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Martin Fennelly

Tribune Staff
Fennelly, Martin

Lightning rookie Paquette settles into new home


— The hat trick Thursday night against Detroit, his first in the NHL, was a great thing. Tampa Bay Lightning rookie center Cedric Paquette, suddenly a scoring machine, will fram...

With quarterbacks, winners somehow find a way


— The Bucs are on the clock, even as we tick down to Super Sunday. They need a quarterback. They need to draft Jameis Winston or Marcus Mariota. Will it be the pocket passer or ...

Not bon boyage, but time for Rays to do something

- Rob Manfred’s contention that Montreal could succeed in baseball might be good news for the Rays, Martin Fennelly says. It could be the swift kick officials need to finally move forward on a new stadium.

Lightning’s Drouin hasn’t lived up to the hype

- Despite the anticipation and his undeniable talent, Martin Fennelly says Jonathan Drouin’s rookie season with the Lightning has yet to fulfill the billing.

Ball tells all! Admits pressure is just too much

- Columnist Martin Fennelly believes we have to lighten up on all this Patriots DeflateGate hullabaloo. But not before sitting down for an exclusive interview with football No. 6 from the AFC title game. (Like we said: Lighte...

DeflateGate forever tarnishes Patriots’ legacy

- Cheating has become part of Bill Belichick’s legacy with the Patriots as much as his three Super Bowl rings, Martin Fennelly writes.

Paterno case about wins, but there are no winners


— The late Joe Paterno is again the winningest coach in college football history.

There’s no rush to answer Bucs’ draft debate

- Let’s keep this ball in the air, writes columnist Martin Fennelly. Jameis-Marcus has a life of its own. There is no good reason to ruin this now by settling on a quarterback.

Hiring Koetter looks like step in right direction

- Without calling a play, Dirk Koetter might already be one of the great offensive coordinators in Bucs history, Martin Fennelly writes. Now Lovie Smith needs to get out of his way and give him the freedom and what e needs.

Urban Meyer is a winning machine

- Say what you want about Urban Meyer’s weirdness, tunnel vision, smug mug, and glory moments at Florida along with a pile of player arrests. Martin Fennelly writes Urban Meyer knew he couldn’t change, and he ha...

Zobrist’s a heck of a player, even better man


Say it ain’t Zo.

Stamkos leads Bolts in goals but isn’t up to usual standard


— The Tampa bay Lightning have the best scoring line in the NHL — and Steven Stamkos isn’t on it.

Bucs must decide whether Jameis World worth the pain

- Football-wise, Jameis is the man. If you watched the Rose Bowl, you saw that. It’s just the off-the-field questions that would give the Bucs cause to pick him at No. 1, Martin Fennelly writes.

Sportsmanship lacking on both sides of Rose Bowl


— There’s no need to make a federal case, but it deserves mention.

FSU streak ends in abysmal fashion

- We hadn’t seen this look on Florida State faces in 770 days, not from head coach Jimbo Fisher’s face, not from his players.

Marcus vs. Jameis: An audition for Tampa Bay fans


— Who’s your granddaddy?

Off-field woes, critics enough to cause FSU coach Fisher to blow his top

- Jimbo Fisher should be sitting comfortably at the head table when it comes to best college coaches. Maybe he’ll get there one day, Martin Fennelly writes, when he no longer needs to defend his players amid off-field p...

QB is key to picking new Bucs offensive coordinator

- The Bucs have a No. 1 draft pick, and soon a plan on what to do with it. Lovie Smith and Jason Licht can't get this one wrong, Martin Fennelly writes.

Bucs’ late collapse one to celebrate

- After bridge-to-the-future Josh McCown was sacked for a safety to seal it, the Bucs gave up a big lead to wrap up a 2-14 season. Now, Martin Fennelly says, starts the Mariota-Winston watch.

Mercifully, Bucs season comes to an end today

- It ends today. Do I hear applause out there?

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...