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.

And Here We Are At Game 7 Of The World Series

So, this is what it boils down to. There’s one sip left from baseball’s cup, and the grounds are visible even in the murkiest liquid. Game 7, they say. Do or die, they hype. The ultimate, they believe. While we’re here in the wake of Kansas City’s Goliath performance in Game 6 of the 2014 World...
October 29th, 2014 | Baseball, Trible To Your Bass | Read More

Never Count Out The San Francisco (Zombies) Giants

The excellent thing about baseball’s postseason will always be the inaccuracies that bring poetic endings. No one would believe the amount of incredible catches, seeing-eye singles and thrifty trips around the base paths the Kansas City Royals enjoyed en route to their first Fall Classic in 29 years. It’s...
October 22nd, 2014 | Baseball, Trible To Your Bass | Read More

Mississippi State, Ole Miss And The Power Of ‘That One Year’

If this country still exists in 25 years, two men might sit in a Mississippi bar. Hank Williams will twang in the background as a sliver of sunlight exposes streams of dust. The particles gain magic as Conway Twitty plays and the song makes the men think of a time held dear. After a minute or two, one...
October 15th, 2014 | Football, Trible To Your Bass | Read More

A Stacked SEC West Football Slate Gives Lesson On ‘Always’

I once worked for a man named Kevin who became a dear friend. He owned a flower shop and taught me the “always” rules. Always make a vertical cut in hydrangea stems. Always put fresh-cut roses in warm water. Always remove pollen from a lily before it becomes the ultimate stain-maker. When...
October 1st, 2014 | Football, Trible To Your Bass | Read More

Friday Night Lights Help Ease The Pain Of Ferguson

I’ve learned one thing above all in a few years of high school sports coverage – football reigns supreme. All other sports dim in comparison. It’s the feather in the cap of each local news outlet. When autumn enters, the stage lights up with teenagers who dream of state titles. In Ferguson, Missouri,...
September 24th, 2014 | Football, Trible To Your Bass | Read More

Meet The Fan: Twitter’s ‘Brannin’ Stays Objective With His Dallas Cowboys

Here at The Sports Fan Journal, we hope to evolve and deliver something not found in any other corner of this here internet. We bring you Mark Trible and Dillon Friday‘s NFL Countdown project. A fan from each NFL team will be featured as we anxiously await the season’s kickoff.  Someone...
August 30th, 2014 | Football, Trible To Your Bass | Read More

Meet The Fan: Morgan Twiddy Finds A New Hometown And Its Team, The Denver Broncos

Here at The Sports Fan Journal, we hope to evolve and deliver something not found in any other corner of this here internet. We bring you Mark Trible and Dillon Friday‘s NFL Countdown project. A fan from each NFL team will be featured as we anxiously await the season’s kickoff.  Someone...
August 12th, 2014 | Football, Trible To Your Bass | Read More

Meet The Fan: Green Bay Packers Help Turn Simon Lim Into An American

Here at The Sports Fan Journal, we hope to evolve and deliver something not found in any other corner of this here internet. We bring you Mark Trible and Dillon Friday‘s NFL Countdown project. A fan from each NFL team will be featured as we anxiously away the season’s kickoff.  Someone needs...
July 25th, 2014 | Football, Trible To Your Bass | Read More

Why I’ll Root For Netherlands Soccer Until I Die

I sat in my orange jersey and watched as it rained outside, just like it did in Brazil. In the end, my beloved Netherlands soccer team fell to Argentina in penalties. I have no family from Holland. In the overtime frames, I thought about why the team means so much to me. Despite their sweet kits, my...
July 10th, 2014 | Soccer, Trible To Your Bass | Read More

An Appreciation For Tony Gwynn As A Craftsman

I’ll remember Tony Gwynn as a man in my ballpark until my brain gives out. It’s a shame I didn’t realize it until after his heart did. Gwynn’s dominance at the plate is well-documented. He hit, hit again and hit some more. Proof showed itself on the television screens. Highlights...
June 18th, 2014 | Baseball, Trible To Your Bass | Read More

Friends, Pets And Fans Bring Out The Loyalty In Life

I came home Tuesday evening to a cat on her last of nine lives. She lied in the driveway and inched closer to death. Hours later, she died. After 19 years, the last of my family pets left. Say this for Marble, she kept her loyalty. Her usual spot on the driveway was where she last walked. Loyalty, the...
June 12th, 2014 | Et cetera, Trible To Your Bass | Read More

Bruce Springsteen, LeBron James And The Power Of Yesteryear

Some things earn spots in your soul. They hang, appear and offer an outstretched hand when prompted. You dance with them when your imagination meets memory again. You forget where you are, and moments remind you where you were. A handful of years ago, I felt an emotional connection to music for the...
May 16th, 2014 | Basketball, Trible To Your Bass | Read More

Here’s What Will Go Through The Head Of A Diehard Sports Fan During The 2014 NFL Draft

The NFL owns the United States of America because of people like me. I love the game, the Philadelphia Eagles, the offseason and especially the draft. It begins tonight with the first of several days of the 2014 NFL Draft, the culmination of months of preparation — not only for teams and players,...
May 8th, 2014 | Et cetera, Football, Trible To Your Bass | Read More

A Sports Fan’s Birthday Manifesto, 27 Years In The Making

Today is my 27th birthday. I made it this far, and there’s something to that. Some don’t. Some won’t. I’m grateful. Birthdays are like season openers — everybody gets one. In conversation the other day, the idea of sports as a linear thing spouted out of my lips. The constant through my life...
April 24th, 2014 | Et cetera, Trible To Your Bass | Read More

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