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  • Josh Rosen brings intrigue and new optimism to struggling Cardinals

    The Cardinals have thrown in their final chip with Josh Rosen. He'll attract an audience and new optimism. Maybe he'll even spare a rookie head coach tumbling out of the gate.
  • Bradford’s first-quarter tease gave Cardinals’ Rosen no margin for error

    Cardinals QB Sam Bradford’s first quarter success was a cruel tease with serious ramifications when Josh Rosen was dropped into the crucible.
  • State Farm Stadium will clamor for Rosen if Bradford fails on Sunday

    On Thursday night, Cleveland Browns fans begged for Baker Mayfield to replace Tyrod Taylor. The Arizona Cardinals could be in a similar situation on Sunday.
  • Suddenly, the Valley’s bright sports future feels like its pathetic past

    Our NFL team stands trial this Sunday. So does our status as a rising sports town.
  • Cardinals HC Steve Wilks seemed in control a month ago. What happened?

    The feeble start for the Arizona Cardinals is full of caveats, but there are no excuses for what we've seen from Steve Wilks and the new staff.
  • Struggling local teams need support, but Diamondbacks make it tough

    There's a galvanizing effect of sticking with the local teams through thick and thin, but it's hard to extend that courtesy to the Diamondbacks.
  • ASU’s gamble on dramatically different Herm Edwards paying off

    Arizona State head football coach Herm Edwards is dramatically different and that made him a gamble, but it's paying off early for the Sun Devils.
  • Arizona Cardinals’ first impression against Redskins was a debacle

    The Arizona Cardinals' first impression against the Washington Redskins in the season opener was a debacle, writes Dan Bickley.
  • Point guard-filled Hall of Fame class symbolizes the Suns past and present

    The induction of Steve Nash and Jason Kidd into the Hall of Fame brings to mind the gluttony of point guards the Suns have had in distant and recent memory -- and the lack thereof today.
  • ASU’s impressive opening win had positive takeaways for rest of season

    Arizona State's impressive win in the first game of the season showed Herm Edwards' team has an elite playmaker and an experienced quarterback that could take them a long way.
  • D-backs should feel insulted, defiant as they face impending disaster

    The Diamondbacks returned to Arizona on an airplane, not in body bags. You wouldn’t know it from their feeble performance against the Padres.
  • McCain’s memorial shows he stood out in a state of transient sports fans

    By including Arizona greats Shane Doan, Luis Gonzalez and Larry Fitzgerald in his ceremony, John McCain raised the bar for one of the most dysfunctional sports markets in America.
  • Diamondbacks’ bizarre lineup choices continue to confound

    The Arizona Diamondbacks continue to make bizarre lineup choices during a run in which every single game counts for a chance at postseason baseball.
  • 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.
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