Author: Art Thiel

Never having met a metaphor he could not twist beyond recognition, Art has been illuminating, agitating, amusing and annoying Puget Sound sports readers for a long time. Along with Steve Rudman, he co-founded Sports Press Northwest because it didn’t seem right that the Google monster should aggregate daily journalism into oblivion without at least a flesh wound from somebody. Thiel and Rudman labored under the Seattle Post-Intelligencer globe until the print edition died an undeserved death in March, 2009. Art continued on at its online successor seattlepi.com while working on SPNW’s creation. His radio commentaries can be heard Friday and Saturday mornings and Friday afternoon on KPLU-FM 88.9. In 2003 he wrote the definitive book about the Seattle Mariners, “Out of Left Field,” which became a regional bestseller. In 2009, along with 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.

Nick Rolovich couldn’t see how the greater good was served by getting a COVID-19 vaccination. / Drew McKenzie, Sportspress Northwest Chickenpox, diphtheria, flu, hepatitis A and B, HPV, meningococcal, measles, mumps, polio, pneumococcal, rotavirus, rubella, tetanus, whooping cough. Never did I imagine writing such a lede for a sports column. So I have ex-Washington State football coach Nick Rolovich to thank for forcing me to look up what I have forever taken for granted — the work epidemiologists and others in medical science have done for decades in countries across the world to help me live as long and well…

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Alex Collins gained 101 yards on 20 carries, the first Seahawks rusher to top the century mark since 2019. / Rod Mar, Seattle Seahawks On the road and down at halftime 14-0 with 10 yards rushing and no Russell Wilson or Chris Carson coming through the door, the Seahawks Sunday were in as bleak a regular-season moment as they have had in the Pete Carroll era. So the rally to force overtime in Pittsburgh against an equally desperate Steelers team moved Carroll into a post-game gush that was lush even for him. “It was gorgeous,” he said. “It was so…

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An under-thrown pass from Dylan Morris intended for WR Rome Odunze was intercepted by UCLA CB Quentin Lake on the first series Saturday at Husky Stadium. / Drew Sellers, Sportspress Northwesrt Asked after falling 24-17 (box) to UCLA Saturday night at Husky Stadium if he was surprised that that the Washington Huskies continue to lose games at the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball, coach Jimmy Lake said, “I wouldn’t say that. No . . . these first three (conference) games, they can go either way. It’s a slugfest, going back and forth.” In Pullman, after Washington…

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RB DeeJay Dallas takes the hand-off from Geno Smith during a 2020 practice at the VMAC. Sunday, it gets real. / Seahawks.com From youth leagues to the pros, nearly every athlete learns a hard lesson from team sports: There’s always someone better than you. No matter how much you work, how many coaches you experience, how many protein shakes you drink, someone is better than you. That truism so understood that it is rarely discussed. Which doesn’t mean it can’t be celebrated when one of us breaks through. It’s Geno Smith week.

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CB Tre Flowers came up with a fourth-quarter interception against Minnesota in 2019. / Drew McKenzie, Sportspress Northwest The echo of the headquarters-wide nervous cough had dissipated by the time I asked LB Bobby Wagner about the cutting Wednesday of Tre Flowers, a fourth-year cornerback with 40 career starts on a Seahawks defense that Wagner captains. “Have you talked to him?” “I haven’t had a chance to talk to Tre,” he said. “I heard about it last night what happened. I think sometimes it’s good for people to have a fresh start. Maybe that was the opportunity he was looking…

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Kraken fans knew what time it was at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas Thursday. / Seattle Kraken For a team thrown together this summer, then showing up Thursday night unzipped, mussy-haired and short-handed to the world’s largest nightclub, the Kraken managed to stay on the Las Vegas stage with the hometown act long enough to get the customers talking: Who’s the kids in the cool threads? Seattle’s historic entry into the National Hockey League wasn’t a win, but by entertainment standards, it was a success. Down 2-0 in the first seven minutes, the Kraken rallied to tie with less than…

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At the team’s new practice facility at Northgate, Kraken players got in a final training camp practice Monday before flying to Las Vegas for the regular-season opener. / Art Thiel, Sportspress Northwwest Drawing in the Seattle marketplace — and its $650 million franchise fee — was a big deal for the National Hockey League, in fourth place in the busy race for North American pro-sports-league dollars. The December 2018 award reaches a milestone at 7 p.m. Tuesday as the Seattle Kraken, the 32nd team, takes the ice in Las Vegas against the Golden Knights, the 31st team, as part of…

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Another injury harder to fix is the damage caused by Rams WR Robert Woods (12 catches in 14 targets, 150 yards) to the Seahawks pass defense, here represented by newcomer CB Sidney Jones. / Drew McKenzie, Sportspress Northwest The Mariners undoubtedly have in storage a bunch of unused “Believe” posters. Perhaps the club, which is now developing a portfolio as a Sodo real estate developer after almost succeeding in baseball, has no further need of sports memes and can off-load the overage to Seahawks fans. The meme from Ted Lasso worked for the Mariners. Until it didn’t. Seahawks fans need…

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Coach Pete Carroll, pensive before the figurative storm struck the Seahawks Thursday night. / Drew McKenzie, Sportspress Northwest What Pete Carroll knew for sure Friday morning, while his star quarterback was in Los Angeles seeing a specialist about the damage to the middle finger of his throwing hand, was that he was pissed off. And not at Russell Wilson. “We have to clean stuff up across the board so the same issues don’t show up,” the Seahawks coach said on his ESPN 710 radio Friday following the grim 26-17 home loss to the Los Angeles Rams. “When we’re really not…

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Oh, look. Someone new at quarterback for the Seahawks. Backup Geno Smith completed 10 of 17 passes for 131 yards and a touchdown. / Drew McKenzie, Sportspress Northwest Badly sprained. That’s what the Seahawks are. Also: That was coach Pete Carroll’s description of Russell Wilson’s damaged finger. Hard to say which will heal sooner. My guess is the finger. Doctors likely know how to fix the digit faster than the coaches know how to fix the Seahawks.

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