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UPDATED: Wed., July 17, 2019, 6:35 p.m.

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.


UPDATED: Wed., July 3, 2019, 8:40 p.m.

Matt Calkins: Malik McDowell embarrassment shouldn’t stop Seahawks from taking gambles in the NFL draft

It’s critical that NFL front offices vet potential personnel meticulously to minimize risk. But that’s all they can do – minimize it.


UPDATED: Thu., May 30, 2019, 6:47 p.m.

Matt Calkins: Breaking down why Jaylen Nowell opted for a shot in NBA draft over another season with Huskies

If you look at the mock NBA drafts, Nowell is a late second-rounder at best. And the Huskies could be amazing next season.


UPDATED: Wed., May 22, 2019, 7:22 p.m.

Matt Calkins: With Jaden McDaniels on the way, Huskies might have their best team in a decade – if not ever

Rivals considers Washington recruit Jaden McDaniels the seventh best college prospect, while ESPN currently has him going seventh in next year’s draft.


UPDATED: Wed., May 15, 2019, 6:36 p.m.

Matt Calkins: Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez’s injury provides a much-needed break

The Mariners’ most dominant pitcher of this century is going to be out for the next four to six weeks.


UPDATED: Tue., May 14, 2019, 4:25 p.m.

Matt Calkins: Sue Bird has been through it all with Storm in 17 years

Sue Bird, the 38-year-old point guard for the Seattle Storm, has essentially become the WNBA’s Tim Duncan. She’s a perennial All-Star with multiple titles who doesn’t decline with age.


UPDATED: Fri., May 10, 2019, 6:14 p.m.

Matt Calkins: Sounders not wasting any time improving a team that already looks among the best in MLS

If there is a notable Seattle sports signing in the spring, Starfire Sports isn’t usually where the press conference is. But this week, it was a pair of soon-to-be Sounders …


UPDATED: Tue., May 7, 2019, 5:30 p.m.

Matt Calkins: Bobby Wagner has been a superhero for the Seahawks, so all this drama just sets the stage

I don’t know if there are a lot of people out there worried that Bobby Wagner won’t re-sign with the Seahawks, but if there are, let me offer a spoiler …


UPDATED: Thu., May 2, 2019, 5:56 p.m.

Matt Calkins: Mariners have been swerving all over the place, and lately right into the ditch

The first 15 games of the season were an aberration. The 2019 “step back” was interrupted by a Beamon-esque leap forward that gave you guys MLB’s best record.


UPDATED: Tue., March 26, 2019, 6:36 p.m.

Matt Calkins: If you like spring training, you’re in luck – the Mariners’ season will be six months of it

Do you clear a week to head out to Arizona every March? Is spring training your favorite part of the year?


UPDATED: Sat., March 23, 2019, 8:17 p.m.

Matt Calkins: Washington coach Mike Hopkins is as loving as he is bizarre

Energetic. Passionate. Insightful. Inspiring. These are all accurate adjectives if you’re trying to describe Huskies men’s basketball coach Mike Hopkins.


UPDATED: Fri., March 22, 2019, 10:20 p.m.

Matt Calkins: Washington shows poise from the top down to make successful return to NCAA Tournament

After watching a 13-point lead shrink to seven in less than a minute, and then watching a turnover give the ball back to a jacked-up Utah State team, Huskies basketball …


UPDATED: Wed., March 13, 2019, 9:55 p.m.

Matt Calkins: Pete Carroll bets on himself while letting Seahawks great Earl Thomas walk

Seattle was likely never going to offer the free safety


UPDATED: Tue., March 12, 2019, 9:30 p.m.

Matt Calkins: Mariners’ Felix Hernandez has reason to be upset, but he also has an opportunity

Hernandez is beginning the season as the No. 5 starter on a Mariners team Fangraphs is projecting to win 75 games. If I’m Felix, I’m using my (likely) last season …


UPDATED: Thu., March 7, 2019, 4:44 p.m.

Matt Calkins: Washington’s victory over Oregon State should all but lock up NCAA Tournament bid

After a 45-minute tango with Oregon State that resulted in an 81-76 overtime victory, the Huskies are a virtual lock to go dancing later this month.


Matt Calkins: Seahawks follow NFL’s safe game with big-time pass-rushers by tagging Frank Clark

Clark got a huge raise by getting the tag, but imagine what he and other coveted pass rushers would get if they hit the open market. So far this offseason, …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 26, 2019, 5:46 p.m.

Matt Calkins: Washington’s Matisse Thybulle has been the best player in the Pac-12, and it’s not even close

Matisse Thybulle is averaging 5.5 steals and 2.37 blocks in his past eight games. But he deserves much more than Defensive Player of the Year honors.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 12:08 p.m.

Matt Calkins: Co-defensive coordinator Jimmy Lake staying at Washington, with a smile on his face

For the second straight year, UW co-defensive coordinator Jimmy Lake has said no to Nick Saban.


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 5, 2019, 6:20 p.m.

Matt Calkins: Unranked Washington men’s basketball gets caught up in Pac-12’s image crisis

They’ve won 11 games in a row and are 9-0 in conference. They are 18-4 overall and have no truly glaring loss.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 31, 2019, 5:43 p.m.

Matt Calkins: The Huskies just keep winning, and there’s no reason for it to stop any time soon

Advanced apologies for the jinx, but the Washington men’s basketball team looks like the class of the Pac-12 Conference.


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 18, 2019, 9:01 p.m.

Matt Calkins: Huskies star Jaylen Nowell has gotten even better – and smarter

Nowell, who averages 16.7 points per game, ranks third in the Pac-12 in two-point field-goal percentage at 56.8. But it’s not just about the numbers Nowell is producing – it’s …


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 24, 2018, 4:13 p.m.

Commentary: Three months later, it’s time to rethink these Seahawks

The Seattle Seahawks’ 38-31 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs showed that they belong in the playoffs. And young roster or not, they’re looking more and more like a team …


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 20, 2018, 5:16 p.m.

Matt Calkins: The key to Chris Petersen’s recruiting success at UW is hidden in Huskies’ number of scholarship offers

The Huskies only offered 91 scholarships for this class, which was the third-lowest among Power 5 schools. The average number of offers was 232. Oregon made 335.


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 18, 2018, 7:28 p.m.

Matt Calkins: Pac-12 playing for its football reputation during bowl season

Nearly four months later, it seems almost certain: The Huskies’ College Football Playoff chances ended the second they lost to Auburn.


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 14, 2018, 5:54 p.m.

Matt Calkins: Let’s hear it for a Seahawks team that is not only surprising to watch, but likable

One day after the Seahawks lost to Atlanta in January 2017, I penned a column saying they were no longer likable.


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 6, 2018, 5:49 p.m.

Matt Calkins: Huskies feel down after losing thriller to No. 1 Gonzaga, but don’t count them out

Washington gave top-ranked Gonzaga everything it could handle in an 81-79 loss, and the Huskies can take pride in knowing that they not only woke up the Pac-12 but the …


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 5, 2018, 7:30 p.m.

Matt Calkins: When the NHL comes to Seattle, don’t expect Vegas Golden Knights-level success immediately

If there was a better sports story this year than the Vegas Golden Knights, nobody told me about it. A first-year expansion team wins 51 games before soaring to the …


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 7, 2018, 9:53 p.m.

Matt Calkins: To make playoffs, Seahawks need Russell Wilson to be better than good

It’s easy to see why No. 3 might be taken for granted sometimes. But Sunday’s loss to the Chargers was a reminder of what has been true for a few …


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 26, 2018, 5:29 p.m.

Matt Calkins: Not easy finding truth behind Seahawks coach Pete Carroll’s ‘consequences’

From the outside it appears Earl Thomas is joining a few former Seahawks stars in avoiding punishment for his actions away from the game. While Pete Carroll says there are …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 4, 2018, 7:42 p.m.

Matt Calkins: Despite taking a stinging one-two punch, Huskies’ hopes haven’t hit the canvas

If you’re a Washington football fan, you might have cracked one more brew than you should have over Labor Day weekend. You might have needed a way to dull the …