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

Major League Awkwardness: Mariners Drop Their Opening Game

Except for a two-run, welcome-back homer by Haniger, plus a two-run dinger from pinch-hitter Dylan Moore, the Mariners disappointed a sellout crowd of 45,337 with a 6-4 loss to the Boston Red Sox.

Oops, There Goes Another One… UW Loses Athletic Director

If you follow the turns here, undoubtedly you have reached the same conclusion as me: Sentiment, loyalty and conscience have no purchase in big-time college sports.

NFL Free Agency: Dreams of Difference-Makers, Settling for JAGs

In large part, free agency is a grand shuffling of players among teams with the pivot points being salaries and age. Breakouts and busts always happen, but in general during this period we are seeing a swapping of JAGs (Just A Guy).

Cougar Men’s Basketball Team Could Win the Final Pac-12 Season. Time to Show Some Respect

Does the state of Washington get awarded a "We Do Last Best" certificate? Is there a trophy, like maybe a door blown out of a Boeing 737 Max 9? Do Huskies and Cougars fans meet in Washtucna, hold hands and sing kumbaya?

Of Super Bowls and Dynasties and a League Built for Parity

All within the realm of rules and customs, of course, but the Chiefs' harrowing triumph in the 75th minute of play did not at all resemble, say, the 13th century works of Genghis Khan, his many offspring and the Mongol Empire.

New Seahawks Coach Brings No Culture With Him. Good.

Culture doesn't breed winning. Winning breeds culture. The rest is personality.

All About the Bucks: UW’s New Football Coach and the Realities of What College Football has Become

Despite the heavy steam wafting out of the crater in the middle of the program, Huskies fans need to know all is not lost.

Class Act: Pete Carroll Exits as of Course he Would

"There ain’t enough wins," he said. "As a coach, there’s not enough wins. We know right now there’s not enough wins this season.”

Boys in the Field: UW Football and a Historic Season

The expectation is that the Huskies late Monday will be trailing by two points with one second left. Then the NCAA penalizes Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh for being an all-around scoundrel. The five-yard advance allows kicker Grady Gross to attempt a 60-yard field goal that bounces once, then again, on the crossbar before falling past the uprights for the win.

Above the Fray: Huskies Inspire in a College Landscape in Turmoil

They will be seen as the rose atop the slag heap. Dorothy prevailing over the Wicked Witch. Ferris Bueller prevailing over his day off.