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Monday, Sep 22, 2014

Martin Fennelly

Tribune Staff
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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.

NFL, Goodell repeatedly dropped ball in Rice case

- Roger Goodell knew Ray Rice did something savage even before the two-game suspension, the public release of the elevator video. Columnist Martin Fennelly says the commissioner should suspend himself indefinitely. His reputa...

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.

Step forward is a small one


— You could look at the first loss of South Florida’s second season under Willie Taggart one of two ways.

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?

No year more disappointing than this one


— The Ray Way has a long-stated goal of playing meaningful games in September.

Trade shows Bucs all about now ... and how

- Everybody back on board the Lovie Train, Martin Fennelly says, after the Bucs make the smart move and chose Logan Mankins over Richie Incognito.

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...

Bucs defense in a rush to pressure quarterback

- There are new faces on the defensive line. But the big Lovie-fest will get flattened if this front doesn’t put quarterbacks on their rumps, Martin Fennelly writes.

It’s strange to see Price become a Rays' foe

- Nineteen days after the Rays traded him, David Price was back, hugs everywhere. As Price slipped a few times, referring to the Rays as “We,” Martin Fennelly says it was a strange sight.

Evans learns a rookie lesson, but possibilities seem endless


— A blooper is no way to start your NFL career.

This start surely won't calm any nerves

- Josh McCown (see man behind crumbling pass protection) is still the Bucs' starting quarterback and Jeff Tedford is still the Bucs' offensive coordinator, no matter how it all looked in Friday's 16-10 loss in the preseason o...

Bucs' Barron looking to make a splash

- Safety Mark Barron has shown flashes during his first two NFL seasons.It’s not enough, columnist Martin Fennelly says, and Barron knows it.

Fennelly: Bucs counting on rebuilt offensive line

- Coach Lovie Smith and GM Jason Licht have overhauled the unit, and columnist Martin Fennelly wonders what fans can expect: granite or gelatin?

Fennelly: Brooks deserves spot among greats

- The Pro Football Hall of Fame is a better place now that Derrick Brooks is a member of that elite fraternity, Martin Fennelly writes.

Price trade was expected, but it still stings

- David Price was always going to be traded and it had to be done. He was always going to leave a franchise that can’t afford him. Still, Martin Fennelly says, the Rays didn’t get enough.

Rays shouldn’t think twice on Price if price is right

- That Rays going from last place to relevance complicates matters, but it shouldn’t stop a David Price deal, Martin Fennelly writes.

From beginning, Brooks was Carol’s ‘Bo’

- Carol Brooks, who has known ‘Bo’ since the fourth grade, always made sure football was left at the door. Derrick is a husband and father at home, not a sports celebrity, Martin Fennelly writes.

Derrick Brooks a champion for children, too

- The former Bucs' star will be inducted Saturday into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, but for all of his on-field accolades he also had an unwavering desire to help — especially kids.

Derrick Brooks: What community peers are saying


What community peers are saying about Derrick Brooks:

Rays, Big Babi go at each other again

- You’d never know Tampa Bay is in fourth place and Boston is in last when David Ortiz is at the plate and a Ray is pitching, writes columnist Martin Fennelly.