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Jess Root

Regional Sports 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 lead blogger 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?

MOST RECENT POSTS

Kubel, not Upton seems like he is the odd man out

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The signing of Cody Ross makes a trade of an outfielder rather likely

Carson ranked the 3rd best freshman by ESPN

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The Arizona State freshman is getting rave reviews

Cardinals 8th in latest draft order update

They are looking at a top 10 pick even if they won on Sunday.

Housler to miss season finale with shoulder injury

The tight end suffered the injury on a catch attempt in the end zone on Sunday

Upton and Rangers still a rumor, Texas wants him

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But still is not willing to part with the players the Diamondbacks covet.

How can Arizona beat the Bears?

It looks to be a very tall task, but this is what the Cardinals must do to win in their home finale.

Yet another strange move by the D-backs

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First Heath Bell, then Didi Gregorius, now Cody Ross.

Cardinals/Bears game preview and prediction

A look at the Cardinals' final home game of the 2012 season.

Week 16 ATS picks!

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Our Week 16 picks against the spread

It's ok to root for spoiling

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Cheering for a spoiling win is better than hoping for losses.

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