Jess Root

  • joined Aug 11, 2010
  • last login Apr 20, 2014
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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
User Blog

Louis Nix scouting profile [video]

Could he be a cheaper Dan Williams?

Drafting the 'best player available'

He explains the draft board process

Cards not necessarily to draft a QB every year

The GM clarifies something he said when he was hire.

4/20 Bird Droppings: Happy Easter

Your morning Cardinals and NFL roundup.

Ryan Williams ready to run and do football things

The running back has some work to do.

Memories of PatTillman

What are your memories of the local-grown product.

Trades galore in 6-round Cardinals mock

Just a look at some scenarios that could come up.


Stephon Tuitt scouting profile [video]

Arizona wants to get deeper and more physical on the defensive line.

Kiper: Cards to pick QB Carr at No. 20

The ESPN draft expert says the Cards grab their QB of the future.


Darqueze Dennard scouting profile [video]

The top corner could be a possibility for Arizona at number 20.


Schrager: Cards to make splash pick of pass rusher

Fox Sports' Peter Schrager gives his thoughts.

OC Goodwin talks RG, RT battles very differently

It is interesting how the talk goes from very specific to very vague.

Cards running game 'will be similar to last year'

OC Harold Goodwin tempers the 30-touch Andre Ellington games with some reality.

4/17 Bird Droppings: OL and the draft

Your morning roundup of Cardinals and NFL news.

Palmer OK with Cards drafting a QB

The veteran knows he won't play forever.

Palmer hopes for offensive weapons in draft

The starting quarterback is "selfish" and wants more weapons for the offense.


Anthony Barr scouting profile [video]

The raw, talented pass rusher was compared to John Abraham by his college coach.


Aaron Donald scouting report [video]

Although undersized, he could dominate for years.


Video: Top 5 OLB prospects in the 2014 Draft

SB Nation Studios runs down the best at their position in this draft class.


Manziel drafted by Cardinals

Cardinals could land the biggest star of the draft if the quarterbacks fall.

4/15 Bird Droppings: Powers is important

Your morning Cardinals and NFL roundup.

Cards with most 'splashy' moves in NFC West

A Seattle writer expects Arizona to be very much in the mix.


Dee Ford scouting report video

A look at another potential target for the Arizona Cardinals in the first round.

Full Cards mock featuring trading down in 1st

We bring you another 6-round mock for the Cardinals.

4/14 Bird Droppings: Cards with splashy moves

Your morning Cardinals and NFL roundup.

Can Tony Jefferson make the jump?

With some talk of his being able to step, could the undrafted second-year player

Cooper pegged to have big 2nd-year impact

Even though he didn't play a down, he should be very impactful once he makes it back to the field.


Justin Gilbert scouting report [video]

Oklahoma State's Justin Gilbert is one of the best cornerbacks in this year's NFL Draft. What makes him so good, and where will he be drafted?

4/13 Bird Droppings: Mailbag, free agency

Your morning Cardinals and NFL roundup.


Calvin Pryor scouting report

A look at what we should know about one of the top safety prospects.

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