Jess Root

Senior/Managing Editor

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. I have covered local teams as a media member now since 2011 and also host the Revenge of the Birds podcast. 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?


4/20 Bird Droppings: Happy Easter

Your morning Cardinals and NFL roundup.

Ryan Williams ready to run and do football things

The running back has some work to do.

Memories of PatTillman

What are your memories of the local-grown product.

Trades galore in 6-round Cardinals mock

Just a look at some scenarios that could come up.


Stephon Tuitt scouting profile [video]

Arizona wants to get deeper and more physical on the defensive line.

Kiper: Cards to pick QB Carr at No. 20

The ESPN draft expert says the Cards grab their QB of the future.


Darqueze Dennard scouting profile [video]

The top corner could be a possibility for Arizona at number 20.


Schrager: Cards to make splash pick of pass rusher

Fox Sports' Peter Schrager gives his thoughts.

OC Goodwin talks RG, RT battles very differently

It is interesting how the talk goes from very specific to very vague.

Cards running game 'will be similar to last year'

OC Harold Goodwin tempers the 30-touch Andre Ellington games with some reality.

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