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.

Will Thurman-Pacquiao stand up to these memorable Tampa Bay-tinged bouts?

Winky Wright, RIGHT, of St. Petersburg, Fla., stuns Felix Trinidad, of Puerto Rico, with one in a series of right jabs in the fifth round of their middleweight fight on Saturday, May 14, 2005, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. (AP Photo/Eric Jamison) ORG XMIT: NVTS122
Clearwater’s Keith Thurman may find himself among lofty company after Saturday night’s fight in Las Vegas.

On eve of Keith Thurman’s bout, a list of Tampa Bay’s best boxers

Manny Pacquiao, left, and Keith Thurman pose during a news conference Wednesday, July 17, 2019, in Las Vegas for their welterweight championship boxing match scheduled for Saturday in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
We polled a few area boxing experts to round up the greatest all-time fighters from the area.

Keith Thurman is finally catching up with Manny Pacquiao

World Boxing Association welterweight champion Keith Thurman spars at the St. Pete Boxing Club recently. (SCOTT KEELER | Times)
Clearwater’s undefeated champion looks to secure legendary status against Pac Man.

Jim Bouton: The ballplayer who changed the rules

FILE - In this Oct. 14, 1964 file photo, New York Yankees pitcher Jim Bouton takes aim as he holds two balls in the right hand that his teammates hope will lead them to victory in the sixth World Series game in New York. Jim Bouton, the New York Yankees pitcher who shocked the conservative baseball world with the tell-all book
The author of ‘Ball Four’ taught us all that ‘games are just games.’

Could Rob Manfred’s Rays-Montreal statement be as juiced as the baseballs?

Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred rejected allegations that MLB has juiced says baseballs this season. [Times files (2017)]
Baseball’s commissioner says he wants to help ‘preserve baseball in Tampa Bay.' At this point it’s hard to believe MLB.