Martin Fennelly, Sports Columnist

Martin Fennelly

Sports 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.

Fennelly: Bucs wish they hadnít gotten a long look at Jameis Winston and the offensive line

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston (3) gets sacked by Cleveland Browns defensive end Olivier Vernon (54) to bring up a 4th and 15 during second quarter action at Raymond James Stadium on Friday, Aug. 23, 2019 in Tampa. DIRK SHADD  |  Tampa Bay Times
The Browns are gaining on respectability. The Bucs are going in reverse.

Martin Fennellyís takeaways from Raysí 7-6 win over Mariners

The Rays' Guillermo Heredia celebrates in the dugout after hitting a solo home run to leftfield during the third inning against the Mariners at Tropicana Field on Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019. [DIRK SHADD   |   Times] DIRK SHADD  |  Tampa Bay Times
Kiermaier starts to heat up; Heredia shines at plate and in field; patience pays off

Pitchers squirm when Raysí Tommy Pham comes up with bases loaded

Willy Adames scores the winner on a wild pitch after he had singled to left and went to third on a Mike Brousseau double in the ninth against Seattle on Wednesday, Augu. 21, 2019. [DIRK SHADD   |   Times] DIRK SHADD  |  Tampa Bay Times
Tampa Bay gets its second walkoff win on a wild pitch in August as Seattle pitcher Matt Magill bounces one while ahead in the count.

Where thereís a will, thereís a W

The Rays' Kevin Kiermaier starts the comeback with a solo home run in the ninth inning at Tropicana Field on Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019. [DIRK SHADD   |   Times] DIRK SHADD  |  Tampa Bay Times
The Rays pull one out on the way out the door.

Dan Mullen and the Florida Gators need football games, badly

Florida coach Dan Mullen says the Gators' opener Saturday in Orlando against Miami gives them the chance to put their
Martin Fennelly: Gators look to distance themselves from troubling offseason.