Happy Birthday To Joe

August 7th, 2012

Four years ago Joe hit the go button on this website and never turned back.

Today is Joe’s fourth birthday, as Joe embarks on his fifth season of publicly obsessing about all things Bucs on these here pages.

About two years before JoeBucsFan.com was born, Joe hatched a plan to cover the Buccaneers in a way that would entertain and interest Joe, nothing like anything that was out there in the traditional and stale media. A defunct site called JoeNetsFan.com was the inspiration for the name and the spirit. But Joe decided to bring a different angle, the whole third-person “Joe” thing.

For many months Joe was grinding and pounding on these pages writing passionately for almost nobody, only hundreds per day. Traffic grew while Joe endured endless personal attacks, the result of rattling the cages of Bucs fans, the Bucs organization, and Joe’s media brethren.

But Joe pressed on, confident that fans were buying into Joe’s unique brand of journalism, a hybrid news/commentary blog that continues to be like no other.

Thankfully, the fans kept coming, and yesterday JoeBucsFan.com enjoyed about 16,000 actual visits, a rather typical day.

Joe’s traffic continues to rise and has reached the point where Joe now is the No. 1 destination for legions of Bucs fans. In fact, multiple independent surveys of Internet traffic place Joe as the most popular Bucs-only site around.

It’s been a fun ride (Joe could write a book about all the bizarre sh*t he’s experienced), and Joe appreciates all his readers. While Joe has his share of wacky daily commenters, the typical reader around here only comes once a week or so, and Joe is thankful to all of you.

In the birthday spirit, Joe is seeking donations to help fund his obsessions with the Bucs, babes and beer. Thanks in advance for those who choose to give Joe a birthday gift. Your cash will help drive Joe to new heights, or new lows, depending on your perspective.

Gift options for Joe of JoeBucsFan.com

33 Responses to “Happy Birthday To Joe”

  1. lurker Says:

    happy birthday, joes.

    i made a quick donation, mostly as a thank you for the missing annoying activex popout!

  2. Tom Says:

    Still awake out here on the West coast. Happy to be the first to wish your site a happy B-Day and a thank you for providing my favorite Bucs blog.

  3. Enjoiadrian Says:

    Happy Birthday Joe!!! This is truly my favorite buccaneers website, I come here everyday!

  4. BOb Says:

    sorry joe, i help buy your beer every time you walk in a bar every other day……today is no different for “BOb”. i click on your ads all the time because i know what it does…. pandering for tips seems a little over the top and most of all desperately weird. just sayin bro! yikes

  5. BOb Says:

    oh and with that said, you are my favorite bucs site. i click the link about once every…….uhhhhh 3 hours (maybe more than that). check the stats if possible.

    “stats are for losers”

  6. MadMax Says:

    Great site you have here Joe….just started visiting about a month ago…you and Bucsnation are my “gotta go to” favorites….Bucsnation is always sending you props too.

  7. Andrew Says:

    joe ill make you a deal. you ban thomas 2.moron and ill make that 100 dollar donation.

    happy birthday.

  8. Bobby in SoCal Says:

    Happy Bday Joe , I come to your site at a minimum of 8 time a day and occasionally click on the ads just cause. Absolutely my favorite news site. I would have bought you a beer if you had a PayPal option.

  9. Ali Says:

    Happy Birthday Joe! (is there still 2 Joe’s?) I try to visit daily! I rarely ever comment but ya gotta give the man his props!!! Keep up the great work!

  10. Morgan Says:

    Happy Birthday JoeBucsFan. Have a draft on me. Just remember, don’t drink and drive. Appreciate the news you bring in your blog.

  11. Bobby Says:

    Joe, thanks for keeping my Bucs fever from killing me in the off season and really all year long. Best site for Bucs…period.

  12. Deminion Says:

    Happy bday Joe thanks for Hvn the best Bucs site yur the man!!

  13. Mr Lucky Says:

    Hey Joe, thanks for the many years of Bucs coverage.

    Have a Caybrew on Mr. Lucky….remember them?

  14. McBuc Says:

    Joe’s, great job over the last four years. I visit this site more than the intranet at work! It did take me some time to get used to the third person commentary, but now I would not ask you to change it for anything. Best coverage on the web for Bucs info.

  15. admin Says:

    Joe here,

    Thanks for the kind words, men. And Joe appreciates those who served up Joe a gift. Personal thank you notes will go out this week.

    @Mr. Lucky – Yes, Joe remembers and longs for Caybrew. Unfortunately, the local importer got out of the business. So you now you’ll have to go to the Cayman Islands to find one.

  16. Fear The Glow Says:

    I used to check the Bucs site, both newspaper sites, espn and several other pages daily for Bucs news. Now I pretty much only go here. Whatever you’ve been doing Joe, it’s working.

  17. Mitch Says:

    Happy Birthday Joe!

  18. RastaMon Says:

    Congratualtions for the gamble you took …hard work and sucess !

  19. big007hed Says:

    Ive been coming here for a few years now and love it… Best Bucs coverage and with real commentary… I check multiple times a day and love the game day coverage mostly! Have a good birthday JoeBucsFan

  20. AtlBucsFan Says:

    Happy birthday Joe!

  21. OAR Says:

    Happy Birthday JoeBucs! Great site, keep up all the hard work! Thanks again!
    BTW tried to get Rachel Watson to sing Happy Birthday for you Marilyn Monroe style but she couldnt find a babysitter!

  22. Joe Says:

    Thanks for all the kind words guys.

  23. Ian_620WDAE Says:

    Happy Birthday Joe! I appreciate and respect all the hard work the JBF team has done to build this site into something I enjoy coming to on a daily basis. I may not always agree with your opinions but that’s the point.

    Keeping doing what you do and I look forward to seeing bigger and even better from JBF in the future.

  24. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Says:

    Happy Birthday Joe!!! This is my favorite Buccaneers website, I come here and post everyday!
    I sent 100.00, because as a businessman myself, I know Joe ain’t exactly getting rich from this site. In my experience, Advertisers can be quite “frugal”, and don’t always pay on time, if some of them even pay at all.

  25. raphael Says:

    happy b-day joe

  26. NJBucsFan Says:

    Happy birthday Joe.

    Favorite line : Today is Joe’s fourth birthday, as Joe

  27. Bucnjim Says:

    Happy Birthday & continued success! We all appeciate the hard work that goes into making JBF work. Keep it up because I’ve been hooked for a few years now!

  28. Mavsmoney Says:


    I read come to your site at least 3 times a day. I respect what you are doing here, not only from a business standpoint, but also for the community. There are not many venues that avid bucs fans can use to fill that void in our hearts.
    Although us fans will never be satisfied with the amount of coverage of our beloved team, we appreciate the effort and skill that you put into your work.

    Thank you Joes.

  29. admin Says:

    Joe here,

    @MavsMoney – Mighty nice words. Thanks.

  30. JGLAZER Says:


    Keep up the good work. With your efforts we might get a few people in the stands this year and keep my pocket full of cash until my next public offering.

    Seriously, love the site. Great job of mixing business and pleasure. Too many great things about this site. Really helps fill the void during the off season. Really helps fill in the detail during the season.

    Great job!

  31. Brazilian Bucsfan Says:

    Happy Birthday Joe, and the thx for the great work you have been done for us.

  32. Joe Says:

    Thanks for all the kind words guys. Much appreciated.

  33. TBone47 Says:

    Being on the west coast now it takes me a while to check in . Thank’s Joe for all you do . You keep me up to date and it is appreciated .I was a little shocked that you didn’t have a donation for some bushmills .. My drink of choice. So use my donation to buy yourself a shot and a toast to the the new Schiano era!