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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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The rookie has to catch up after surgery and an injury.

NFL Network covering Cards camp Tuesday

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Another way to catch practice if you can't go watch.

7/28 Bird Droppings: Training camp Day 2

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Rounding the stories around the Web about the Cardinals and NFL.

43 days left to kickoff and the history of No. 43

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Another day down.

10 Sunday practice observations

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Just a quick write-up on what I saw.

Peterson 'relieved' from punt return duties

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It is official.

Peterson 'here to play football'

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He isn't worried about his contract right now.

Sunday practice open thread

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Join the discussion once again.

Massie, Fanaika: starting jobs as theirs to lose

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There is competition for the RG and RT jobs, but Massie and Fanaika are definitely in the lead.

Peterson not completely out of punt returns yet

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It is 'still to be seen' how much he will be used.

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