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Jess Root

  • joined Aug 11, 2010
  • last login Apr 16, 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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The free agent right tackle is not the president of the players' association.

Chris Johnson briefly connected to Cards

One report had the Cardinals interested in the running back, but that rumor was quickly squashed.

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Despite a franchise left tackle and keeping some continuity on defense, the odd remain the same.

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Eric Winston -- the backup plan for the Cardinals

Why the Arizona Cardinals will probably sit on the right tackle position for a while.

Cards won't bring back RB Alfonso Smith

The team is moving on from the fourth-year back.

Mock draft: Cards have pick of OLB, CB, QB, OT

The latest SB Nation projections for the Cardinals in the first round.

3/18 Bird Droppings: McCann back, Cromartie a fit

Your morning roundup of Cardinals and NFL news.

Cards bring back CB McCann

The veteran cornerback will give depth and help on special teams.

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Video: Ted Ginn highlights

Take a look at what one of the new Arizona Cardinals players has done over his career in big plays.

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ROTB Radio, Ep. 31: Free agency grades, reactions

The latest Revenge of the Birds Radio show talks all about the moves the Cardinals has made.

Cards could have interest in LB Larry Foote

The former Steeler could be competition for Kevin Minter.

3/17 Bird Droppings: Interest in Foote

Rounding up Cardinals and NFL news.

ROTB Radio is talking free agency tonight

Seth and I will be on the air at 10PM Arizona time.

PFT: 'Nothing happening' with Cromartie, Cards

A source tells PFT that nothing is going on.

3/16 Bird Droppings: Peterson and Comartie

Your morning Cardinals and NFL roundup.

Peterson, Cromartie tweet, suggest FA signing

After days of no news, this certainly looks like news.

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Video: Free agency winners and losers

With most big-name free agents off the board, it's time to preemptively judge who's best positioned for 2014. Forget the Draft! We need judgment NOW!

Cardinals offensive line outlook and predictions

What could the offensive line look like come Week 1?

Cards salary cap and player contract update

Arizona still has some room

Dansby talks big, explains decision to leave AZ

Between two interviews, he gives insight as to why he decided to leave Arizona. It was more than the money.

Free agency open thread, Day 4

Your open thread to keep up with everything today.

Cards paying for speed, versatility in Ginn

The speedy wideout expects to be the number three receiver,, return punts and return kicks.

Kiper mocks Dennard to Cards at No. 20

After addressing many needs in free agency, the Cardinals pick up a talented cover corner.

Veldheer talks Hulk, decision to come to AZ

He gave two radio interviews after signing his new contract.

Keim, Arians, Palmer talk about Veldheer

The new left tackle got rave reviews in the press room on Day 1.

Keim doing well with contracts so far

General manager Steve Keim doing well so far at managing the salary cap.

How are Cards doing so far in free agency?

The Arizona Cardinals have been just active enough in free agency so far. They have not been breaking the bank. They have, though, been doing exactly what they set out to do. Let's summarize: To...

Free agency open thread, Day 3

Your open thread for what is happening around the league.

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