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Dan Bickley

Manager Torey Lovullo #17 of the Arizona Diamondbacks watches from the dugout during the fourth inn...
Dan Bickley

As Torey Lovullo survives thankless year, D-backs must change methods

It’s proof that the 2021 debacle falls mostly on GM Mike Hazen’s shoulders for some of his over-the-top efforts to reinvent the wheel.
2 days ago
Arizona State head coach Herm Edwards watches warm ups prior to an NCAA college football game again...
Dan Bickley

ASU fans back to familiar refrain after BYU game: ‘If not now, when?’

Dan Bickley evaluates the current state of Arizona State football after its loss to BYU and fall from the top-25.
4 days ago
Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray (1) throws against the Minnesota Vikings during the seco...
Dan Bickley

Cardinals catch a break, protect home turf behind Kyler Murray

In the NFL, there is a fine line between victory and vilification. The Cardinals ended up on the right side of the ledger on Sunday.
5 days ago
The Arizona Cardinals run onto the field for the NFL game against the New England Patriots at the U...
Dan Bickley

Will Red Sea reignite as fans sell out Cardinals’ home opener?

State Farm Stadium was eerily quiet in 2020, when a pandemic interrupted a streak of 144 consecutive sellouts. A new era begins Sunday.
9 days ago
Arizona Cardinals defensive end J.J. Watt (99) celebrates after teammate Corey Peters, third from l...
Dan Bickley

Cardinals deliver early on promise to bring more physicality in 2021

It’s only 1,600 miles to Nashville. But few NFL teams covered more ground than the Arizona Cardinals in a Week 1 victory.
11 days ago
Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray (1) scrambles away from Tennessee Titans free safety Kev...
Dan Bickley

Cardinals’ beatdown of Titans felt like a preview of destruction

Greatness doesn’t wait or whisper. It declares itself loudly. Just like the Cardinals’ 38-13 win over the Titans on Sunday. Overreaction?
13 days ago
In this Feb. 3, 2021, file photo, a man walks by as betting odds for NFL football's Super Bowl 55 a...
Dan Bickley

Arizona enters new era of sports with legalized sports gambling

Dan Bickley examines what the arrival of legal sports gambling in Arizona means for the sports scene in the state and country going forward.
16 days ago
Quarterback Kyler Murray #1 of the Arizona Cardinals stands on the sidelines during the second half...
Dan Bickley

Arizona Cardinals’ 2021 roadmap to success littered with uncertainty

The Arizona Cardinals are a volatile stock in 2021. Some forecast disaster. Others see potential for greatness.
18 days ago
GLENDALE, ARIZONA - AUGUST 20: President and owner Michael Bidwill of the Arizona Cardinals before ...
Dan Bickley

Cardinals can further galvanize Valley after Suns’ success

The Phoenix Suns have have claimed their birthright, taking back what was once theirs. How will the Arizona Cardinals respond?
22 days ago
Arizona Cardinals players, including cornerback Marco Wilson (20), cornerback Malcolm Butler (21) a...
Dan Bickley

Malcolm Butler’s absence adds more doubt around Cardinals defense

The list of question marks for the Arizona Cardinals defense got even longer with the addition of CB Malcolm Butler to the retired list.
24 days ago
FILE - Arizona State head coach Herm Edwards answers questions during the Pac-12 Conference NCAA co...
Dan Bickley

Arizona State’s football season has high hopes, unpredictable forecast

Arizona State football is at yet another crossroads. They could win the Rose Bowl. They might end up in jail, sentenced to serious time in a NCAA cellblock.
1 month ago
Kansas City Chiefs defensive end Chris Jones forces Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray (1) ...
Dan Bickley

Kliff Kingbury’s preseason offense is uninspiring for 2021 Cardinals

It looked very much like the worst of 2020, when rushing attempts from the quarterback were the only reliable source of yardage.
1 month ago
Coyotes fans cheer on their team in the second period while taking on the Los Angeles Kings in Game...
Dan Bickley

Fresh start in Tempe is exactly what the Coyotes need to succeed

The glory days of Coyotes hockey at Gila River Arena are almost over, but a new stadium in Tempe could revive the franchise in Arizona.
1 month ago
Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Tyler Gilbert celebrates after his no-hitter against the San ...
Dan Bickley

Tyler Gilbert’s no-hitter an unexpected and unforgettable reward

D-backs right-hander Tyler Gilbert tossed a no-hitter in his first career start on Saturday, something that hasn't happened in 68 years.
1 month ago
Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray watches from the sidelines prior to an NFL preseason foo...
Dan Bickley

By holding out Kyler Murray, Cardinals leadership fails 2021 first impression

Dan Bickley was not encouraged by the decision from the Arizona Cardinals' leadership to sit Kyler Murray on Friday after saying he'd play.
1 month ago
Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks defends against Chris Paul #3 of the Phoenix Suns ...
Dan Bickley

Suns’ season was unqualified success even after blowing 2-0 NBA Finals lead

Dan Bickley writes that failure isn’t always disappointing. Disappointment isn’t always failure. The 2020-21 Phoenix Suns are somewhere in between.
2 months ago
Deandre Ayton #22 of the Phoenix Suns handles the ball against Jrue Holiday #21 of the Milwaukee Bu...
Dan Bickley

Suns must feel like they are the team of destiny to defeat Bucks in Game 6

The Suns are now at a crossroads, one the Bucks have already crossed. Phoenix will only survive if they refuse to lose. Just like their opponent.
2 months ago
Head coach Monty Williams of the Phoenix Suns huddles his team during a time out against the Milwau...
Dan Bickley

Suns in need of solutions, few good men after NBA Finals’ Game 5 loss

The Phoenix Suns need to find some answers fast or risk soiling one of the greatest basketball seasons in franchise history.
2 months ago
Chris Paul #3 of the Phoenix Suns drives past Jeff Teague #5 of the Milwaukee Bucks during the firs...
Dan Bickley

Pressure turns to Phoenix Suns in best-of-3 NBA Finals

The Phoenix Suns lost a gut-wrenching game to the Bucks, a seven-point lead in the fourth quarter and a golden opportunity to stage a Saturday celebration for the ages.
2 months ago
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Dan Bickley

Questioning refs a part of the full NBA Finals experience

Of all the professions to work in across sports, nothing is more brutal than being an NBA official. Especially during the Finals.
2 months ago
Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks drives past Mikal Bridges #25 of the Phoenix Suns ...
Dan Bickley

If history is our guide, Suns will show up re-focused after Game 3 loss

When the bad Suns show up like in the Game 3 loss, they are usually lacking energy and desperation. But we've seen this movie before and it usually ends well.
3 months ago
PHOENIX, ARIZONA - JULY 06: Devin Booker #1 of the Phoenix Suns goes up for a slam dunk ahead of Jr...
Dan Bickley

July is deer hunting season in Phoenix for the Suns

The Suns own a commanding 2-0 lead in the NBA Finals because they’re a superior team with a backcourt currently producing at historic levels.
3 months ago
Devin Booker #1 and Chris Paul #3 of the Phoenix Suns celebrate during the second half in Game One ...
Dan Bickley

Bickley: These Suns make you ecstatic to be in Phoenix during summer heat

Nothing is better than a home team that galvanizes the community and these Suns have done the impossible: They make you ecstatic to be in Phoenix in the month of July.
3 months ago
Chris Paul #3 of the Phoenix Suns celebrates a three point basket and drawing the foul  with teamma...
Dan Bickley

Bickley: 3rd time is a charm for Phoenix in NBA Finals; Suns in 5

Entering the Finals, there is a similar feeling all across Arizona. The Suns are too deep, too good and too connected to be denied by the Milwaukee Bucks.
3 months ago
Devin Booker #1 of the Phoenix Suns holds the Western Conference Championship trophy after the Suns...
Dan Bickley

Bickley: Suns’ trip to NBA Finals is a triumph we will never forget

This is about a game and a moment and a triumph we will never forget. With even bigger games yet to come. So raise a glass, Suns fans. And sometime after a holiday weekend, the real fireworks begin.
3 months ago
Chris Paul #3 of the Phoenix Suns is fouled by Patrick Beverley #21 of the LA Clippers during the s...
Dan Bickley

Bickley: The Clippers are like a fungus that won’t go away

The Suns have opened a window of hope for the Clippers, a team that is starting to resemble a horror film serial killer. The kind you have to kill a few times until it’s actually over.
3 months ago
Devin Booker #1 of the Phoenix Suns walks to the free throw line against the LA Clippers during the...
Dan Bickley

Ugly Game 4 win has Phoenix Suns on doorstep of NBA Finals

The Phoenix Suns only scored 84 points in Game 4 of the WCF on Saturday night at Staples Center and are now on the doorstep of the NBA Finals.
3 months ago
Devin Booker #1 of the Phoenix Suns adjusts his face guard during warm-ups before the start of game...
Dan Bickley

Suns’ Devin Booker must teach himself on the fly to see past the mask

Dan Bickley writes that Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker must teach himself on the fly to see past the mask, like the netting at a baseball stadium.
3 months ago
Patrick Beverley #21 of the LA Clippers knocks the ball from the hands of Devin Booker #1 of the Ph...
Dan Bickley

Suns will not have to manufacture desperation in Game 4 of WCF

Dan Bickley writes that the Phoenix Suns will not have to manufacture desperation in Game 4 of the WCF after awakening the comeback Los Angeles Clippers.
3 months ago
Deandre Ayton #22 of the Phoenix Suns celebrates in the final minutes against the LA Clippers in ga...
Dan Bickley

Suns overcome slew of obstacles in emotional Game 2 victory

The Suns beat the clock, beat the officials, beat ghosts from postseasons past and beat a Clippers team that bloodied and tormented Devin Booker.
3 months ago
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