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Dan Bickley

Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton (22) looks to pass as Denver Nuggets forward Michael Porter Jr. (...
Dan Bickley

Suns’ season starts off uneasy, just like Deandre Ayton’s contract situation

Welcome to a new year in Phoenix, when Deandre Ayton’s contract status is part of every narrative, one that’s not going away anytime soon.
19 hours ago
Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz sits on the bench during the first half of a preseason NFL ...
Dan Bickley

Zach Ertz trade is proof the Cardinals are all in for 2021

Zach Ertz has pedigree. He has a Super Bowl ring. His presence is a declaration. He is proof the Cardinals are all in to win in 2021.
6 days ago
Arizona Cardinals defensive end J.J. Watt (99) celebrates a defensive stop against the San Francisc...
Dan Bickley

Cardinals earn forgettable win over 49ers to stay atop NFC West

Victories last forever. Even when they’re instantly forgettable. The Cardinals played one of those games on Sunday.
11 days ago
Head coach Kliff Kingsbury of the Arizona Cardinals looks on during the second quarter in the game ...
Dan Bickley

Kingsbury’s turnaround with Cardinals starting to silence some doubters

Six weeks ago, Kliff Kingsbury’s seat was the hottest in professional football. Now he is among the early favorites to win Coach of the Year.
12 days ago
Owner Robert Sarver stands with the Western Conference Championship trophy after the Suns beat the ...
Dan Bickley

Sarver’s past makes stalled Deandre Ayton contract talks alarming

The Suns are playing a dangerous game. They are perilously close to contaminating elite team chemistry. They might kill the vibe entirely.
16 days ago
Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray, left, avoids the rush from Los Angeles Rams outside lin...
Dan Bickley

Cardinals leave Los Angeles with something bigger than a win

Dan Bickley says the Arizona Cardinals left Los Angeles with a big ‘L’ on Sunday: legitimacy.
17 days ago
Head coaches Sean McVay of the Los Angeles Rams and Kliff Kingsbury of the Arizona Cardinals shake ...
Dan Bickley

Cardinals win over unbeaten Rams could lead to next big NFC West rivalry

Sunday could mark a fundamental shift in Valley fandom, the moment when the Rams replace the Seahawks as our most heated divisional rivalry.
21 days ago
Deandre Ayton #22 of the Phoenix Suns reacts in the first half of game five of the NBA Finals at Fo...
Dan Bickley

Deandre Ayton’s postseason play demands a max contract

When light bulbs went on and the game finally slowed down, Deandre Ayton made more than big strides. He made history.
22 days ago
Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray scores a touchdown against the Jacksonville Jaguars on t...
Dan Bickley

Cardinals survive Jaguars amid biggest test of adversity in 2021

Fortunately for Kliff Kingsbury and the Cardinals, Sunday’s game in Florida did not become a distant cousin of Super Bowl XLIII.
25 days ago
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.
28 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.
30 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.
1 month 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.
1 month 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.
1 month 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?
1 month 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.
1 month 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.
1 month 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?
2 months 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.
2 months 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.
2 months 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.
2 months 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.
2 months 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.
2 months 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.
2 months 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.
3 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.
3 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.
3 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.
3 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.
3 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
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