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.

Want another playoff shot, Bucs? Here’s what matters

At left, in a Sept. 23, 2018, file photo, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady throws during the first half of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions, in Detroit. At right, in an Oct. 7, 2018, file photo, Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) throws a pass during the first half of an NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/File)
In a word: everything. The good news? Bruce Arians also matters.

Meet the Purdue quarterback swept up in college football’s story of the year

Purdue quarterback David Blough speaks during a funeral for Tyler Trent at College Park Church, Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019, in Indianapolis. Trent, an avid Purdue fan, died on New Year's Day, following a bout with bone cancer. Blough is playing in the East-West Shrine Game on Saturday at Tropicana Field. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, Pool)
East-West Shrine Game: David Blough is in town this week to play Saturday in the college all-star game. He brings Tyler Trent with him wherever he goes.

Fifty years ago this weekend, the Jets, Joe Namath and Earl Christy shocked the world
On Jan. 12, 1969, Earl Christy played a bit part in one of the greatest moments in NFL history. But Broadway Joe says the Tarpon Springs man' occupies a special place in the hearts of those old New...

Meet the woman who knew the Bucs would be good for Bruce Arians

Christine Arians, Bruce Arians wife, speaks to reporters after a press conference introducing New Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians at One Buc Place on January 10, 2019 in Tampa, Fla. Arians is the 12th head coach in franchise history. MONICA HERNDON   |   Times
Bruce and Christine Arians have been married 47 years. So when he started talking about coming out of retirement to coach the Bucs, she knew where this was headed.

The Lightning is a runaway success. Now comes the hard part.

Lightning right wing Mathieu Joseph (7) and Columbus center Alexander Wennberg (10) continue to grab each other despite the smiles during Tampa Bay's 4-0 victory Tuesday at Amalie Arena in Tampa. DIRK SHADD   |   Times
Tampa Bay is off to a ridiculously good, Stanley-Cup-favorite start. But can it stay razor sharp throughout?