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  • John McCain’s allegiance to Arizona teams felt real because it was

    John McCain was a cut above the politico poseurs who ride bandwagons, mispronounce surnames of star athletes and couldn’t tell a kickoff from a faceoff.
  • Fantasy football has commodified players, overly-empowered fans

    Fantasy football is new religion. It puts average fans in control. You begin to strut like NFL owners and fret like real general managers. You judge players on what they do for you.
  • Cardinals’ Keim delivered more than an apology in return from suspension

    Bad decisions are not reserved for bad people. Most of us have been there. Not everyone pays the price. Steve Keim is different.
  • D-backs’ brutal closing stretch needs energetic support from fanbase

    The Arizona Diamondbacks have a brutal closing stretch to the season, a stretch where they will need as much support as possible from the fanbase.
  • Untrustworthy preseason at least presents hope for Cardinals

    Don't trust preseason results. But at the very least, the Arizona Cardinals' two wins over the Chargers and Saints present hope to begin the Steve Wilks era.
  • Let Edwards, ASU prove themselves after media was quick to judge

    ASU football will be a national story in the first month of the season because of head coach Herm Edwards. The rest is on him.
  • Cardinals’ David Johnson sets sights on regaining elite status in 2018

    Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson is on a mission to remind everyone how good he was two seasons ago. Expect him to do just that.
  • So many people dislike Tiger Woods and golf – Why is this so compelling?

    Tiger Woods' performances in the PGA Championship and the British Open show he's getting close to his old form, and his time in purgatory has blessed him with new perspective.
  • Cardinals’ low expectations nationally show no confidence in Sam Bradford

    The low expectations for the Arizona Cardinals among national outlets show no confidence in quarterback Sam Bradford.
  • D-backs represent Valley’s best chance yet at getting revenge on Los Angeles

    The Arizona Diamondbacks represent the Valley's best chance at getting revenge on Los Angeles, a sports town that has haunted them for decades.
  • Cardinals offensive line shoulders one of NFL’s heaviest workloads

    With the changes around the Arizona Cardinals, their most important group is now the offensive line, a group full of personalities.
  • D-backs GM Mike Hazen proving to be a game-changer for the franchise

    Arizona Diamondbacks general manager Mike Hazen proved how valuable he is to the franchise after the trades he made this season.
  • For now, the Cardinals embrace the present with Sam Bradford

    Arizona Cardinals training camp begins with an early revelation. There is no quarterback competition between Sam Bradford and Josh Rosen.
  • Despite ups and downs, D-backs remain underdogs worth watching

    A heartbreaking loss to Anthony Rizzo and the Chicago Cubs only added to the drama of the Arizona Diamondbacks' up and down season.
  • Cardinals enter camp saturated in Steve Wilks’ all-business DNA

    Rookie head coaches always talk a good game. Steve Wilks is no different, but as training camp beckons, he also seems genuinely in charge.
  • Zack Greinke’s timing couldn’t be better for Diamondbacks

    The Diamondbacks’ most expensive player is enigmatic, unemotional, detached. He’s part of a team but not a community. He’s been an ace and an albatross.
  • Diamondbacks are a wicked conundrum as All-Star break nears

    The Diamondbacks are the greatest of teams and the worst of teams. They make winning look easy. They make hitting look impossible. They turn every month into an adventure.
  • Devin Booker’s deal changes everything for Phoenix Suns

    With one signature, Booker’s life changed. But the bigger story centers on the man signing the paychecks, not the player who will soon be on the receiving end of all those dizzying direct deposits. 
  • LeBron James’ commitment is the latest undeserved break for the Lakers

    The Lakers now employ LeBron James, the second greatest player in NBA history. They lead the Suns 22-0 in the analytics of immortality. They don’t deserve this embarrassment of riches.
  • James Harden’s performance at end of playoff run invalidates his MVP

    James Harden has continued producing erratic performances on basketball's biggest stages and that invalidates his MVP award.
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 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
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