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Past articles by Matt:

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

Seahawks’ Russell Wilson teaches a lesson in efficiency during season-opening win vs. Bengals

Wilson's final line in Sunday's 21-20 win over the Bengals was 14 of 20 passing for 196 yards with two TDs and no interceptions, good for a rating of 134.6... → Read More

In trade for Jadeveon Clowney, Seahawks GM John Schneider pulls off a major heist

Saturday's trade for Houston Texans defensive lineman Jadeveon Clowney, a three-time Pro Bowl selection, was nuts. Or better yet — peanuts. Because really, that's all the Seahawks gave away. → Read More

After years of playing with fire, Geno Smith provides Seahawks with real security behind Russell Wilson

With another impressive performance Thursday night against the Raiders, Geno Smith, a seven-year veteran, has proven fully capable of taking over the Seahawks offense if disaster were to strike and Russell Wilson got hurt. → Read More

‘A scary genius’: Visionary coach Jimmy Lake is a critical reason UW’s defense reloads every year

UW's defense has been the anchor, and defensive coordinator Jimmy Lake has been its visionary. The Huskies defense has delivered every year, so expect more Jimmy moments to come. → Read More

‘It’s not football anymore’: Are NFL safety measures going too far? Some Seahawks believe so

Ken Norton Jr., Seahawks defensive coordinator and former All-Pro linebacker, is among those who have seen the damage big hits took on his peers. He along with players such as K.J. Wright are all for safer tackling. But several Seahawks... → Read More