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Martin Fennelly - Former Sports columnist

Former 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.

  1. Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston, seen running runs onto the field before the team's game against the Panthers in London, may be running out of time with Tampa Bay. [TIM IRELAND  |  AP]
  2. New Lightning defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk hopes to rebound from a disappointing two-year stint with the Rangers. [CHRIS O'MEARA  |  AP]
  3. In 1968, slugger Frank Howard, known as the "Washington Monument," proved to be one of the few bright spots for the Washington Senators. [AP]
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  5. San Francisco 49ers GM John Lynch, a former Bucs player and Ring of Honor member, celebrates with 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman (25) after Sherman broke up a pass during the 49ers' 31-17 victory over Tampa Bay at Raymond James Stadium on Sept. 8, 2019 in Tampa. [DIRK SHADD  |  Times]
  6. Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston (3) runs onto the field to play against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday in London. [TIM IRELAND  |  AP]
  7. Oct. 13, 2019• USF Bulls
    USF running back Jordan Cronkrite (2) dives over BYU defensive back Tavita Gagnier (34) for the first down during the second half of the game at Raymond James Stadium. [OCTAVIO JONES  |  Times]
  8. Tampa Bay Rays designated hitter Tommy Pham (29) rounds the bases after connecting for a solo homer in the first inning against the Houston Astros in Game 4 of the American League Division Series Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019 in St. Petersburg. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD  |  Times]
  9. Tampa Bay Rays fans cheers as Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Charlie Morton (50) winds up in the first inning against the Houston Astros in Game 3 of the American League Division Series Monday, Oct. 7, 2019 in St. Petersburg. [DIRK SHADD  |  Times]
  10. Florida players, including defensive lineman Tedarrell Slaton (56), celebrate after defeating Auburn on Saturday in the Swamp. [JOHN RAOUX  |  AP]
  11. Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov (86) celebrates with the bench after scoring against the Florida Panthers during the first period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara) [CHRIS O'MEARA  |  AP]
  12. Center Steven Stamkos (91) and the Lightning open the season at home Thursday against the Florida Panthers. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD  |  Tampa Bay Times]
  13. Toronto's Auston Matthews, Washington's Alex Ovechkin and Boston's Brad Marchand will be among the players hunting for the favored Lightning this season. [Associated Press]
  14. Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Shaquil Barrett, left, forces a fumble by Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019, in Los Angeles. The fumble was returned by a touchdown by nose tackle Ndamukong Suh, top. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) [MARK J. TERRILL  |  AP]
  15. USF coach Charlie Strong walks back to the locker room after the loss to SMU. [OCTAVIO JONES  |  Times]
  16. Tampa Bay Rays manager Kevin Cash (16) talks with Willy Adames (1) in the dugout before Wednesday's game against the Yankees. [DIRK SHADD  |  Times]
  17. Tampa Bay Rays first baseman Ji-Man Choi (26) celebrates his game-winning solo walk-off home run with teammate Brandon Lowe as the Rays beat the New York Yankees 2-1 in 12th innings at Tropicana Field on Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019 in St. Petersburg. [DIRK SHADD  |  Times]
  18. Centerfielders Carl Crawford (then of the Tampa Bay Rays) and  Mickey Mantle of the New York Yankees. [Times files/Associated Press] [[Times files/Associated Press]]
  19. Rays relief pitcher Andrew Kittredge rushes to cover home after delivering a wild pitch during the fourth inning in a loss to the Red Sox. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD  |  Tampa Bay Times]
  20. Tampa Bay Rays center fielder Kevin Kiermaier (39) is out stealing second on a call review during the second inning while playing the Boston Red Sox on Sunday, September 22, 2019, in St. Petersburg. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD  |  Tampa Bay Times]
  21. Sep. 22, 2019• Florida State Seminoles
    Florida State coach Willie Taggart shouts instructions in the second half against Louisville in Tallahassee. Florida State defeated Louisville 35-24. [MARK WALLHEISER  |  AP]
  22. It's early, but Jameis Winston (3) and the Bucs defense has Tampa Bay in first place in the NFC South. (AP Photo/Brian Blanco) [BRIAN BLANCO  |  AP]
  23. Tim Tebow answers a question during an interview on the set of ESPN's SEC Network in Charlotte, N.C. [Associated Press]
  24. Tampa Bay Lightning forward Pat Maroon (14) during drills on the first day on the ice at the beginning of training camp at the Ice Sports Forum on September 13, 2019 in Brandon, FL. [DIRK SHADD  |  Times]