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.

Finding a way around Aaron Donald will be the charge of new Seahawks offensive coordinator Shane Waldron. / Drew McKenzie, Sportspress Northwest Never shall it be uttered that the Seahawks want this Rams game as much as gravity wants down. “No difference this week as we approach this one coming up quick,” ho-hummed Shane Waldron, who wants it bad, because he wants to justify the job promotion he won after helping stoke the rivalry in January. “The playoff game, we didn’t play clean, across the board,” said Russell Wilson, who threw a pick-six and had one of his worst playoff…

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DK Metcalf scored the Seahawks’ first touchdown Sunday at Levi’s Stadium with a goal-line lunge. / Drew McKenzie, Sportspress Northwest The Super Bowl this year is booked for Los Angeles and SoFi Stadium, the NFL’s grandest starship. The Rams so want to be there as a participant, not merely as the host, that the franchise busted the off-season’s most dramatic move, trading young QB Jared Goff and a big chunk of its draft future to Detroit for 12-year veteran Matthew Stafford. Imagine the dismay, then, when they looked up at the SoFi scoreboard Sunday afternoon and discovered they were trailing…

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In the top of the ninth inning Sunday, playoff denial assured, 3B Kyle Seager was taken from the game to be saluted by teammates and fans in what was likely his final game as a Mariner. / Art Thiel, Sportspress Northwest It might be possible for the Mariners to get closer to the annual baseball extinction. But the ninth inning of the 162nd game would seem to exhaust all the reasonable measurements. The seasonal toe-tag was applied when the Boston Red Sox joined the New York Yankees as winners of their final regular-season games. That allows them to play in…

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The Friday sellout at the ballpark had a message for each other and the players. / Alan Chitlik, Sportspress Northwest Since April, the Mariners have been pulling on a rope, hoping to get an upright piano through a window six floors up. They can see the sucker. But it’s slipped so many times. They need another tug, and some help. After the 162nd pull Sunday, we’ll know if it’s music, or silence. They have to beat the Angels once more, and need either the Boston Red Sox or New York Yankees to lose. If those things happen, Mitch Haniger is…

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The two most significant contributors to the Mariners’ 2021 success: Manager Scott Servais and RF Mitch Haniger. / Alan Chitlik, Sportspress Northwest Freaky observation from a startling baseball week in Seattle: Jarred Kelenic was two years old when the Mariners were last in the playoffs. He was born the day after then-Safeco Field opened. Now, he’s in center field, as well as in the corpulent American League playoff race. Wednesday night against Oakland, he struck the decisive blow, a two-run double in the sixth inning to support another well-pitched triumph, this one 4-2. Kelenic’s arm pumps standing on second base…

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in 2012, Richard Sherman doctored up and tweeted out a photo after the Seahawks beat the Patriots 24-23 in Seattle. Apparently, Brady is over the taunt. / Associated Press via Sherman Twitter account As they prepare for the San Francisco 49ers Sunday, personnel news hasn’t been great for the Seahawks. Starting TE Gerald Everett was placed Wednesday on the reserve/COVID-19 list; former WR Josh Gordon, cleared by the NFL to play, spurned Seattle for Kansas City, and former Seahawks star CB Richard Sherman came out of his self-imposed isolation to join QB Tom Brady, at his request, in seeking another…

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Then-Seahawks CB Shaquill Griffin made a game-saving pass defense in a 27-24 overtime win over the 49ers in a 2019 game. / Drew McKenzie, Sportspress Northwest To all who believe that the Seahawks defense is wafer-thin, consider that a year ago after the third game, they had surrendered an average of 497 yards and 28.7 points a game. After three games this season, they are at 440.3 and 26.3. Does anyone appreciate the improvement? Nooo. All the critics focus on is niggling details like the win-loss differential: 3-0 vs. 1-2. Go ahead and mock this season’s defense; they’re ahead of…

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After a reception, Seahawks WR Tyler Lockett was tackled awkwardly and torqued his left knee, forcing him from the game temporarily. / Rod Mar. Seattle Seahawks In his post-game scrum Sunday with the media, Pete Carroll was a tad saltier than most of his players had been on the field. “You guys will write whatever you think is going on,” said the Seahawks coach, “but you don’t know.” Probably true. But that isn’t the question. The question is what, if anything, Carroll and his staff know about one of dorkiest games the Seahawks played during his tenure.

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It took a long replay review to declare Huskies RB Sean McGrew (5) scored a touchdown in overtime to beat Cal, 31-24 Saturday at Husky Stadium. / Art Thiel, Sportspress Northwest Ahead 24-10 halfway through the third quarter in their first Pac-12 Conference game of the season, the Washington Huskies seemed poised to deliver proof at Husky Stadium that the early season embarrassments were solved. By the end, in overtime, their harrowing 31-24 triumph (box) over the Cal Bears provided a 1-0 conference start, but little assurance that the Huskies (2-2) were more than a wobbly team in the middle…

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WR Tyler Lockett is second in the NFL in receiving yards. / Drew McKenzie, Sportspress Northwest It’s easy to suggest that the proximate cause of the come-from-ahead stunner home loss to Tennessee Sunday was 10 penalties. But the solution for the Seahawks, NFL leader in crimes of taunting, is as easy as turning the other cheek — literally. The new rules call for turning away from the opponent before commencing gyrations and histrionics. Silly, yes, but the ask is not as difficult, say, as solving the Middle East. To beat the Vikings (0-2) in Minneapolis Sunday, the Seahawks’ reduction in…

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