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  • If NBA relents, home-court advantage could push the Suns over the top

    A full house and an electric crowd could put the Phoenix Suns over the top in the playoffs, especially given their youth and inexperience.
  • Hope is a best-seller in the NFL, and the Cardinals are proof

    Smart observers in Arizona know better than to put a ton of stock in the NFL Draft hype. But hope is a powerful emotion, and a best-seller in the NFL.
  • Cardinals among winners of NFL Draft night with Rodgers not on 49ers

    The San Francisco 49ers' pick on Thursday came and went without news of an Aaron Rodgers trade, a very good thing for the Arizona Cardinals.
  • Keim should trade up only if Cardinals can get Smith or Waddle

    Dan Bickley writes that the Cardinals need a cornerstone CB and a WR with game-changing speed, five of which are available in the first round on Thursday.
  • Diamondbacks’ strong road trip revitalizes belief in team

    The Arizona Diamondbacks return to the Valley with a .500 record after a successful road trip that gives fans a few reasons to have some hope in the team.
  • Why this is the perfect weekend for Larry Fitzgerald’s retirement

    April 24 is significant because it marks the 17th anniversary of the day Larry Fitzgerald was selected with the third overall pick in the 2004 NFL Draft.
  • Chris Paul’s impact on Phoenix Suns can’t be overstated

    Basketball players aren’t soft. They’re selfish. They’re insulated. They listen to the wrong people. The Suns don't have this problem.
  • It’s time for Jerry Colangelo to have a statue in downtown Phoenix

    Pete Rose has a statue in Cincinnati, even though he’s banned from Major League Baseball. Rocky Balboa has a statue in Philadelphia, even though he wasn’t a real person.
  • Suns’ Deandre Ayton undergoing a quantum leap of progress in 2021

    Deandre Ayton is playing loud. His critics have grown quiet. He is proving that passive, playful puppies can learn how to bite, after all.
  • Arizona nearing risky intersection: The crossroads of politics and sports

    If Arizona passes legislation perceived to be political tools of voter suppression, the NFL will feel extreme pressure to move Super Bowl LVII. And it will happen.
  • If the D-backs really love Lovullo, they should extend him before the storm

    The pressure will surely grow on D-backs manager Torey Lovullo in 2021, with a team that just can’t hang. And if it gets really bad, public pressure may prevent the team from keeping him.
  • Now is the time for Suns’ Devin Booker to ‘Be Legendary’

    Dan Bickley writes that now is the time for Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker to "Be Legendary" and follow in the footsteps of his idol, the late Kobe Bryant.
  • A detail view of several baseballs on the outfield grass prior to a spring training game between the Cincinnati Reds and San Diego Padres at Goodyear Ballpark on March 14, 2021 in Goodyear, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

    Opening Day holds larger significance entering the 2021 MLB season

    Opening Day is an American institution. It’s a game that plays out in three dimensions: on the field, between the ears and inside your heart.
  • Larry Fitzgerald deserves a ring, even if it means leaving Arizona Cardinals

    Dan Bickley writes that longtime Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald deserves to win a Super Bowl ring, even if that means leaving the Valley.
  • Analytics, slow pace of play is killing future of Major League Baseball

    Dan Bickley writes that Major League Baseball looked better decades ago when it was sport and not math, because math will never be America’s pastime.
  • NCAA Tournament brings refreshing excitement back to college basketball

    Dan Bickley writes on the differences between college basketball and the NBA, where he sees some innocent and wholesome energy in the NCAA Tournament.
  • Patrick Peterson era with Cardinals ended long before CB joined Vikings

    Despite Patrick Peterson's last two years in Arizona, Dan Bickley is looking forward to the day the Cardinals induct the CB into the Ring of Honor.
  • Rodney Hudson is crown jewel of Cardinals’ terrific offseason haul

    Dan Bickley writes his thoughts on the offseason additions for the Arizona Cardinals, who added three high-profile names.
  • Cardinals’ net haul in free agency will say much about current place in NFL

    Dan Bickley writes that the Arizona Cardinals need to bring in weapons and solidify the offensive line around QB Kyler Murray for the team to be successful.
  • Wildcats head coach Sean Miller not worth the trouble for Arizona

    Words can get you fired in 2021. So why does Sean Miller still have a job? At age 52, he has more wiretap appearances than Final Four appearances.
Dan Bickley bio
Dan Bickley is the most influential sports media member in Arizona sports history, having spent over 20 years as the award-winning lead sports columnist for The Arizona Republic and AZCentral.com and almost two decades as a Valley sports radio talk show host. In spring 2018, Bickley made the decision to leave the newspaper to join the Arizona Sports team as host of the entertaining and informative midday show Bickley and Marotta, as well as bring his opinionated and provocative column exclusively to ArizonaSports.com.
Bickley’s journalism career began in his hometown of Chicago, where he was part of a star-studded staff at the Chicago Sun-Times. He chronicled Michael Jordan’s six NBA championships; covered the Olympics in eight different countries and attended 14 Super Bowls; spent three weeks in an Indianapolis courthouse writing about Mike Tyson’s rape trial; and once left his laptop in an Edmonton bar after the Blackhawks reached the Stanley Cup Finals.
He has won multiple awards, written two books, formed a rock band, fathered three children, and once turned down an offer to work at the New York Times.  His passions include sports, music, the alphabet, good beer and great radio. After joining Arizona Sports 98.7 FM, he couldn’t be happier