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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?

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

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

Carson ranked the 3rd best freshman by ESPN

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

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

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!

Our Week 16 picks against the spread

It's ok to root for spoiling

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