Ira Joins Mike Florio On Pro Football Talk Live At 7:30 A.M. On NBC Sports Radio

July 25th, 2016


Mere hours after Joe announced to the sports universe the full-time addition of Pro Football Hall of Fame selector eye-RAH! Kaufman to world headquarters, eye-RAH! will join the creator, curator and overall guru of, the great Mike Florio, live this morning on NBC Sports Radio at 7:30 a.m.

In case you don’t know where to hear NBC Sports Radio, never fear. Joe has you covered. You can listen to the broadcast streamed from the NBC Sports Radio website right here. It’s also heard locally on WHBO-AM 1040.


Also, the first of three weekly columns from eye-RAH! debuts later today right here on

Challenge Each Other

July 25th, 2016
Input is good.

Input is good.

Until the Bucs kickoff training camp at One Buc Palace Thursday, Joe will try to get in the mind of defensive coordinator Mike Smith.

Joe will regularly deliver excerpts and/or highlights from Smith’s book, “You Win in the Locker Room,” available on Google Play and iTunes. [read more]

Do Training Camp In Style With Free Lunch

Saturday, July 23rd, 2016

July 30 and July 31 will feature your Buccaneers in pads practicing real football for the first time all summer.

Watch them at One Buc Palace via a chauffeured luxury minibus and enjoy the best damn lunch around. Grab your seat at

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Morning Cup Of Joe From

July 25th, 2016

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Start your day with the Morning Cup of Joe from And don’t forget to visit for the 2016 calendar, amazing videos, pictures and cool gifts. It’s Joe’s second favorite website.

For those wondering why Joe wasn’t keen at all on the Bucs signing suspended headcase Aldon Smith. [CSNBayArea]

Is cord-cutting overrated? Joe swears if he could get the NFL and MLB networks streamed online, he’d cord-cut six months a year. [WRALSportsFan]

Confusing cops for strippers sounds like a one-way trip to jail. [NBC News]

Triumph the Insult Comic Dog raids the GOP convention. [Variety]

Nitwit throws a fake bomb into an NYPD van and then barricades himself inside another vehicle. In the aftermath, the suspect was reported to be undergoing a psychiatric evaluation. Guessing this stooge has had a helluva last few days. [Reuters]

Uh, oh. Is Donald Trump going to hire Roger Ailes to oversee his campaign? [CNN]

Cop vs. Tampa Pokemon Go addict = taser: “Interlock your fingers… or I will light you up again.” [WTSP]

Has Tim Beckham finally figured it out? [JoeRaysFan]



July 24th, 2016

Does Jason Licht agree with Bill Polian?

Ahh, the smell of football and the fruity scent of Bucs cheerleaders. The Tampa Bay season gets in full swing this week!!

You know it’s close when general manager Jason Licht is talking. [read more]


July 24th, 2016

jameis 0924America’s Quarterback, Jameis Winston, was talking last week. [read more]

Expect Improvement

July 24th, 2016
Can he rebound?

Can he rebound?

No, Joe is not a fantasy kind of guy, but Todd Wright will fill that void in a matter of days. [read more]

Gosder Cherilus’ Seat

July 24th, 2016
Job security discussed.

Job security discussed.

As training camp opens Thursday — yes, four days away — the Bucs are like a lot of teams: their borderline players with hefty salaries should not sleep easily at night. [read more]

Bucs Add A Receiver With A Ring

July 23rd, 2016

KrauseIt’s not exactly a Roddy White signing, but Joe is pumped up to see the Bucs add new blood to their receiving corps this afternoon. [read more]

Ira Talks “Unknown Quantities,” Liberation, Receivers “Falling Out Of Trees,” & Demands Accountability

July 23rd, 2016


It’s the inaugural Ira Kaufman podcast!

If you missed the big news, Tampa Bay’s only Pro Football Hall of Fame voter is now a full-time member of the team, presented by Ed Morse Cadillac Tampa and Ed Morse Cadillac Brandon.  eye-RAH! will deliver at least a few columns per week — first one Monday — but eye-RAH! also will sit down with Joe for two or three weekly podcasts on all things Bucs.

Listen or download below. (And a little tease, in the next podcast coming Tuesday, eye-RAH! tells an Austin Seferian-Jenkins story that will leave you shaking your head.)

How Far Will Koetter Go To Protect Players?

July 23rd, 2016
Marching to his own drum, as promised.

Marching to his own drum, as promised.

Dirk Koetter made changes designed to make life more comfortable and less draining for players in the spring and summer.

It’s got Joe studying just how far Koetter will push that line of thinking. [read more]

Working In Spence

July 23rd, 2016
How to get him on the field.

How to get him on the field.

Generally, second-round picks are not meant to ride the pine. [read more]

ASJ No. 43

July 23rd, 2016
Stathead has ugly numbers.

Stathead has ugly numbers.

No, it is not a good thing when a 2014 second-round pick virtually every football person believes has loads of talent is a No. 3 or No. 2 tight end entering training camp. [read more]

JoeBucsFan Hires Ira Kaufman, Tampa Bay’s Only Hall Of Fame Voter. Full-Time Status Starts Now.

July 22nd, 2016


There’s a new locker at world headquarters.

The name plate across the top reads, “Custodian.” But this guy won’t be cleaning up Joe’s empty Papa John’s boxes and beer bottles.

It’s for the Custodian of Canton, Ira Kaufman, the Tampa Bay area’s only voter for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. eye-RAH! is now a very proud member of the family.

Bucs and NFL fans know Ira best for his 25 years at The Tampa Tribune, and they’ve been entertained by him for years on local and national sports radio. Those with SiriusXM know Ira is a weekly, football-season guest of Chris “Mad Dog” Russo, and he’s a popular interview of PFT Live host Mike Florio on NBC Sports Radio. Ira also does plenty of TV analysis in the Tampa Bay area, where his distinct style sets him apart.

Unleashed. Finally!

What’s so special about Ira’s arrival at Joe has removed Ira’s corporate shackles. No longer will a newspaper editor stuck in the 20th century stifle Ira’s powerful opinions.

No longer will Ira lose mind-numbing battles to get real news to Bucs fans.

Ira’s sources from 40 years in the business are top shelf. Joe will even dare say they’re the very best in town when it comes to the Bucs.

Joe has no leash or limits on Ira. There will be no editorial meetings or orders. Ira will get to speak his mind freely, even if that means throwing sharp daggers at Joe. And yes, Joe will blast Ira when it’s deserved.

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The standout leadership teams at Ed Morse Cadillac Brandon and Ed Morse Cadillac Tampa have made this all possible on

All of Ira’s work will be presented by Ed Morse Cadillac Tampa and Ed Morse Cadillac Brandon. True Hall of Fame customer care and service — standing behind Tampa Bay’s Hall of Fame voice. It was a natural.

Family owned and operated Ed Morse is celebrating its 70th year, and Joe has been proud to call them partners. Joe’s family has purchased three Ed Morse vehicles since 2011.

The Workload readers will get three columns weekly from Ira at a minimum. Ira will be roaming the halls and fields of One Buc Palace digging up all kinds of goodies.

Also, The Ira Kaufman Podcast will be heard at least twice weekly right here, fully downloadable for your listening convenience.

Some surprises are in store, too. And, of course, Ira will be live in Canton next month at the 2016 Hall of Fame ceremonies, also working the room at private parties for Eddie DeBartolo and Father Dungy. There will be plenty to share.

Ira also will make personal appearances around town and mingle with Bucs fans.

Lastly, for those worried Joe is going to relax a bit with Ira on board, stop being ridiculous. Joe plans to hammer away on all things Bucs as much or more than ever.

Huuuge Announcement Today At 4 P.M.

July 22nd, 2016

greg schiano bullhornJoe is fired up to deliver a truly landmark announcement at 4 p.m.

And since it is such a big deal, Joe insisted on delivering the news live on WDAE-AM 620, in studio with the dean of Tampa Bay sports radio, Steve Duemig.

All Joe will type now is that the news is a real bonus for readers, and one that will significantly upgrade the Tampa Bay sports media landscape.