Sports with Art Thiel

Sports with Art Thiel
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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5:00 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Questions about Leadership as M's Wrap Up Another Losing Season

A patch with the initials of late Mariners majority owner Hiroshi Yamauchi is displayed on a team uniform at Safeco Field this week. Art Thiel says it’s time for some changes following Yamauchi’s death and the end of the season this weekend.
Stephen Brashear AP Photo

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The Mariners end the 2013 season on Sunday. It’s their eighth losing season in 10 years. KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says it's time for some big changes, but he doubts any will be made.  

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5:00 am
Fri September 20, 2013

Hiroshi Yamauchi: The Mystery Man Who Saved Baseball in Seattle

File photo: Hiroshi Yamauchi, then-president of Japan's Nintendo Co., answers questions during a news conference after he won the final approval to buy the Mariners in 1992.
Katsumi Kasahara AP File Photo

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The death of Mariners' majority owner Hiroshi Yamauchi has raised a lot of questions about the future ownership of the team. And just as many questions about the man himself.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel gives us a history lesson on how Yamauchi saved professional baseball in Seattle but in recent years caused anger and mistrust among fans.

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5:00 am
Fri September 13, 2013

Seahawks Poised to Win, Fans Ready to Roar

Seahawks fans will attempt world record for loudest crowd roar at a sports stadium Sunday at CenturyLink Field.
Elaine Thompson AP File Photo

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CenturyLink Field will be packed and louder than ever on Sunday evening. The Seahawks host the San Francisco 49ers in a much-anticipated match-up. 

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says this game may very well be a preview of the NFC championship battle this season.

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5:00 am
Fri September 6, 2013

Seahawks Expected to Go Far in 2013, but Sunday...?

Seahawks "12th Man" flags are waved before a preseason game against the Denver Broncos on Aug. 17, 2013, in Seattle.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

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The Seahawks play the Panthers in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday morning to kick off their much-anticipated 2013 season.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says the season might not start off with a bang, but could end with one.  

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5:00 am
Fri August 30, 2013

New Husky Stadium 'Spectacular'

Bleachers and seats surround the newly renovated Husky Stadium looking east Wed., Aug. 28, 2013 in Seattle.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

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The new and improved Husky Stadium opens Saturday night as the University of Washington hosts Boise State to kick off the 2013 football season. KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel got a sneak preview of the renovated facility and was quite impressed.  

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5:00 am
Fri August 23, 2013

Can Chris Hansen Be Trusted?

Sacramento Kings fans during the relocation battle with Chris Hansen's Seattle investment group. Can you spot the gorilla in the photo?
Rich Pedroncelli AP

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A lot of questions remain following the revelation that Seattle arena investor Chris Hansen gave $100,000 to the anti-arena campaign in Sacramento, well after losing the battle to relocate the city's NBA team to Seattle.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel wonders if Seattle arena stakeholders are wondering whether Hansen can be trusted.  

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5:36 am
Fri August 16, 2013

Will the 'Most Miserable Sports City' Be Missed?

Kevin Kniestedt's press pass from Safeco Field from 2004 when he covered the retirement of Edgar Martinez.

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Forbes Magazine recently named Seattle as the "Most Miserable Sports City in America." As KPLU's Kevin Kniestedt prepares to leave Seattle and move across the country, he asked Sports Commentator Art Thiel if it really is that bad of a sports town, and what he might be missing after he leaves.

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