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Art Thiel: Russell Wilson is money in a buck-oh-eight

Many are the ways to look at the menagerie that unveiled Sunday at the Clink, a spectacle of puppies, porcupines, kittens and skunks. Just when it seemed Seahawks fans were ready to embrace the warm and fuzzy, it was all needles and stink.

Ex-Mariners can put together a respectable lineup

Now that Justin Smoak and Jason Vargas are All-Stars, it’s time for another look at the current All-Ex-Mariners team. It’s impressive – or debilitating, depending on your perspective.

Eddie Lacy signing creates training-camp intrigue for Seahawks

When a guy gets called out for being too fat in a place where haute cuisine consists of PBR, bratwurst and cheese curds, the shame figures to run thick as poutine. Which is why Eddie Lacy is shaping up as the most intriguing training camp story for the Seahawks in July.

Art Thiel: Seahawks’ Richard Sherman loses track of his conscience

I think I’ve figured out the mystery of Richard Sherman. Fans of Seahawks press conferences (12s are weird that way) may recall a pre-Halloween presser in which the Seahawks cornerback entertained the media gathering by showing up as Harry Potter, complete with round spectacles, wand and Hogwarts regalia.

Art Thiel: What’s hot, what’s not about the Mariners

Bookmaker Bovada in Las Vegas set the line Nov. 3 for the Mariners to win the 2017 World Series at 25-1. Updated odds this week show Seattle slipped to 33-1, which is a four-way tie for 13th with Baltimore, Kansas City and Detroit. As you may recall, only 10 team make the postseason.

Art Thiel: Super Bowl has moved to Charlotte

Perhaps in the confusion this week about NFL relocation to Los Angeles, you may have missed news of another relocation. Super Bowl 50 has been moved. To Charlotte. Sunday, 10 a.m.

Art Thiel: When game demanded it, Wilson had ice in his veins

In the darkest moment of the coldest football game in Minnesota’s frosty history, Jeremy Lane was talking to Kam Chancellor on the Seahawks sideline. Down 9-0 in the fourth quarter with their Super Bowl aspirations being strangled as if by the cord connecting idiot mittens, the defenders knew what had to happen.

Give and Take: Tweets of the week

@ Danny_Shelton55 I look good in orange and brown, don't I? #DawgPound @ Art_Thiel #Astros may end their lease with #Mariners, and just own them outright. Houston, 4-3.

Thiel: Time for Seahawks to grow up, shut up

Not sure there is another NFL coach who would agree  to record a nationally broadcast interview shortly after the most mortifying flop of his coaching career. Even if the answers weren’t satisfying to those of us who believe that pass to that receiver were two bad ideas, Pete Carroll has begun the long campaign to pull up the stick on the Seahawks’ nose-diving airliner  after the most critical play in Super Bowl history. Carroll knows the nature of this defeat sent a huge shock wave through the most intense fan base in the NFL. Explaining, “I feel a responsibility to a lot of people,” Carroll put himself on the line, as he likely will do numerous times for the longest short offseason the NFL has seen.

Hawks reduce foes to three-quarters of effectiveness

As the Seahawks return tonight to the NFL playoffs from the same position as a year ago – No. 1 NFC seed, first-round bye, potentially two playoff games at home – it is reasonable to consider that they may be better than the team that won the Super Bowl, despite a 12-4 record that is one game in arrears. A number of statistical measures point to incremental upticks, more yards gained, fewer yards given up, etc. But one stands out that borders on the astonishing.

Art Thiel: Washington coach Chris Petersen understands importance of remaining in control

Only thing that disappointed me about the Marcus Peters episode is that Huskies coach Chris Petersen couldn’t find a way to trade him to the New York Jets. Just as Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said he “couldn’t make it work” with Percy Harvin, so said Petersen Thursday regarding his tempestuous junior cornerback: “When you feel like it just can’t work, you gotta do what you’ve gotta do.”

Art Thiel: Losing brings out all the skeletons, or perceived skeletons, in Seahawks locker room

According to  a story on Bleacher Report, unidentified Seahawks players are said to believe that quarterback Russell Wilson isn’t black enough. It is a description that some others have flung at President Obama, Attorney General Eric Holder, astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson, retired QB Donovan McNabb and late tennis pro Arthur Ashe, among others. The claim is yet another flaw that must be added to the grievances charged against Wilson:

Art Thiel: We’ll see if M’s can keep up winning ways next season

The moment the Athletics-Rangers game went final upon Safeco Field’s out-of-town scoreboard Sunday, groans burbled through the rambunctious gathering of 40,823. In the Mariners dugout, TV cameras caught Felix Hernandez dropping his head, his shoulders sagging. “Man, you guys see everything,” he said, smiling, to a gaggle of reporters in the clubhouse. Well, Felix, stretch drives in Major League Baseball are an intense public spectacle, and lots of people this weekend were, like first-time tourists to Las Vegas, staring at everything.

Seahawks must find ways to better protect Wilson

RENTON, Wash. – After a question was asked about potential changes to the least-used passing game in the NFL the past season, the arch in Pete Carroll’s eyebrow launched and nearly reached earth orbit. “Why,” he said, “would we do anything to change it?”