Jess Root

  • joined Aug 11, 2010
  • last login Jul 29, 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

Cards conditioning test notes and pics


Some quick info with basic information now that camp has opened.

The history of No. 45


Another day, another number.

Keim talks players entering camp


A radio interview covered a myriad of topics about the Cards

Cards add speedy WR Reggie Dunn


The 90-man roster is complete.

Training camp preview: 53-man roster projection


We look at how the roster might turn after camp.

Keim: 'The roster has gotten significantly better'


The general manager feels great strides have been made offensively.

46 days to kickoff: What's Cards history of No. 46


Another day and another jersey.

Ellington #1 breakout player in 2014, per FO


Cardinals fans have been expecting this.

Cardinals training camp preview: Special teams


We finish up the positional series

Arians 'optimistic' of Ta'amu, Mathieu return


He believes they will be back at practice before the season

Mathieu, Ta'amu start camp on PUP


When will they start practicing?

Cards training camp preview: The DBs


Previewing the defensive backs.

Alexander: Cards run defense 'will be dominant'


The veteran believes that the defense is not hampered with the loss of Dansby and Washington.


ROTB Radio training camp preview show (Ep. 37)

The show is back and talking Arizona Cardinals training camp.

Alexander praises play of Ta'amu


The special teams teams ace spoke highly of the waiver pickup.

Carson Palmer 20th on Jaws' QB big board


His interceptions and decision-making came into question.

Training camp podcast tonight!


Seth and I are back on the air as we talk Arizona Cardinals and everything training camp tonight at 9pm AZ time.

Training camp preview: ?s about linebackers


This is the one area on the defense with definite questions.

48 days to kickoff, what is the history of No. 48?


It continues to get closer.

7/22 Bird Droppings: Tuesday Cards and NFL links


Your morning Cards and NFL roundup.

Alexander: 'Just put me where I need to be'


The veteran doesn't feel he has to be a starter.

49 days to kickoff: What is history of No. 49?


We're in defensive back numbers now!

Cards single-game ticket info here!


Looking for tickets? Here is what you need to know.

Training camp preview: The D-line


The very talented group is even more talented.

Will Fitz regress in 2014?


He didn't have the best year in 2013, and some believe he will do even less.

7/21 Bird Droppings: Monday Cards and NFL links


Your morning Cardinals and NFL roundup.

50 days left, what is the Cards history of No 50?


Take one down, pass it around...

Training camp positional preview: The O-line


We preview the improved O-line.

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