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.

Bucs’ Jameis Winston, Titans’ Marcus Mariota crashing at same time

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
The former 1-2 draft picks are draft-bust brothers.

New Lightning defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk ready to ‘chip’ in

New Lightning defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk hopes to rebound from a disappointing two-year stint with the Rangers. Chris O'Meara  |  AP
Like Tampa Bay, the former Ranger has something to prove this season | Martin Fennelly

Before Nats reached Series, Senators reached new depths

In 1968, slugger Frank Howard, known as the
The Nationals’ improbable postseason run rekindles memories of the woeful Washington Senators

In San Francisco, the hits keep coming for former Bucs great John Lynch

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
After two seasons of second-guessing, general manager John Lynch has it going with the 5-0 49ers. | Martin Fennelly

We’ve had five seasons to know that Jameis Winston is a Bucs bust

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston (3) runs onto the field to play against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday in London. Tim Ireland  |  AP
Martin Fennelly: Coach Bruce Arians may not be worried after six games, but history says his optimism is misplaced.