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  • 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.
  • Like Warner, Goldschmidt overcame adversity without a complaint

    If Paul Goldschmidt's struggles are over, he will do more than power to the Arizona Diamondbacks to the postseason, and resurface as an MVP candidate.
  • For Deandre Ayton and Suns, NBA Draft night reveals brighter horizons

    Even the expected storylines for the Phoenix Suns, such as the selection of Deandre Ayton, represented a turning point for the team and their new franchise center.
  • Pressure on Deandre Ayton to succeed makes him right pick for Suns

    When Deandre Ayton comes into the NBA, he will be representing an entire country, and the drive that brings to succeed makes him the right pick for the Suns.
  • Despite Phoenix owning No. 1 pick, Lakers overshadow Suns (again)

    The Phoenix Suns own the No. 1 pick in this week's NBA Draft, but the conversation dominating the league is a potential superteam forming in Los Angeles.
  • David Johnson is the latest casualty in a cruel profession

    The NFL is more than risky business. It’s one of the cruelest professions on the planet. It devours the weak, callousing the purest of hearts. David Johnson is just the latest casualty.
  • Devin Booker and Karl-Anthony Towns, the NBA’s next frenemies

    McDonough’s strategy seems obvious. He must make a good-faith effort to acquire Towns from Minnesota, if only to prove his commitment to Booker.
  • The thrill of the Cardinals’ quarterback competition is about to begin

    Valley sports fans could be treated to one of the most riveting competitions in Arizona Cardinals training camp history when Josh Rosen and Sam Bradford duke it out.
  • D-backs stopped the bleeding just in time in the middle of a strange season

    The Diamondbacks don’t have a surplus of electric personalities. But unlike football players in New England, they aren’t afraid to speak freely.
  • Scar tissue of Diaw, Stoudemire suspensions torn off after Love ruling

    After Kevin Love did not get suspended for leaving the bench, the scar tissue was torn off and an old wound was reopened for the Boris Diaw and Amar'e Stoudemire suspensions.
  • Are Diamondbacks hitters suffering from information overload?

    The Arizona Diamondbacks hitters are struggling and it may be due to a new hitting approach they employed near the end of the 2017 season.
  • NFL’s new policy on national anthem protests is league’s latest blunder

    The NFL's new policy for the national anthem is the league's latest blunder, further proof that greedy hands can’t be trusted.
  • Trade No. 1 pick for Towns? The Suns have leverage, incentive and Booker

    Trading the pick would pull the plug on this exhilarating experience. It would also eliminate the timeline and a playoff drought that’s lasted nearly a decade.
  • Change of fortune has Diamondbacks fighting for local attention

    With the Cardinals drafting Josh Rosen and the Suns choosing between Deandre Ayton and Luka Doncic after winning the lottery, it's the Diamondbacks fighting for attention in the market.
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