Jess Root

  • joined Aug 11, 2010
  • last login Aug 19, 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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Cards cut Hrapmann, Brandon, sign OT Max Starks


The veteran tackle finally joins Arizona after multiple offseasons of speculation.

Fells 'really got the attention' of Arians Tuesday


The former basketball player making strides.

Cards 'really won't have' clear No. 2 or 3 RB


The running back situation after Ellington will come down to package and plays.

39 days to kickoff and a look at who has worn 39


Just another day closer.

Cardinal training camp radio interview roundup


A lot of players have been on the radio lately. Here are the interviews.

Peterson press conference highlights


Highlights from Peterson's press conference about his new contract.

Training camp schedule and Fan Fest info


An update of the training camp practices coming up.

Peterson contract details!


We now know how it looks year to year.

Palmer 'not going to put a ceiling' on WR Floyd


There really isn't anything that the third year receiver can't do.

Kicking competition update


It is almost as if Bruce Arians jinxed him.

Arians: Sendlein injury 'a blessing' in some ways


His downtime helps him and younger players.

Training camp injury update


A few players got nicked up once pads went on.

Cards players react to Peterson contract


Twitter tells you what his teammates think.

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


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