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
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 - 1 reply
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
Andre Ellington tops young breakout player list for 2014
Posted on Jul 24 2014, 1:00p
2014 NFL training camp: Arizona Cardinals special teams could see changing of the guard at kicker
Posted on Jul 24 2014, 11:04a
2014 NFL training camp: Arizona Cardinals 'optimistic' for return of Mathieu, Ta'amu in preseason
Posted on Jul 24 2014, 9:00a
2014 NFL training camp: Tyrann Mathieu, Alameda Ta'amu start training camp on PUP list, Kelsey Pope cut
Posted on Jul 23 2014, 3:47p
2014 NFL countdown: 47 days left and a look at the Cardinals history of 47
Posted on Jul 23 2014, 3:00p
2014 NFL training camp: Arizona Cardinals secondary should be improved
Posted on Jul 23 2014, 2:46p
Arizona Cardinals defense 'going to be just as dominant' in 2014, says Lorenzo Alexander
Posted on Jul 23 2014, 11:00a
2014 NFL training camp: Arizona Cardinals camp preview show, position battles, concerns and more
Posted on Jul 23 2014, 9:00a
Lorenzo Alexander praises injured Alameda Ta'amu
Posted on Jul 22 2014, 6:41p
Carson Palmer drops one spot in ESPN QB rankings
Posted on Jul 22 2014, 4:19p
My bet is Alexander
Commented on 2014 NFL training camp: Arizona Cardinals have plenty of questions at linebacker on Jul 22 2014, 4:00p
Training camp podcast tonight!
Posted on Jul 22 2014, 3:39p
2014 NFL training camp: Arizona Cardinals have plenty of questions at linebacker
Posted on Jul 22 2014, 1:48p
2014 NFL countdown: 48 days left and a look at the Cardinals history of No. 48
Posted on Jul 22 2014, 12:39p
That is awesome!
Commented on Arizona Cardinals single-game ticket sale info on Jul 22 2014, 11:29a - 1 reply
Arizona Cardinals news 7/22: Palmer and NFC West, Palmer and QB rankings
Posted on Jul 22 2014, 11:28a
Arizona Cardinals training camp: Lorenzo Alexander doesn't need to be a starter
Posted on Jul 21 2014, 4:02p
2014 NFL countdown: 49 days left and a look at the Cardinals history of No. 49
Posted on Jul 21 2014, 3:00p
Stinson and Rucker can play inside.
Commented on 2014 NFL training camp: Arizona Cardinals enter camp with even better D-line than 2013 on Jul 21 2014, 1:25p - 1 reply
Arizona Cardinals single-game ticket sale info
Posted on Jul 21 2014, 1:23p
2014 NFL training camp: Arizona Cardinals enter camp with even better D-line than 2013
Posted on Jul 21 2014, 11:00a
Larry Fitzgerald a candidate to regress in 2014?
Posted on Jul 21 2014, 9:00a
Arizona Cardinals news 7/21: Training camp previews, mailbag and more
Posted on Jul 21 2014, 8:00a
2014 NFL countdown: 50 days left and a look at the history of jersey No. 50
Posted on Jul 20 2014, 2:00p
2014 NFL training camp: Arizona Cardinals offensive line set on one side, uncertain on the other
Posted on Jul 20 2014, 12:00p
Calais Campbell, Patrick Peterson among top defensive nightmare matchups
Posted on Jul 20 2014, 10:00a
2014 NFL countdown: 51 days to kickoff and a look at the Cardinals history of No. 51
Posted on Jul 19 2014, 5:35p
2014 NFL training camp: Arizona Cardinals tight ends improved and pretty set
Posted on Jul 19 2014, 11:00a
That would have been hilarious.
Commented on 80s Week: What stood out in the 80s for the Arizona/Phoenix/St. Louis Cardinals? on Jul 18 2014, 6:09p
80s Week: What stood out in the 80s for the Arizona/Phoenix/St. Louis Cardinals?
Posted on Jul 18 2014, 5:00p
2014 NFL countdown: 52 days left to kickoff and a look at the Cardinals history of No. 52
Posted on Jul 18 2014, 3:00p
Arizona Cardinals training camp: How good can the receivers be in 2014?
Posted on Jul 18 2014, 11:00a
2014 NFL power rankings: Arizona Cardinals almost crack Top 10 in PFT list
Posted on Jul 18 2014, 9:00a
Arizona Cardinals news 7/18: Training camp storylines, power rankings
Posted on Jul 18 2014, 8:00a
2014 NFL countdown: 53 days left and the Cardinals history of No. 53
Posted on Jul 17 2014, 4:15p
Arizona Cardinals training camp information: Seating, parking, autographs and more
Posted on Jul 17 2014, 3:27p
Michael Floyd could be better than Larry Fitzgerald this season, says Pete Prisco
Posted on Jul 17 2014, 3:03p
I'll see if the stats back up your observation
Commented on Arizona Cardinals stats: Numbers on running the ball on 1st down on Jul 17 2014, 2:27p
Arizona Cardinals stats: Numbers on running the ball on 1st down
Posted on Jul 17 2014, 1:00p
2014 NFL training camp: Arizona Cardinals RBs really have only one roster spot open
Posted on Jul 17 2014, 9:14a
Have you not been keeping up with the countdown?
Commented on Patrick Peterson reacts to Jimmy Graham contract on Twitter on Jul 16 2014, 11:30p
Arizona Cardinals 2014 training camp preview and coverage
Posted on Jul 16 2014, 11:23p
Already noted in the article.
Commented on Quarterback position has questions, but not many for Arizona Cardinals training camp on Jul 16 2014, 3:16p - 1 reply
2014 NFL countdown: 54 days left and a look at the Cardinals history of No. 54
Posted on Jul 16 2014, 3:00p
The best of the 80's from the NFL
Posted on Jul 16 2014, 1:00p
But some want to get paid.
Commented on Patrick Peterson reacts to Jimmy Graham contract on Twitter on Jul 16 2014, 12:53p - 2 replies
that's interesting
Commented on Patrick Peterson reacts to Jimmy Graham contract on Twitter on Jul 16 2014, 11:16a - 1 reply
Quarterback position has questions, but not many for Arizona Cardinals training camp
Posted on Jul 16 2014, 11:00a
Patrick Peterson reacts to Jimmy Graham contract on Twitter
Posted on Jul 16 2014, 9:00a
Arizona Cardinals news 7/16: Possible roster additions, 80s week, franchise deadline
Posted on Jul 16 2014, 8:00a
2014 NFL countdown: 55 days left and a look at the Cards history of No. 55
Posted on Jul 15 2014, 4:25p
Reason is sometimes uncommon here
Commented on Bruce Arians almost cracks Top 10 in coach power rankings on Jul 15 2014, 2:58p - 1 reply
Is this the ugliest Arizona Cardinals gift ever...and will you buy it?
Posted on Jul 15 2014, 1:55p
What young players are ready to break out in 2014 for Arizona Cardinals?
Posted on Jul 15 2014, 1:22p
Bruce Arians almost cracks Top 10 in coach power rankings
Posted on Jul 15 2014, 9:00a
Arizona Cardinals news 7/15: Training camp projects, youth and looking way ahead
Posted on Jul 15 2014, 8:00a
2014 NFL countdown: 56 days left, what is the Cardinals history of No. 56?
Posted on Jul 14 2014, 7:10p
Weren't the players taken in this year's draft
Commented on Arizona Cardinals stats: Will Andre Ellington have to pass protect more in 2014? on Jul 14 2014, 12:58p - 1 reply
Arizona Cardinals news 7/14: Training camp position previews , high confidence
Posted on Jul 14 2014, 8:00a
It's an NFL media site.
Commented on Arizona Cardinals stats: Comparing Paul Fanaika and Adam Snyder on Jul 14 2014, 12:27a - 1 reply
I have the numbers, but only by the whole season.
Commented on Arizona Cardinals stats: Comparing Paul Fanaika and Adam Snyder on Jul 13 2014, 11:26p - 1 reply
And Ellington
Commented on Arizona Cardinals stats: Will Andre Ellington have to pass protect more in 2014? on Jul 13 2014, 6:17p - 1 reply
However...Arians and Palmer used a shorter passing game
Commented on Arizona Cardinals stats: Comparing Paul Fanaika and Adam Snyder on Jul 13 2014, 6:15p - 1 reply
SACKS
Commented on Arizona Cardinals stats: Comparing Paul Fanaika and Adam Snyder on Jul 13 2014, 2:35p
Arizona Cardinals stats: Comparing Paul Fanaika and Adam Snyder
Posted on Jul 13 2014, 12:00p
Arizona Cardinals stats: Will Andre Ellington have to pass protect more in 2014?
Posted on Jul 13 2014, 10:00a
He's a candidate
Commented on Jonathan Cooper, Kevin Minter are 'redshirt rookies' to break out on Jul 12 2014, 7:59p - 1 reply
exactly why I didn't include him
Commented on Jonathan Cooper, Kevin Minter are 'redshirt rookies' to break out on Jul 12 2014, 7:57p
2014 NFL countdown: 58 days left and a look at the Cardinals history of No. 58
Posted on Jul 12 2014, 4:00p
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