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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

Mcshay projects S, OLB to Cards

The draftnik sees Arizona filling their two defensive holes in the draft.

UoP Stadium upgrades coming for this season

New videoboards and improved Wi-fi are coming.

Running backs, salaries and supposed devaluation

Arizona Cardinals paying little to backs...because of youth.

4/10 Bird Droppings: Pro Bowl, preseason set

Your morning roundup for the Cardinals and NFL.

Cards announce preseason slate

The NFL has released their 2014 preseason schedule and you can now mark your calendars for the four exhibition games. For the first time in what seems forever, they will not play the Denver Broncos....

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What about Kony Ealy in Round 1 for AZ?

He could be a top-10 pick, and he could fall past the Cardinals.

Pro Bowl to Glendale in 2015

Phoenix area will be hopping for two weeks. Hope you don't mind the traffic.

Video: Cromartie's hip looks fine

He wants everyone to know the hip is fine.

Logan Thomas, future NFL QB or TE?

Arizona worked him out recently.

Cards take Pryor, OT in latest SB Nation mock

Finally, a mock with the Cards drafting a safety.

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