Matt Calkins, Quad-City Times

Matt Calkins

Quad-City Times

Seattle, WA, United States

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Past articles by Matt:

Matt Calkins: It's becoming hard to watch Russell Wilson

We've seen Russell Wilson pull off the improbable through the years. → Read More

Geno Smith is more than serviceable as Seahawks QB. He’s a game changer

No longer should you view the 10th-year veteran as a longtime backup. Not after Geno Smith took the struggling Seahawks and lifted them back up. → Read More

Matt Calkins: Why Seahawks fans should boo Russell Wilson on Monday night

Pete Carroll is usually pretty reliable when it comes to propping up his former players. → Read More

Could the Seahawks really trade Russell Wilson? Here are the cases for and against an offseason deal

The Seahawks' NFL draft cupboard is bare, and a Russell Wilson trade would address those concerns. But can they part with an eight-time Pro Bowler and future Hall of Fame quarterback who is just 33 and in good health? → Read More

Would it really make sense for the Seahawks to move on from coach Pete Carroll after this season?

Is Pete Carroll the guy to lead the Seahawks as head coach going forward? It's complicated, writes columnist Matt Calkins. → Read More

Seattle’s best-ever pro athlete? Here’s one vote for Storm great and Hall of Fame finalist Lauren Jackson

Lauren Jackson on Tuesday was nominated for the Basketball Hall of Fame, and the vote should be a mere formality. LJ might not have had the longevity of a Sue... → Read More

Loss of Kris Brannon, aka ‘Sonics Guy,’ leaves big hole in Seattle sports fandom

Brannon became known around the region for his passionate pursuit of bringing the Sonics back to Seattle. → Read More

Should the Seahawks roll the dice on Antonio Brown?

It wasn't too long ago he was considered the best receiver in the NFL. That kind of talent can make a team overlook off-the-field issues. → Read More

The Seattle-area high-school student with the brightest NBA future? It may be Mikey Halim

Mikey Halim's gift doesn't involve a ball and a hoop, but rather a computer and an imagination. The graphic designer's spin on NBA jerseys has impressed people on Instagram and other corners of the internet. → Read More

When discussing Kobe Bryant’s legacy, the full story must be told

Bryant's 2003-04 sexual-assault case is an uncomfortable but necessary part of his obituary. He was a generational star who touched millions of lives. He also was charged with one of... → Read More

Captivating even in defeat, Fed Cup fans got to experience the GOAT watching Serena Williams

Though she lost at the Fed Cup for the first time in her career, she was still worth the price of admission. → Read More

America is an empire again in women’s tennis, and the Seattle area gets to witness that this weekend

Twenty two of the top 100 female players in the world are American. → Read More

Russell Wilson made it clear he wants Seahawks to sign ‘superstars’ but will he get them?

The Seahawks have a history of being aggressive, so superstars could be coming. Or maybe there's a better way. → Read More

The Seahawks were a surprise all season — and they’re surprised they didn’t win the Super Bowl

Despite overcoming all expectations this season, the Seahawks head into the offseason with nothing by pain. → Read More

Legacies in limbo: QBs Russell Wilson and Aaron Rodgers face contrasting pressures to win

Neither Russell Wilson nor Aaron Rodgers have cemented their place in the top tier of all-time great quarterbacks. But both face different levels of pressure to win Sunday's divisional-round matchup in Green Bay. → Read More

I put Marshawn Lynch’s name in this headline because I know you’ll click on it

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 sports fans quite like Beast Mode. → Read More

Despite all the losing, manager Scott Servais hasn’t lost the Mariners’ clubhouse

The fourth-year Mariners manager has lost a lot of games this season. He's lost a lot of players, too. But he hasn't seemed to have lost his cool, nor has... → Read More

Russell Wilson’s durability stands out even more as his contemporaries get KO’d

Seahawks QB Russell Wilson has never missed a start and, in fact, just two meaningful snaps in his eight-year NFL career. Saints counterpart Drew Brees will miss Sunday's game with a thumb injury. → Read More

Is California’s Fair Pay for Play act worthwhile for college athletes? Maybe, but be very careful

Much as we might guess, we don't know what kind of impact this piece of legislation would have on college sports. We know that it wouldn't go into effect until... → Read More

UW’s blowout win over Hawaii was entertaining, but we didn’t learn anything from it

Jacob Eason dissected a middling defense, the Huskies' running backs advanced at will, and apart from an absent third quarter, UW's defense dominated. In other words — we didn't learn much of anything. → Read More