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?


Kevin Towers, genius or idiot?

The Trevor Bauer trade will likely label him as one or the other.

Playing defense, the only way the Suns will win

Which is a huge change from years past.

The good and the bad from Cards/Seahawks

As well as some notes from around the league in our "Morning after" column

Fire Whisenhunt...the team quit

Ken Whisenhunt apologized, but it doesn't matter. There was nothing good from that game at all.

Cards/Seahawks preview: stats, history, connection


A look at the stats of the teams, their history playing one another and the connections between the teams.

Sunday morning ATS picks


A quick rundown of the Sunday games and our picks against the Vegas spread

Suns/Clippers with perhaps a lineup change

Beasley could come off the bench

"Satisfaction" success? We won't know for a while

We talked to team president Jason Rowley about the promotion.

Curing the Suns offense is all about ball movement

The offense tends to bog down when 'the ball sticks'.

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