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.

Even the Bucs canít whiff on this one. Maybe

Kentucky linebacker Josh Allen (41) stands at the line of scrimmage during a game against Vanderbilt in October in Lexington, Ky. [AP Photo/Bryan Woolston]
Josh Allen might be Tampa Bayís ticket in this draft.

Gerald McCoy's absence feels like a Bucs false start

Bucs defensive tackle Gerald McCoy (93) has shown up for almost every Bucs workout, but with his future in Tampa Bay hanging in the balance, McCoy chose a California beach over the team's minicamp this season. MONICA HERNDON   |   Times
Veteran Pro Bowl defensive tackle works the beach while Bucs hit minicamp

Lightning out, Rays on

The Rays' Tommy Pham can only stare off after being picked off first base in the ninth inning to end the game against the Red Sox on Saturday, April 20, 2019, at Tropicana Field. [MONICA HERNDON   |   Times]
Can the Little Engine That Could stun Red Sox, Yankees?

Godspeed, Steve Yzerman, but donít haunt us

Steve Yzerman, left, stepped down as Lightning general manager in September. On Friday news broke that he would be named GM of the Detroit Red Wings. DIRK SHADD   |   Times
Commentary: Stevie Y, the former Lightning GM, heads to Detroit with one box unchecked.

Why we can't trust the Lightning anymore

Jan Rutta (44) touches the helmet of goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) as Yanni Gourde (37), center, Ryan Callahan (24), and J.T. Miller (10) watch as Columbus Blue Jackets players celebrate their 7-3 over the Lightning after Game 4 in the first round of the Stanley Cup Finals Tuesday, April 16, 2019 in Columbus. DIRK SHADD   |   Times
Do you feel betrayed? Do you feel double-crossed? Or do you feel just plain stupid?