About Joe

Joe isn’t your typical fan blogger. In the real world, the guys who write as “Joe” have 50+ years of professional sportswriting experience combined. They’ve won writing and reporting awards from the Associated Press Sports Editors, the Florida Press Club and the Florida Press Association, among others.

So big deal; Joe can write. What’s important is Joe’s a crazed Buccaneers fan who lives, breathes and craps football. Joe also spends time in the Bucs’ locker room, has fantastic sources, and knows more about the team than most.

JoeBucsFan.com delivers daily commentary that will make you laugh, think and throw stuff at your computer. But Joe also breaks news, keeps you informed and provides must-read takes you won’t find anywhere else. Call it a hybrid blog for the 21st century.

Yes, JoeBucsFan.com is a fully credentialed media outlet by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the NFL. Joe routinely attends Bucs road games, Super Bowl week events, the NFL Scouting Combine, the NFL Owners Meetings, the Pro Bowl and more.

The Launch

Since its first post on August 7, 2008, JoeBucsFan.com has enjoyed more than 45 million actual visits to the site. More than 34,000 posts about the Bucs have been published, eclipsing the other major Bucs media outlets combined in that time period.

The Tampa Bay Business Journal took notice in 2010 and then again in 2011, as JoeBucsFan.com and its family of websites and affiliations emerged as a major force in local sports media. Business Insider even questioned the head of ESPN.com about the popularity of JoeBucsFan.com.

You’ve heard Joe as a guest many times on WDAE-AM 620, the Buccaneers’ flagship radio station, including the weekly “JoeBucsFan.com Hour” on the top-rated Steve Duemig Show from 2013 through 2017.

In 2009, CBS-TV sought Joe for reaction to Jon Gruden’s firing. Joe also was a frequent guest on the defunct CBS Sports Radio 1010 AM with J.P. Peterson, when he hosted Happy Hour with J.P., and with “The Commish,” Justin Pawlowski. Joe also was a host and guest on the former sports radio 98.7 FM after its launch in August 2012. And Joe appeared many times with The Fabulous Sports Babe on the local ESPN Radio affiliate. Joe also shared plenty of time with Ozzie the Sports Junkie, when he was heard on WTMY-AM 1280 in Sarasota.

Some JoeBucsFan.com stories have been so significant that Joe was interviewed for a news update on “The Howard Stern Show,” available exclusively on SiriusXM radio. Also, Joe’s writings were featured for discussion on the nationally syndicated Jim Rome Show, as well as ESPN’s Rome is Burning. Even the print world has called upon Joe; ESPN The Magazine used Joe as a source for a feature story on former Bucs tight end Kellen Winslow.

In 2010, JoeBucsFan.com created the popular Blackout Tour with Paradise Worldwide Transportation. The Blackout Tour was featured in the St. Petersburg Times, The Tampa Tribune and on many Tampa Bay and Fort Myers television stations, as well as on NBCSports.com.

Stories on JoeBucsFan.com have been picked up by popular national sports sites, including SI.com, TheBigLead.com, ProFootballTalk.com and Deadspin.com. Quotes from JoeBucsFan.com have appeared in major newspapers around the country and at NFL.com, as well. Joe is proud of breaking many news stories every football season.

Premier Partnerships

In 2010, Joe expanded his partnership with ClearChannel Radio (now iHeart Media) and WDAE-AM 620. Joe also crafted and ran the wildly successful “No Excuses Tour” to Tropicana Field. The No Excuses Tour transported 2,000+ Tampa-area baseball fans to Rays games from 2011-2013, and it was featured on Bay News 9 television. Joe also crafted a cross-promotional partnership with WTSP-TV, Ch. 10, which began in August 2011.

In 2012, JoeBucsFan.com nearly doubled its traffic and emerged as the No. 1 source for Bucs news and commentary. Another record year followed in 2013, and new monthly Internet traffic levels were achieved on JoeBucsFan.com in March 2014.

In October 2015, Joe teamed with Todd Wright, a longtime ESPN Radio voice and well known for his years on Tampa Bay radio, to launch a series of unique, fun and affordable golf tournaments in the Tampa Bay area (JoeBucsFan.com/golf). The series has been a stunning success through 16 events.

JoeBucsFan.com traffic soared further in 2015, and a new monthly unique visitors record was achieved in January 2016. That record was toppled in March 2016, and new records were set again in March 2017.

Just under 7 million actual visits were recorded to JoeBucsFan.com in 2017.

Securing The Pro Football Hall Of Fame Vote

In July of 2016, JoeBucsFan.com added renowned writer Ira Kaufman to the family. Kaufman is the only Pro Football Hall of Fame voter representing the Tampa Bay market, and he’s a member of the Hall’s prestigious senior selection committee.

Kaufman pumps out three columns and two podcasts every week, and he is heard on numerous local and national radio shows. Kaufman also is the Bay area’s only voter for the Associated Press All-Pro teams and for their prestigious NFL-wide honors.

The Ira Kaufman Podcast has been ranked for 10 consecutive months and counting on the Google Play Podcast “top charts,” which covers all genres of podcasts nationwide. No other Tampa Bay area podcast makes the list.

Also in July 2016, JoeBucsFan.com joined forces again with Todd Wright for a weekly fantasy football podcast targeting daily and league players. And Joe also launched and sold out the Training Camp Express, which transported fans to Bucs practices (two years in a row now) from Abe’s Place in Clearwater, Fla. The fantasy podcast was a huge success. It runs year-round and jumped to three times weekly during the 2012 season.

In September 2016, Justin Pawlowski, aka The Commish, joined the JoeBucsFan.com family. A former voice on the Buccaneers Radio Network and currently part of the University of South Florida Football broadcast team, Justin’s widly popular Bucs Uncensored podcast airs new episodes on JoeBucsFan.com every Monday and Wednesday year-round.

Kaufman and Pawlowski’s podcasts are more popular in iTunes rankings and Podbean subscriptions than podcasts produced by the Buccaneers Radio Network and local major media.

In October 2016, the inaugural “Jason Light Ale,” brewed by Big Top Brewing Company, was launched by JoeBucsFan.com. The beer is named for Bucs general manager Jason Licht, who approved his likeness to be used in marketing the product. Served exclusively at Abe’s Place in Clearwater, the beer sold out during its limited run.

Video Style

Multimedia expansion led to more exclusive JoeBucsFan.com video in 2015, including dispatching a video crew to the Pro Bowl in Hawaii for exclusive interviews.

In April 2017, veteran Tampa Bay sports television broadcaster and sports radio personality Rock Riley joined the JoeBucsFan family. The Lunch With Real Rock Riley was a popular, thrice-weekly feature through the year.