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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?

MOST RECENT POSTS

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Cooper pegged to have big 2nd-year impact

Even though he didn't play a down, he should be very impactful once he makes it back to the field.

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Justin Gilbert scouting report [video]

Oklahoma State's Justin Gilbert is one of the best cornerbacks in this year's NFL Draft. What makes him so good, and where will he be drafted?

4/13 Bird Droppings: Mailbag, free agency

Your morning Cardinals and NFL roundup.

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Calvin Pryor scouting report

A look at what we should know about one of the top safety prospects.

Poll: compensatory picks or good free agents?

General manager Steve Keim wants to do all the team's building through the draft.

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Watch Kent Somers' online chat

The local reporter held a Google hangout. Hear the answers to questions you might have.

Explaining the Kony Ealy pick in SBN mock draft

Explaining the thought process of one mock draft.

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