Jess Root

  • joined Aug 11, 2010
  • last login Jul 29, 2014
  • posts 6274
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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

Patrick Peterson gets paid!


He thinks he is the NFL's best corner. Now he is paid like it.

41 days left and the history of No. 41


Another day down.

'No hesitation' for G Cooper in practice in pads


Sounds like the guard is ready to go.

Former Cards find work in NFC West


Arizona might see some familiar faces in divisional games.

Powell expects special teams impact in rookie year


The sixth rounder does call himself a great receiver.

7/29 Bird Droppings: Training camp with pads


Catch up on what you might have missed.

Abraham with DUI in Georgia last month


Not good news at all.

Cards camp Monday practice observations


Just a bit of what I saw while at practice.

Keim: 'Cro is a very focused guy'


General manager Steve Keim comments on the veteran cornerback.

Card Monday practice live updates


It's an open thread!

Williams confident, ready for responsibility at NT


The veteran nose tackle feels he is more than capable of doing the job with out the injured Ta'amu.

Niklas 'way behind,' not 'super far behind' so far


The rookie has to catch up after surgery and an injury.

NFL Network covering Cards camp Tuesday


Another way to catch practice if you can't go watch.

7/28 Bird Droppings: Training camp Day 2


Rounding the stories around the Web about the Cardinals and NFL.

10 Sunday practice observations


Just a quick write-up on what I saw.

Peterson 'here to play football'


He isn't worried about his contract right now.

Sunday practice open thread


Join the discussion once again.

Massie, Fanaika: starting jobs as theirs to lose


There is competition for the RG and RT jobs, but Massie and Fanaika are definitely in the lead.

Peterson not completely out of punt returns yet


It is 'still to be seen' how much he will be used.

Experience won't factor into kicking competition


Arians okay with a rookie winning the job.

7/27 Bird Droppings: Training camp stories galore


Your morning Cardinals and NFL roundup.

15 Saturday practice observations


15 random things I saw and felt that were worth sharing.

Saturday practice open thread (w/ Twitter widget)


Keep it here for your observations and mine.

Morning media session quick-hitters


Some quick info from what was said after the morning walkthrough.

Andre Ellington the leader and 'bell cow'


The running back has taken the title from the retired Rashard Mendenhall.

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