came fast and furious this week. The NFL lockout ended. Training camp started. Players were released or signed by teams in a mad rush to prepare for a season that starts in just two weeks.

It was an intense period of personnel shuffling unprecedented in the NFL, and the Seahawks were right in the middle of it.

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Sports with Art Thiel
11:10 am
Thu July 28, 2011

Preview: Hasselbeck moves to Tennessee, will mentor Locker

Former Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck is the new starting QB for the Tennessee Titans. Vince Young is being released by the team today. Here are the two in happier times – after a preseason game in Seattle in 2010.
Ted S. Warren AP Photo

It's official today: Vince Young is out at quarterback for the Tennessee Titans and former Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck is in. Several media outlets are now reporting that Hasselbeck has agreed to a multi-year deal with the team.

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Sports with Art Thiel
9:00 pm
Thu July 21, 2011

Trade Ichiro or Felix? Yes – Time for drastic action

Ichiro Suzuki has had trouble at the plate and in the outfield this season. But KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel believes he has a few more good years in him, and that the Mariners should trade him if he asks to go.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

They Mariners have now lost 12 straight games, plummeting out of playoff contention for another season.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says desperate times call for desperate measures. That includes thinking seriously about trading Ichiro Suzuki or Felix Hernandez.

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Sports with Art Thiel
12:55 pm
Thu July 21, 2011

Preview: Ichiro or Felix could go? Say it isn't so!

Felix Hernandez is under contract with the Mariners until 2014. KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel thinks the Mariners would get some good players if they traded the Cy Young Award winner. The trade deadline is Sunday, July 31.
AP Photo

With Major League Baseball's trade deadline looming at the end of the month, and given the Mariners recent plummet from contention, KPLU sports commentator says the M's need to make some big moves.

That means getting rid of some veterans like Ichiro Suzuki and Felix Hernandez ... and their big salaries.

Adding urgency to this move, the Mariners got swept today by the Blue Jays in Toronto, losing 7-to-5. They're losing streak now stands at 12.

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Sports with Art Thiel
7:50 am
Fri July 15, 2011

U.S. Women go for World Cup title, former UW star at goalie

United States and former UW goalkeeper Hope Solo during the dramatic quarterfinal match between Brazil and the U.S. at the Women’s Soccer World Cup in Dresden, Germany, Sunday. The American women won the game 5-3 on penalty kicks.
Marcio Jose Sanchez Associated Press

She's dealt with a lot of drama on and off the soccer field. But former University of Washington star Hope Solo is at the top of her game as the United States Women's soccer team prepares to take on Japan for the World Cup title this Sunday.

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Sports with Art Thiel
12:40 pm
Thu July 14, 2011

Preview: Former UW goalie helps U.S. Women reach World Cup final

United States goalkeeper Hope Solo holds a fan's sign after the US won 3-1 the semifinal match between France and the U.S at the Women’s Soccer World Cup on Wednesday.
Martin Meissner AP Photo

She was a star at the University of Washington, and now goalie Hope Solo has been instrumental in getting the U.S. Women's Soccer Team to the World Cup final. After a dramatic shootout win over Brazil last weekend, the U.S. beat France Wednesday 3-1. Solo and the rest of her teammates will face Japan in the final on Sunday.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel met Hope Solo at the Beijing Olympics and will share some of his insights about her drive and determination tomorrow morning at 5:35 and 7:35 on 88.5 KPLU. Check back here tomorrow for a blog of our conversation.

Sports with Art Thiel
9:00 pm
Thu July 7, 2011

Mariner presence won't be felt All-Star Game

Ichiro heads back to the dugout after striking out during a game against the Braves last month. He's struggled at the plate and in the field this season and it's the first time in 10 years he wasn't elected to the All-Star team.
Elaine Thompson AP

Two Mariner pitchers have been elected to the American League All-Star team. However, KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says, neither is expected to play in the game on Tuesday in Phoenix.

Adding insult to injury: One Mariner who's an All-Star veteran was left off the roster this year – Ichiro Suzuki.

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Sports with Art Thiel
12:31 pm
Thu July 7, 2011

Preview: M's Ichiro not chosen for All-Star game, what gives?

Mariner right fielder Ichiro Suzuki didn't make the All-Star team this year - for the first time in a decade. Ichiro has had trouble at the plate this season.
AP photo

For the first time in 10 years, the Mariners' Ichiro Suzuki has not been selected for Major League Baseball's All-Star game, which takes place Tuesday, July 12, in Phoenix.

Mariner pitchers Felix Hernandez and Brandon League will represent the team (and rookie pitcher Michael Pineda may be a late add). But what does it mean that Ichiro won't be there? KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel will talk about that Friday morning at 5:35 and 7:35 on 88.5 KPLU. Check back here tomorrow for the story of our conversation. 

Sports with Art Thiel
9:00 pm
Thu June 30, 2011

Seattle Storm star sidelined; chance for back-to-back titles slim

Storm star Lauren Jackson attempts to drive past a Minnesota Lynx player in a game last month. She's now out for up to three months to recover from hip surgery. Art Thiel says it's a real blow to the playoff chances for the 2010 WNBA champions.
Elaine Thompson AP

"Your star player will be out for the rest of the season, and maybe the playoffs. Now ... SMILE!"

That was pretty much the scenario for members of the Seattle Storm this week when the 2010 WNBA champions were honored by President Obama at the White House.

As they were taking photos in the White House Rose Garden, most of the team learned that three-time WNBA MVP Lauren Jackson – "the heart and soul of the Storm," according to KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel – was to have hip surgery. She's expected to be out up to three months.

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Sports with Art Thiel
11:53 am
Thu June 30, 2011

Preview: Jackson's surgery will be a blow to Seattle Storm

President Barack Obama holds up a Seattle Storm jersey as he welcomed the WNBA champions to White House Rose Garden Wednesday.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

On the same day the members of the Seattle Storm were honored by President Obama at the White House, the ladies learned that teammate and three-time WNBA MVP Lauren Jackson is having hip surgery today and will be out up to 12 weeks.

It's a blow to the team whose season has not gotten off to a great start. They were WNBA champions just a year ago. Can the Storm claim the title again this year – without a lot of help from Lauren Jackson?

Hear KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel's take on that tomorrow morning at 5:35 and 7:35 on KPLU. And you'll find a blog of our conversation right here tomorrow morning as well. 

Sports with Art Thiel
9:00 pm
Thu June 23, 2011

Why the Mariners need to bench Chone Figgins

Mariners' third baseman Chone Figgins watches from the dugout in a game against Detroit on June 12, 2011. Art Thiel says the dugout is where Figgins belongs right now, given the team's lack of options regarding his poor playing.
Duane Burleson AP

He's not hitting or fielding well. His manager is losing patience. Fans are booing him. Yet, there's not much the Mariners can do about third baseman Chone Figgins. KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says the best thing to do is bench him.

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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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Sports with Art Thiel
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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