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UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 19, 2020

Commentary: It’s time for Pac-12 to start playing football. Those who are behind will catch up.

SEATTLE – Sometimes, even unity can be taken too far. Occasionally, getting your act together trumps moving together as one.

UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 14, 2020

Matt Calkins: Seahawks’ Russell Wilson normalizes the spectacular in season-opening win over Falcons

Imagine a man bench-pressing 1,000 pounds at an LA Fitness, but all the members care about is the dude running eight-minute miles on the treadmill. Picture Whitney Houston giving her …

UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 12, 2020

Commentary: Mariners prospect Taylor Trammell makes good first impression, but where will he fit in crowded outfield?

TACOMA – Mariners prospect Taylor Trammell wanted to have some fun with his new general manager. When Seattle GM Jerry Dipoto called Taylor to welcome him to the organization earlier …

UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 31, 2020

Commentary: No fans doesn’t mean Sounders still won’t put on good show, and it takes nothing from the victory

The press box didn’t shake at CenturyLink Field on Sunday. That tends to happen when the famed crowds get particularly boisterous.

UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 28, 2020

Commentary: Taijuan Walker’s legacy with Mariners? Neither star nor bust

SEATTLE – This one didn’t carry the magnitude of the trade four years earlier. It didn’t dominate the baseball world’s headlines, or involve any All-Stars.

UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 26, 2020

Commentary: Earl Thomas’ release from Ravens was an overdue shot of humility for former Seahawk

SEATTLE – Truth, Part 1: Earl Thomas is the most honest, candid NFL player I can remember interviewing. The former Seattle Seahawk’s unfiltered responses were as refreshing as they were …

UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 24, 2020

Commentary: Mock game gives Seahawks players a taste of home-field advantage they’re losing

The biggest concern for the Seattle Seahawks this year might not be the 11 guys lining up against them each play. It might not be the Los Angeles Rams’ Aaron …

UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 20, 2020

Commentary: Former U.S. Sen. Slade Gorton was there for Mariners ‘at every turn’

SEATTLE – You’re probably not going to see a statue of Slade Gorton erected in Seattle. It is unlikely the man signed any autographs for children or adoring fans, either.

UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 18, 2020

Commentary: Seattle Storm may be hottest team in sports and haven’t come close to peaking

SEATTLE – Is that Gary Kloppenburg coaching on the sideline for the Storm or Geno Auriemma? Are these games being played in Bradenton, Florida, or Storrs, Connecticut?

UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 17, 2020

Matt Calkins: With its own set of challenges, Pac-12’s idea of playing college football in spring won’t be as easy as it sounds

College football in the spring. The idea once seemed preposterous, but is now touted as possible.

UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 12, 2020

Matt Calkins: Can NFL stay healthy and avoid the Pac-12’s fate? Seahawks coach Pete Carroll thinks it can.

There is no stat for this on, but if it were documented, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll would probably hold the record for use of the phrase “fired up.” The …

UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 7, 2020

Matt Calkins: Fans are getting a much-needed escape from the coronavirus pandemic — a bonanza of sports events

For many Americans – possibly millions – this may be the worst August they can remember. Unemployment is still stratospheric, social restrictions are still ubiquitous, and the tunnel that is …

UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 4, 2020

Seahawks’ COVID-19 prevention starts with conscience of players, coaches

You have to think most people were thinking it. Longtime Seahawks play-by-play man Steve Raible finally asked it.

UPDATED: Tue., July 7, 2020

Matt Calkins: Mariners’ Braden Bishop in ‘a really tough spot’ about whether to play as coronavirus hits family

SEATTLE – You don’t have to preach to Mariners center fielder Braden Bishop about the contagious nature of the novel coronavirus. His younger brother Hunter contracting it was all the …

UPDATED: Fri., June 19, 2020

Matt Calkins: Adding QB Kevin Thomson is big for Huskies, but let’s not anoint him the starter just yet

SEATTLE – Wednesday was a big deal, but this isn’t a done deal. The Huskies’ quarterback competition should still be fierce.

UPDATED: Sat., June 13, 2020

Matt Calkins: With earlier return from coronavirus shutdown, Sounders and MLS can capture casual fans’ interest

SEATTLE – I have a feeling a lot of football, baseball and basketball fans are about to say something they haven’t said: “I can’t wait for Major League Soccer.”

UPDATED: Sat., May 30, 2020

Matt Calkins: Seahawks’ L.J. Collier ready to bust the notion that he’s a draft bust

After a rookie season that displayed limited promise amid limited snaps, L.J. Collier, the Seahawks’ 2019 first-round draft pick, plans to change skeptics’ minds. “I’m champing on the bit to …

Matt Calkins: Seahawks great Walter Jones’ mission to ‘rep Seattle’ put on hold during coronavirus shutdown

Walter Jones picked the wrong time to have his kitchen and bathroom renovated. Or at least it seemed that way.

UPDATED: Thu., May 21, 2020

Matt Calkins: Even if Jadeveon Clowney returns, Seahawks need another career year from Bruce Irvin

Bruce Irvin is used to shouldering lofty expectations. That’s part of the burden that comes with being a first-round draft pick, as the defensive end was for Seattle back in …

UPDATED: Fri., May 8, 2020

Matt Calkins: Just like us, Sounders’ Stefan Frei, Cristian Roldan play waiting game during coronavirus pandemic

Sounders midfielder Cristian Roldan lives on a hill and sprints up it regularly. Sounders goalkeeper Stefan Frei goes with the treadmill in his house.

UPDATED: Thu., April 30, 2020

Matt Calkins: Arizona plan? 80 games? It doesn’t matter. The real news is that it looks like baseball will return in 2020.

If you can think of seven more glorious words than this, drinks are on me: It sounds like baseball is coming back.

UPDATED: Fri., April 24, 2020

Matt Calkins: Seahawks say they took the ‘best player on the board’ with pick of Jordyn Brooks in NFL draft. But for now, it’s a head-scratcher.

Perhaps the most futile exercise in sports writing is trying to grade a draft pick immediately after it is made. Bleacher Report once did that with the Seahawks in 2012 …

Matt Calkins: Tarvaris Jackson’s Seahawks career was defined by toughness and respect

I didn’t know Tarvaris Jackson. I didn’t get to chat with him in the locker room. Didn’t get to see him play much in person. Didn’t have the opportunity to …

UPDATED: Sun., April 12, 2020

Matt Calkins: Russell Wilson and Ciara’s meal donation headlines Seattle athletes donating to Food Lifeline during coronavirus crisis

You’ve probably seen pictures of the endless lines. You’ve likely heard stories of the hourslong wait times. Food banks have never been so swamped nationally, and the demand is only …

UPDATED: Sat., April 11, 2020

Matt Calkins: Hall of Famer Steve Largent enjoys Seahawks’ appreciation, and a little Seattle anonymity

One silver lining to having no sports is that you don’t need an excuse to call someone. Memory lane is bumper-to-bumper right now, and people want to hear from the …

UPDATED: Sat., April 4, 2020

Matt Calkins: With Isaiah Stewart and likely Jaden McDaniels NBA-bound, Washington should be done with one-and-done players

It was as surprising as San Diego sunshine, but it happened Wednesday. Huskies big man Isaiah Stewart declared for the NBA draft, and the best player to suit up for …

UPDATED: Sat., March 21, 2020

Matt Calkins: Do social distancing and playing sports in Seattle go together during the coronavirus outbreak?

There were more parking spaces available than usual Tuesday at Interbay Golf Center in Seattle, but that didn’t mean the first tee wasn’t full. Every few minutes, the starter called …

UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 26, 2020

Matt Calkins: If Sounders manage to win CONCACAF Champions League, casual Seattle sports fans should take notice

I think we can agree that the average American understands a soccer schedule about as well as a grade-schooler does a calculus theorem.

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 …