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Tuesday, Oct 13, 2015

Martin Fennelly

Tribune Staff
Fennelly, Martin

No excuse for this kind of mistake by Gators’ Grier

- Will Grier said he’d taken an over-the-counter supplement without checking with the Florida medical staff. Martin Fennelly says you either don’t completely buy Grier’s story or accept it as an honest mi...

Splash play seizes momentum for Buccaneers

- George Johnson was brought in this season to bolster a weak pass rush, which he hadn’t done, Martin Fennelly writes. But on Sunday, he made a play that changed the tone and help the Bucs erase their home losing streak.

Are Bucs at must-win already? For Lovie’s sake, yes

- It sounds absurd. It’s only the fifth game of his second season and it’s against the Jags, and chances seem remote the Glazers want to go down that coach-firing road now. But simply put, Lovie Smith can’...

As new season begins, Lightning coach is man on a mission

- Hockey life and life in general have changed for Jon Cooper, who turned 48 in August, Martin Fennelly writes. Fame has found him. People who wouldn’t have known him six months ago now ask to take selfies with the coa...

More questions than answers after yet another mind-numbing defeat

- The Bucs turned in another modern art masterpiece Sunday at their well-established house of horrors. They went Full Brindza. They gift wrapped a win for Carolina, writes Tribune columnist Martin Fennelly.

Time is right for inspired victory from Winston

- No rest for Jameis Winston and the Bucs today, Martin Fennelly writes. Today brings the 3-0 Panthers and quarterback Cam Newton. Another challenge for a Lovie Smith club that hasn’t won a home game since he took over...

Bucs need to win before doing stadium math

- The Bucs have lost 19 of their last 22 games, yet they want the right to play two regular-season home games outside of Tampa. Martin Fennelly wonders where the fans’ insurance is if this franchise keeps churning out ...

Rays’ recent struggles feel like the new reality

- This franchise, as well as it has been run by owner Stuart Sternberg (four playoff turns in a six-year stretch) still has no margin for error or allowance for the unexpected. Martin Fennelly says the unexpected buried this ...

Shortcomings on full display in Bucs loss to Texans

- With a gaping chance to win two games in a row for the first time in two seasons, the Bucs did what bad football teams do when they don’t know how to win, Martin Fennelly says.

With family and faith, Bucs’ kicker overcomes odds, club foot

- Martin Fennelly column: Some children teased Kyle Brindza. He was the boy in leg braces, the boy with the club foot, the boy who went through all those surgeries. Through all those doubters, he says, “I was going t...

Jameis Winston (aka Grandma’s boy) comes through for Bucs

- Jameis Winston took control. He grabbed the ballgame as the Bucs topped the Saints 26-19 to rebound from their opening day debacle, Martin Fennelly writes. But that wasn’t what mattered the most. It was seeing his bi...

Nothing left for Bucs to say, so just shut up and play

- Against Tennessee, the questions we had reared up in all their toxic glory, and columnist Martin Fennelly has had enough explanations. But who knows? Maybe pride says a better Bucs effort will show up in New Orleans.

Bolts charge up as training camp starts today

- The Bolts are back, and not a moment too soon, Martin Fennelly writes. With the Bucs losing and the Rays winding down a forgettable season, the Lightning — who hit the ice this morning — are the darlings of th...

Props to A-Rod for his comeback story

- After the lying and cheating, after the season-long doping suspension, after the apologizing and contrition, and 17 months without playing baseball, Martin Fennelly writes Alex Rodriguez has risen from the very grave he dug...

Season-opening abomination a very bad sign for Lovie, Bucs

- Before Sunday, Martin Fennelly thought it would take an awful lot for coach Lovie Smith to lose his job in his second season. But Smith just took a major step in the wrong direction with that 42-14 disgrace against Tenness...

Disastrous debut for Winston in every way

- Maybe there will come a day when Jameis Winston and the Bucs will laugh about Sunday’s nightmare, Martin Fennelly writes. There wasn’t any laughing Sunday, and it’s going to take a while for them to get ri...

FSU’s recipe for win calls for Cook


— From mug shot to a Heisman shot.

Bucs' 2-14 season hasn't changed Lovie's vision for Year 2

- “Did I tell you we were 2-14 last year?” Lovie Smith was poking fun at himself. Remember how he spent last season reminding us that he'd been out of the NFL the previous year. It became a running joke.

Simply put, Bucs can’t lose this one

- Sunday brings an unprecedented opening matchup: the Nos. 1 and 2 draft picks, quarterbacks Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota. A fascinating game, Martin Fennelly writes. This might be the most important opener in Bucs histo...

Golson has seen a lot in college, hopes to end on high note

- Comparisons to Jameis Winston will be inevitable, Martin Fennelly writes, but there’s a flip side to Everett Golson’s experience. As the new FSU quarterback will try to pull a rare double this year, he will ai...

Watson’s memory overshadowed amid USF, Ybor posturing

- Tuesday could have been about remembering slain former USF football player Elkino Watson — about his smile, and grieving teammates and coaches. writes Martin Fennelly. Instead, it was more about Ybor City, bans and b...

Gator Nation is eager for McElwain to deliver on his promise


— Mac and Cheers.

Bucs’ defense needs to take charge in the name of Jameis

- The play of the Bucs’ defense last year was unacceptable, Martin Fenelly writes. Maybe that’s one tiny reason Lovie Smith is calling defensive plays this year. Something has to change if the Bucs are to ease t...

Gators’ QB race isn’t nearing a finish line

- Are we back to those two-headed Gator quarterback days, Martin Fennelly asks, as in 1987, when Steve Spurrier switched out Doug Johnson and Noah Brindise about every snap? There may be a similar situation with Will Grier an...

Ready or not, it gets real soon for Buccaneers

- Two weeks from now, it matters, Martin Fennelly writes.. A frightening thought for Bucs fans, given how Jameis Winston and the club looked Saturday in their third preseason game, an ugly loss to Cleveland.

Trop still feels like home for ex-Rays star Zobrist

- Ben Zobrist admitted to feeling a little “upside down” to be on the other side of the field, Martin Fennelly writes. “I could have easily walked into the (Rays) clubhouse and started getting dressed in my ...

Bucs need to manage the risk of Winston

- Jameis Winston needs work. No one disputes that point, Martin Fennelly writes. But Monday reminded us that there is so much riding on Winston being in one piece, which is why he should nurse his ankle during Saturday’...

Lots to like with Bucs win, especially that start

- Jameis Winston looked like a winning quarterback, and proved his grit, as the Bucs broke quickly in their preseason home opener before all those Bucs fans he’s supposed to lead to a promising land, Martin Fennelly wr...

Bucs’ dream catcher Evans ready to make magic with Winston

- Montana to Rice! Manning to Harrison! WINSTON TO EVANS?!?!? Whoa, slow down there, writes columnist Martin Fennelly. Although rookie QB Jameis Winston and former rookie stud Mike Evans definitely show the hunger to be great.

Washington Generals taught us life can be cruel

- The news came last week: The Harlem Globetrotters severed ties with the Washington Generals after 63 years. The Generals are no more, and the news hit Martin Fennelly like a bucket of confetti.

Just sign Stamkos — it’s really that simple

- Lightning training camp is less than a month away, yet the team has yet to sign Steven Stamkos to a new contract. It’s not time to panic, Martin Fennelly says, but the inactivity is cause for concern.

10-sack season elusive for Bucs since Simeon Rice era

- Simeon Rice, former Bucs sack star and cosmic force, is a movie director these days. But if you want brilliant film, Martin Fennelly suggests watching Sim footage from when his ferocious edge presence with the Bucs produced...

Winston needs to settle in, but strong finish provides hope


— It was the day after Jameis Winston’s first game as a Buc. There might be as many as 19 to follow, with accompanying dissections, before the end of Winston’s roo...