Wednesday, August 22, 2018

The Martin Chronicles

All things sports and beyond

World Cup was a blast, even without United States

World Cup was a blast, even without United States

Another World Cup has ended. They turned out the lights in Moscow on Sunday. Favored France winning its first Cup in 20 years by outlasting the comeback kids from Croatia in a virtual scoring orgy, 4-2. That's like 56-52 in American football.I'm just...
Updated one month ago
Fennelly: Still fabulous, the Babe reflects on her Hall trail

Fennelly: Still fabulous, the Babe reflects on her Hall trail

ST. PETERSBURG — The Fabulous Sports Babe, the one and only, sat in a restaurant booth Thursday. She was on a rant, just like old times, a dock riot going on in her head before coming out of her mouth. The Babe can still bring it.Topic: Fashion...
Updated one month ago
Can we all agree on this before Tiger Woods arrives?

Can we all agree on this before Tiger Woods arrives?

PALM HARBOR — I have seen the man's parking space. I have stood in it. I'd park in it Wednesday, but the drone would probably see me and the chopper might drop down with special forces. Tango Able to Whiskey Kilo, suspect has barbecue on his s...
Updated: 6 months ago
Hey Rays, this is no way to build a ballpark

Hey Rays, this is no way to build a ballpark

PORT CHARLOTTE — It was another morning after at Charlotte Sports Park and Rays Bargain Clearance Barn.  This time it's Steven Souza Jr., man of a thousand faces. He gone.What else is new at the incredible shrinking baseball team?It's spri...
Updated: 6 months ago
Daytona 500: Time for Chase Elliott to stop chasing

Daytona 500: Time for Chase Elliott to stop chasing

DAYTONA BEACH — Is this the year?Is this the year Chase Elliott, uncrowned racing prince, wins his first NASCAR Cup race?And didn't we ask that last year? And the year before that?"Year 1 was the year I wanted to make it happen," Elli...
Updated a year ago
Bucs need a franchise more than a franchise quarterback

Bucs need a franchise more than a franchise quarterback

Philadelphia mayor Nick Foles was amazing in Super Bowl LII.In other news, Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston is going to be a father.Congratulations are in order.And maybe an apology.Maybe we have this "franchise quarterback" thing all wrong.Foles, wit...
Updated a year ago
Why are they still playing games at Michigan State?

Why are they still playing games at Michigan State?

Wrap it up. Shut it down.Why are they still playing games at Michigan State?And I don't mean denials or shirking responsibility, though I could.Heads have begun to roll in wake of the Larry Nassar sexual-assault scandal. The Michigan State president....
Updated a year ago
Fennelly: Real East-West Shrine all-stars not on the gridiron

Fennelly: Real East-West Shrine all-stars not on the gridiron

TAMPA — The East-West Shrine Game is back. And we're better for it.The oldest college all-star game, Saturday at Tropicana Field, will be filled with kids who dream of one day playing in the NFL, of making the kind of play that lifted the ...
Updated a year ago
The toughest job in town

The toughest job in town

Nobody goes into the Sun Dome and beats East Carolina.The man with the toughest sports job in Tampa Bay had just watched his team lose to possibly the one team it can beat in its conference. The song remains the same for USF men's basketball, the Unw...
Updated a year ago
Florida State AD Stan Wilcox looking to hire Jimbo Fisher’s replacement ‘as quickly as we possibly can’

Florida State AD Stan Wilcox looking to hire Jimbo Fisher’s replacement ‘as quickly as we possibly can’

TALLAHASSEEWhat's the plan, Stan?Athletic director Stan Wilcox said Florida State is looking to quickly fill the football head coaching vacancy left by Jimbo Fisher bolting to Texas A&M on Friday."We're going to try to go as quickly as we possibly ca...
Updated a year ago