Happy Birthday To Joe

August 7th, 2014

Six years ago Joe fired up this website and never turned back.

Today, Joe turns six — six full years obsessing 24/7 about all things Bucs on these pages.

It all started with a laptop and a dream. 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, something edgy and fresh and unlike the stale traditional 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.

Joe pounded away for months on these pages writing passionately for almost nobody. 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 that continues to be like no other.

Thankfully, Bucs fans kept coming. Yesterday, JoeBucsFan.com enjoyed 20,000+ actual visits and pages viewed were about 80,000, a rather typical day. Joe’s traffic continues to rise, and it’s reached the point where Joe now is the No. 1 destination for legions of Bucs fans.

The ride has been wild (Joe could write a book about the bizarre sh*t he’s experienced), and Joe appreciates all his readers. While Joe has 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/gifts to help fund his obsession with the Bucs, unattainable women and beer. Joe would love to travel to more Bucs games this year. 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.

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49 Responses to “Happy Birthday To Joe”

  1. ToesOnTheLine Says:

    Happy B’day Joe, ‘beer & wings’ headed your way. In honor of JBF I’ll stop at the local Hooters After work and have the same. Thanks for the site and all the effort you put into it.

    Great thanks, and a great after-work plan. –Joe

  2. Bram N Says:

    Just sent over a small donation, thanks again for all that you do, first place I come every day (multiple times a day) for my Bucs news.

    Appreciate the love. Thanks. –Joe

  3. Joe Says:

    Thanks guys! Much appreciated!

  4. BucNGreat420 Says:

    Happy B-Day Joe. I came to this site 3 years ago, and have never looked back. There is no better Bucs news site around. Thanks for the hard work you do. It must suck to cover your favorite team and get access to your favorite (and not so favorite) players all the time. I feel (envy) for you, man. Keep trudging on!

    Joe enjoys his work. Thanks. –Joe

  5. 911bucs Says:

    Happy B-Day enjoy your lapdance.

    Perhaps a VIP room. Thanks. –Joe

  6. Buccfan37 Says:

    JoeBucsFan, man what a great site for all things Buccaneers! I would donate if you give a physical address. Kudos to the Joes for all your effort.

    Appreciate it. Always a capitalist, you can write to JoeBucsFan at P.O. Box 15435, Clearwater, FL. 33766 –Joe

  7. Buccfan37 Says:

    Never owned a credit card in my entire life, but that don’t mean I’m broke.

  8. Bojim Says:

    Happy Birthday Joe’s. What a great site. Here in Austin we get no Bucs news. You have fulfilled me. A lap dance for you. Hope it’s with Rachel. 😉

    Sadly, it won’t be. But thanks anyway. –Joe

  9. Rob Says:

    Chicken wing wishes and frosty brewed dreams. And hopefully a late night visit from Rachel Watson.

    Wouldn’t that be fantasy football. Thanks. –Joe

  10. leatherballs Says:

    I was fortunate to meet Joe just before he launched the best sports blog on the planet.

    When he said: “I’m starting a site called JoeBucsFan.com, what do you think?”

    I thought and said out loud to him. “Come on dude, it ain’t about football, you just want all the booze and broads that go with it.”

    Happy Birthday Joe! Many returns of the day.

    Thanks. –Joe

  11. D-wood Says:

    Happy birthday joebucsfan. I don’t post but spend way to much of my day on this website. Another round of wings & beer on the way, keep it up.

    Joe will toast a frosty in your honor.–Joe

  12. TheShaz Says:

    Congrats Joe!

    One thing – during that bleak NFL month called July. You had little morsels of info.

    Daily and thru the day updated stories plus the commentary is the magic here.

    Appreciate the kind words. –Joe

  13. Keith Says:

    It’s a Joe’s life! Viva Joe!

  14. BigMacAttack Says:

    Hard to believe I’ve been listening to you talk smack for six years now. Wow, good job, because it has been a great place to ignore my wife.

    Been a long time BigMacAttack. Thanks for hanging in. –Joe

  15. OAR Says:

    Thanks Joe for all the hard work and great Bucs info! A thinking man’s site. I almost feel smarter. Why, just the other day I was picking up dog poop at the park and thought to myself…..I really should get a dog.

    Thanks. Good luck with the dog. LOL. –Joe

  16. Bojim Says:

    @OAR. Dam that’s funny.

  17. Buccinfan Says:

    Thanks joe for all your efforts. A beer for you and me! When are we going to do an actual party? I’d say at a wing house and all loyal JBF fans come, just throwing it out there

    Last time Joe threw a bar party there was an overflow crowd and that left a bad taste in some readers’ mouths. And Joe had half the readership back then. Joe will party again, though. Has to be the right time and right place. A pre-playoffs rally would be awesome! A guy can dream. –Joe

  18. James Pearls Says:

    Joe – A bucs fan living in London, England here. Just want say I love the site – I think I must have discovered it around 5 years ago soon after I got into the NFL and committed myself to the bucs. My few years as a fan have been pretty tough at times (especially as I know no other bucs fans) and checking in on your site (5-10 times daily) is what has helped me get through the dark times (the 3-13, winslow-touchdownvslionsgate etc etc.). HUGE THANKS

    Thank you James! Appreciate the support from across the pond. — Joe

  19. SAMCRO Says:

    Happy Birthday Joe!!!

    It can be frustrating being a Buc fan, so thanks for a service that gives us fans daily Buc news and allows fan participation, and especially a means for us to vent or cheer! We may not always agree but I love the debates. You make me put my Buccaneer thinking cap on daily.

    Cheers!!! Joe!!

  20. Mike10 Says:

    Hey Joe, couldn’t be more grateful for your site. It plays a bigger role in my daily life than my own mother. Love you ma!

    Uh, oh. Don’t want to make mom mad. But those are thoughtful words. Thanks. — Joe

  21. Kevin S Says:

    Don’t comment here very often, but visit the site at least a dozen times a day, and have been doing it for the past 4 years. Pregame feast on it’s way from a loyal reader and infrequent contributor. Definitely my favorite place for Bucs coverage. And Joe – I really hope that we can arrange a pre-playoff party…

  22. Tom Says:

    I’ve been checking your site on a daily basis for the past few years, and though I don’t agree with everything you write, the obvious passion for all things Bucs is more than evident. It’s refreshing to have a media outlet that digs and finds those stories that not everybody else is talking about. Keep up the great work Joe

  23. mpmalloy Says:

    What do you mean by “wacky”?!
    I was thinking “brilliant” would be more apropos.

    Happy Birthday to my favorite internet site.

  24. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    Feels like its been longer, Joe. Great dedication! Great presentation!

    I keep JBF as my homepage for a reason 😉

  25. Bucscanada Says:

    Joe one word: THANK YOU (I guess it was 2)

    Are you coming to the bucs-bills pre-season game? I thought I would ask. Beers and wings for you from a canadian buc that is here pretty much almost daily.

    Currently, a Buffalo road game isn’t on the agenda. Don’t normally travel to preseason road games that are out of state. — Joe

  26. OB Says:


    Happy Birthday and may all of your wishes come true.

    As you know, this is a must see site multiple times a day because of not only the interesting posts you put up but the even more interesting comments by all. The best, in most cases, are your replies to them.

    You have a standing offer, come to the Southshore area and I am buying, just let me know when and where.

    Just think tomorrow begins a new era in Bucs Ball, have a great one.

    Thanks, OB. –Joe

  27. D-Rome Says:

    Congratulations Joe! I’m a frequent reader of JBF and I only tune in to that afternoon drive time blowhard when you are on. You have done a fantastic job! Keep on fighting the good fight….which is way above average commentary in a below average sports radio market.

    Joe’s not fighting, but Joe will continue to press on. Thanks. –Joe

  28. sharkcoasttactical.com Says:

    Dont know what we would do without you. Bucs coverage sucked before you got here. Appreciate everything ya do.! On here at least twice to three times a day.

  29. Shawnbucfan Says:

    Happy birthday joes i read your site numerous times a day . This tends to get me through the excruciating work day. I will consume many adult beverages in your honor, or this just gives me a reason to drink.

    That’s the plan, both to get you through your work day, and maybe to have a late-afternoon cocktail. 🙂 — Joe

  30. BigMacAttack Says:

    Joe, what about a big “Joe Tailgate Party” before a big game like the Saints??? Me and the boys would love stop by and say hey.

    That would be great, but Joe’s not an event planner. Maybe one day Joe will get organized enough (outside of football coverage) to pull something like that off. –Joe

  31. BigMacAttack Says:

    I bet a Joe’s tailgate party would draw thousands. It would be epic!

  32. DB55 Says:

    Happy birthday Joe! Your site is the best!

    Thanks, Mr. Brooks. –Joe

  33. PanhandleBuc28 Says:

    Hey guys just want to say thanks & HAPPY FREAKIN BDAY JOE! A good friend of mine and of course fellow Buc told me about this site about a year ago and I have been hooked ever since! I work up in Ohio and this is a great way to keep up on my Bucs. I visit the site daily and love your honesty and truthful opinions even though we dont always agree on everything. This is the most excited I have been for Bucs football in a Loooooonnnnngggggg time and will be there when we smash the Stinking Panthers and Superwomen!! ITSABUCSLIFE!!!

    Thanks for the compliments. Be sure to tell any other Bucs fans you know about Joe. — Joe

  34. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    Happy B-Day Joe’s! Its been a great ride! Plenty more great years ahead! Cheers!

  35. Orlampa Turd Says:

    Has it been that long? Wow! Congrats Joes! This website has actually made me more productive at work because I no longer have to visit a half dozen different sites to get Bucs news. My boss says thanks!

    Happy to help all Floridians retain their jobs and assist in productive workplaces.. — Joe

  36. Orlampa Turd Says:

    I like BigMacAttack’s tailgate idea. At least once a year you should have some kind of fan appreciation/get together. With the numbers you would draw, I’m sure you could find a few bars/restaurants willing to sponsor it.

  37. Buffaloes Says:

    Congrats! I visit the site multiple times a day. Thanks for the hard work! A toast for the Joes “to many more years for the Joes!”

  38. 1trubuc Says:

    Joe you run the best spot on these ole inner webs for our beloved Bucs! Sit back an Njoy the dance my friend. You deserve more but hope it helps. Happy Birthday !!!

  39. Brandon Says:

    You’re getting lap dances for $20 a piece? Where is this place?

  40. Carls Toe Says:

    Happy 6th B-Day! As long as the 1000 hot Thai women ads stay, I’ll keep coming back!

  41. Tbucsfan Says:

    Happy Birthday Joe. Congrats for having the best Damn blog on the internet.

  42. Mr Magoo Says:

    Thank-you for all the interesting reading about all things Bucs! Sent along a little token of appreciation earlier. Hope you are around for 60 years.

    Thank you, Mr. Magoo. Hopefully, the Bucs will have several titles in that same span.

  43. The don Says:

    Broke now joe , but love the work u do. Friends of mine (panthers fans) ugh….always say they wish they had a site like yours for their team. Thought u might like to hear that.

    Interesting, Don. Hope things improve for ya. — Joe

  44. blackmagic00 Says:

    Happy birthday joe! Loved site from day 1 or maybe 2 haha.

  45. RustyRhinos Says:

    Happy Birthday Joe!
    Thanks you Joe! I Love the site I’ve been here some time myself, not sure how long. Big Thanks to the rest of “us” the readers and the commentators you have put together supporting our Bucs. Voicing our opinions and gruffing at each other and you for some of your own opinions. It has been Fun. Looking forward to many more years.

    Thanks for the P.O.

  46. BigMacAttack Says:

    Is DB55 the real DB55??? HOF’r and my favorite Buc of all time?

  47. Touch_Down_Tampa_Bay Says:

    Happy Belated Birthday Joe(s)!

    thank you for your top notch performance. I’m not able to send you to Hawaii to eat “pineapple” but beer and wings are going your way!

    My offer still stands when I hit the lotto you will be compensated again! 🙂

    Let’s get toe to leather and have a fantastic season! Go Bucs!!!


  48. bucbucbuc Says:


    I’m a Bucs fan all the way out in California and I use this website as a one-stop shop for all my Bucs news – I find myself checking it every hour! Thanks for constantly churning out great content and keep up the good work!!

  49. feelthepewterpower Says:

    Can’t believe it’s been six years already, Joe! Happy A7! Can you repost the first-ever article sometime to bring back memory lane?