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.

Okay, so Dustin Johnsonís the quiet 1

Dustin Johnson greets fans while walking to the No. 6 tee at Innisbrook's Copperhead Course during the third round of the Valspar Championship in Palm Harbor on Saturday, March 23, 2019. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD  |  Times]
His golfing accomplishments are pretty jazzy, even if his personality isnít. And heís in Sundayís final pairing at Valspar, gunning for another title.

Rays 2019: Will Ryne Stanek go down in history as a pitcher who changed baseball?

Ryne Stanek (55) throws during the second inning of the Tampa Bay Rays spring training game against the Toronto Blue Jays on March 12, 2019 at Dunedin Stadium in Dunedin, Florida.  MONICA HERNDON | Times
Being an Ďopenerí wasnít exactly Ryne Stanekís baseball dream. For now heís rolling with it.

Tiger Woods-less Valspar soldiers on

Jason Day follows his drive after teeing off on the second hole during the first round of the Valspar Championship in Palm Harbor Thursday, March 21, 2019. DIRK SHADD | Times
The mania is gone and the sanity is back at local PGA stop.

Raysí Tyler Glasnow is working to fill tall order

Rays right-hander Tyler Glasnow (20) has had a rough spring that didn't get any easier Tuesday against the Yankees in Tampa. TAILYR IRVINE | Times
Tampa Bayís heat-seeking pitcher is trying to be No. 3 in the rotation. Is he ready?

Lightning-Capitals: What will be revealed Saturday night in Tampa

Lightning center Tyler Johnson (9) skates off the ice as the Washington Capitals celebrate a third period goal by Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8) in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference final of the Stanley Cup Playoffs Saturday, May 19, 2018 in Tampa. DIRK SHADD  |  Times
Tampa Bay and Washington reconvene 10 months later. The NHL knew what it was doing by making us wait.