JoeBucsFan Hires Ira Kaufman, Tampa Bay’s Only Hall Of Fame Voter. Full-Time Status Starts Now.

July 22nd, 2016


There’s a new locker at world headquarters.

The name plate across the top reads, “Custodian.” But this guy won’t be cleaning up Joe’s empty Papa John’s boxes and beer bottles.

It’s for the Custodian of Canton, Ira Kaufman, the Tampa Bay area’s only voter for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. eye-RAH! is now a very proud member of the family.

Bucs and NFL fans know Ira best for his 25 years at The Tampa Tribune, and they’ve been entertained by him for years on local and national sports radio. Those with SiriusXM know Ira is a weekly, football-season guest of Chris “Mad Dog” Russo, and he’s a popular interview of PFT Live host Mike Florio on NBC Sports Radio. Ira also does plenty of TV analysis in the Tampa Bay area, where his distinct style sets him apart.

Unleashed. Finally!

What’s so special about Ira’s arrival at Joe has removed Ira’s corporate shackles. No longer will a newspaper editor stuck in the 20th century stifle Ira’s powerful opinions.

No longer will Ira lose mind-numbing battles to get real news to Bucs fans.

Ira’s sources from 40 years in the business are top shelf. Joe will even dare say they’re the very best in town when it comes to the Bucs.

Joe has no leash or limits on Ira. There will be no editorial meetings or orders. Ira will get to speak his mind freely, even if that means throwing sharp daggers at Joe. And yes, Joe will blast Ira when it’s deserved.

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The standout leadership teams at Ed Morse Cadillac Brandon and Ed Morse Cadillac Tampa have made this all possible on

All of Ira’s work will be presented by Ed Morse Cadillac Tampa and Ed Morse Cadillac Brandon. True Hall of Fame customer care and service — standing behind Tampa Bay’s Hall of Fame voice. It was a natural.

Family owned and operated Ed Morse is celebrating its 70th year, and Joe has been proud to call them partners. Joe’s family has purchased three Ed Morse vehicles since 2011.

The Workload readers will get three columns weekly from Ira at a minimum. Ira will be roaming the halls and fields of One Buc Palace digging up all kinds of goodies.

Also, The Ira Kaufman Podcast will be heard at least twice weekly right here, fully downloadable for your listening convenience.

Some surprises are in store, too. And, of course, Ira will be live in Canton next month at the 2016 Hall of Fame ceremonies, also working the room at private parties for Eddie DeBartolo and Father Dungy. There will be plenty to share.

Ira also will make personal appearances around town and mingle with Bucs fans.

Lastly, for those worried Joe is going to relax a bit with Ira on board, stop being ridiculous. Joe plans to hammer away on all things Bucs as much or more than ever.

77 Responses to “JoeBucsFan Hires Ira Kaufman, Tampa Bay’s Only Hall Of Fame Voter. Full-Time Status Starts Now.”

  1. Rfalias Says:

    Love it!!! Looking forward to all the insight

  2. The Buc Realist Says:

    This was a Huuuge Coup for Joebucsfan!!! They just turned a prominent member and mouthpiece for Tampa2 Mafia!!! Welcome aboard Ira!!! But you have to earn your strips and I for one will be keeping an eye on you so you fly straight!!!!!

  3. Phillip Says:

    Congrats Ira

  4. Clodhopper Says:

    That’s huge!!! Great job Joe and I look forward to all the articles

  5. BigMacAttack Says:

    This is great news! Let’s go Ira!! Let’s go Bucs!!!

  6. salish_seamonster Says:

    Well, at least we might have someone with a clue writing articles now.

  7. Buc2015 Says:

    Great news …. welcome, Ira

  8. Buccfan37 Says:

    I believe Ira is a hot commodity in sports talk. Congrats JBF and Ira!

  9. Jameis Christ Says:

    This is amazing news! JoeBucsFan just got even better than it already was. Can’t wait to read Ira’s columns. Congrats to Ira and Joe!

  10. Rrsrq Says:


  11. K2 Says:


  12. BIG IRISH Says:

    OUTSTANDING!!! Welcome aboard!!!
    Hey Joe! How about doing something with fantasy football @ Hooters?

  13. Ben the Ga Buc Says:

    That’s fantastic! Welcome, Ira!

  14. ATLBucs Fan Says:

    Welcome aboard Ira! Can’t wait to hear your opinions in and about Bucs and football industry!

  15. kaput Says:

    Great news!!

    I hope he gets to keep that Hall of Fame voting status. If anyone has earned it, it’s him!!

  16. DB55 Says:

    Ira is in trouble already. First article is to lay-off McCoy. Lol, I hope you have enough ammo son. Don’t blame your best players? Only if they have k-y hands I guess or if they don’t have a beautiful smile.

  17. LifeOfABucFan Says:

    And get Miko to have her column too and we will be on our way to corner sports column market!! Go Tampa!!

    This is Huuugggggeeee…

  18. Rfalias Says:

    @DB55 uhh no its not, he just said on DAE it’s an article about laying off McCoy, because yeah, he is actually good.

  19. tbucs Says:

    awesome great news. Go joebucs

  20. Pete Says:

    I am delighted.
    Great addition!!!

  21. Rfalias Says:

    I guess that’s ambiguous, lay off as in stop criticizing him so damn much. Not lay off like NASA layoff

  22. Joe Says:

    Ira keeps his Hall of Fame vote.

  23. Jason Says:

    Outstanding!!!! Although you gotta make Ira an honorary Joe… Maybe Joira?

    Welcome aboard the crazy train Ira, where the Tampa 2 is shat upon and the facts don’t matter! 😜

  24. salish_seamonster Says:

    Rename to and release the Joes.

  25. LakeLandBuc Says:

    Typical hire for the Bucs, Bucs blog, and Bucs fans loves it…Hiring another RETREAD.

  26. Trubucfan22 Says:

    I have 1 request…. Can he please write articles in the third person?! either under the “Joe” name or “Ira”. Makes not difference to me. I just need that great third person perspective.

  27. joe slim Says:

    Finally…..someone to class this joint up!

  28. D-Rome Says:

    Wow, some of you commenters were spot on earlier about Ira. This is great news to the site. Congratulations to the Joe’s and Ira. This is great news and I’m happy for all involved.

  29. Bob in Valrico Says:

    well congratulations to Joe for pulling off this move and congratulations to Ira.

  30. Pickgrin Says:

    Congrats to JBF for landing this level of talent, experience and connections.

    Congrats to Ira for finding employment related to covering the Buccaneers and maintaining his HOF vote.

    Thanks to Ed Morse Cadillac for paying for this arrangement.

    I look forward to reading Ira’s posts. Yet one more reason to be excited about the 2016 season.

  31. johnnythemoon Says:

    As a diehard for 40 years now this is awesome .Congrats to both .

  32. SeattleBuc Says:


  33. FartinMartin Says:

    So, Ira won’t be creating Mobs ? Smart.

  34. Fred E. Buc Says:

    Ira, you are no Tom Jones. You are no Rick Stroud. You are not even close to Greg Auman. You lack their writing style; your sports knowledge isn’t the same as theirs. And to that I say THANK GOD FOR IRA! There are few in the Tampa Bay area who do the Bucs and Bucs fans any justice. The others above are awful. GOOD JOB BY JOE BUCS FAN, the ONLY REAL reporter of Bucs news.

  35. Fred E. Buc Says:

    Oh, did I say Tom Jones sucks? Just checking.

  36. BuccaneEric75 Says:

    Ira AND a podcast! Perfect! JBF just went BIG time! Thanks, Joes. Good luck Ira!

  37. Defense Rules Says:

    Great news! Have always enjoyed your perspectives about the Bucs Ira. As Jason said … “Welcome aboard the crazy train.”

  38. Kobe Faker Says:

    “I wanted to be drafted by the Tampa Bay Bucs and play in front of Ira Kaufman and poster Kobe Faker” Sterling Shepard

  39. Pawel Says:

    The Bucs Mafia starts now…

  40. stopthemadness Says:

    Welcome Ira!

  41. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Tampabaybucfan Says:
    July 21st, 2016 at 8:47 pm
    Joe has hired Ira Kaufman or Miko Grimes….

    Called it….glad it wasn’t Miko

    Congrats Joe…..great move!!!

  42. SB with Jameis Says:

    Super Duper Congrats to Ira and the Joes!!!!!

  43. Warren Says:

    Sweeeet! Welcome Ira!

  44. cometowin2 Says:

    Had a feeling when he,was let go and again when the Joes had a special announcement. Already the bezt source for Bucs news. This just brings more great articles and more class and prestige to

    Well done!

  45. Pete Mitchell Says:

    This is awesome! Can’t wait to peruse the site Monday mornins site glorious BUCS wins on Sunday afternoons!

  46. Mike Johnson Says:

    Actually this is pretty refreshing. Thanks for admitting you are at times a little ridiculous with some of your postings Joe. Sometimes I thought you were on Drugs! I’m looking forward to IRA’s columns. Nice addition to the staff.
    Um, Joe doesn’t recall referring to postings as ridiculous. C’mon.–Joe

  47. SB with Jameis Says:

    Well. we all think you are on drugs Mike. Either that or need to be on some.

  48. The Real Malloy Says:

    Yeah Mike, lay off the pipe.. I kid, I kid.

    I was expecting to be let down by the “big news”…but this is cool Joe’s.

  49. The Buc Realist Says:

    mike johnson, on his own planet again!!!! LOL!!!!!

    @Joe, Now that Ira is on the team, and does not have to represent the big newspaper’s anymore, What are the chances we can get him to wear the Coach John McKay Bucket hat all training camp long?????? and yes the one with the cream orange on it!!!!!!

  50. kaymbee Says:

    Nice addition to the staff.

  51. Gambelero Says:

    I agree with trubucfan. Let him write about the collective joe and himself in the third person.

  52. ChuckInJax Says:

    Way to go, Joe!! Congratulations to us Hardcore BUCS Fans!!! Thanks for coming aboard, Ira!! Let’s get ready for some Buc’n Football!!

  53. BucsForYodaIs Says:

    Goo news this is. Much stronger his voice makes us.

  54. rick Says:

    Great news, will he be acting like Joe, or will they be authored columns

  55. Bucs Scout 1493246788 and counting Says:

    I’ve never been a fan of Ira. Maybe without the shackles he can be a good addition to JBF. Let’s wait and see.

  56. Jolly Bucs Fan Says:

    This is truly a YUUUGGGEEEE signing. free agent signing of the year foes to

    Very excited to get the extra content, insight, and info from sources. Welcome aboard Ira, you and the Joe’s will be the premier source for big news during the best years in Buccaneer history that are just around the corner!

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  58. BucsFanInChina Says:

    Big get, Joes. Congrats!!

  59. chromolly Says:

    Welcome eye-RAH ! Always enjoyed your pieces.

    And to Steve,rrrrr I mean Joe congrats on your expanding business! Only in MERICCA!!!

  60. chromolly Says:

    Joebucsfan is on pace to surpass That other site that used to be cool but not so much anymore

  61. Strider ....Sec 147 Says:

    Let’s see how it goes …

  62. Bob in Valrico Says:

    may be one of JoeBucs fans smartest moves ever.It is fitting that a major
    newspaper that did not extend any olive branches to t many Tribune sports writers will lose out on this honor.This paper no longer has the vision that the
    founders originally had when I grew up.

  63. Joe Says:

    Great news, will he be acting like Joe, or will they be authored columns

    Ira will be Ira.

    That is, eye-RAH!

  64. Joe Says:

    Thanks for all the kind words guys. Much appreciated.

    Joe’s pretty geeked about all of this. Ira’s really fired up.

  65. BucsFanFromSaintsLand Says:

    Congrats guys!!! I need all the Bucs articles and insight I can get since I’m here in Saints Land aka the Poo Dat Nation 🙁

  66. MonsGM Says:

    Wow, amazing news. Big time. You made the best Bucs site immensely better. Great job.

  67. VA Tom Says:

    Great news! This will really be a great addition to the site!

  68. Patrick in VA Says:

    Welcome aboard Ira.

  69. Buccfan37 Says:

    Bob in Valrico… I agree about the St. Pete..uh Tampa Bay Times being less than what it was in the past. It too has morphed into the uniparty that is headed for The United States Times.

  70. Buc1987 Says:

    Welcome to the madhouse Ira.

  71. Buc1987 Says:

    Fred E. Buc Says:
    July 22nd, 2016 at 5:21 pm

    “Oh, did I say Tom Jones sucks? Just checking.”

    LOL priceless!

  72. dusthty rhothdes Says:

    awesome as long suffering bucs fan i have enjoyed reading your stuff in the dark 90s and the bright superbowl times

  73. CalBucsFan Says:

    Great news coming out of Tampa, eye-RAH’s been unleashed!

  74. Mike Johnson Says:

    Perhaps now with a REAl journalist/writer. Joe will stop his daily lynchings and biat feedings to the Lovie Zombie haters. One thing I was liked about IRA..He was both objective and informative. Joe just..slings feces out there and lets it land wherever it lands. This is your best move in adding IRA. You’ve added class to the website. A bit of..believabiity if you will. Rather than that..salami you throw out here daily!

  75. Dean Boring Says:

    I wass hoping Ira would end up at the Tampa Bay Times but I guess this is even better. Congrrat!s!

  76. James Walker Says:

    Great news! You are very lucky Joe to have someone of Ira’s caliber working with your. I think Joebucsfan just went to a whole new level!

  77. MegaDaveUK Says:

    This is amazing news – congrats JBF, you have a great addition to the team!

    I don’t get to check this site as often anymore … I’ll be making a much bigger effort now Mr K is involved.