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  • Cardinals get reality check to NFC West hopes with loss to Lions

    Dan Bickley writes that the Arizona Cardinals proved they are not ready to contend for the NFC West title with the way they lost to the Detroit Lions.
  • Pac-12, ASU still playing from behind in college football’s 2020 landscape

    Dan Bickley writes that the return of Pac-12 football still has Arizona State playing from behind for bigger opportunities this season.
  • College football needs to temporarily expand playoffs to 8 teams

    Dan Bickley writes that the college football playoff should be temporarily expanded to eight teams in a season taking place during a pandemic.
  • Possibilities endless with Cardinals unlocking Kyler Murray’s potential

    Kyler Murray's superstar upside that made him the No. 1 overall pick started to really show in a 30-15 Cardinals win over Washington.
  • Who has struggled, succeeded from sports lens in past 6 months

    There have been some bumps, but Dan Bickley takes you through who in the sports world has succeeded and who has faltered during the pandemic.
  • Pac-12 has choices to make as college football returns in Big Ten

    The Pac-12 conference has some things to figure out when it comes to college football as the sport returns in the Big Ten.
  • Cardinals’ late-game magic gives Valley something to cheer for

    Pandemic and wildfires be damned. The Cardinals have turned a corner. They are a winning team for the first time since the 2015 season.
  • New era of Arizona Cardinals football set to begin in season opener

    Dan Bickley writes that a new era of Arizona Cardinals football is set to begin when the team takes the field for the first time in Sunday's season opener.
  • NFL moves forward, undeterred by COVID-19 ahead of fascinating season

    Dan Bickley gives his thoughts on the National Football League starting up as the COVID-19 pandemic continues in the United States and the world.
  • NBA flourishing without fans in attendance in thrilling bubble playoffs

    Dan Bickley gives his thoughts on the NBA's restart and the top storylines to come from a very successful month of games.
  • Diamondbacks’ trade deadline takes unfamiliar turn to sell, sell, sell

    General manager Mike Hazen has a trademark style to teambuilding, and that was hard to recognize inside the D-backs' 2020 trade deadline moves.
  • NBA players’ boycott of Wednesday’s games is a breathtaking step

    Wednesday's boycott is a bold step from those who work in the toy department of life, where athletes have long been counseled to stick to sports.
  • Behind the scenes of Suns chaos ending in drafting Ayton over Doncic

    Dan Bickley reports on a hectic year in the Phoenix Suns organization and front office that ended in the decision to pass on Luka Doncic.
  • Cardinals camp a different place in COVID-era NFL preseason

    Welcome to a football bunker. The Cardinals look right at home. There are no fans. Fake noise fills up State Farm stadium. It sounds like football.
  • August has been rough stretch for sports world during a pandemic

    Dan Bickley has had a rough go of it during the pandemic and some of the sports world's tough stories in August haven't helped.
  • Fanless experience looms for Cardinals home games, Phoenix Open

    There will be an aura missing at Arizona Cardinals home games when there isn't an emphatic crowd reaction to a big catch by Larry Fitzgerald.
  • After magic at Disney, Phoenix Suns must end playoff drought the hard way

    The Suns return home with the consolation prize. They were the only team that went unbeaten in a bubble. Now it’s time to raise the standards.
  • ASU, Pac-12 doing right thing in time of reckoning for college football

    ASU hit the right notes in defending the Pac-12's decision to delay college football. It helps that Arizona State isn't a college football powerhouse.
  • Suns’ Deandre Ayton has no excuse for missed COVID-19 test

    Suns center Deandre Ayton sabotaged the season with a 25-game suspension. He nearly did it again with a missed COVID-19 test inside the bubble.
  • Coyotes propelled as an organization by advancing in postseason

    The Arizona Coyotes' 3-1 series victory over the Nashville Predators was a needed boost for an organization that has been through a whole lot.
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