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May 27, 2014 at 2:50 PM

Chris Petersen, Dan Marino join Seattle Times for live chats this week

Chris Petersen greets fans at Husky Stadium during spring football practice last month. Dean Rutz / Seattle Times staff

Chris Petersen greets fans at Husky Stadium during spring football practice last month.
Dean Rutz / Seattle Times staff

Live chats are the closest thing you can come to a one-on-one conversation with a player, coach or sports celebriity, the online equivalent at pulling up a bar stool. And two big live chats are coming this week on seattletimes.com.

Wednesday, we’ll have a live chat with NFL legend Dan Marino, a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame after setting virtually every NFL career passing record with the Miami Dolphins.

Thursday, we’ll have new Washington football coach Chris Petersen, who took over this offseason after a remarkable run as coach at Boise State.

Both offer readers a chance to ask questions and get answers in real time online via our Website.

Former Dolphin great Dan Marino, left, is shown with country music singer Hank Williams Jr. in 2011.  Photo by Charles Trainor Jr. / Miami Herald, 2011

Former Dolphin great Dan Marino, left, is shown with country music singer Hank Williams Jr. in 2011.
Photo by Charles Trainor Jr. / Miami Herald, 2011

Marino is in town to promote Passing Time, a new Washington boutique winery that specializes in reds. He’s teaming with another well-known quarterback, Damon Huard, the former Husky and NFL player who was a teammate of Marino’s in Miami. You can ask Marino about wines, but you can also ask about football, something Marino knows a lot about as a former CBS Sports commentator. Here is a link to the Marino live chat, which will start Wednesday at 12:15 p.m.

The live chat with Petersen is scheduled for Thursday at 3 p.m. Petersen, who has the highest win percentage of any active coach in NCAA FBS, has a new school, new coaching staff and will have to find a new starting quarterback and running back with the departures of Keith Price and Bishop Sankey to the NFL. You can ask him about any and all of that Thursday at 3 p.m. Here is a link to the Petersen chat.

We started doing live chats with celebrities, coaches and athletes in the fall of 2009, soon after I became sports editor, and they’ve been a great way for fans and readers to connect with their heroes. We’ve done more than 300 celebrity chats, about one per week, including some very big names. Among the people who have joined us: Cal Ripken Jr., Carl Lewis, Dan O’Brien, Edgar Martinez, Lou Piniella, Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas, Jake Locker, Don James, Sue Bird, Nate Robinson, Jamal Crawford, Hope Solo and Sigi Schmid.

It’s a star-studded lineup, but I can’t think of a better one-two punch than we have this week.

Make sure you join us.

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