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Ira Dissects The Jameis Winston Report, Talks Leakers, A Jameis-Gruden Relationship, Koetter’s Key Card, Doug Martin & The Loch Ness Monster, Blitzes & Much More

Tuesday, December 12th, 2017

Whoa! Armed with all kinds of info and takes, the Sage of Tampa Bay sports is swinging a big stick on many Buccaneers fronts. Tune in right here, or at iTunes, Google Play or Podbean.com. The Ira Kaufman Podcast keeps you informed and entertained every Tuesday & Thursday — and there is no offseason. Click or download above. It’s free and easy. Enjoy!

Who’s The Coach Killer?

Monday, December 11th, 2017

BY IRA KAUFMAN

Gather ’round Buc fans, we’ve got a classic whodunit on our hands.

Somebody wants Dirk Koetter fired, that much is clear. If the Glazers haven’t already made up their minds about whether to bring Koetter back for 2018, the best way to get him out of town is to suggest things have soured between the head coach and the face of the franchise. (more…)

Ira Kaufman’s 10 Takeaways From Bucs-Lions

Sunday, December 10th, 2017

Sage Ira is about as disgusted as most Bucs fans. He shares a neat nugget from Matthew Stafford, and plenty, plenty more.

BY IRA KAUFMAN

The Bucs suffered a blind-side hit before the game even started on Sunday, courtesy of a national report that suggested Dirk Koetter and Jameis Winston have a strained relationship.

Then the Bucs went out and virtually handed the Lions a 24-21 triumph that won’t help the relationship between Koetter and Tampa Bay’s disconsolate fan base.

Undermined by five giveaways, the Bucs assured themselves of a losing season after three months of hard knocks and soft defense.

There were some bright spots amid the darkness, but in the end the Lions took another step toward an NFC Wild Card berth while the Bucs slouched toward a division basement they have grown accustomed to. (more…)

Chucky’s Friday At MacDill

Friday, December 8th, 2017

Chucky talks Bucs and more

BY IRA KAUFMAN 

(A special bonus report from Tampa Bay’s only Pro Football Hall Of Fame Voter. Ira’s NFL picks column will be out tomorrow at its usual time)

Jon Gruden returned to coaching Friday — and he had a blast. (more…)

Ira Talks Mike Smith Future, Fall Guys, Jameis The Player, Head Coach Decision, Gerald McCoy Attitude, Matthew Stafford, Predictions & More

Thursday, December 7th, 2017

The Sage of Tampa Bay sports is swinging a big stick today on many Buccaneers fronts. Tune in right here, or at iTunes, Google Play or Podbean.com. The Ira Kaufman Podcast keeps you informed and entertained every Tuesday & Thursday — and there is no offseason. Click or download above. It’s free and easy. Enjoy!

“Make Mike Evans Great Again”

Wednesday, December 6th, 2017

BY IRA KAUFMAN

Nobody should be surprised that Mike Evans is getting his hands on fewer footballs this season.

After all, the additions of DeSean Jackson and rookies O.J. Howard and Chris Godwin gave Tampa Bay’s passing game more options to complement Cameron Brate and Adam Humphries. I didn’t expect Evans to match his gaudy 2016 numbers: 96 catches for 1,321 yards and 12 touchdowns.

But no one expected this. (more…)

Ira Talks Stunted Jameis Growth, The Talent Vs. Coaching Debate, Glazer Feelers, Faulty Contain, Gruden & The Giants, And More

Tuesday, December 5th, 2017

Ira fires away on the state Jameis Winston, Bucs coaches and so much more. Tune in right here, or at iTunes, Google Play or Podbean.com. The Ira Kaufman Podcast keeps you informed and entertained every Tuesday & Thursday — and there is no offseason. Click or download above. It’s free and easy. Enjoy!

Dumb Play, Revisionist History & Barbra Streisand

Monday, December 4th, 2017

Ira Kaufman is the most beloved, revered and esteemed Buccaneers columnist in town. He has hung his hat at JoeBucsFan.com world headquarters since July 2016. Tampa Bay’s only Pro Football Hall of Fame voter, Ira busts out columns here every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and his award winning podcasts fire Tuesdays and Thursdays. You can also see Ira every football Sunday at 10:30 a.m. on FOX-13, Scott Smith’s Tailgate Sunday.

BY IRA KAUFMAN

George W. Bush was sitting in the Oval Office and Jon David Gruden was stalking the Buc sidelines.

“No Country For Old Men.” was playing on movie screens and the Bucs proved that a year later with a veteran purge that included Derrick Brooks.

Alicia Keys topped the charts with “No One,” while Legally Blonde debuted on Broadway.

Yes, Buc fans, it was the winter of 2007, and yes, it seems like a century ago. (more…)

Ira Kaufman’s 10 Takeaways From Bucs-Packers

Sunday, December 3rd, 2017

BY IRA KAUFMAN

They played hard, they played physical … and they lost.

Blame this setback on lack of football smarts. Tampa Bay kicked Green Bay’s rump up and down Lambeau Field all afternoon in a game the Packers simply had to have. (more…)

Ira Kaufman’s Week 13 Picks Against The Spread

Saturday, December 2nd, 2017

Joe has challenged Ira Kaufman, Tampa Bay’s only Hall of Fame voter, to pick against the spread this season for a $500 prize. Every Friday, Ira types out his picks for each Sunday and Monday game. If Ira hits at 53 percent or better for the regular season, then he gets $500 in gift cards to Abe’s Place in Clearwater, home of historically amazing food and 44 craft beers on tap. Feel free to send Ira your stone cold locks on Twitter, @ikaufman76. The sage of Tampa Bay sports always appreciates a tip.

BY IRA KAUFMAN

At this point, a 6-6 record against the spread is enough to touch off a celebration around the Christmas tree. (more…)

Ira Talks Jameis Return, Jameis Decisions, Mike Smith, Drive Killers, Locker Room Observations, Green Bay Expectations, And Much More

Thursday, November 30th, 2017

Ira is dialed in with firm thoughts on the return of Jameis Winston and so much more. Tune in right here, or at iTunes, Google Play or Podbean.com. The Ira Kaufman Podcast keeps you informed and entertained every Tuesday & Thursday — and there is no offseason. Click or download above. It’s free and easy. Enjoy!

Put The Blame In The Right Place

Wednesday, November 29th, 2017

BY IRA KAUFMAN

Let’s not pin this all on little Ryan Smith.

It was Smith’s misfortune to be matched up often against Julio Jones Sunday in Atlanta, where one of the NFL’s premier wide receivers torched the Bucs all afternoon. (more…)

Ira Talks The Latest On The Jameis Investigation, Single-Player Beatings, Atlanta Locker Room, Playcalling, Pass Blocking, Fitzpatrick Leverage, Dirk Koetter Hot Seat Read & Much More

Tuesday, November 28th, 2017

Recorded in Atlanta following the Bucs-Falcons game, the sage of Tampa Bay sports fires away on all kinds of Bucs subjects. Tune in right here, or at iTunes, Google Play or Podbean.com. The Ira Kaufman Podcast keeps you informed and entertained every Tuesday & Thursday — and there is no offseason. Click or download above. It’s free and easy. Enjoy!

Bucs Officials Restrained Todd Monken From Atlanta Fans; Adrian Clayborn Speaks & More

Monday, November 27th, 2017

Ira Kaufman is the most beloved, revered and esteemed Buccaneers columnist in town. He has hung his hat at JoeBucsFan.com world headquarters since July 2016. Tampa Bay’s only Pro Football Hall of Fame voter, Ira busts out columns here every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and his award winning podcasts fire Tuesdays and Thursdays. You can also see Ira every football Sunday at 10:30 a.m. on FOX-13, Scott Smith’s Tailgate Sunday.

BY IRA KAUFMAN

Postcard from Atlanta.

First look at cavernous Mercedes-Benz Stadium, check.

Tasty beet salad at the world’s busiest airport, check.

Buc victory? Not so fast. (more…)

Ira Kaufman’s 10 Takeaways From Bucs-Falcons

Sunday, November 26th, 2017

Ira takes you inside the locker room and more

Ira Kaufman is the most beloved, revered and esteemed Buccaneers columnist in town. He has hung his hat at JoeBucsFan.com world headquarters since July 2016. Tampa Bay’s only Pro Football Hall of Fame voter, Ira busts out columns here every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and his award winning podcasts fire Tuesdays and Thursdays. You can also see Ira every football Sunday at 10:30 a.m. on FOX-13, Scott Smith’s Tailgate Sunday.

BY IRA KAUFMAN

My only road trip of the season ended in heartache for the visitors and relief for the surging Falcons.

Tampa Bay made it interesting for awhile in the second half, but the Bucs failed to make the plays necessary to extend their winning streak to three games. One look at the face of dejected GM Jason Licht in the locker room and you knew there are no moral victories in the NFL. (more…)

Ira’s Week 12 Weekend Picks Against The Spread

Saturday, November 25th, 2017

Joe has challenged Ira Kaufman, Tampa Bay’s only Hall of Fame voter, to pick against the spread this season for a $500 prize. Every Friday, Ira types out his picks for each Sunday and Monday game. If Ira hits at 53 percent or better for the regular season, then he gets $500 in gift cards to Abe’s Place in Clearwater, home of historically amazing food and 44 craft beers on tap. Feel free to send Ira your stone cold locks on Twitter, @ikaufman76. The sage of Tampa Bay sports always appreciates a tip.

BY IRA KAUFMAN

It’s the holiday season, a time for giving.

In that spirit, NFL odds-makers are giving away lots of points this weekend. Four teams are favored by at least 10 points at home and the Falcons are just short of that spread against the Bucs on Sunday.

I’ve been giving away too many games against the spread during this wacky season, which has seen the surprising rise of the Rams, Eagles, Saints and Vikings as division leaders. (more…)

Ira Talks Wednesday Locker Room Impressions, Defensive Attitude, QB Controversy Nonsense, Atlanta Predictions, Hall Semifinalists, Pizza And Zeppoles On Thanksgiving, And Much More

Thursday, November 23rd, 2017

It’s Thanksgiving, but Ira is still firing away with Joe, recorded at One Buc Palace yesterday. All kinds of stuff on the table, as always. Tune in right here, or at iTunes, Google Play or Podbean.com. The Ira Kaufman Podcast keeps you informed and entertained every Tuesday & Thursday — and there is no offseason. Click or download above. It’s free and easy. Enjoy!

Smart Calls From The Hall

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017

Ira Kaufman is the most beloved, revered and esteemed Buccaneers columnist in town. He has hung his hat at JoeBucsFan.com world headquarters since July 2016. Tampa Bay’s only Pro Football Hall of Fame voter, Ira busts out columns here every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and his award winning podcasts fire Tuesdays and Thursdays. You can also see Ira every football Sunday at 10:30 a.m. on FOX-13, Scott Smith’s Tailgate Sunday.

BY IRA KAUFMAN

Bravo to my fellow selectors.

The men and women on the Pro Football Hall of Fame voting board were smart enough to choose three ex-Buccaneers among the 27 semi-finalists for the Class of 2018.

There is one more hurdle to cross before John Lynch, Ronde Barber and Simeon Rice make it into that Minneapolis discussion room on the day before the Super Bowl.

In January, the list of 27 former players will be whittled down to 15 modern-day finalists whose accomplishments will be debated by 48 selectors, including yours truly. (more…)