Jess_root

Jess Root

  • joined Aug 11, 2010
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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
Football Outsiders: Carson Palmer 'maybe looks a little worse than average' in 2014
Posted on Aug 23 2014, 12:00p
Michael Floyd believes he can be 'one of the best' WRs in the NFL
Posted on Aug 23 2014, 10:00a
Cardinals vs. Bengals injury outlook, QB playing time
Posted on Aug 23 2014, 9:00a
Peter King on Twitter: Last 9 SB champions, collectively, have won zero playoff games the next season. #SeahawkswtblanketDept.
Posted on Aug 23 2014, 7:33a
Actually yes
Commented on Arizona Cardinals 53-man roster projections before 3rd preseason game on Aug 22 2014, 11:25p
I did.
Commented on 2014 NFL countdown: 17 days left to kickoff and the Cardinals history of No. 17 on Aug 22 2014, 7:54p - 1 reply
2014 NFL countdown: 17 days left to kickoff and the Cardinals history of No. 17
Posted on Aug 22 2014, 4:00p
Arizona Cardinals 53-man roster projections before 3rd preseason game
Posted on Aug 22 2014, 12:00p
Bruce Arians says Arizona Cardinals defense 'better' than 2013 unit 'even without Darnell'
Posted on Aug 22 2014, 11:00a
Tyrann Mathieu has eyes on Pro Bowl, Comeback Player and Defensive Player of the Year
Posted on Aug 22 2014, 9:00a
for No
Voted on Aug 21 2014, 8:03p
2014 NFL countdown: 18 days left and a look at No. 18 for the Cardinals
Posted on Aug 21 2014, 8:02p
He plays for the Vikes
Commented on Cardinals vs. Bengals preview: Andy Dalton a 'lightning rod,' Vontaze Burfict deserving of new deal on Aug 21 2014, 3:24p - 1 reply
That is definitely one.
Commented on Cardinals vs. Bengals: Jay Feely, Chandler Catanzaro to each kick one half on Aug 21 2014, 2:18p
Thanks!
Commented on Cardinals vs. Bengals preview: Andy Dalton a 'lightning rod,' Vontaze Burfict deserving of new deal on Aug 21 2014, 2:17p
Can Arizona Cardinals crack 400-point mark in 2014?
Posted on Aug 21 2014, 2:00p
I don't think it's a big leg they dig
Commented on Cardinals vs. Bengals: Jay Feely, Chandler Catanzaro to each kick one half on Aug 21 2014, 1:34p - 1 reply
Thanks!
Commented on Cardinals vs. Bengals preview: Andy Dalton a 'lightning rod,' Vontaze Burfict deserving of new deal on Aug 21 2014, 1:33p
Cardinals vs. Bengals preview: Andy Dalton a 'lightning rod,' Vontaze Burfict deserving of new deal
Posted on Aug 21 2014, 12:00p
facets
Commented on Cardinals vs. Bengals: Jay Feely, Chandler Catanzaro to each kick one half on Aug 21 2014, 11:26a - 1 reply
Cardinals vs. Bengals: Jay Feely, Chandler Catanzaro to each kick one half
Posted on Aug 21 2014, 10:00a
Darnell Dockett injury: Bruce Arians wants veteran on sideline, praises Rucker, Stinson
Posted on Aug 21 2014, 9:00a
Arizona Cardinals news 8/21: Sendlein, Mathieu return; plan for Dockett's absence
Posted on Aug 21 2014, 8:00a
In his first start!
Commented on 2014 NFL countdown: 19 days left, a look at the Cardinals history of No. 19 on Aug 21 2014, 6:11a - 1 reply
There are no takebacks on waivers.
Commented on NFL expands practice squad to 10 players, which Arizona Cardinals players are now eligible? on Aug 21 2014, 12:13a - 1 reply
And looking back to the 90s
Commented on 2014 NFL countdown: 19 days left, a look at the Cardinals history of No. 19 on Aug 20 2014, 9:57p - 1 reply
He lasted one practice.
Commented on 2014 NFL countdown: 19 days left, a look at the Cardinals history of No. 19 on Aug 20 2014, 9:54p - 1 reply
He ended up having one okay year
Commented on 2014 NFL countdown: 19 days left, a look at the Cardinals history of No. 19 on Aug 20 2014, 9:53p - 1 reply
Arizona Cardinals sign DLs Isaac Sopoaga, Ryan McBean
Posted on Aug 20 2014, 5:56p
I believe it was when they traded it for WR Randall Hill
Commented on 2014 NFL countdown: 19 days left, a look at the Cardinals history of No. 19 on Aug 20 2014, 5:50p - 1 reply
He was a QB
Commented on 2014 NFL countdown: 19 days left, a look at the Cardinals history of No. 19 on Aug 20 2014, 3:27p - 1 reply
2014 NFL countdown: 19 days left, a look at the Cardinals history of No. 19
Posted on Aug 20 2014, 3:00p
NFL expands practice squad to 10 players, which Arizona Cardinals players are now eligible?
Posted on Aug 20 2014, 12:00p
NFL rumors: Arizona Cardinals bringing in veteran defensive lineman Isaac Sopoaga
Posted on Aug 20 2014, 10:00a
Arizona Cardinals: ROTB Radio talks Darnell Dockett injury, Jonathan Cooper and more
Posted on Aug 20 2014, 9:00a
Team already has big Dan and Alameda.
Commented on Darnell Dockett injury: Arizona Cardinals defense can weather on-field loss of veteran DT on Aug 19 2014, 10:47p
I don't see the urgency to sign someone
Commented on Darnell Dockett injury: Arizona Cardinals defense can weather on-field loss of veteran DT on Aug 19 2014, 9:44p - 2 replies
2014 NFL countdown: 20 days left and a look at the Cardinals history of No. 20
Posted on Aug 19 2014, 7:56p
for Mathieu, not Ta'amu
Voted on Aug 19 2014, 7:39p
Tyrann Mathieu, Alameda Ta'amu actived from PUP by Arizona Cardinals
Posted on Aug 19 2014, 4:29p
Cardinals vs. Bengals: Arizona starters won't play for more than one half
Posted on Aug 19 2014, 1:00p
Darnell Dockett injury: Arizona Cardinals defense can weather on-field loss of veteran DT
Posted on Aug 19 2014, 12:00p
Ted Larsen could be starting left guard for Arizona Cardinals
Posted on Aug 19 2014, 11:00a
Kevin Minter could miss rest of preseason, other injury updates
Posted on Aug 19 2014, 10:00a
Tyrann Mathieu expected to be activated from PUP Tuesday, could play in opener
Posted on Aug 19 2014, 9:00a
Arizona Cardinals news 8/19: Dockett done, Larsen might start, mental errors
Posted on Aug 19 2014, 8:00a
2014 NFL countdown: 21 days remaining and the history of No. 21
Posted on Aug 18 2014, 4:00p
Offensive and defensive snap counts for Arizona Cardinals vs. Minnesota Vikings
Posted on Aug 18 2014, 2:00p
for Darren Fells' touchdown catch
Voted on Aug 18 2014, 1:36p
What was the Arizona Cardinals play of the game in loss to the Minnesota Vikings?
Posted on Aug 18 2014, 12:00p
How much impact will Jaron Brown have in 2014?
Posted on Aug 18 2014, 10:00a
Arizona Cardinals news 8/18: A whole lot of Jaron Brown
Posted on Aug 18 2014, 8:00a
for Jaron Brown
Voted on Aug 17 2014, 7:38p
Cardinals vs. Vikings results: Whose stock rose, whose stock fell with their performance in Minnesota?
Posted on Aug 17 2014, 11:00a
Arizona Cardinals news 8/17: Recapping the recaps
Posted on Aug 17 2014, 8:00a
Cardinals vs. Vikings results: Teddy Bridgewater comeback is actually better than weird TD for win
Posted on Aug 17 2014, 1:21a
Cardinals vs. Vikings final score: Teddy Bridgewater shines, leads two comeback drives for 30-28 win over AZ
Posted on Aug 16 2014, 11:49p
Move over to the 2nd half thread, please.
Commented on Arizona Cardinals vs. Minnesota Vikings live blog on Aug 16 2014, 10:01p
Cardinals vs. Vikings second half live blog
Posted on Aug 16 2014, 10:00p
I asked Wolf
Commented on 2014 NFL countdown: 24 days left and the history of No. 24 on Aug 16 2014, 8:11p - 1 reply
AJ isn't on the Vikes anymore.
Commented on Cardinals vs. Vikings preview: Stats, history and connections between the two teams on Aug 16 2014, 8:04p - 1 reply
Arizona Cardinals vs. Minnesota Vikings live blog
Posted on Aug 16 2014, 7:45p
2014 NFL countdown: 23 days left and the history of No. 23 for the Cardinals
Posted on Aug 16 2014, 3:00p
So does my wife
Commented on Campbell: 'Don't lose a bet to a QB' on Aug 16 2014, 12:54p
Oh yes!
Commented on Cardinals vs. Vikings preview: Stats, history and connections between the two teams on Aug 16 2014, 12:53p
Cardinals vs. Vikings preview: Stats, history and connections between the two teams
Posted on Aug 16 2014, 10:24a
Cardinals vs. Vikings preseason game info: TV listings, playing time, injuries, online streaming and more
Posted on Aug 16 2014, 9:00a
Campbell: 'Don't lose a bet to a QB'
Posted on Aug 16 2014, 8:51a
2014 NFL countdown: 24 days left and the history of No. 24
Posted on Aug 15 2014, 7:05p
Jay Feely changing his kickoff approach
Posted on Aug 15 2014, 2:00p
Cardinals vs. Vikings preview: Adrian Peterson's role, the Minnesota QB situation, Andre Ellington, Logan Thomas and more
Posted on Aug 15 2014, 11:00a
Cardinals vs. Vikings: Matt Cassel to play a lot, Adrian Peterson to sit out game
Posted on Aug 15 2014, 10:00a
John Abraham returns, expected to be starter for Arizona Cardinal
Posted on Aug 15 2014, 9:00a
2014 NFL countdown: 25 days left and the history of No. 25
Posted on Aug 14 2014, 6:22p
NFL roster moves: Arizona Cardinals sign linebacker Desmond Bishop
Posted on Aug 14 2014, 2:12p
Cardinals vs. Vikings preview: Anthony Barr, Teddy Bridgewater and more Vikings offseason talk with Daily Norseman
Posted on Aug 14 2014, 2:00p
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