Art Thiel

Art Thiel is a longtime sports columnist in Seattle, for many years at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, and now as founding editor at

Can the Seahawks Win this Week? (They already Did)

The Seahawks are the first NFL team in 20 years to make the playoffs and also have a top-five pick in the next draft.

The Mariners have Slipped in the Off-Season. Another 20 Years in the Deep Freeze?

The guess is here the Mariners are again so far behind, it will take another 20 years to catch up.

Stakes on the Line: An Apple Cup That Really Matters

It will be a match with stakes beyond the rivalry, featuring teams on an uptick that accept the frozen darkness of the Palouse as a proper FOX Sports theater for proving they can get as metaphorically dirty as everyone else in college ball and come out ahead.

Russ is Cooked. Geno’s on Fire. And Pete? Feelin’ Fine!

Things can change quickly. What can't change is the fact that the Seahawks have eight games of proof that their offense is better without Wilson.

The Longest Game: Mariners Trickle out of the Playoffs

The excruciating 21-year wait to return to the postseason ended in an even more excruciating manner -- a six-hour, 22-minute molar-grinder against the American League's best team that had enough shoulda-woulda-coulda to displace all the water in Puget Sound.

Chaos Ball: Seattle Mariners’ Unlikely Success puts a Tiny Tear in the Space-Time Continuum

As Philadelphia Inquirer columnist David Murphy described it: “Watching playoff baseball is like watching a loved one defuse a bomb.”

Masterclass in Futility: Looking Back at the Mariners’ Sordid Early Annals of Ennui

Fourteen years to .500, 21 years between playoffs. If you are a non-baseball fan, look upon your overwrought Mariners-loving friends and family with compassion.

Geno Versus Russ… and the Seahawks Upset Denver

“Geno was the best he’s ever been,” said Pete Carroll. “He was ready for this game.” Said Smith: “People wrote me off. I didn’t write back.”

The Seahawks Game that Broke Wilson and Carroll

Russell Wilson didn’t want to be here. Pete Carroll didn’t want him to be here. Simple.

Bolting for the Bigs: USC, UCLA Abandon PAC-12 for Big Ten (UW Next?)

It’s official now that the industry has fallen off the edge of the flat Earth propped so long by the mythology of amateurism.