Tripple Overtime


Tripple Overtime: I don’t want to blame it all on El Niño, but it certainly didn’t help

“I haven’t seen the sun in so long that I can hardly remember what it looks like anymore…” would be a grossly exaggerated statement and, also completely inaccurate, if I were to make it.


But, even so, all this rain has been pretty...

Thursday, May 12, 2016 - 7:59am

Tripple Overtime: If the ‘Running Man Challenge’ is cool, then Coach Ayers is Miles Davis

I didn’t know what I was getting myself into last Tuesday. Literally. In fact, even while I was getting myself into it, someone said: “Hey Tripp, what did you get yourself into?” And I said: “I don’t know.”

So but anyway, I showed up at...

Thursday, May 5, 2016 - 8:15am

Tripple Overtime: If the Mighty Ducks can beat Murphy’s Law, then the Indians can, too

Everything was going pretty good last Friday.

For once, there was only one home game to cover that night. For once, the sun was starting to show again. And for once, Point photographer Chris Clark was actually in Sussex County, instead of...

Thursday, April 14, 2016 - 11:03am

Triple Overtime: ­If missing out on sports moments and not knowing acronyms is cool, then call me Miles Davis

All the cool kids have been saying it for a while, which is why it’s so surprising that I’m just learning about it now.

If you’re like me, you don’t really keep up with slang and acronyms and LOL this and ROFLMAO that, and when people...

Thursday, April 7, 2016 - 7:32am

Tripple Overtime: Is lowering the rim sexist or? Ask Elena Delle Donne

You play ball like a girl.

Aside from “You know, if my dog was as ugly as you, I’d shave his butt and tell him to walk backwards,” and “You’re killing me Smalls!,” it’s probably the most memorable line from the 1993 cinematic classic, “The...

Thursday, March 31, 2016 - 7:11am

Tripple Overtime: Wintertime Rewind

While most non-cave-dwellers have already sprung forward, this week in “Tripple OT” we’re wintertime rewinding instead — which is definitely not because we forgot about the whole setting the clocks back thing until very early Sunday/very late...

Thursday, March 17, 2016 - 8:36am

Tripple Overtime: Better great than never: John Elway and Leonard DiCaprio have a lot in common

He missed out on one for “Gilbert Grape” in 1994, and it’s been eating at him ever since. But last Sunday night, some 22 years later, and at the revenant-ripe age of 41, Leonardo DiCaprio has finally won an Oscar for Best Actor.

Despite...

Thursday, March 3, 2016 - 10:01am

Tripple Overtime: The best black athletes to ever play ‘white sports’

After last week’s “Tripple Overtime Takeover,” where Coach Kilby laid into me like a comedian into Justin Bieber during a Comedy Central roast, I vowed to never again slander his beloved New England Patriots, a model NFL franchise, or his beloved...

Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 2:12pm

Tripple Overtime Takeover: A Patriots fan strikes back

[Disclaimer: The following “Tripple Overtime Takeover” was written by Indian River High School soccer coach Steve Kilby, in response the continued ridicule of his beloved Patriots’ Tom Brady and Bill Bellichick in “Tripple Overtime.” Aside from...

Thursday, February 18, 2016 - 8:54am

Tripple Overtime: U.S. presidents who you didn’t even know were into sports (It’s Presidents Day)

There’s a lot we know about the past presidents of the United States (of America). Abraham Lincoln could never tell a lie. George Washington had wooden teeth and, from far away, he kind of looked like an old lady in that powdered wig he was...

Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 8:57am

Tripple Overtime: If beaver trapping is a sport (and/or cool), then Leonardo DiCaprio is Miles Davis (‘The Revenant’ review)

If you’re being rational, then you can agree that I am just as good an actor as Leonardo DiCaprio. Not only because we’re both renowned for our boyish good looks, and certainly not only because we both always shout “I’m the king of the world!”...

Thursday, February 4, 2016 - 11:50am

Tripple Overtime: You don’t hafta get all Jack Torrance about waiting for Super Bowl Sunday

If you’re like me, you spent this past weekend stuck snowed in watching “The Shining” in Baltimore, worried about who was gonna snap first should the beer run out before the roads got plowed.

But even though I ended up making it back to...

Thursday, January 28, 2016 - 9:41am

Tripple Overtime: The mystery of the green-and-gold flannel pajama pants: A classic whodunit

It was just before Christmas, and I remember it exactly, because it was very strange. I had just completed the week’s “Tripple Overtime,” expressing my recently renewed holiday spirit (even though it was still somewhat lacking), and was leaving...

Thursday, January 21, 2016 - 6:26am

Tripple Overtime: Did you know that January is National Ray Lewis Prevention Awareness Month?

OK, so technically January is actually “National Stalking Awareness Month,” but I refuse to acknowledge it2. It turns out that there is no nationally recognized month for Ray Lewis awareness prevention yet3, but I think we can all agree that...

Thursday, January 14, 2016 - 5:41am

Tripple Overtime: More monkey business: A look at local sports in 2016

If you’re reading this column, it’s probably too late. Also, you might want to get a CAT scan.

I’m, of course, talking about New Year’s resolutions. The ones we make. The ones we say we’ll make. And the ones that, considering it’s Jan. 7...

Thursday, January 7, 2016 - 8:41am

Tripple Overtime: 2015 Year in Review: Bring on the Monkeys

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: Indian River fans celebrate IR soccer’s state championship win in style with baby powder and hugs for all. IR won the game against Caravel 1-0.It’s almost as hard to believe as Tom Brady in a statement issued by...

Wednesday, December 30, 2015 - 8:33am

Tripple Overtime: A politcally correct Christmas carol (and other Christmas wishes)

Even with all the lights and the Bill Murray Netflix specials and Bethany’s new “Tree of Warmth,” I’ve been Ebenezer Scrooge’ing pretty hard so far this Christmas season. Not really so much to the point where I’m hoarding wealth created by...

Wednesday, December 23, 2015 - 7:42am

Tripple Overtime: Can we get the Indians a pool, please?

It really is a wonder that the Indian River High School swim team is winning South titles year in and year out, considering that, really, they don’t even have a pool, and that, really, being a school near the ocean, you’d figure swimming would be...

Wednesday, December 9, 2015 - 3:53pm

Tripple Overtime: An apology to Kobe Bryant from a journalist (one that did not ridicule him into retirement)

We all know those journalist types, with all of their pushy questions and all of their twisting words and their Twitter accounts with all of their borderline funny comments. They’re really just the worst, right?

I mean, what kind of person...

Thursday, December 3, 2015 - 7:27am

Tripple Overtime: The Tribe Top 10 — Fall 2015 Edition

The Indian River High School soccer team capped the 2015 fall sports season the right way on Saturday, with their 1-0 state championship win over Caravel and so much excitement that now it all just seems like one long (but awesome) blur of green...

Wednesday, November 25, 2015 - 5:53am

Tripple Overtime: Kardblock: Only the Redcoats can save us from the Kardashians this app development season

I was standing in the check-out line at Giant last week when I noticed a magazine cover with one of the most disconcerting tag lines that I had ever read: “My Own Story: Khloe Kardashian Breaks Her Silence.”

Now, you can believe me when I...

Thursday, November 19, 2015 - 8:30am

Tripple Overtime: Kickers are people too, just ask Justin Tucker or Andrew White

With time winding down and everything on the line, more often than not the game doesn’t come down to the star quarterback or the 1,000-yard rusher or even that gargantuan nose tackle that sometimes finds his way into goal-line packages like Mike...

Thursday, November 5, 2015 - 7:24am

Tripple Overtime: Soccer’s more than just a sport in Sussex County

I wasn’t much of a soccer fan before I moved to Delaware… and for good reason.

The only things I knew about the most popular sport in the world was based off my one-game stint on the Red Team when I was 6, and the year I spent living with...

Thursday, October 29, 2015 - 8:28am

Tripple Overtime: The Bethesda ‘Attack Owl’

To misquote Jack Kerouac, I’m writing this column because we’re all going to die.

While most people probably accept this as an inevitability somewhere off in the far distant future, I can only assume that the days are numbered for...

Friday, October 23, 2015 - 10:05am

Tripple Overtime: Terrible news: I accidentally like a Justin Bieber song (accidentally)

When it comes to music collections, I’m too young and I’m also too old.

Unfortunately, my generation long missed eight-tracks and record players, but even more unfortunately, iPods and MP3 players were invented before our musical tastes...

Thursday, October 15, 2015 - 8:05am

Tripple Overtime: Indians ‘on fire in the rain’ during Thursday Night Football debut

“G-Mart is on fire in the rain” is a comment that I shamelessly copyright-infringed upon for this week’s football article when I saw it posted on the Indian River High School sports app live scoreboard.

Partly because I knew that IR...

Thursday, October 8, 2015 - 7:47am

Tripple Overtime: Krash says the ‘Steele Cage,’ and so can you

You know that guy who wears the green-and-gold bandana and the pink boa who does the play-by-play at Indian River High School football games on Friday nights? The one that only on the rarest of occasions accidentally leaves the mic on without...

Thursday, October 1, 2015 - 6:58pm

Tripple Overtime: Only Phill can save us from Bike Week this … Bike Week

I was in trouble like five words into that headline. Luckily for me, and for the rest of Sussex County for that matter, whenever we find ourselves in trouble, we can always count on Phill to bail us out. And, luckily for you, I always write...

Thursday, September 24, 2015 - 7:38am

Tripple Overtime: Don’t jump ship yet sports fans, there’s plenty of season left

What a difference a day can make. Or, with the beginning of football season, I should say, what a difference a week can make.

Just look at me and that collarbone injury I refuse to stop harping on, in that column I refuse to stop writing...

Thursday, September 17, 2015 - 9:29am

Tripple Overtime: Are you ready for some fall sports?

Pre-season practices are under way. Two-a-days are being attended (twice daily). And sports fans are clamoring for their favorite time of year.

No, I’m not talking about the Baltimore Ravens. No, I’m not talking about the Philadelphia...

Thursday, September 10, 2015 - 10:35am

Tripple Overtime: To RGIII or not to RGIII, that is (probably no longer) the question

“They’re taking another quarterback?”

This is the first thing I heard while sitting at the bar — I mean, eh…coffee shop, when the Washington Redskins drafted Kirk Cousins just three rounds after taking Robert Griffin III as No. 2 overall...

Thursday, September 3, 2015 - 9:53am

Tripple Overtime: Prescription for a dream

As I lay looking up the Texas-shaped water splotch on the ceiling — the one I’ve been meaning to paint over for approximately two years now — I wondered how I could possibly be so miserable when just yesterday I had lain in the very same place,...

Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 8:00am

Tripple Overtime: Help me Tom Cruise, it’s the LLWS and I’m on the IR


I found out that I had a clavicle this week. Then, I found out that is was broken. Really broken, actually. Like snapped in half and sticking out all over the place broken. Like Owen Wilson in Act III of the movie “Wedding Crashers” broken...

Friday, July 31, 2015 - 9:53am

Tripple Overtime: If being charitable is cool, then Lower Sussex locals are Miles Davis

I was all set to write about the great white shark that tried to eat Mick Fanning while he was surfing in the J-Bay Open this week, but then something more exciting happened.

You see, while Fanning and the shark (who I think we almost...

Wednesday, July 22, 2015 - 7:37pm

Tripple Overtime: Becky Hammon for president, Hillary Clinton for ‘not-president’

Ever since Rachel Armstrong punched me in the stomach for telling her she “threw like a girl” in third grade, I’ve been pretty wary about what I say when it comes to women and sports. That gut-wrenching shot (that I totally didn’t cry from, by...

Thursday, July 16, 2015 - 7:40am

Tripple Overtime: The future of IR softball has got me feeling pretty nostalgic

I kept expecting Todd Fuhrman to pull up driving the Indian River gator last Tuesday. There was softball. There was more than one game to cover. And Point photographer Chris Clark couldn’t help me shoot because of some kind of Seacrets Senior...

Thursday, July 9, 2015 - 5:47am

Tripple Overtime: Only Phill can save us from the lifeguards saving us this Fourth of July

First he saved us from the great white Septima during Shark Week. Then, he rivaled the incomparable Liam Neeson to save us from a “The Grey”-type scenario during coyote hunting season.

He vowed to hang it up after that. You can’t be Peter...

Friday, July 3, 2015 - 5:39am

Tripple Overtime: There’s worse curses than the "Madden curse" for Odell Beckam Jr.

Ah, the “Madden curse.” Every year, it’s the same story. But even though the media usually blows it out of proportion, and I’m pretty sure I haven’t played a video game since I got my driver’s license, every year it still seems to strike again....

Thursday, June 25, 2015 - 11:35am

Tripple Overtime: LeBron James is just like Michael Jordan in ‘Space Jam’ (and also the NBA)

Truth be told, I’m not much of an NBA fan, but I am a LeBron fan.

I mean, how could you not be? The guy rivals Peyton Manning in terms of acting talent, always sports the latest hairstyles, is the only person since Elvis to pull off the...

Thursday, June 18, 2015 - 6:43am

Tripple Overtime: LSLL Challenger O’s are more entertaining than any O’s team 1998-2012

Does anyone else remember the 14 straight years of losing seasons the Baltimore Orioles put together from 1998 to 2012?

I know I do. In fact, one of my first baseball memories — aside from finding out that Chris Hoiles lived a few...

Thursday, June 11, 2015 - 7:10am

Tripple Overtime: The Tribe Top 10

With the 2014-2015 Indian River High School sports seasons officially in the books, and after rambling on for about 1,500 words about all the boneheaded things that a certain Coastal Point reporter/Tripple Overtime columnist somehow managed to do...

Thursday, June 4, 2015 - 9:26am

Tripple Overtime: The Not-Top-10: The best worst blunders of the 2015 season

I’m not quite sure what day it is.

I do know that it isn’t press day. I do know that I’m not scheduled to drive to Milford. Or Georgetown. Or, thankfully, Laurel — though David Elliot, one of graphic artists at the Coastal Point, does...

Friday, May 22, 2015 - 8:56am

Tripple Overtime: Only a fictional sports network can save us from ‘Deflategate’

I was really trying to avoid this whole “Deflategate” resurfacing thing.


We’ve definitely been over this before, right? And quite a few times, yeah? I mean, what’s going on here? Am I as crazy as Bill Belichick is smug?

It...

Thursday, May 14, 2015 - 4:55am

Tripple Overtime: Bragging about awards is so lame… but I’m gonna do it anyways

I wish I could be as cool as Bob Betram. You know — the Coastal Point ad-design guru that always had the funny job descriptions under his name on the editorial page of the paper?

Year after year, the guy has racked up awards in the...

Thursday, May 7, 2015 - 6:00am

Tripple Overtime: Only Twitter can destroy the city of Baltimore in 140 characters or less

Twitter. What a wonderful thing it is — allowing people to express their every opinion publicly and freely as soon as it’s formed.

It really is a terrible thing.

If it wasn’t for Twitter, I’d be as oblivious to the Freddie Gray...

Thursday, April 30, 2015 - 4:05pm

Tripple Overtime: What’s in a name? Don’t ask Shakespeare, ask the Lady Indians

I was standing there at Indian River High School, watching the Lady Indians take on Milford last Friday night... until I realized that I wasn’t.

The same team that I had seen game in and game out over the past two years, apparently, isn’t...

Thursday, April 23, 2015 - 6:34am

Tripple Overtime: The space between third and short really just highlights the space between generations

I was wrong last week.

I know, I know — it’s tough to believe, but just give it a moment to sink in. You see, what had happened was I mentioned that Shorebirds’ Manager Ryan Minor was the player that replaced the great Cal Ripken Jr. when...

Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 5:42am

Tripple Overtime: Jomar Reyes is a voodoo chil'

It just kind of hit me the other day.

I was standing outside, on the field at Perdue Stadium, still waiting for the coffee to kick in because it was a Monday morning, when I realized how lucky our area is to have a Minor League baseball...

Thursday, April 9, 2015 - 7:58am

Tripple Overtime: You LOLZ’ing at me? Are you LOLZ’ing at me?

Almost every week, I turn over the dangers of social media as a potential Tripple Overtime subject before I ultimately decide that it’s 2015 and we all know that we’re supposed to whatever and blah, blah, blah, and save us the speech because we...

Wednesday, April 1, 2015 - 5:20pm

Tripple Overtime: The Shorebirds are the only birds when you’ve got ornithophobia

I was very much looking forward to spring. I was very much looking forward to Shorebirds baseball and peanuts and Crackerjack and the cracks of bats and blah, blah.

Then I remembered that birds fly south for the winter, and that, while it...

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 9:55am