Martin Fennelly, Times Columnist

Martin Fennelly

Times Columnist

I was born in Queens, a New York City borough, and can still remember my dad taking us to the airport. Where we’d lie on the roof of the family wagon and hear the blood roar of planes as they landed. Then we’d get Carvel. Life remains that simple to me, even after all these years, including the last two at the Times, where I began in May 2016. I’m not lying on a roof, but in 27 years writing sports in Tampa Bay (including a quarter century stint at the Tampa Tribune), I’ve seen the great and the not so great. But I’ve always enjoyed the human element running through these games and the people who play them. Telling their stories and others is still as fresh, as meaningful, as rewarding to me as ever. And then I get Carvel.

How attractive is the Bucs head coaching job?

The Buccaneers head coaching job, now occupied by Dirk Koetter, is one of several that could be open after this season.   MONICA HERNDON   |   Times
Don't be fooled. The Bucs still have enough pieces for there to be a free-for-all for the head coaching job if it comes open.

Start saying your goodbyes to Tampa Bay baseball now

Fans enter the stadium through the rotunda for the Rays' opening day at Tropicana Field on March 29. (MONICA HERNDON | Times)
Is this the Rays' future? "Season’s Greetings from Montreal! Wish you were here!"

Why this is the worst era in Bucs history

Buccaneers defensive back Andrew Adams (26) sits after a New Orleans fourth-quarter touchdown Sunday in the Bucs' 28-14 loss at Raymond James Stadium. TAILYR IRVINE   |   Times
Noted: The wretched 2008-18 Bucs might be more than a match for the wretched 1983-96 Bucs.

Bucs-Saints: Grading Tampa Bay’s 28-14 loss to New Orleans

Bucs defensive back Andrew Adams (26) sits after the New Orleans Saints score a touchdown during the fourth quarter. [TAILYR IRVINE   |   Times]
The Bucs lose from ahead to the Saints. And that is that.

For Lightning’s Mathieu Joseph, life in the fast lane finds another gear

Mathieu Joseph (7) beats Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask (40) for a go-ahead goal in Tampa Bay's 3-2 win over Boston Thursday in Tampa.  DIRK SHADD   |   Times
Lightning rookie Mathieu Jospeh has been showing off his wheels and scoring skills early this season