Jess_root

Jess Root

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A born-and-raised Arizonan from the East Valley, I have been passionate about Arizona sports (loving the Suns, Cardinals, D'Backs, Sun Devils, while hating Wildcats) for as long as I was aware that there were sports in Arizona. Unfortunately, due to the fact that my wonderful parents have never been big sports fans, I was about 12 when that happened, so I started late.

I took a circuitous route to get to SB Nation. I started my university studies as a broadcasting major, but two years of living in Argentina as an LDS missionary and several other factors led me to secondary education. After nearly a decade of teaching Spanish to high school and college students, I was inspired to start blogging about sports at the start of 2010, starting with a little Blogger page before contributing to numerous sites. I found SB Nation and began writing for SB Nation Arizona in August 2010 and became managing editor for Revenge of the Birds in February 2011.

As an Arizona sports fan, I have suffered the bitter disappointments (many) and have enjoyed the highs (not so many). I get frustrated and upset, but I rarely lose hope. That may make me sound like a homer sometimes, but I don't want to lose my "fan perspective" just for the sake of being negative. Be realistic, but be optimistic -- that's how I see the world of sports fandom. Otherwise, why cheer at all?

A Fan Of...

  • MLB Arizona Diamondbacks
  • NBA Phoenix Suns
  • NFL Arizona Cardinals
  • NCAAF Arizona St. Sun Devils
  • NCAAB Arizona St. Sun Devils
  • Cycling They all cheat
  • FIFA USA, Argentina
Recent Activity
2014 NFL countdown: 39 days left and a look at the Cardinals history of No. 39
Posted on Jul 31 2014, 3:00p
Arizona Cardinals interview roundup:
Posted on Jul 31 2014, 1:00p
Patrick Peterson glad to be paid, wants to win, 'can redefine the position'
Posted on Jul 31 2014, 11:00a
Arizona Cardinals training camp schedule: Off day Thursday, Fan Fest coming Saturday
Posted on Jul 31 2014, 10:00a
Patrick Peterson contract details out, 2014 cap number goes up only about $1 million
Posted on Jul 31 2014, 9:00a
Taylor is 2nd team right now
Commented on Is Bruce Arians already adapting his offense? on Jul 30 2014, 5:08p - 1 reply
Arizona Cardinals training camp Wednesday practice live updates
Posted on Jul 30 2014, 5:07p
2014 NFL countdown: 40 days to kickoff, remembering Pat Tillman and No. 40
Posted on Jul 30 2014, 3:00p
for Chandler Catanzaro
Voted on Jul 30 2014, 1:51p
NFL 2014 training camp: Carson Palmer 'not going to put a ceiling' on Michael Floyd
Posted on Jul 30 2014, 10:32a
He won't get suspended this year
Commented on 2014 NFL training camp: Arizona Cardinals injury update on Jul 30 2014, 10:17a - 1 reply
Arizona Cardinals training camp: K Chandler Catanzaro was perfect until Tuesday
Posted on Jul 30 2014, 10:10a
Arizona Cardinals training camp: Bruce Arians says Lyle Sendlein 'a blessing in a lot of ways'
Posted on Jul 30 2014, 9:57a
2014 NFL training camp: Arizona Cardinals injury update
Posted on Jul 30 2014, 9:37a
I'll be there Friday and Saturday
Commented on RSVP for ROTB Training Camp! on Jul 30 2014, 9:19a - 1 reply
Patrick Peterson contract gets praise from many teammates
Posted on Jul 30 2014, 1:52a
for Perfect!
Voted on Jul 30 2014, 1:20a
Patrick Peterson gets his new deal: 5-year extension, $70 million
Posted on Jul 30 2014, 12:06a
It was 4PM!!!
Commented on John Abraham arrested for DUI in Atlanta on Jul 29 2014, 11:06p
Arizona Cardinals training camp Tuesday practice live updates
Posted on Jul 29 2014, 4:30p
2014 NFL countdown: 41 days left and the history of No. 41 for the Cardinals
Posted on Jul 29 2014, 3:00p
Arizona Cardinals training camp: Jonathan Cooper 'comfortable,' 'surprised' at transition to pads
Posted on Jul 29 2014, 10:51a
Former Arizona Cardinals Eric Winston, Alfonso Smith find work in NFC West
Posted on Jul 29 2014, 10:40a
Arizona Cardinals training camp: Walt Powell expects to make special teams impact in Year 1
Posted on Jul 29 2014, 9:51a
Arizona Cardinals news 7/29: Training camp with pads
Posted on Jul 29 2014, 8:00a
practice is 2-4:30 locally here
Commented on 2014 NFL training camp: NFL Network to cover Arizona Cardinals on Tuesday on Jul 29 2014, 12:59a
being parked or stopped somewhere prohibited.
Commented on John Abraham arrested for DUI in Atlanta on Jul 29 2014, 12:55a
John Abraham arrested for DUI in Atlanta
Posted on Jul 28 2014, 9:02p
Arizona Cardinals training camp: Observations from Monday's practice in pads
Posted on Jul 28 2014, 8:51p
Kwamie was here today on the sideline with Leonard Davis
Commented on 2014 NFL countdown: 42 days left and the Cardinals history of No. 42 on Jul 28 2014, 8:04p
Arizona Cardinals training camp: Antonio Cromartie a 'very focused guy,' benefits Patrick Peterson and more
Posted on Jul 28 2014, 5:27p
Arizona Cardinals training camp Monday live updates
Posted on Jul 28 2014, 4:30p
2014 NFL countdown: 42 days left and the Cardinals history of No. 42
Posted on Jul 28 2014, 3:00p
Lots of WR/TE screens
Commented on Carson Palmer 2013: The good, the bad and the ugly by Pro Football Focus on Jul 28 2014, 2:29p
Arizona Cardinals training camp: Dan Williams with swollen knee, but ready to 'hold it down' at NT
Posted on Jul 28 2014, 11:18a
Arizona Cardinals training camp: Rookie Troy Niklas 'way behind,' but not 'super far behind'
Posted on Jul 28 2014, 10:18a
2014 NFL training camp: NFL Network to cover Arizona Cardinals on Tuesday
Posted on Jul 28 2014, 9:00a
Arizona Cardinals news 7/28: Training camp Day 2
Posted on Jul 28 2014, 8:00a
It's stuff you have to go through
Commented on Arizona Cardinals training camp:10 observations from Sunday practice on Jul 28 2014, 12:44a - 1 reply
2014 NFL countdown: 43 days left and a look at No. 43 for the Cardinals
Posted on Jul 27 2014, 8:45p
Arizona Cardinals training camp:10 observations from Sunday practice
Posted on Jul 27 2014, 8:32p
Patrick Peterson 'relieved' of punt return duties
Posted on Jul 27 2014, 5:10p
Arizona Cardinals training camp: Patrick Peterson not unhappy with contract.
Posted on Jul 27 2014, 4:50p
Arizona Cardinals training camp Sunday practice open thread
Posted on Jul 27 2014, 4:30p
Bobby Massie, Paul Fanaika say starting OL jobs are theirs to lose
Posted on Jul 27 2014, 11:00a
Patrick Peterson not completely out of return game yet
Posted on Jul 27 2014, 10:00a
Experience won't matter in Arizona Cardinals kicking competition
Posted on Jul 27 2014, 9:00a
Arizona Cardinals news 7/27: Lots of training camp stories
Posted on Jul 27 2014, 8:00a
That's what the team announced.
Commented on 2014 NFL training camp: Observations from Arizona Cardinals Saturday practice on Jul 27 2014, 12:09a
10K fans
Commented on 2014 NFL training camp: Observations from Arizona Cardinals Saturday practice on Jul 26 2014, 9:06p - 1 reply
2014 NFL countdown: 44 days left and a look at the Cardinals history of No. 44
Posted on Jul 26 2014, 8:34p
2014 NFL training camp: Observations from Arizona Cardinals Saturday practice
Posted on Jul 26 2014, 8:19p
Fanaika. He's on first team right now
Commented on Arizona Cardinals training camp morning media session quick hitters on Jul 26 2014, 4:42p
Arizona Cardinals training camp open thread: Practice 1, Saturday
Posted on Jul 26 2014, 4:30p
Arizona Cardinals training camp morning media session quick hitters
Posted on Jul 26 2014, 4:19p
Arizona Cardinals training camp: Andre Ellington the leader and 'bell cow'
Posted on Jul 26 2014, 12:00p
Arizona Cardinals training camp: Bruce Arians leave position battle watching to media
Posted on Jul 26 2014, 11:00a
Arizona Cardinals training camp: Logan Thomas' preseason playing time 'yet to be determined'
Posted on Jul 26 2014, 10:00a
NFL predictions: Philadelphia columnist picks Arizona Cardinals to win Super Bowl
Posted on Jul 26 2014, 9:00a
He'll not likely get many carries
Commented on 2014 NFL training camp: Steve Keim comments about several Arizona Cardinals players entering camp on Jul 26 2014, 3:37a - 1 reply
Arizona Cardinals run test images, video and quick thoughts
Posted on Jul 25 2014, 6:22p
2014 NFL countdown: 45 days left and a look at No. 45 for the Cardinals
Posted on Jul 25 2014, 5:46p
Cards RB Jalen Parmele is Bane when he's home
Posted on Jul 25 2014, 5:19p
2014 NFL training camp: Steve Keim comments about several Arizona Cardinals players entering camp
Posted on Jul 25 2014, 2:33p
No practicing allowed
Commented on 2014 NFL training camp: Arizona Cardinals projected 53-man roster on Jul 25 2014, 12:46p
2014 NFL training camp: Arizona Cardinals sign WR Reggie Dunn
Posted on Jul 25 2014, 12:45p
But you can't look at personal conduct
Commented on Ray Rice suspension: RB gets off light and that might hurt Daryl Washington on Jul 25 2014, 11:10a
it will
Commented on Ray Rice suspension: RB gets off light and that might hurt Daryl Washington on Jul 25 2014, 11:07a
2014 NFL training camp: Arizona Cardinals projected 53-man roster
Posted on Jul 25 2014, 11:00a
Arizona Cardinals training camp: Steve Keim excited about roster improvements
Posted on Jul 25 2014, 9:00a
He was a tight end in college
Commented on 2014 NFL training camp: Arizona Cardinals special teams could see changing of the guard at kicker on Jul 25 2014, 1:10a
At the end of the program,
Commented on Ray Rice suspension: RB gets off light and that might hurt Daryl Washington on Jul 24 2014, 10:27p - 2 replies
Actually would only matter if he were in the program or not.
Commented on Ray Rice suspension: RB gets off light and that might hurt Daryl Washington on Jul 24 2014, 8:14p
Ahh....that's quoting Aaron Schatz
Commented on Andre Ellington tops young breakout player list for 2014 on Jul 24 2014, 6:26p - 1 reply
Where did I state he was anything different?
Commented on Andre Ellington tops young breakout player list for 2014 on Jul 24 2014, 6:08p - 1 reply
A FanPost would be the exact way to do it.
Commented on Andre Ellington tops young breakout player list for 2014 on Jul 24 2014, 5:57p - 1 reply
It's not a second offense
Commented on What will it take for the Arizona Cardinals to win the NFC West? on Jul 24 2014, 4:00p
Where does this comment come from?
Commented on Andre Ellington tops young breakout player list for 2014 on Jul 24 2014, 3:54p - 2 replies
2014 NFL countdown: 46 days left and the Cardinals history of No. 46
Posted on Jul 24 2014, 3:00p
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