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  • Bruce Arians’ potential return to coaching awkward for Cardinals

    Bruce Arians interviewing with the Buccaneers feels dirty. It feels wrong. It’s like watching Mike D’Antoni leave for the Knicks, only worse.
  • Cardinals should give Mike Leach a call in head coaching search

    The Arizona Cardinals need an offensive guru and quarterback whisperer as their next head coach. Why not give Mike Leach a call?
  • Bidwill faces tall task in selection of next Cardinals head coach

    In the NFL, head coaches are the new QBs. There aren’t enough good ones to go around. The demand exceeds the supply. Welcome to Arizona's new reality.
  • All that’s left of the Cardinals’ season is Big Red Black Monday

    A dog-breath season is mercifully over. All that remains is the day of reckoning. Somebody must pay for the worst NFL season in Arizona sports history.
  • Absurdity of Arizona Cardinals’ season has reached new low

    The Cardinals were blown out by the Rams for a fourth consecutive time in the Sean McVay era, losing 31-9 Sunday at State Farm Stadium. Even those who showed up had no desire to stay until the end of the fourth quarter.
  • Possibility of instant success should convince Fitzgerald to return in 2019

    Larry Fitzgerald might not retire at all. I’m betting he won’t. Why walk away from a life already perfect? From a league that reveres him and a team that needs his presence?
  • Cardinals have already played dangerous game with Rosen too long

    The Arizona Cardinals need to do something their offensive line can’t do: Protect quarterback Josh Rosen from himself by shutting him down.
  • N’Keal Harry’s bowl decision is a cue college football should take from

    College and football don’t belong in the same sentence. Just look at N'Keal Harry's decision to sit out ASU's Las Vegas Bowl.
  • The Arizona Cardinals aren’t just bad, they’re also unwatchable

    Something awful is happening in Arizona. The Cardinals are really bad and really boring. They’re low on talent and completely out of touch.
  • Only NBA Commissioner Adam Silver can save the Phoenix Suns

    We’re witnessing arguably the worst stretch of basketball in Suns history. Phoenix is breaking the worst of records and there seems to be no end in sight.
  • Paul Goldschmidt’s farewell from D-backs is a painful goodbye

    The departure of Paul Goldschmidt stings for Arizona Diamondbacks fans but we will be happy for him because he represents the best of us.
  • Cardinals showed fight for Wilks in triumph over Packers

    With a win over Green Bay that got Packers coach Mike McCarthy fired, the Arizona Cardinals showed fight for their own head coach, Steve Wilks.
  • The Patrick Peterson saga in Arizona isn’t over

    Patrick Peterson can attempt to go out smiling and grateful. Remembered fondly. Or he can leave the Cardinals with a blowtorch in his hands.
  • ASU’s Herm Edwards pulled off improbable, successful debut season

    Arizona State head coach Herm Edwards is a change of pace to the tyranny of evil in college football, a fatherly alternative.
  • Cardinals have looming decision over Steve Wilks after loss to Chargers

    The Arizona Cardinals will have money to spend, a quarterback in pocket and high-leverage draft picks to flaunt. But do they have the right coach in Steve Wilks?
  • After latest controversial finish, Pac-12 desperately in need of a makeover

    The Pac-12 has had several instances of incompetence during this college football season and it has been a problem for ASU.
  • Losing to Oakland is rough, but might be best thing for Cardinals

    Sunday's loss was both derelict and the best thing that could happen to this team. They need to bottom out. They need to face hard questions about their general manager and his latest coaching staff. The illusion of progress can be a dangerous thing moving forward.
  • In Chandler buyout, Suns’ James Jones may be thinking in grandiose terms

    The Suns have three victories in 14 games. Their rare triumphs spawn absurd optimism. That’s how badly we want to believe. But something might’ve changed in the past six quarters.
  • ASU could represent the tip of the iceberg for Valley sports

    As the final 120 minutes of the regular season looms, the sleeping giant of Valley sports could save us all from the underachievers in our midst, the pro teams stunting our collective growth.
  • Cardinals’ failures proof AZ has become kindergarten of pro sports

    Sorry, winning is for winners. Progress is for losers.  And our NFL team is back on the wrong side of the tracks, grasping for low-hanging fruit. It’s further confirmation that Arizona has become the kindergarten of professional sports.
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