Art Thiel

Thiel: Seahawks need running game to show up against Cardinals

If there were only one game on the 2016 regular-season schedule that the Seattle Seahawks could deploy a healthy RB Thomas Rawls, Sunday at Arizona… Continue reading

Thiel: Seahawks-Falcons is marquee matchup of young NFL season

The marquee matchup of the NFL season so far is Sunday: Seahawks’ NFL-best defense against Falcons’ NFL-best offense. The show also includes a… Continue reading

Thiel: Fifth-ranked Huskies face once-mighty Ducks

I’ll take “Virgins and Volcanoes” for $500, Alex. OK, Art. The answer is, “The Oregon Ducks.” Who the hell is foolish enough to give a… Continue reading

Thiel: Mariners, UW football bring spotlight to Seattle

Remarkable what is wrought by coincidence and calendar. For 15 years, the Mariners and University of Washington football largely have been irrelevant nationally. On the… Continue reading

Thiel: Sherman feels Garfield football shows ‘courage, conviction’

Richard Sherman understands that Seahawks fans see a football crisis nearing, what with a Super Bowl-caliber team sputtering along at 7.5 points a… Continue reading

Thiel: Injured Wilson vs. Rams’ D-line is an unnerving thought

If we all didn’t know Russell Wilson to be the competitor that he is, it would be possible to speculate that the Seahawks quarterback picked… Continue reading

Thiel: Hawks show willingness to give players like Tupou a chance

If a black belt were awarded for audacity, the Seahawks would start out at seventh degree, and work up. They propose to win… Continue reading

Thiel: UW’s schedule the first three weeks is an embarrassment

Despite starting out ranked 14th in the country in the Associated Press poll, following numerous preseason predictions of a potential North Division Pac-12 championship, coach… Continue reading

Thiel: MLB approves sale of M’s to Stanton group

The move doesn’t have the emotional impact of, say, Kyle Seager’s game-saving defensive play Wednesday in Anaheim. But the Seattle Mariners’ most significant maneuver in… Continue reading

Thiel: Huskies coach Petersen is no fan of social media

For a guy who seems on the edge of a breakthrough for a college football program that was pathetically hanging on to a Don James… Continue reading

Thiel: Seahawks’ young O-line not fazed by label of NFL’s worst

The Seahawks are newcomer right tackle J’Marcus Webb’s fourth NFL team, which makes him different than many Seahawks, who know only the bucolic… Continue reading

Thiel: Serenity in pro sports is rare and Seahawks have it

Now that Paul Allen has done the deed critical for any successful pro sports owner — spend big money wisely, then head to… Continue reading

Thiel: Griffey Jr. took Seattle sports to center stage

For us Puget Sound-area lifers, it’s sometimes surprising to hear that newer arrivals wonder about the reverence in which Ken Griffey Jr. is held around… Continue reading

Thiel: Three reasons the Mariners will/won’t make the playoffs

Beginning the second half of the season at 45-44, the Seattle Mariners are the perambulating paradigm of Steven Sondheim’s memorable “Comedy Tonight” lyric: “Something appealing,… Continue reading

Thiel: M’s most valuable deadline acquisition will be new owner

The G-forces in mood swings among Mariners fans at midseason are increasing. You can spot a Mariners fan from distance: Flattened features and peeled-back lips.… Continue reading

Thiel: Baseball spotlight shining brightly on ex-Mariners

Reduced to designated hitter/pinch-hitter only against left-handed pitchers, Alex Rodriguez, 41 next month, was defiant this week in New York talking to reporters who follow… Continue reading

Don’t read too much into Calabro’s move to Portland

Not only did the NBA Finals’ storylines seduce even the crustiest Seattle cynic, who learned to dismiss pro hoops because of the dubious dealings of… Continue reading