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Civil War Profiles — A Civil War trip of a lifetime: Part 8

Our amazing trip continued in October 1995, blessed with near-perfect weather. Leaving the Dover area of Tennessee, we drove southeast about 110 miles to Murfreesboro, with a stop in Clarksville to visit the antebellum Smith-Trayhern Mansion....

Thursday, March 8, 2018 - 7:23am

Tripple Overtime: Michael Phelps vs. Great White Shark vs. Vegas... vs. Tripple OT?

Whenever the last Olympics was, that’s when I wrote about the time I sort-of ate sushi with Michael Phelps.

He had just graduated and was already being touted as the next great American Olympian. I was heading into my senior...

Thursday, July 13, 2017 - 7:33am

Tripple Overtime: ‘The 4th Top Five’: The best sports moments to go down on Independence Day

There’s two things I like about Independence Day:

(1) It has relatable plot with an underlying universal message.

(2) Jeff Goldblum is awesome and receives ample screen time in the film.

But what you may not...

Thursday, June 29, 2017 - 7:57am

Tripple Overtime: Trump-isms sure ain't Yogi-isms when it comes to knowing words good

DISCLAIMER: Honestly, just be disclaimed.

Despite what it might sound like, and as far as I know, “Trump-ism” is not some new religion revolving around wall-worshipping and/or/slash “Dazbog” — the ancient Russian god of wealth and...

Thursday, June 8, 2017 - 7:26am

Tripple Overtime — The Tribe Top 10: Spring 2017 without spaghetti and meatballs

We almost had to call the spring edition of the “Tribe Top 10” the “Tribe Top 20.”

With nine varsity sports going on at Indian River High School, the Selbyville Middle School girls’ soccer team pulling off their second-straight...

Thursday, June 1, 2017 - 6:35am

Tripple Overtime: Lead on Coach Ayers and Coach McBride, you will be missed

Three years ago, the Indians got a girls’ lacrosse team. Two years ago, they got a coach.

I remember it like it was a flower day just last spring, mostly because it was, except that El Niño had pretty much drowned all the flowers...

Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 8:21am

Tripple Overtime: Is this spring named Mick Jagger? ’Cause the milestones are Rolling

Call me Jack Flash, because I’ve been Jumpin’ from one school to the next, one game to the next, one Ruby Tuesday to the next, all spring, trying to keep up with all the new records set and milestones surpassed on the local sports scene.


Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 9:28am

Tripple Overtime: Practice and plays just crazy enough to work 60 percent of the time, all the time

We had this super-secret-type play during my days on the middle-school lacrosse fields at St. James Academy.

It was called “Cornell,” and it went like this:

Alright, so after a timeout someone calls, “Cornell!” then all...

Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 6:58am

Tripple Overtime: These NFL teams should consider these fictional movie characters in the upcoming NFL Draft

You know that guy with the hair and the glasses that’s always on ESPN, talking about which teams should take what players in the NFL Draft, even when it’s like, half a calendar year or so off from actually going down? Well that guy’s name is Mel...

Thursday, April 20, 2017 - 8:49am

Tripple Overtime: Strange superstitions Pt. II in honor of Makenzie Collins’ lucky glove (RIP)

I was standing on the sidelines, trying to keep potential line drives coming off the bat of Indian River High School sophomore 1B Samantha Mayfield from eliminating my own personal map, when IR senior shortstop Makenzie Collins’ glove… kind of...

Thursday, April 13, 2017 - 8:25am

Tripple Overtime: In hindsight, Pepsi should have probably used Ricky Bobby to save the world instead of a Kardashian

It’s a very Ripley’s type of a thing because, believe it or not, Pepsi Co. seems to think that only the exact thing wrong with the world can save the world, from all the things that are exactly wrong with it (it being the world).


Thursday, April 6, 2017 - 10:02am

Tripple Overtime: ‘Umbrellalypse Now’ (Sherry Brannon sells hotdogs, and also umbrellas, by the seashore)

The following is based on a true story… loosely. [Editor’s note: When Tripp says “loosely,” he means “very loosely,” as in “not at all relating the reality of the actual situation.”]

To tragically misquote Robert Duvall’s character...

Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 8:21am

Tripple Overtime: Kyrie and Shaq think the earth is flat, and so can you (science is a liar sometimes)

I’m not going to stand here and present some egghead scientific argument based on fact. I’m just a regular dude. I like to watch football, quote Chevy Chase movies and crank the radio when Motley Crüe comes on. Rock, flag and eagle, if you know...

Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 2:01pm

Tripple Overtime: ‘The Return of Captain Blood’ and other R. Chris Clark-less spring stories

It’s a phrase I never imagined I’d be able to use with a straight face: “Man — I could really use the help of R. Chris Clark right about now.”

As you may know, the whereabouts of the formerly famous Coastal Point focus-puller and...

Friday, March 17, 2017 - 7:09am

Tripple Overtime: How Emilio Estevez may or may not have inspired female hockey players from the Middle East and/or everywhere

Emilio Estevez. You either love him, hate him, are completely indifferent to him, are somewhat indifferent to him, have another unspecified opinion of varying nature about him, or have no idea who he is. He’s just one of those classic ’80s movies...

Thursday, March 9, 2017 - 5:59am

Tripple Overtime: The Tribe Top Five (Winter sports 2017 edition)

With the Indian River High School boys’ basketball team set to make their first state tournament appearance since 2014, winter sports certainly aren’t over yet.

But headed toward the finish line of one of the most successful...

Thursday, March 2, 2017 - 7:45am

Tripple Overtime: Voting ‘yes’ on IRSD referendum kind of important

Calling all tennis players. Calling all golfers ready for shotgun starts. Calling all shuffle-board players, 5K runners, jazzercise jazzers, yoga’ed-out yogis, grayed-out barrel-riders, cast-out fish-finders, and even calling all 65-year-old...

Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 6:33am

Tripple Overtime: Indians, Golden Knights unified by Unified (The definitive Josh Timmons interview Pt. II)

For basketball fans, or even for fans of just, like, general humanity, it was very exciting. It was very, very exciting.

To put it in perspective, it was the only time I’ve ever seen Point photographer/infamous Inuit/burrito...

Thursday, February 16, 2017 - 7:25am

Tripple Overtime: An apology that Tom Brady will never get, for things he never knew I said in the first place

I guess I don’t really have to offer an apology to Tom Brady. That’s not to say he doesn’t deserve one. I just don’t think he needs it.

The guy just won his fifth Super Bowl after orchestrating the greatest comeback since 30 AD,...

Thursday, February 9, 2017 - 7:57am

Tripple OT: The rigging of the ‘greatest quarterback of all time’ conversation by the Soviet-apologist Vladimir Putin

Disclaimer: The following transcript has been derived from a secret-impromptu-Ocean’s 11-conspiracy-type meeting called by four-time respective Super Bowl champions Joe Montana and Terry Bradshaw that involves several other former NFL signal-...

Thursday, February 2, 2017 - 7:49am

Tripple Overtime: No contest for old men? TB12 and the best oldest quarterbacks in Super Bowl history

There’s no question that Tom Brady is one of the greatest NFL quarterbacks of all time. First-ballot Hall of Fame? You bet.

Heading into his seventh career Super Bowl appearance, Brady even has the opportunity to surpass Joe...

Thursday, January 26, 2017 - 6:13am

Tripple Overtime: IR's Marcozzi, Central's Hudson highlight sports greatest paradox

It’s Schrödinger’s cat. Nobody going to a restaurant because it’s too crowded. Pretty much every major plot point in the 1985 American science-fiction adventure-comedy “Back to the Future.”

It’s a quandary that’s perplexing me....

Thursday, January 19, 2017 - 6:03am

Tripple Overtime: Cubs visiting White House for Obama’s last week

I remember the last week of school: Getting to use your “senior privileges” to go off-campus for lunch instead of having to stomach whatever Miss Debbie was serving up in the cafeteria that day. Getting to watch the movie “Boiler Room” in...

Thursday, January 12, 2017 - 7:52am

Tripple Overtime: Teams we’d like to see in Ice Cube’s new 3-on-3 basketball league

You know the guy in all those “Friday” movies? And those “Next Friday” movies? And also those “The Next Friday after the Friday after the last Next Friday following the following Next Friday” movies?

Or any of the “Barbershop”...

Thursday, January 5, 2017 - 8:19am

Tripple Overtime: Sussex County Sports Crystal Ball: What to expect when expecting 2K17

In the sort-of-famous words of the Seattle-based 1990’s alt-rock/grunge band and obvious Kurt Cobain wannabes “Alice In Chains”: “Yeah, here comes the rooster, yeah.”

Riveting stuff, sure. Compelling and rich.

But it turns...

Thursday, December 29, 2016 - 7:51am

Tripple Overtime: Year in Review: 2016 sports in 2,016 words or less

As the old saying goes, “You’ve gotta spend monkeys to make monkeys.”

Well, coming up on day 365 of “the Year of the Monkey” in the Chinese zodiac, I, for one, am beyond spent when it comes to the monkey-business of 2016, and more...

Thursday, December 22, 2016 - 6:58am

Tripple OT: Is Jeff Fisher the Donald Trump of the NFL? One local sports reporter says, ‘Yeah, kind of’ (It’s me)

Jeff Fisher made the move from a city sort of near the “Big Easy” to a city sometimes referred to as the “Big Orange” with only one thing on the agenda: make the Los Angeles Rams great again.

An admirable objective and a high-...

Thursday, December 15, 2016 - 6:32am

Tripple Overtime: ‘Banquet Crashers’: I got a new shirt last week

What do you like better, Christmas or wedding season? The correct answer would be: banquet season.

There’s nothing like a good misquoted Vince Vaughnism [sic] to send us into the most wonderful time of the year.

And, no, I’m...

Thursday, December 8, 2016 - 6:06am

Tripple Overtime: The Tribe Top Ten

What… a… season.

While the 2016 fall sports calendar may not have shaken out as planned for a few teams at Indian River High School, this one has certainly been one for the record books for the Tribe.

This year, we saw the...

Wednesday, November 23, 2016 - 3:46am

Tripple Overtime: The ‘Not Top Five’: The best worst sports blunders of fall 2016

While it may be a little early for our “Tribe Top Five” and all the best sports moments from fall 2016, with the Indian River High School soccer team still keeping IR fall sports alive and playing for a shot at the state title, it’s never too...

Thursday, November 17, 2016 - 7:32am

Tripple Overtime: Can the NFL stop bogarting Instant Replay now because we could kind of use some for field hockey

As a journalist, you’re not allowed to have a rooting interest, specific team-wise, when you’re covering games or writing features or enduring presidential elections, or whatever else.

It’s kind of like rule number 1 and basically...

Thursday, November 10, 2016 - 8:49am

Tripple Overtime: There’s a ‘Back to the Future’ Cubs’ conspiracy even though now technically the future is kind of the past

Theoretical physics. Rubik’s cubes. Where exactly “the Cloud” is. Whether Cobb’s totem stopped spinning or no at the end of the movie “Inception” featuring Jason Gordon-Levitz (“Snowden,” “Third Rock from the Sun”) and Leonardo DiCaprio (“What’s...

Thursday, November 3, 2016 - 8:47am

Tripple Overtime: The ‘Redskins Rule' and Peyton Manning or Maggie Ford for POTUS

America: The land of the free. The home of the brave. The birthplace of the word “supersize” and adult-onset diabetes.

Unlike Hillary’s outbox and Trump’s history of sexual misconduct, it’s no attempted hidden secret that this year...

Thursday, October 20, 2016 - 6:48am

Tripple Overtime: Stranger things: I ain’t scared of no buzzard (I’m actually terrified, LOL)

If you know one thing about me, it’s that I’m scared of birds. But also, after catching a few episodes of the show “Stranger Things” on Netflix, and since, apparently, I’m, like, 6, I’m also pretty scared of the dark (ghosts, aliens, demogorgons...

Thursday, October 13, 2016 - 9:44am

Triple Overtime: IR/Central soccer among best undefeated battles in sports history

There were a lot of shrugs and “I don’t know”s and “Do you only own, like, one shirt, or what’s the deal?”s in my own personal discussions about the Indian River High School and Sussex Central High School soccer teams before they faced off on...

Thursday, October 6, 2016 - 7:29am

Tripple Overtime: Beyond the rivalry: The definitive Josh Timmons interview after his second career goal

Call it what you (and, by “you,” I pretty much mean “I”) will.

Call it a North/South showdown. The “Battle of the Beach.” The “Clash of the Kilbys.” Call it other pseudo-clever handles that I’ve thought up that make Point Managing Editor...

Thursday, September 29, 2016 - 10:00am

Tripple Overtime: Sammi Whelen’s cornrows not the weirdest sports superstition

To quote the famous and fictitious Michael Scott, “I’m not superstitious, but I am, a little stiticious.”

I think the same can be said for a lot of famous and non-fictitious sports stars, including, but not limited to, Indian River...

Thursday, September 22, 2016 - 6:20am

Tripple Overtime: Fantasy ‘sports’ I’d rather do than fantasy football

I don’t really get it, how my friends don’t really get it, how I most definitely do not want to get in on their fantasy football draft.

Despite all my not-so-subtly-advertised indifference on the subject, year in and year out, I...

Thursday, September 1, 2016 - 7:02am

Tripple Overtime: Ryan Lochte isn’t the only lying U.S. athlete

Throughout American history, the sports world and world in general have seen their fair share of lies and liars.

In fact, the whole country’s start is kind of based on a lie, considering that we celebrate independence every July 4...

Thursday, August 25, 2016 - 7:58am

Tripple Overtime: That time I sort of ate sushi with Michael Phelps

For as much time as he spends in the water, it seems somewhat strange that Michael Phelps does not like fish.

I mean, take Aquaman, for example. I very much doubt that Jason Mamoa is 20,000 or so leagues under and elbows up on a...

Friday, August 19, 2016 - 7:41am

Tripple Overtime: If surfing again after a broken collarbone is cool, then I’m probably a far cry from Miles Davis

There are, as a general law of the universe, only a handful of chances that life allows us to look really unequivocally cool.

Not just everyday-cool, where you’re, like, stopped at a red light or something, and you’ve got your...

Thursday, August 11, 2016 - 6:41am

Tripple Overtime: Guanyú xiao liánméng shìjiè xìliè sài de zuì hao de shìqíng zhìjin

This week’s “Tripple Overtime” column title translates loosely to “Only the one who does not fear the dragon’s breathe will walk the trail of fire,” or something else like that that you’re probably very likely hear Matt Damon say in “The Great...

Thursday, August 4, 2016 - 6:56am

Tripple Overtime: So, uh, I guess I play pickle ball now Pt. II

Before you read, make sure you check out Part 1 of the Pickleball saga:

The assignment was to take the court. There were four of us. Five, if you count The Baron,...

Thursday, July 21, 2016 - 8:46am

Tripple Overtime: Someone should tell Blake Lively about Sharkbanz®

After watching Blake Lively get just absolutely Amity-Island-style terrorized by a Gigantic White Shark (GWS) in the movie “The Shallows” for roughly 1 hour, 27 minutes, one of two things can be assumed:

• One — America’s...

Thursday, July 14, 2016 - 7:08am

Tripple Overtime: Hollywood Jack and the lost pair of shades

The Beginning of the not-so-existential The End came when my friend The Mantis sent me an SMS text message last Thursday.

At the time, I had been trying to catch a little R&R after a particularly demanding Fourth of July press...

Thursday, July 7, 2016 - 6:53am

Tripple Overtime: Is Brexit to blame for England’s Euro loss to Iceland?

It’s fairly hanging low fruit… or figs… or whatever it is that they eat over in England (not sure… basing all knowledge of the U.K. off Austin Powers), to say that London Bridge is falling down.

Just days after whatever Brexit is (...

Thursday, June 30, 2016 - 6:18am

Tripple Overtime: How Darren McFadden saved me a fortune on my wireless bill

Not to be confused with “Tripple Overtime Takeover,” in which Indian River High School head soccer coach Steve Kilby often enjoys questioning Tripp’s abilities as an actor while at the same time masterfully clearing up weeks’ worth of...

Thursday, June 23, 2016 - 6:22am

Pickle Overtime: So, uh, I guess I play pickleball now

I had been putting it off for, let’s say, like, exactly a year or so, give or take.

Ever since last August — when that Type-1 “Z-fracture” of my shoulder’s left clavicle left it slumped, hanging in several (non-attached) fragments...

Thursday, June 16, 2016 - 11:15am

Tripple Overtime: For the Indians, revenge is a dish best served…

Revenge is a dish best served… Well, that’s it, really. Revenge is a dish best served, regardless of what I can only assume would be its metaphorical temperature (hot, cold, etc. — never really understood the idiom and its apparent ties to...

Thursday, June 9, 2016 - 6:52am

Tribe Top Five: The best of IR spring sports in 2016 (pretty much)

Thanks to El Niño, even though it’s pretty much Memorial Day — which is pretty much the unofficial start to summer, more or less — it hasn’t felt like spring until pretty much right now.

But despite all the visibly separate condensed...

Friday, May 27, 2016 - 4:58am