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Dan Bickley

PHOENIX, ARIZONA - OCTOBER 28: (L-R) Cameron Johnson #23, Jevon Carter #4, Frank Kaminsky #8, Kelly...
Dan Bickley

Early success sees Suns ascend in Valley sports prominence

Dan Bickley writes that the early returns of James Jones and Monty Williams are resulting in the Suns' sudden ascension in Valley sports prominence.
2 years ago
Head coach Kliff Kingsbury of the Arizona Cardinals looks on from the sidelines during the second h...
Dan Bickley

Problems persist for Cardinals despite positive signs against 49ers

The Arizona Cardinals and Kliff Kingsbury continue to show positive signs just as much as they have problems that plague them in losses.
2 years ago
NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - OCTOBER 27: Kyler Murray #1 of the Arizona Cardinals walks off the field a...
Dan Bickley

Arizona Cardinals gain needed experience in blowout loss to Saints

The Cardinals’ 31-9 loss to the Saints Sunday in the Superdome was both a reality check and a painful reminder: The future is not now.
2 years ago
PHOENIX, ARIZONA - FEBRUARY 04:  Deandre Ayton #22 of the Phoenix Suns walks down court during the ...
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Ayton’s suspension puts Suns in bad place as Monty Williams era begins

Dan Bickley writes that Deandre Ayton's 25-game suspension puts the Phoenix Suns in a bad place just as the Monty Williams era begins.
2 years ago
The New Orleans Saints take the field before a game against the Houston Texans at the Mercedes Benz...
Dan Bickley

Once again, New Orleans serves as crossroads for Cardinals

The Cardinals have seen it before. On Sunday, New Orleans will once again serve as a crossroads for the Cardinals, who have won three straight.
2 years ago
Win streaks are no accident in the NFL. There's power behind that and a quarterback that's developi...
Dan Bickley

Arizona Cardinals make powerful statement with 3rd straight win

Win streaks are no accident in the NFL. There's power behind that and a quarterback that's developing for the Arizona Cardinals.
2 years ago
Cornerback Patrick Peterson #21 of the Arizona Cardinals walks off the field following the NFL game...
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Cardinals’ next 10 games may decide Peterson’s future in Arizona

Dan Bickley writes that the Cardinals' remaining 10 games of the season could decide cornerback Patrick Peterson's future in Arizona.
2 years ago
Head coach Kliff Kingsbury of the Arizona Cardinals is seen during the second half against the Cinc...
Dan Bickley

Kliff Kingsbury’s coaching evolution begins to pay off for Arizona Cardinals

If the Arizona Cardinals players are going to stick around to put the hours in, head coach Kliff Kingsbury is right behind them.
2 years ago
Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray (1) warms up prior to an NFL football game against the A...
Dan Bickley

Cardinals finding lost mojo from years past as season progresses

The Arizona Cardinals entered Sunday's contest looking to regain some of the magic the team once held at State Farm Stadium. It seems they've found it.
2 years ago
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Dan Bickley

New-look team represents a hard reset for Robert Sarver, Phoenix Suns

The Valley has a bright future in pro sports. But one question lingers: Do the Suns have enough owner to pull off one of the last great sports stories?
2 years ago
Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray runs the ball in the first half of an NFL football game ...
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Cardinals’ win over Bengals highlighted by Kyler Murray’s resolve

Kyler Murray and Kliff Kingsbury have their first victory. The zero is gone and there is tangible proof of progress as the Cardinals beat the Bengals.
2 years ago
Members of the Washington Nationals practice for Game 1 of the NLDS baseball game against the Los A...
Dan Bickley

Playoff baseball is glorious, but MLB must continue to change

MLB playoffs are a glorious time. But Rob Manfred and the league must remain resolute about changing the game if they want to bring back its popularity.
2 years ago
Owner Bill Bidwill of the Arizona Cardinals holds up the George S. Halas trophy after winning the N...
Dan Bickley

Former Arizona Cardinals owner Bill Bidwill leaves a unique legacy

From being the team's ballboy when the Cardinals were in Chicago, to bringing the team to Arizona, Bill Bidwill leaves a unique legacy.
2 years ago
Arizona Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury, right, talks with general manager Steve Keim, left, a...
Dan Bickley

GM Steve Keim’s desperate moves are dooming winless Cardinals

Dan Bickley writes that general manager Steve Keim is making decisions out of desperation for his job and is causing the Cardinals' struggles in recent years.
2 years ago
Arizona Cardinals new head coach Kliff Kingsbury and general manager Steve Keim (R) talk to the med...
Dan Bickley

Steve Keim’s failures as Cardinals GM costing Kingsbury, Murray

Kliff Kingsbury and Kyler Murray don't have a win yet and a lot of that is on the pieces general manager Steve Keim put around them.
2 years ago
Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray (1) is sacked by Carolina Panthers linebacker Christian ...
Dan Bickley

Cardinals suffer 1st failure of season in Sunday’s game against Panthers

A loss and a failure are two different things. A tie, a moral victory, and one bad loss later, the Arizona Cardinals are 0-2-1 in a competitive division.
2 years ago
Head coach Herm Edwards of the Arizona State Sun Devils during warm ups to the NCAAF game against t...
Dan Bickley

ASU’s road to national relevance begins with trap game vs. Colorado

Arizona State is prone to its fair share of trap games and this Saturday's matchup against Colorado is no different than the others.
2 years ago
Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray sits on the Cardinals sideline in the second half of an ...
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Cardinals, Kyler Murray are encouraging despite Sunday’s loss

The Arizona Cardinals and Kyler Murray are showing some promising signs, and nobody is accusing the team of playing Pretty Boy Football anymore.
2 years ago
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Hazen’s emotional ties to Red Sox should be concerning for D-backs

The Arizona Diamondbacks should have plenty of reasons to be nervous about general manager Mike Hazen leaving for the Boston Red Sox.
2 years ago
Arizona Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury talks with his players during the second half of an NF...
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Cardinals providing renewed hope even after season-opening tie

A draw is not what you want to feel after spending an emotional Sunday afternoon with your favorite football team. But this one was perfectly acceptable.
2 years ago
Quarterback Kyler Murray #1 of the Arizona Cardinals watches from the sidelines during the first ha...
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Kyler Murray will lead Cardinals to victory in his NFL debut

Dan Bickley has his predictions for Week 1 of the NFL season and that includes a standout win for Kyler Murray in his NFL debut.
2 years ago
Devin Booker #1 of the Phoenix Suns reacts during the second half of the NBA game against the Milwa...
Dan Bickley

Suns’ Devin Booker continues to take on harsh, unfair criticism

Devin Booker continues to get criticized and looked down on while the Phoenix Suns have done little to help make life easier for him.
2 years ago
Arizona Cardinals LB Chandler Jones takes a selfie with fans following the team’s Red and White P...
Dan Bickley

Athletes are at the top of their game, but fans could do much better

Over the past few decades, the instances of intolerable sports fans have become the norm, but athletes deserve better from their fans.
2 years ago
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Dan Bickley

Arizona Cardinals show more good than bad in loss to Vikings

The third game of the preseason is the only one that matters. The Cardinals’ performance can be described in one word: Whew.
2 years ago
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A new step for my daughter makes me Arizona State’s newest fan

With his daughter beginning enrollment at Arizona State University, Dan Bickley officially becomes the newest fan of the school's athletics.
2 years ago
Head coach Kliff Kingsbury of the Arizona Cardinals leads his team onto the field during the NFL pr...
Dan Bickley

Kliff Kingsbury has entire NFL circling Cardinals on the calendar

It has been immediately made clear that Kliff Kingsbury's style of offense has the rest of the NFL putting a target on the back of the Cardinals.
2 years ago
Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray (1) is helped up by offensive tackle Marcus Gilbert (76)...
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Kyler Murray’s poor showing against Raiders least of Cardinals’ issues

The Arizona Cardinals' issues in Week 2 of the preseason against the Oakland Raiders went far beyond a poor performance by Kyler Murray.
2 years ago
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After more arrests, questions about Cardinals’ culture begin to swirl

After news of two more arrests and another Arizona Cardinals player released, the culture inside the franchise must have questions asked.
2 years ago
GLENDALE, ARIZONA - AUGUST 08: Quarterback Kyler Murray #1 of the Arizona Cardinals runs with the b...
Dan Bickley

Kyler Murray looked poised, under control in first Cardinals action

Kyler Murray's one-series appearance in the Arizona Cardinals' preseason opener against the Chargers checked the boxes and stoked the imagination
2 years ago
The Arizona Diamondbacks celebrate after a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles, Wednesday, ...
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Despite consistent .500 play, 2019 Diamondbacks are a success

Despite consistently being a .500 team, the 2019 Diamondbacks are a success following the expectations and acquisitions of young talent this season.
2 years ago
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