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.

Thirty years later, ‘Field of Dreams’ dad is still answering ‘Wanna have a catch?’

Dwier Brown, left, plays catch with Tampa Bay Times correspondent Joey Johnston Friday at Spectrum Field in Clearwater. [CHRIS URSO | Times]
Meet Dwier Brown, whose six minutes of screen time with Kevin Costner became the role of a lifetime.

Tampa Bay, we are not alone with our sports stigma

FILE- In this Jan. 27, 1991, file photo, Buffalo Bills kicker Scott Norwood, center, misses the field goal on the last play of the game, clinching the victory for the New York Giants in Super Bowl XXV in Tampa. The Giants won 20-19. (AP Photo/Phil Sandlin, File)
Selected cities and their sports stigmas, past and present

Lightning is gone, but, stigma will linger

Tampa Bay Lightning fans like Chris Danes (left) and Lisa Danes (right) were among those disappointed by the Bolts' 7-3 loss to Columbus on April 16, 2019, a defeat that capped the Blue Jackets' first-round sweep and ended what to that point had been the best season in Tampa Bay hockey history. ALLIE GOULDING  |   Times
Epic playoff collapse now permanent resident of Tampa Bay

‘Field of Dreams’ is turning 30. In celebration, here’s the best baseball movies

Tim Robbins and Kevin Costner in  'Bull Durham' -   TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO
Here’s Martin Fennelly’s top nine baseball movies.

Can Tiger Woods be the people’s champion again?

Tiger Woods walks along the ninth green during a practice round for the PGA Championship golf tournament, Monday in Farmingdale, N.Y. [AP Photo/Julie Jacobson]
He is back on the Grand Slam trail at Bethpage