Articles By: M. Trible

Sports are all I know. Writing came naturally. Sports writer by night & sports writer by night. Philosophy major who thinks the unexamined sport is not worth watching. Always for hire, never for sale. I believe that silence is the virtue of fools and I can't hear you.

The Way We Were, The Way We Are And Kentucky Vs. Wisconsin

We’ve changed. It’s normal, but we’ve changed. We’ve changed in the way we digest things. We want many things, and we want them now. We used to wait. We want blog posts and columns before the figurative ink dries. We used to patiently skim the long story from large time investments. In the interest...
April 3rd, 2014 | Basketball, Columns, Sports, Trible To Your Bass | Read More

A Farewell To DeSean Jackson

My girlfriend broke up with me the day before my graduation. It was also the day before our one-year anniversary. This isn’t about her — she’s married with a child, and I couldn’t be happier for her. This is about what happened that weekend. I felt awful through the process of graduation and...
March 28th, 2014 | Football, Trible To Your Bass | Read More

16(0) Sweet Words of March Madness: 2006 Elite Eight – George Mason 86, UConn, 84

(Ed’s Note: With the NCAA Tournament officially kicking off on March 18th/20th, we here at TSFJ will be giving the people 16(0) sweet words on 16 (bitter)sweet moments of March Last up is Mark Trible, as the Virginia native closes the show reppin’ for one of the best Cinderellas ever. Oh, and...
March 20th, 2014 | Basketball, Trible To Your Bass | Read More

On Princeton Vs. UCLA In 1996 And Why March Madness Truly Matters

Believe me, it matters. Any fan will tell you the fulfillment of March Madness is in upsets, correct Final Four picks and buzzer-beaters. They are on to something. When you come into my home and I point to the spot where my 13-year-old self fell to the floor and sobbed out of happiness when Hampton...
March 18th, 2014 | Basketball, Trible To Your Bass | Read More

Doug McDermott And The Return Of The Big Fundamental

One play stood out in Creighton’s 101-80 blowout of then No. 6-ranked Villanova. On the right-side of the lane, he caught the ball, dribbled and picked it up. A pivot to the outside moved the defender. The next pivot inside the lane created an easy layup. Somewhere, Kevin McHale likely smiled at the...
February 19th, 2014 | Basketball, Trible To Your Bass | Read More

A Carolina Fan Says Good Riddance To The Maryland Terrapins

I grew up in a big white house on a farm, about 45 miles west of Washington, D.C. We didn’t get satellite until I hit high school. To watch weeknight college basketball, our antenna — moved by one of these — would have to pick up UPN or another random station out of the city. UPN mostly broadcasted...
February 5th, 2014 | Basketball, Trible To Your Bass | Read More

Representing The Capital: Lamont Peterson Retains The IBF Jr. Welterweight Title In D.C.

In the blustery cold, a sold-out crowd of 5,700 piled in the D.C. Armory in the nation’s capital to see hometown native Lamont Peterson box Dierry Jean. The uglies and the pretties waltzed around the dark and dingy event center. The clean-shaven and the bearded looked for their seats. The women in...
January 26th, 2014 | Boxing, Trible To Your Bass | Read More

Tom Brady, Peyton Manning And The Match-up Made In Heaven

In this age and this America, the entity who took his seventh day for rest would likely turn on CBS around 3 p.m. to see his golden boy creations take snaps, yell “Omaha,” get faked out for high-fives and aim for the Super Bowl. After all, the six days were taxing enough. After all, it’s Tom Brady...
January 15th, 2014 | Football, Trible To Your Bass | Read More

On The BCS Title Game’s Final Play And Searching For Emotional Salvation

Perhaps there is something to this reality television deal. Maybe it’s a something we can’t quantify. A person might sit on the edge of his or her couch and simply wait for the crescendo of spats and tiny dogs and be thrilled with it. The unpredictability is enough for that person to die of a heart...
January 8th, 2014 | Football, Trible To Your Bass | Read More

Shock The World Chronicles: The Philadelphia Eagles’ Snow Bowl Win

You want to know what it was like. You want to know how it feels to be at a football game that turns into a blizzard. You want to know what the people in the stands are thinking as Mother Nature tries to kill them with snow. Here you go. On November 11, a friend asked if I’d be interested in attending...
December 10th, 2013 | Columns, Football, Sports, Trible To Your Bass | Read More

Shock The World Chronicles: Virginia Vs. Virginia Tech With Friends On Rivalry Saturday

When you attend a big state school, you’re obligated to support the football team. It’s not an option. If you want to be a “part of,” you simply sling on a Nike T-shirt and go to class. Some piece of school-colored garb belongs on your body. There is something to dislike about the arrangement....
December 4th, 2013 | Et cetera, Football, Trible To Your Bass | Read More

On Life, Family And The Constant Love Of Your Team

My 8-year-old nephew went to his first Philadelphia Eagles game on Sunday. Like me – and his two brothers – he was systematically brainwashed by a relative before he knew any better. At a certain age, he received Eagles merchandise for birthdays and Christmases. In 1995, a Randall Cunningham wrestling...
November 20th, 2013 | Et cetera, Football, Trible To Your Bass | Read More

Autumn, Americana And High School Football

Autumn announces itself with bright colors and reprieve from the heat. It raps at the door and tells you it will politely bridge the gap between summer and winter. In an instant, it gets darker quicker and finds its way into your living room. The wind slices through you and then comes back for more....
November 13th, 2013 | Columns, Football, Sports, Trible To Your Bass | Read More

Be Glad Sports Aren’t Politics

For the first time in my life, I covered an election yesterday. My job was simple — go to the polls, find a good story, write a vignette and shoot a few photos. It wasn’t stressful. It was fun. Most of the day was exhilarating. Virginia elected a governor, so the vote rate went down about 30 percent...
November 6th, 2013 | Columns, Et cetera, Sports, Trible To Your Bass | Read More

Hope’s Exit Is A Sports Fan’s Nightmare

Hope is the most valuable asset we have as human beings. No storm will go on forever. Brighter days are ahead. The idea that something better is out there drives us to get up in the morning. It improves a morning commute on the way to a gig that just isn’t cutting it anymore. The soul burns with hope....
October 31st, 2013 | Baseball, Columns, Sports, Trible To Your Bass | Read More

On Lifers, Baseball And Life Lessons

In a press box the size of a restroom, we sat. Dreary conditions made a late-April minor league baseball game even more dreadful than usual. I had no intentions of staying and will never regret attending. Innings moved along full of no-goods and not-quites. A game comprising errors and players who were...
October 23rd, 2013 | Baseball, Columns, Sports, Trible To Your Bass | Read More

Take The Time To Learn To Hate: Hatred Is Necessary For The Sports Fan

The mere mention of the team name makes your blood boil. Your muscles tense up with ferocious anger. A venomous villain is around, and you’d give anything to watch it suffer and fall. It’s normal to have these feelings over a 60-minute, four-quarter or nine-inning game. It’s simply about the guys...
October 16th, 2013 | Et cetera, Trible To Your Bass | Read More

A Lesson Learned On The Red River Rivalry’s Importance

This weekend’s college football slate will feature something of lore and mythology. A game played on the premise that the winner owns the Red River until next time. Despite the hype, many of the recent games have been blowouts between the Horns and Sooners. It got me to wonder what the big deal is...
October 9th, 2013 | Football, Trible To Your Bass | Read More

Tony Romo Is The Most Empathetic Figure In Sports

TSFJ’s Steven LeBron wrote a similar piece last January. I recommend reading here.  You have an opinion of Tony Romo. He leads a team you either love or despise. He’s a good quarterback who can’t seem to break the wall we’ve built for him. When he makes mistakes, we roll our eyes or laugh...
October 7th, 2013 | Columns, Football, Sports, Trible To Your Bass | Read More

Pick A Team For The 2013 MLB Playoffs

With baseball, everything feels so long ago. As a kid, I listened on my clock radio to the playoff games — sometimes falling asleep before the seventh-inning stretch. The call of Sandy Alomar Jr.’s home run off Mariano Rivera still plays in an archive within my head. As critical as I am of baseball,...
October 2nd, 2013 | Baseball, Columns, Sports, Trible To Your Bass | Read More