This Is Not Bucs TMZJune 20th, 2012
Joe appreciates readers that take time to send Joe news tips, as well as letters of thanks and the popular hate mail, which typically starts with “How dare you defend Dominik.“
But look around. Joe’s never had a “tips” button or a “contact us” page. Joe’s really not interested in getting hammered with nonsense when it comes to potential stories. This is not Bucs TMZ. Joe just doesn’t go there when it comes to players’ and coaches’ personal lives.
Joe brings this up now because Joe got hit with a couple of classic pieces of ridiculousness yesterday by two different readers. It’s rare that two of this kind of stuff would arrive in one day, and Joe thought he’d share as a way of telling people what not to send Joe.
The first was a wacky long tale of what was supposedly LeGarrette Blount reacting to a heckler in a Tampa Publix. Joe wrote back to ask the reader how he knew it was Blount, and right on cue the reader replied. “Well, I’m like 80 percent sure it was Blount.”
Next, a reader sent Joe a photo of Josh Freeman sitting in what looked like a very respectable establishment drinking what appears to be a beer as he sits in front of a plate of food. Of course, the reader insisted that Joe publish the photo and share his story about how Freeman had the nerve to consume this drink during an OTA week. … Yeah, like Joe’s going to blast Freeman for allegedly drinking a beer with his dinner.
Joe just thought he’d share to advise readers that this kind of stuff is not what JoeBucsFan.com is all about. Though Joe does enjoy the humor these tales and photos provide.
Joe’s all-time favorite? That has to go to the guy that once sent Joe a nearly inaudible audio file of what allegedly was Geno Hayes being too loud in a movie theater while a film was showing. Second place goes to an email that detailed an alleged conversation with the writer and a Bucs defensive lineman while standing side by side using urinals in a Tampa church bathroom.
Again, Joe appreciates the enthusiasm, but Joe just doesn’t go there.