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UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 19, 2020

Matt Calkins: Astros’ sign-stealing scandal has rocked the game, but it might also be good for it

The Astros’ cheating scandal was as disgraceful as it was disgusting and will forever taint the careers of those involved.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 23, 2020

Matt Calkins: Does Seahawks coach Pete Carroll deserve Pro Football Hall of Fame call?

Few will dispute that Carroll is the most successful coach in the organization’s history. And given his consistency, it’s hard to argue that he isn’t one of the best coaches …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 14, 2020

Matt Calkins: The Seahawks were held back by their depleted defense this season. Here’s how they can fix that.

Coaching football generally requires a comprehension of complexities that exceed those of other sports. The schemes, the formations, the details, the adjustments – they’re pretty much unrivaled when you compare …


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 10, 2020

Matt Calkins: Good luck trying to replace Mike Leach at Washington State

The comforting response, if you’re a Washington State football fan, is to tell yourself that it was time – that the Mike Leach era had peaked and a change is …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 8, 2020

Matt Calkins: Controversy aside, Jadeveon Clowney is a defensive force – and he’s been crucial to the Seahawks’ run

When Clowney is healthy, he has had more impact on the Seahawks’ success than anybody not named Russell Wilson.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 1, 2020

Matt Calkins: Nobody intrigues Seattle sports fans like Marshawn Lynch

With Marshawn Lynch re-signing with the Seahawks, these past nine days have been among the wilder ones in franchise history. But they also confirmed something – that nobody intrigues Seattle …


Matt Calkins: Pete Carroll doesn’t throw players under the bus, and maybe that’s why Marshawn Lynch is back

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll plays the long game when it comes to player punishment. “We’re not going to spank the guys publicly,” he said.


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 19, 2019

Matt Calkins: It’s up to coach-in-waiting Jimmy Lake to keep the Huskies’ successful recruiting train on the tracks

That ranking, regardless of what the coach-in-waiting may say, had to be a beautiful sight for Huskies fans. To see 247Sports dub Washington’s recruiting class as the 14th-best in the …


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 17, 2019

Matt Calkins: Another poor decision by Josh Gordon costs him and, to a lesser extent, the Seahawks

Not sure if this was insane, devastating or entirely predictable. I suppose it’s all three, really.


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 12, 2019

Matt Calkins: NFL playoff-seeding system just fine, even if commish-in-waiting K.J. Wright disagrees

Seahawks linebacker K.J. Wright thinks the most spectacular play in franchise history never should have happened. He feels Marshawn Lynch’s “Beast Quake” run in the first round of the 2010 …


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 5, 2019

Matt Calkins: Three games ago, the Seahawks’ defense decided it was time to be great … mission accomplished

There was no victory celebration for the Seahawks’ defense three games ago when Seattle beat Tampa Bay 40-34 in overtime. At that point, though, the defenders decided it was time …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 29, 2019

Matt Calkins: Pete Carroll, John Schneider deserve praise for reviving Seahawks’ Super Bowl hopes

When debating NFL awards candidates, don’t forget about the Seattle Seahawks’ coach and general manager.


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 19, 2019

Matt Calkins: Has Seahawks’ success been more about grit or luck?

This franchise has built a reputation for edging out victories under coach Pete Carroll for the better part of this decade. It is well-documented that quarterback Russell Wilson’s 21 fourth-quarter …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 15, 2019

Matt Calkins: Jacob Eason’s choice – declare for the NFL draft or lead Washington to a potentially historic season

Nine months from today, Jacob Eason will likely be in an NFL training camp as a newly minted millionaire. With that platinum arm, the Huskies quarterback will probably be competing …


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 13, 2019

Matt Calkins: Twice is nice, but three would mean Sounders dynasty sits on rare throne

If the newest MLS Cup was a living, conscious being, it would have felt neglected Tuesday. The trophy had just found a new home with the Sounders after they beat …


UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 2, 2019

Sounders going back to work with MLS Cup looming next Sunday at home

MLS’s new single-elimination playoff bracket took Cristian Roldan back to his childhood.


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 1, 2019

Matt Calkins: With history mostly on his side, Seahawks’ Pete Carroll takes a chance on Josh Gordon

On Friday, the Seahawks claimed Gordon off waivers after 27 other teams passed on him. They took a chance on a former Pro Bowler because they felt he would enhance …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 30, 2019

Matt Calkins: Unshakable Sounders stun everybody but themselves in advancing to third MLS Cup final

LAFC had the best regular-season record in Major League Soccer history. It had a supporters section you could hear from the other side of the skyline. It had Jerry West …


Matt Calkins: The Hopkins Hoops Show at Washington truly begins this season

The first two seasons – that was the soft opening. It might have been surprising, and it might have been successful, but it wasn’t the unveiling of the man’s true …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 10, 2019

Matt Calkins: Richard Sherman to apologize? What, did the sun just rise in the west?

If you missed out on the last solar eclipse, don’t worry about it. If you’re pessimistic about seeing Halley’s comet, fret not. On Wednesday morning, something far rarer occurred – …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 24, 2019

Matt Calkins: Gardner Minshew isn’t the Northwest’s first out-of-nowhere sports story, but he may be the best

Move over Movember, Meptember is in the spotlight now. Gardner Minshew and his signature mustache are captivating the nation the way they did the state of Washington a year ago.


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 4, 2019

Matt Calkins: Seahawks fans should just enjoy the moment with Jadeveon Clowney, and not fret about the future

They don’t appear to be available yet, but I imagine at some point soon, the Seahawks are going to start selling Jadeveon Clowney jerseys.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 28, 2019

Matt Calkins: After tough decision to walk away, could we see Andrew Luck return to NFL one day?

Saturday night, America bore witness to the most shocking sports retirement since Michael Jordan’s first exit from the NBA. Coming off the best season of his career, Colts quarterback Andrew …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 20, 2019

Matt Calkins: Sounders’ philosophy won’t change with new ownership group

A rapper’s Rolls-Royce parked in the VIP lot. Camera crews descending on a quarterback and a pop star. Music blaring. Kids cheering. This was an event fueled by star power.


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 13, 2019

Matt Calkins: ‘It’s not football anymore’ – Are NFL safety rules going too far? Some Seahawks believe so

While watching a game Saturday night, one of the most ferocious hitters in Seahawks history weighed in on his area of expertise.


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 10, 2019

Matt Calkins: Chris Petersen’s recruiting ability should have Washington fans stoked, opponents scared

Anytime Washington football coach Chris Petersen opens his mouth, there’s potential for headline news.


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 6, 2019

Matt Calkins: For Seahawks’ D.J. Fluker, being big is old news; being counted upon each week doesn’t get old

When you’re talking to Seahawks guard D.J. Fluker, don’t worry so much about technical detail. Just enjoy the ride. Listen to him talk about how he couldn’t play Pop Warner …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 1, 2019

Matt Calkins: Seahawks punter Michael Dickson on his Pro Bowl rookie season – Meh

Few besides Dickson would call his 2018 campaign anything short of stellar. It wasn’t just the distance in which he would boom his kicks, it was the pitching-wedge-like control he’d …


UPDATED: Sat., July 27, 2019

Matt Calkins: Contract extension for Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner was a matter of ‘when,’ not ‘if’

Late Friday the Seahawks made Wagner the NFL’s highest-paid linebacker at $18 million annually.


UPDATED: Wed., July 17, 2019

Matt Calkins: NFL’s latest 18-game/16-week proposal an interesting idea, but not realistic

If you don’t have a team, or particularly care about any teams, the NFL may have just come up with its best idea of the 21st century.