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Art Thiel

Sports Commentator

Art Thiel is a co-founder and writer for the rising sports website Sportspress Northwest. In 2003 Thiel wrote the definitive book about the Seattle Mariners, “Out of Left Field,”  which became a regional bestseller. In 2009, along with Steve Rudman and KJR 950 afternoon host Mike Gastineau, Thiel authored “The Great Book of Seattle Sports Lists,” a cross between historylink.org and Mad Magazine that has become mandatory reading for any sports fan who has an indoor bathroom.

A graduate of Pacific Lutheran University as well as two dead papers and a live one, the News Tribune of Tacoma, he has become a fan of entrepreneurial online journalism because it allows him to continue a lifelong passion to take the English language to places it rarely visits willingly, and does not involve the cleaning of kennels or stables.

Kirsten Kendrick's Q. & A. with Thiel can be heard every Friday during M.E. at 5:45am and 7:45am and again that same day on ATC at 4:45pm. It also airs Saturday at 6:35am and 9:35am.

Ways to Connect

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The Seahawks host the Detroit Lions Saturday night in the wildcard round of the NFL playoffs. Kickoff is at 5:15 p.m. at CenturyLink Field.

Knkx sports commentator Art Thiel talked with 88.5’s Kirsten Kendrick about the game, and also about why it’s so impressive that the Seahawks have made it to the postseason again.

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The University of Washington takes on No.1 Alabama Saturday in the Peach Bowl in Atlanta, Georgia.

It’s one of two NCAA semifinal games. And knkx sports commentator Art Thiel tells 88.5’s Kirsten Kendrick that it’s the biggest game in Husky football history.

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It's been quite a remarkable year for Seattle sports. It's time for knkx sports commentator Art Thiel to count down his top five stories of 2016.

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With word this week that Seattle’s KeyArena will host next year’s WNBA All-Star Game for the first time, there are new developments in the effort to make that venue suitable for the NBA and NHL. Meanwhile, plans to build a proposed sports arena in Seattle’s SoDo District continue.

The latest from knkx sports commentator Art Thiel and 88.5’s Kirsten Kendrick.

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The Seattle Sounders play in their first-ever MLS Cup Saturday night in Canada against Toronto FC.

Knkx sports commentator Art Thiel talked with 88.5’s Kirsten Kendrick about the matchup and how the Sounders’ rocky road to the championship is similar to another Seattle sports team.

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The Seahawks host the Carolina Panthers Sunday night at CenturyLink Field. Kickoff is 5:30.

We have a preview of the game from knkx sports commentator Art Thiel and 88.5’s Kirsten Kendrick.

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For the first time ever, the Washington Huskies are in the Pac-12 Championship. They play Colorado Friday night in Santa Clara, Calif.

Knkx sports commentator Art Thiel tells 88.5’s Kirsten Kendrick that a big win for the Huskies could mean a spot in the national playoffs.

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The Seattle Sounders play the Colorado Rapids Sunday afternoon in Colorado in the second leg of the Western Conference Finals. The Sounders won the first match Tuesday night, 2-to-1.

Sports commentator Art Thiel talked with 88.5's Kirsten Kendrick about what needs to happen to send the Sounders to their first MLS Cup.

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It’s almost Apple Cup time! The annual college football rivalry game between the University of Washington and Washington State takes place in Pullman the day after Thanksgiving.

And knkx sports commentator Art Thiel told 88.5’s Kirsten Kendrick there’s a lot more at stake than just bragging rights this year.

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A lot of talk in the football world this week has been centered on Seattle. The national spotlight started with the Seahawks on "Monday Night Football." And it continues through the weekend with a big game for the Washington Huskies.

We learn more in this week’s conversation between knkx sports commentator Art Thiel and 88.5’s Kirsten Kendrick.

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The Mariners and their fans may be able to learn some lessons from the Chicago Cubs, who are celebrating their first World Series championship in 108 years.

Sports commentator Art Thiel talked with 88.5’s Kirsten Kendrick about the Cubs’ big Game 7 win and how it applies to baseball in Seattle.

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The proposal for a new sports arena in Seattle just got more interesting - and more complicated. Knkx sports commentator Art Thiel talked with 88.5's Kirsten Kendrick about what's going on.

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When the Seahawks play the Cardinals in Arizona Sunday evening, a lot of eyes will be on cornerback Richard Sherman.

We find out why in this week’s conversation between knkx sports commentator Art Thiel and 88.5’s Kirsten Kendrick.

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The Seahawks host the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday afternoon at CenturyLink Field.

Sports commentator Art Thiel tells 88.5’s Kirsten Kendrick that this game will definitely be one to watch – for many reasons.

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The No. 5 Washington Huskies take on the Oregon Ducks Saturday at 4:30 p.m. in Eugene. Washington is undefeated so far this season. But that’s not the case when it comes to its record against Oregon.

Sports commentator Art Thiel tells 88.5’s Kirsten Kendrick that the Huskies have a good chance to change that this year – especially after their performance last Friday night.

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The Seattle Sounders play the Vancouver Whitecaps in British Columbia Sunday evening. They’re coming off a big win this week that earned them the sixth and final playoff spot for Major League Soccer’s Western Conference with just four regular season games left to play.

It’s the topic of this week’s conversation between knkx sports commentator Art Thiel and 88.5’s Kirsten Kendrick.

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The Seahawks host the San Francisco 49ers Sunday afternoon at CenturyLink Field.

Knkx sports commentator Art Thiel told 88.5’s Kirsten Kendrick the team has a good shot at winning despite having one glaring weakness.

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The WNBA playoffs open Wednesday night with a pair of games showcasing the league's revamped playoff format. First up will be the single-elimination games as fifth-seeded Indiana hosts No. 8 Phoenix and seventh-seed Seattle is at No. 6 Atlanta. Sports Commentator Art Thiel says the new "one-and-done" format could actually be a boon for the Seattle Storm.

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The Mariners host the Houston Astros at Safeco Field this weekend as the pennant race heats up. The Mariners have won eight games in a row, including all of the games on their latest road trip.

Sports commentator Art Thiel says it's a very exciting time for the team and their fans.

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The Seahawks open the regular season at home on Sunday afternoon against the Miami Dolphins.

Knkx sports commentator Art Thiel talked with 88.5's Kirsten Kendrick about the pros and cons for the team this year.

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The University of Washington football team begins its 2016 season this weekend. The Huskies host Rutgers Saturday at Alaska Airlines Field at Husky Stadium in Seattle.

Sports commentator Art Thiel tells 88.5’s Kirsten Kendrick the Huskies are expected to do great things this season.

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Seattle Reign and U.S. Women’s Soccer goalie Hope Solo has been suspended by U.S. Soccer for six months. This follows controversial remarks she made after the U.S. lost to Sweden in a penalty shootout in the quarterfinals of the Olympics in Rio. 

Sports commentator Art Thiel tells KPLU’s Kirsten Kendrick the action against Solo is too little, too late. And he says it highlights an even bigger problem with the Olympic Games.

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It’s a lot of fun to be a sports fan in Seattle right now. The Mariners are playing their best baseball of the season and have the potential to sneak into the playoffs for the first time in 15 years. The Seahawks are predicted to be one of the best teams in the NFL again this year, and Husky football may have their best team in years. So exactly how optimistic should Seattle sports fans allow themselves to be?

Tons Of Upside

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The WNBA is on a break while the gold-medal-winning U.S. Women’s National Basketball Team defends its Olympic title in Rio. Two Seattle Storm players are on the roster: rookie Breanna Stewart and veteran Sue Bird.

Sports commentator Art Thiel talked with KPLU's Kirsten Kendrick about Team USA and the Storm’s season so far.

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The Seattle Sounders host the LA Galaxy Sunday afternoon at CenturyLink Field.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel explains the nationally-televised match comes after a tumultuous week for the team. Coach Sigi Schmid was fired and a new Designated Player was acquired.

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Ken Griffey Jr. will be the first player to be inducted as a Mariner into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY, on Sunday.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says Griffey had a huge impact on and off the field in Seattle.

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Seattle Reign and U.S. Women's National Soccer Team goalie Hope Solo have revealed some significant problems within the National Women’s Soccer League.

It’s the topic of this week’s conversation between sports commentator Art Thiel and KPLU’s Kirsten Kendrick.

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The 2016 Summer Olympics are less than a month away. They begin August 5th in Rio de Janeiro.

Sports commentator Art Thiel and KPLU’s Kirsten Kendrick have the story of one local athlete who’s just earned the chance to shine on the world stage.

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The Mariners dropped below .500 this week. They are now 36-37, after suffering their sixth loss in a row Thursday against the Detroit Tigers. This is happening after a very strong April and May.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel explains what’s going wrong, and why it’s not a surprise.

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Former Mariner Ichiro Suzuki reached a significant milestone this week. It came with some controversy. But KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says it shouldn't have.

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