Jess Root

  • joined Aug 11, 2010
  • last login Jul 24, 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
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CBS Sports Top 100 players! Which Cards make it?


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Another day, another number.

Palmer and his pass distribution numbers


How do Palmer's number break down by the players he throws the ball to?

NFL bans Bane facemasks, see how Dockett responds!


Citing safety, the league nixed facemasks like the one Dockett used in the offseason.

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The team releases another video about his rehab and recovery.

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I was a guest on the Rams podcast


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The cornerback is talking some more.

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One is arrested and the other gets a job.

7/1 Bird Droppings: Transition from basketball


We start out the new month with some news about the cards and the NFL.

Carson Palmer and play action


We continue breaking down numbers for the Cardinals starting QB.


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SB Nation Studios gave the microphone to the players at the NFLPA Rookie Premiere.

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Your morning roundup of Cardinals and NFL stories.

71 days left, what is the history of Cards No. 71?


What is the history of No. 71?

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The veteran mentioned a few young players by names as far as players standing out in the offseason.

72 days to kickoff: The history of No. 72


There's a Hall of Famer in the mix.

Campbell wants AZ to have NFL's No. 1 defense


As part of his "Beat the Heat" campaign with Gatorade, Campbell answered a few questions for ROTB.

Cromartie runs sub-4.4 40 [video]


The veteran says he ran a sub-4.4 40.

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Another number, another day.

Palmer's numbers by route


How did the Cardinals starter fair when you look at each route?

Does Lindley have any chance at making the roster?


He understands the situation and is still going about it the right way.

74 days to kickoff, what Cards have worn 74?


Another day, another jersey number.

Peterson ranked 22nd in NFL by fellow players


He is still behind Richard Sherman, but he is moving up the list.

Cards see rookie Brown as 'special'


The third round rookie continues to get praise.

75 days to kickoff, who has worn No. 75?


Our not so favorite number's turn is up.

A nude Fitz to appear in ESPN the Mag 'Body Issue'


He "can't believe" he's doing it.

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