Jess Root

  • joined Aug 11, 2010
  • last login Apr 17, 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

4/1 Bird Droppings: Minter and draft picks

Your morning roundup of Cardinals and NFL news.

Ellington among NFL's worst among RB for drops

His dynamic play masked that.

3/31 Bird Droppings: Winston wants to sign soon

Your Cardinals and NFL roundup.

Keim: TE Carlson 'best fit' at TE for Cardinals

The AZ GM cites blocking and catching as necessary.

Cards ranked 5th, best in NFCW, for FA moves

They have had the best offseason of the division

3/30 Bird Droppings: Feely talks unions

Your Sunday morning roundup.

Keim: Mathieu 'really ahead of schedule'

The second year player is working hard.


Keim on PFT Live

Just more offseason talk.

Roger Kingdom and his speed program

The former gold medalist explains some of the things e will do on the coaching staff.

Arians thinks Cards have 3 future QBs for team

But they might draft a QB early if they fall in love with a guy.

Andre Ellington, RB or WR?

Bruce Arians plans to keep him mostly a running back.

'No reason' Cards can't play in home Super Bowl

The head coach is not shying away from the hope of a championship.

Cards to pick up Peterson 5th-yr option

The three-time Pro Bowler will be around for a while longer. ...

Cromartie talks locker room, hip, more

The new Cardinals player is on local radio.

A look at the QB prospects from NFL head coach

It was the the head coach for the Browns, but the commentary about the QB prospects was intriguing.

Inside the war room Cardinals draft segment

They talk QB, RT/RG, SS and OLB.

Bell leads Cards in performance-based pay

In a complicated calculation, the lesser paid players will get a substantial bonus.

Cards get no compensatory picks in 2014

This was expected, though.

Cards get pass rusher, QB in latest mock

Arizona get a hopeful contributor for the present and another for the future.

Washington pleads guilty, faces jail time

His sentencing comes in late April.

Have the Cards really had a good offseason so far?

Today we take the perspective of one who is not impressed with the moves the Cardinals have made.

Cards almost set up perfectly for draft

The team's moves in free agency take pressure off to feel it necessary to pick certain positions.

3/24 Bird Droppings: A quiet weekend

Your daily morning Cardinals and NDL rounduo


Where do the Cards rank in the NFC West now?

An ESPN reporter believes that might be the case.

Poll: Which FA signing is biggest for Cards?

Which move means the most for the team?

3/23 Bird Droppings: Looking ahead now

Your morning NFL and Cardinals roundup.


Veldheer interview on PFT Live

Catching up with some of the Cardinals and what they are saying in their interviews.


Cromartie videos: Sports Science, TD return, more

You might be a little more excited about the team's latest signing after seeing these.

How special can the AZ secondary be?

With the addition of Cromartie they have some very, very talented players back there.

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