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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.


UPDATED: Wed., July 3, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.