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Monday, Oct 20, 2014

Martin Fennelly

Tribune Staff
Fennelly, Martin

Bolts’ Hedman reaching a new level

- Victor Hedman, already in his sixth season, might be the next big thing on the back line, and not because he’s 6-foot-6. Columnist Martin Fennelly says his confidence is soaring, and it’s showing in his play.

Friedman a major loss, but Rays will carry on

- Andrew Friedman’s departure hurts, Martin Fennelly writes. But the Ray Way should go on, provided the team’s working model is carried on by Matt Silverman.

Yucks are back, and something needs to change

- Maybe the clown orange socks the Bucs wore should have tipped us off, writes Martin Fennelly. For the second time in 24 days, Tampa was home to the NFL's worst team.

Setback will be hard for Gators to get over


— A crushing loss.

Bolts will go where Bishop takes them

- Yes, there’s Steven Stamkos, a true star, and all the smaller stars around him. There’s added help on the back line. There are new faces. But, Martin Fennelly writes, the Lightning will probably be only as good ...

Don't plan Lightning victory parade yet

- The Lightning are back, and fans can't wait to anoint Lightning coach Jon Cooper and his lads, including talk of the Stanley Cup. Martin Fennelly warns them to relax and stop planning parade routes.

Suspension represents climate change

- Treon Harris will not play football amid a sexual assault investigation. Martin Fennelly says that is how it should work, and how it should have worked in Tallahassee.

When it mattered, Bucs can't get out of own way

- It would have been a terrific win, and should have been a terrific win, Martin Fennelly writes. Instead, they’re simply a 1-4 that led a late lead get away.

Bucs’ win changes things, but not too much

- The Bucs’ comeback win against the Steelers has the team optimistic heading into Sunday’s game against the 1-3 Saints. Martin Fennelly, however warns the Bucs still have plenty of holes and lots to fix.

How long will Maddon stay with Rays?

- Rays manager Joe Maddon publicly says “this is the place to work.” Martin Fennelly, however, wonders if that could change should a high-profile franchise (Dodgers?) comes calling.

Glennon proved he's the guy, Bucs fans

- Quarterback Mike Glennon gets the start and the Buccaneers get their first win of the season, beating the Steelers 27-24 in Pittsburgh.

FSU finally gets it right with Winston

- So Jameis Winston sits all night. Good, writes Martin Fennelly, because the last thing we need is this idiot coming off the bench to be a conquering hero, talking about overcoming distractions.

It’s clear that the Bucs just weren’t ready

- Comically awful, completely overmatched and uniquely embarrassing, writes Martin Fennelly. It was the kind of loss that begs for changes, and not just at quarterback.

Jeter remembered for grace and how the Yankees great played the game

- Fans cheered Derek Jeter for the baseball gift that kept on giving, Martin Fennelly writes. He was a winner with class and passion, and that never went away off the field, either.

Jeter's heart, home plate remain in Tampa

- Derek Jeter's farewell tour with the Yankees has come to St. Petersburg for the final time, but he's about to be Tampa's - ours and all ours - forever and ever, writes columnist Martin Fennelly.

Playing it safe proves costly for Bucs

- Coach Lovie Smith could use some brass, writes columnist Martin Fennelly. The Bucs didn't play to lose, just to barely win - and right into the hands of the Rams.

McCown, Bucs offense still question marks

- For the longest time Sunday in his Bucs debut, Josh McCown had us convinced why he watched a lot more than he played in 11 previous NFL seasons, columnist Martin Fennelly writes.

Bucs defense ready to create its own identity

- Lovie Smith has turned back the clock. The Tampa 2 is back to Tampa, Martin Fennelly writes, and the first test is Sunday, when the Bucs try to reel in Cam Newton and the defending NFC South champion Panthers, who last seas...

Mack delivers wake-up call for Bulls


— Inside one football game, how do you go from “Taggart Must Go!!” to nominating a true freshman for school president?

Even bringing Incognito in to talk is inexcusable

- Martin Fennelly says the disgusting news that the Bucs are taking a real look at Richie Incognito, bullying and racial and homophobic slurs a specialty, should send shivers down spines.

Looks like the Rays Way will survive after all

- Every time David Price was on the mound for his new team, the Detroit Tigers, there were alarm bells: You figured the Rays would never be the same, that they traded away more than a Cy Young winner. And then, Martin Fennell...