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Monday, Dec 22, 2014

Martin Fennelly

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Another loss keeps top pick in sight

- The Bucs continue barreling toward the Mariota and Winston stations, completely unimpeded by winning. Martin Fennelly says another loss makes them king of the mountain, or at least atop a steaming pile of a season that migh...

Freeman became ghost of futures past


— Today, the Bucs host the Green Bay Packers for the first time in five years.

Rays made a decision, but is it right one?

- The Wil Myers trade brings the Rays the most dreaded word to fans: prospects. Columnist Martin Fennelly asks: Is this any way to build a ballpark or team?

Comings and goings ... a mixed bag


— Comings and goings ...

Armwood's wait ends with more frustration

- Saturday afternoon, Armwood players and coaches walked away 14-1 again, runners-up again, in another Class 6A title game. This time, Martin Fennelly says, Armwood could have won.

By season’s end, Bucs could catch Mariota fever

- The Bucs, headed toward the top NFL draft pick, could have the top QB if they like. Martin Fennelly says the team just needs to get this thing done and land Marcus Mariota.

Seminoles are in until they’re out

- So many have been doubting the Seminoles, 13-0 and on a 29-game win streak. Now Oregon hopes to unseat the defending champs in the Rose Bowl, but Martin Fennelly says you can never count FSU out.

McElwain needs to be a breed apart at UF


— We’ll have news on Claire-a-bell in a moment.

McElwain brings big price, bigger expectations to Gators

- Jeremy Foley has gone to the Alabama well once again, hiring Jim McElwain as coach. Martin Fennelly there are reasons to think this won’t be a repeat of Will Muschamp, even if he isn’t a jaw-dropping kind of h...

Lightning thriving under Yzerman’s watch

- Lightning GM Steve Yzerman’s guidance has mostly been steady, and quite good, since his arrival in 2010. Martin Fennelly says his plan seems to be working, even if he has had to make adjustments

Tedford Effect taking a serious toll on Bucs offense

- Each time the offense looks uninspired, each time imagination lags, when drives turn to dust, we think about Jeff Tedford, who was forced to bow out due to health issues. Columnist Martin Fennelly wonders how things might b...

Hits, losses just keep on coming for Bucs

- Just when you think they’ve run out of ideas, the Bucs find new ways to lose. Martin Fennelly says this nonsense can’t happen on a professional football team at the end of November.

Muschamp exits with a legacy of underachieving


— Chalk up another one for Jimbo Fisher and his sleepy Seminoles. Florida State came back, then held off Florida, 24-19.

Let Marty healing begin with Rangers in Tampa

- A night like this was always going to happen, after Marty St. Louis demanded a trade from the Lightning. Martin Fennelly says fans should boo their lungs out but move on.

Bucs’ McCown practically gives Bears a win

- When you’ve played for six teams in 12 seasons, you’re all over the map. Josh McCown reminded us of that again, Martin Fennelly said, as his fingerprints were all over the Bucs’ loss to the beatable Bea...

Lightning fans: Cheers or jeers for St. Louis’ return?

- Martin St. Louis makes his return to Tampa on Wednesday when his Rangers play the Lightning at Amalie Arena, the night before Thanksgiving. But will St. Louis be showered with thanks or boos? Let us know.

Returning McCown has earned Bears’ respect

- Having already made a same-season comeback with the Bucs, Marty Fennelly says Bucs quarterback Josh McCown returns to Soldier Field on Sunday to face former teammates who have nothing but good things to say about him.

Foley’s next hire must re-energize UF fan base

- After firing Will Muschamp, Jeremy Foley, about the best athletic director going, knows he’s 1-2 at hiring head Gators football coaches. Martin Fennelly says he needs to hit on this one.

Evans is playing like the ‘Next One’

- This is how it works when you’re on fire like Bucs rookie receiver Mike Evans is on fire, columnist Martin Fennelly writes.

No need for McCown to be sorry for showing emotions

- There have been mixed emotions over Josh McCown’s shedding tears after Sunday’s loss. But Martin Fennelly says he appreciates the honest display of emotion, because it shows McCown is a guy who cares. A lot.

Bucs are a prop for the rest of the league

- For crying out loud, writes Martin Fennelly, is there any end to this? Well, at least now Austin Seferian-Jenkins knows it’s always too early to celebrate when you’re these Bucs.

Simply put, Glennon isn’t getting it done for Bucs

- Yes, Mike Glennon did some things, including his 260 passing yards. But Martin Fennelly says the bad, including those two first-half picks outweighed the good yet again.

Good start, but a wild ride awaits in college playoffs


We have our very first College Football Playoff rankings:

McCoy is winner, but wins missing

- Gerald McCoy knows a great player's legacy is measured by championships. Martin Fennelly. says that after signing an extension that could be worth as much as $98 million, wins have got to follow.

Good luck finding this team’s next win

- So much for a fresh start coming off a bye week, writes Martin Fennelly. But don't lay the Bucs' latest loss on the OT fumble. As usual, there is plenty of blame to go around.