Tuesday, November 20, 2018


Martin Fennelly, Times sports columnist

Martin Fennelly, Times sports columnist

Martin Fennelly is a sports columnist for the Tampa Bay Times. He was born in New York City, raised on Long Island and was sitting in the bleachers at Yankee Stadium, minding his own business, when Reggie Jackson hit three home runs in one night to beat the Dodgers in the 1977 World Series. Prior to joining the Times, he worked as a columnist for the Tampa Tribune, St. Louis Sun and Sarasota Herald-Tribune. Martin graduated from the University of Albany, where he studied history, and attended the University of Missouri Graduate School of Journalism. He lives in Lutz with his wife, Siobhan, their children, Conor and Norah, and, at present, five cats.


The Bucs stop here: Leave Jameis Winston in permanently

Put Jameis Winston in Sunday and leave him there. All violators will be fired
Updated: 8 hours ago
Florida State coach Willie Taggart (AP)

The end of ‘The Streak’ would be another sorry chapter for Florida State

Florida State's run of 36 consecutive bowl games, which began under Bobby Bowden, might screech to a halt this afternoon under Willie Taggart
Published: 11/16/18
The Bucs signed kicker Cairo Santos.

Meet the Bucs’ Cairo Santos, the new visitor to the land where kickers go to die

Meet Cairo Santos, who is out to break the Bucs' kicking curse
Published: 11/14/18
Ryan Fitzpatrick will make his seventh start this season for the Bucs when they play a 1 p.m. game Sunday against the New York Giants in East Rutherford, N.J. MONICA HERNDON   |   Times

Searching for logic in the Bucs’ decision to stick with Ryan Fitzpatrick

TAMPA — Move along. Nothing to see here.Here at the booby hatch, the Bucs are so far gone that they're going back to Ryan Fitzpatrick this Sunday in New York.Who can blame them?That fourth win is so close they can...
Published: 11/12/18
Martin St. Louis, left, battles while driving with the puck against the New Jersey Devils' Johnny Oduya during a 2007 game in Tampa. [DIRK SHADD | Times]

Hockey Hall of Fame inductee Marty St. Louis ‘was always looking for more’

Marty St. Louis is the man who made the Lightning go, the best player in franchise history, who proved so many people wrong on his way to the top of the hockey world.
Published: 11/11/18
Bucs quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) tries to avoid the rush Sunday in Tampa Bay's 16-3 loss to Washington.  MONICA HERNDON   |   Times

Bucs-Washington: Grading Tampa Bay’s 16-3 loss

TAMPA — So, will Mark Duffner finish out the year as defensive coordinator or interim head coach?It was the kind of game that can make your eyes roll back in your head and a season curl into a fetal ball.In other words,...
Published: 11/11/18
Florida quarterback Feleipe Franks (13) gets up slowly during the Gators'  27-16 loss to Kentucky on Sept. 8, 2018 in Gainesville. MONICA HERNDON   |   Times

Welcome to the Sunset State: What the heck happened to football in Florida?

TAMPA — As much as this state has gone recount crazy, all the votes are in when it comes to our football weekends. They've given up their ghost.They're irrelevant.Two weekends ago, we were stunned when, for the first time...
Published: 11/09/18
Do you see Dan Snyder's NFL franchise winning any championships? And don't get us started on that nickname. (Associated Press)

Think your NFL owner is bad? Dan Snyder’s always worse

Say what you want about the Glazers, who are clearly a root cause of the Bucs' slide toward nothingness over the past 11 seasons.But the Glazers can step aside this weekend, comforted by the fact that there is someone worse.In...
Published: 11/07/18
The Minnesota Wild's Jordan Greenway (18) chases the Edmonton Oilers' Connor McDavid during a game last month. [Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP]

Connor McDavid is another can’t-miss talent you don’t want to miss

Oilers sensation Connor McDavidhits town tonight to meet the Lightning
Published: 11/06/18
The Bucs' Cameron Brate (84) enjoys watching kicker Chandler Cartanzaro's game winning 59-yard field in OT against the Cleveland Browns. (JIM DAMASKE   |   Times)

Blame the Browns for the Bucs’ current ineptitude

TAMPA — In coming weeks, this Bucs' death slide will disguise itself at times in comebacks against complacent defenses, but we've passed the end of the beginning and are about to start at the beginning of the end.In other words,...
Updated one month ago