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
Front page widgets and tickers I am limited
Commented on 2014 NFL mock draft: Another QB projection for Arizona Cardinals on Apr 22 2014, 11:20p
2014 NFL Draft: Who are the top 5 TE prospects?
Posted on Apr 22 2014, 12:00p
2014 NFL mock draft: Another QB projection for Arizona Cardinals
Posted on Apr 22 2014, 9:00a
Arizona Cardinals news 4/22: Workouts begin, AZ 'sweet' on QBs
Posted on Apr 22 2014, 8:00a
But there is a reason that Williams is still on the roster
Commented on Ryan Williams ready to compete, says he is running better than before injuries on Apr 21 2014, 10:48p - 1 reply
Well, that's assuming Bucannon isn't graded more highly
Commented on 2014 NFL Mock Draft: Johnny Manziel to Tampa, Cardinals get safety Deone Bucannon on Apr 21 2014, 10:44p - 1 reply
2014 NFL Draft: Jason Verrett scouting profile
Posted on Apr 21 2014, 3:00p
Larry Fitzgerald 'set to explode' in 2014
Posted on Apr 21 2014, 1:01p
Larry Fitzgerald 'set to explode' in 2014
Posted on Apr 21 2014, 1:00p
NFL offseason workouts: Arizona Cardinals begin phase 1, players react, workout bonuses
Posted on Apr 21 2014, 11:00a
Arizona Cardinals news 4/21: Offseason workouts begin
Posted on Apr 21 2014, 8:00a
2014 NFL Draft: Louis Nix scouting profile
Posted on Apr 20 2014, 2:00p
General manager Steve Keim explains draft process for Arizona Cardinals
Posted on Apr 20 2014, 12:00p
2014 NFL Draft: Steve Keim not necessarily to draft a QB every year
Posted on Apr 20 2014, 10:00a
Arizona Cardinals news 4/20: Happy Easter!
Posted on Apr 20 2014, 8:00a
Ryan Williams ready to compete, says he is running better than before injuries
Posted on Apr 19 2014, 2:00p
Pat Tillman, 10 years later
Posted on Apr 19 2014, 12:00p
2014 NFL mock draft: Trades galore for Arizona Cardinals in full mocks
Posted on Apr 19 2014, 10:00a
Fixed.
Commented on Mel Kiper mock draft says Arizona Cardinals pick QB Derek Carr at No. 20 on Apr 18 2014, 3:27p
2014 NFL Draft: Scouting profile for Stephon Tuitt
Posted on Apr 18 2014, 11:00a
Mel Kiper mock draft says Arizona Cardinals pick QB Derek Carr at No. 20
Posted on Apr 18 2014, 9:00a
Great work
Commented on Let There Be Light! 3 ROUNDS OF UNBIASED PROSPECT RANKINGS! on Apr 18 2014, 2:05a
2014 NFL Draft: Darqueze Dennard scouting profile
Posted on Apr 17 2014, 4:00p
2014 NFL Draft: Are OLB, RT the biggest needs for Arizona Cardinals?
Posted on Apr 17 2014, 2:00p
Arizona Cardinals OC gives specific praise for RG possibilities, cliches for RT possibilities
Posted on Apr 17 2014, 12:00p
Arizona Cardinals running game to look similar to 2013
Posted on Apr 17 2014, 10:00a
Arizona Cardinals news 4/17: Return game, OL and the draft, low cost of wins
Posted on Apr 17 2014, 8:00a
BA loves Stanton...so I think it would be Lindley
Commented on Carson Palmer OK with idea of drafting quarterback on Apr 16 2014, 10:11p - 2 replies
@oracle gif me bad rookie
Commented on Carson Palmer OK with idea of drafting quarterback on Apr 16 2014, 6:09p - 1 reply
Carson Palmer OK with idea of drafting quarterback
Posted on Apr 16 2014, 4:24p
2014 NFL Draft: Carson Palmer hoping for more skill players
Posted on Apr 16 2014, 12:00p
2014 NFL Draft: Anthony Barr scouting profile video
Posted on Apr 16 2014, 10:00a
2014 NFL Draft: What if Aaron Donald is available at No. 20?
Posted on Apr 15 2014, 2:00p
I think he will end up a Day 3 guy
Commented on 2014 NFL Draft: Who are the top 5 OLB? on Apr 15 2014, 12:53p - 1 reply
2014 NFL Draft: Who are the top 5 OLB?
Posted on Apr 15 2014, 12:00p
2014 NFL mock draft: Johnny Manziel falls, lands with Arizona Cardinals
Posted on Apr 15 2014, 10:00a
Murray was gone when I selected Thomas
Commented on NFL mock draft 2014: Arizona Cardinals trade down, pick up extra 2nd rounder on Apr 15 2014, 9:55a
Arizona Cardinals news 4/15: No draft consensus, Pat Tillman, Powers staying
Posted on Apr 15 2014, 8:00a
Garappolo in the 1st round??????
Commented on NFL mock draft 2014: Arizona Cardinals trade down, pick up extra 2nd rounder on Apr 14 2014, 11:06p - 2 replies
Are you being serious?
Commented on NFL mock draft 2014: Arizona Cardinals trade down, pick up extra 2nd rounder on Apr 14 2014, 10:34p - 1 reply
Are you being serious?
Commented on NFL mock draft 2014: Arizona Cardinals trade down, pick up extra 2nd rounder on Apr 14 2014, 10:33p
The mock is linked in the article
Commented on NFL mock draft 2014: Arizona Cardinals trade down, pick up extra 2nd rounder on Apr 14 2014, 10:33p
Except...you CAN know who was available
Commented on NFL mock draft 2014: Arizona Cardinals trade down, pick up extra 2nd rounder on Apr 14 2014, 5:32p - 1 reply
Arizona Cardinals contenders for NFC West title after 'splashy' offseason moves
Posted on Apr 14 2014, 4:39p
The saying goes...
Commented on NFL mock draft 2014: Arizona Cardinals trade down, pick up extra 2nd rounder on Apr 14 2014, 2:08p
Some think Dennard
Commented on NFL mock draft 2014: Arizona Cardinals trade down, pick up extra 2nd rounder on Apr 14 2014, 2:06p - 1 reply
But Bucannon is probably a better answer
Commented on NFL mock draft 2014: Arizona Cardinals trade down, pick up extra 2nd rounder on Apr 14 2014, 11:19a - 1 reply
Make the defense elite
Commented on NFL mock draft 2014: Arizona Cardinals trade down, pick up extra 2nd rounder on Apr 14 2014, 11:04a - 2 replies
2014 NFL Draft: Dee Ford scouting report video
Posted on Apr 14 2014, 11:00a
NFL mock draft 2014: Arizona Cardinals trade down, pick up extra 2nd rounder
Posted on Apr 14 2014, 9:00a
Arizona Cardinals news 4/14: Splashy offseason moves, draft talk
Posted on Apr 14 2014, 8:00a
Padric Scott thinks so
Commented on Could Tony Jefferson be the answer at strong safety? on Apr 13 2014, 4:54p
Could Tony Jefferson be the answer at strong safety?
Posted on Apr 13 2014, 4:35p
I didnt even think about that.
Commented on Arizona Cardinals offseason chat with Kent Somers on Apr 13 2014, 3:21p
Jonathan Cooper set for big second year, says NFL.com writer
Posted on Apr 13 2014, 12:00p
2014 NFL Draft: Justin Gilbert scouting profile
Posted on Apr 13 2014, 10:00a
Arizona Cardinals news 4/13: Mailbag, free agency
Posted on Apr 13 2014, 8:00a
for Churn the roster on short free agent contracts
Voted on Apr 12 2014, 5:03p
2014 NFL Draft: Calvin Pryor scouting report
Posted on Apr 12 2014, 2:00p
Arizona Cardinals eventually want lots of compensatory picks
Posted on Apr 12 2014, 12:00p
Arizona Cardinals offseason chat with Kent Somers
Posted on Apr 12 2014, 10:00a
I dunno if Carson changed
Commented on Todd Bowles talks Kevin Minter, safety position, Tyrann Mathieu on Apr 11 2014, 8:10p - 1 reply
I don't know the numbers
Commented on Todd Bowles talks Kevin Minter, safety position, Tyrann Mathieu on Apr 11 2014, 7:57p
He played more snaps at nickel corner
Commented on Todd Bowles talks Kevin Minter, safety position, Tyrann Mathieu on Apr 11 2014, 6:31p - 2 replies
He hasn't
Commented on Todd Bowles talks Kevin Minter, safety position, Tyrann Mathieu on Apr 11 2014, 3:44p - 1 reply
Haha!
Commented on 2014 NFL mock draft: Kony Ealy, Justin Gilbert, Dee Ford, Ra'shede Hageman or Darqueze Dennard? on Apr 11 2014, 3:31p - 2 replies
2014 NFL mock draft: Kony Ealy, Justin Gilbert, Dee Ford, Ra'shede Hageman or Darqueze Dennard?
Posted on Apr 11 2014, 3:00p
Todd Bowles talks Kevin Minter, safety position, Tyrann Mathieu
Posted on Apr 11 2014, 1:00p
That would have been a great pick!
Commented on 2014 Arizona Cardinals Mock Draft - insider information only on Apr 11 2014, 12:59p
It's not serious
Commented on 2014 Arizona Cardinals Mock Draft - insider information only on Apr 11 2014, 11:54a - 1 reply
2014 NFL mock draft: Todd McShay projects Calvin Pryor, Demarcus Lawrence to Arizona Cardinals
Posted on Apr 11 2014, 8:00a
Arizona Cardinals announce stadium upgrades
Posted on Apr 10 2014, 4:00p
Running backs, salaries and supposed devaluation
Posted on Apr 10 2014, 1:00p
Arizona Cardinals news 4/10: Preseason schedules, Sunday Night Football, Pro Bowl in AZ
Posted on Apr 10 2014, 8:00a
NFL preseason schedule 2014: Arizona Cardinals set to play Texans, Vikings, Bengals and Chargers
Posted on Apr 9 2014, 4:04p
2014 NFL Draft: Mixed scouting reports on Missouri DE Kony Ealy
Posted on Apr 9 2014, 4:00p
NFL Pro Bowl to be played in Arizona in 2015, in Hawaii in 2016
Posted on Apr 9 2014, 1:52p
Antonio Cromartie looking healthy in workout video
Posted on Apr 9 2014, 1:00p
2014 NFL Draft: Are Arizona Cardinals interested in Logan Thomas as QB or TE?
Posted on Apr 9 2014, 11:00a
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