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?


Suns win, but still need to finish the job

Charlotte almost gets back in the game after being down 30 with a fourth quarter rally.

Suns can't be overconfident vs Bobcats

Starting lineups, pregame quotes from the Phoenix head coach.

Thoughts on Cards/Lions on the morning after

A look at the Cardinals and the rest of he NFL on "the morning after"

Cards happy to get back on the winning side

After their worst loss in team history, they bounce back and fight for a win over the Lions.

Cards enter final quarter with 2 TD lead.

With a two touchdown lead heading into the second half, the Arizona Cardinals didn't need to do much to keep their lead. They just needed to play it safe offensively and let the defense do their...

Cards lead Lions 21-7 at the half

After a scoreless first quarter, the Arizona Cardinals took advantage of two Detroit Lions turnovers and head into halftime with a 14-7 lead behind two scoring runs by Beanie Wells. The quarter...

Cards, Lions tied at 0 after one quarter

The Arizona Cardinals. having lost nine straight games, took on the Detroit Lions in Glendale, Arizona on Sunday. After one quarter of play, both teams were knotted up at zero. The first drive for...

Late game ATS picks here for you!

Our picks against the spread for the late games, with a look back at the early games.

Cardinals/Lions game preview

The Cardinals return home to play a Lions team that also sits at 4-9.

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