Happy Birthday To Joe

August 7th, 2016

Eight years ago today Joe fired up this website and never turned back — eight 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, 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 slowly while Joe endured endless personal attacks, the result of rattling the cages of Bucs fans, the Bucs franchise, and Joe’s media brethren.

But Joe pressed on, confident 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 a rather typical day, about 20,000 actual visits to the website. Joe’s traffic grows annually, and it’s reached the point where Joe now is the only 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 or twice a week or so, and Joe is thankful to all of you.

In the birthday spirit, Joe is accepting gifts — donations to help fund Joe’s obsession with the Bucs, as well as unattainable women and beer. Joe would love to travel to cover more Bucs games this year. And yes, there are plenty of bills to pay around a small business like JoeBucsFan.com. Happily, that includes the paycheck of The Custodian of Canton, eye-RAH! Kaufman, who now makes his home at JoeBucsFan.com world headquarters.

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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45 Responses to “Happy Birthday To Joe”

  1. RustyRhinos Says:

    Happy Birthday Joe,
    I do not remember when I started reading your site but it is the first one that I go to everyday. Thank you for all the great work you do for us Bucs fans.

  2. Dewey Selmon Says:

    Congrats Joe! you do a great job giving us out of state Bucs fans news 365 days a year. I just sent 2 lap dances from Chip&Dales your way. Enjoy!

    Thank you. But Joe will pass on the naked men.–Joe

  3. Tom Edrington Says:

    Congrats guys, great, solid, consistent work….now if only the Bucs can do as good a job as you fellas, it will be a more enjoyable season.

    Will send you a gift certificate for a case of Old Frothingslosh.

  4. The Buc Realist Says:

    Congrats Joe!!!!! And thank you for this wacky Bucs lovin place we now call home!!!!

    What I love is that at times Joe can be just as wacky about the Bucs as us!!! None of that phony ” I don’t root for the team I cover because that is unprofessional” !!!! Joe has always told the truth that he is a “FAN” first and is lucky enough to cover the Bucs!!!!

    Someone tell Eye-RAH this as well!!!!

    To many more years Joe and playoff coverages!!!!

  5. Fritz59 Says:

    Happy Birthday Joes. I’m not sure how early I was, jumping on the JBF bandwagon. I just know that I was hooked from day one. You quickly evolved from a strong addition to the one I save until last, always save the best for last. … And you, on your part, can flush all the bullspit that will get there…..inevitably. Now for the second question, has any progress been made on how to get tickets for the Jags practice? I have been eagerly awaiting the info, & if you gave the info, I missed it. Gonna be in Daytona that week.

    Fritz, Joe will answer your other question via email. Check the Jaguars official website. Practice is open to the public, but seating is limited and there is zero shade. Get there early. –Joe

  6. Buc1987 Says:

    Because of your stellar writing style you hooked all of us nutjobs into your site, so I thank you for that. I’ve only been coming here for a little over 3 years. I don’t remember how I stumbled onto this site, but I haven’t looked back. I was commenting all over the net on the Bucs until I landed here. My home. A crazy dysfunctional family.

    When you make it to 10 years. I don’t care how big the attendance for a party was in the past. You NEED to have another one. LOL We can all wear Jim McMahon style headbands with our screen names written across them.

    Well forget the headband for Realist. He might need some headgear.

  7. tmaxcon Says:

    Happy birthday thanks for all you do!

  8. teyrod23 Says:

    Joe, Happy Birthday to you! This site has always been the best way to read Buc news. You guys shoot straight and entertain. Not to mention the fact you guys actually interact with us fans on Twitter, I always appreciate that. Next step is JoeBucsFan needs its own radio show, the JoeBucsFan hour on 620 is still the best radio show of the week and it’s not even close!

  9. The Buc Realist Says:


    I would probably volunteer for the “dunk tank” for charity!!!! Can you imagine the line!!!!!!!

    adrian slowborn, pop-star and all the other buffoons would be pushing to get in line first!!!!!

  10. Dave Pear Says:

    Happy Birthday!
    I stumbled across your site about 4 years ago on the Buccaneers home page.
    They used to have a section where all the local scribes daily articles were featured and I found yours.
    Lucky for me. It is my Go To site for all things Bucs.
    Thanks for all you guys do.
    I still think you were rubbing Casey Philips inner thigh yesterday on your appearance with her and Scott Smith.
    Just saying.

  11. Buc1987 Says:

    Realist….we could cure cancer with you on top of a dunk tank.

  12. Jolly Bucs Fan Says:

    Great work Joes. You are truly the premier source for all Bucs news. Since I discovered this site abt 2 years ago it became my fav source for Bucs news. Now I regularly visit joebucsfan.com anywhere between 8-15 times a day. Keep up the excellent work! And thank you for providing all us addicted bucs fans a constant flow of bucs news, even in the worst and slowest offseasons

  13. Harry Says:

    Happy Birthday Joe(s). I thank you for giving me/us our splendid daily fix of Bucs news. I have also been hooked on Joebucsfan.com since the first day I signed on. Gracias.

    Also, he is not a Chippendale dancer, but I think I could send PABLO your way for a free table dance! Right TBBF?

  14. DavidBigBucsFan99 Says:

    HAPPEEE BIIIRRTHDAY TO YOU JOEBUCSFAN.COM! This site should be listed as a federally controlled substance. One hit and a true Bucs fan is hooked. It’s nice having a site from a fans perspective not some corporate schpiel generator like the 4 letter word sports center. Joe keeps it real about the Bucs and with the readers w/o getting sensitive or overly censor happy like other places. The cream always rises to the top and Joe(s) your site is the top. Thanks for making Bucs news entertaining and inciteful.

  15. BamaBuc Says:

    Happy Birthday Joe and Thanks for everything!!!

  16. cmurda Says:

    Happy Murthday Joe and many more to come. This site is so solid that I feel no need to get my Bucs news and stories elsewhere.

  17. DB55 Says:

    While Joe has wacky daily commenters, the typical reader around here only comes once or twice a week or so, and Joe is thankful to all of you.
    Well sh1t now I wanna cry. Love you too joe happy birthday JBF.

  18. Joe Says:

    Thanks, all, for the kind words and most importantly, your support.

  19. Lunchbox Says:

    Happy Festivus Joe. I started checking out your site long before I ever started commenting, about 4-5 years I think. Once I got past the whole 3rd person thing, I really enjoyed all the daily news about our Bucs. Keep it up!!

  20. FartinMartin Says:

    Happy Birthday !
    I’ll try to say this without implying anything negative …..
    You’re improvin’ & it’s being noticed ….. I’ve been appreciating your thoughtful angles / questions & in general, your work. Just sayin’.

  21. LUVMYBUCS Says:


    After all the slack you guys caught for kick-starting this site.
    Now you finally have the respect of the establishment.
    (Steve finally gets an interview of buccaneer.com –WTF)
    Now you’ve upgraded the roster by adding “The Custodian of Canton” Ira Kaufman. What’s next Rachel Watson as the new Field Reporter? Lol

    Whatever it is – I really appreciate all the hard work and dedication you guys have put into this site#Respect.

    It will always be my home – away from home#Hat-Tip

  22. Joe Says:

    Now you finally have the respect of the establishment.

    You’d be very surprised. Then again, Joe doesn’t give a hoot if others in the fourth estate respect him or not.

    What’s next Rachel Watson as the new Field Reporter?

    If she’s up for it, Joe is sure he can find a way to add her to the JoeBucsFan.com staff and family. Joe isn’t 100 percent sure she reads this site regularly, but Joe knows her friends do.

    Thanks as always for your long-time support and the kind words!

  23. feelthepewterpower Says:

    Joe is starting to catch up to Ira in dog years…we know the Joes are quite the dogs 😉 Happy Birthday wishes, and many more to come!

  24. SB with Jameis Says:

    Happy Birthday Joes!! Keep up the good work Sirs!!

  25. phreakybucfan Says:

    Yours is the first site check each morning. Has been for the last couple of years. Keep up the good work. NOW WHERE THE HECK CAN I BUY A JOEBUCSFAN T-SHIRT!!! And maybe an “America’s Quarterback” t-shirt also. It’s all about merchandising, just ask George Lucas.

  26. BuccaneEric75 Says:

    Best source for Bucs news/Bucs comedy on the internet, and with the new additions, only getting better.

  27. phreakybucfan Says:

    And definitely a “Custodian of Canton” t-shirt as well. I’d probably pass on the Peter King t-shirt, a little too wordy.

  28. Marvelous Mayhem Says:

    Found Joe on JD’s Tampa Bay. 4 years ago. Articles are good. Responses even better. Very entertaining. Thanks Joe. My favorite sports site. Happy Birthday Joe. Orlando loves you.

  29. stpetebucsfan Says:

    Congratulations Joe…not just on the longevity and success but the ultimate life success!

    There is nothing better in life than to have a dream…put your heart into it…and then see it come true!!!

    Happy Birthday!

  30. Joe Says:

    Thanks again guys for all your kind words. Really appreciate it

  31. Gilhealy Says:

    Happy Birthday! I want to thank you for the fix you give all of us. Can’t imagine my routine without it. Enjoy your day.

  32. Buccfan37 Says:

    Thanks for being here JBF, thanks for the insight and thanks for the compliment- wacky, that’s the nicest thing anyone has said to me in years. Keep on Bucn!

  33. Tom S. Says:

    Happy Birthday Joe, your site is the most entertaining Bucs site around. And remarkably, has become the least political, unlike that of Rev Scott “Brexit” Reynolds and Sanders “The Hunting Ground” Phillipse.

    I appreciate that you stay on topic and message, even if that topic or message is somehow tied into Mark Dominik being something other than the worst GM in modern Bucs history. Props to you good sir.

  34. BucsFan97 Says:

    Happy Birthday Joe! Thank you sooo much… I became a Bucs fan last year cause I was a jameis fan. I live in London so I don’t get to experience the Bucs the way you guys do but coming to this site everyday makes me feel so close to the team. You are doing a great job. Keep growing cause the market is there and once the Bucs start winning annually, this site will reach another level. I also notice that pft references this site for most of their Bucs content… The sky is the limit and we’ll be with you all the way… Enjoy the 12 pack I sent you 😉 and GO BUCS!

  35. Dreambig Says:

    Happy Birthday Joe! Great site! Spend 90% more time here than any other Bucs site!

  36. Orlampa Turd Says:

    Congrats Joes (& Eye-RAH)!

  37. BigPoppaBuc Says:

    Happy Birthday, Joe… I love and envy what you do.

  38. chromolly Says:


    Capitalist celebrate MERRICCAAA!

  39. Joe Says:


    Your words are too kind. Thank you and thank you for your support. Without readers and fans such as you, this site doesn’t exist.

    Simple as that.

  40. FuNkYxMuNkEy Says:

    Happy Website Birthday Joe!!!

    I’ve been along for the majority of the ride and have thoroughly enjoyed it!! Here’s wishing you 38 more years of success and continued prosperity!!

  41. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Happy Birthday, Joe.

    I have to admit, this is my first stop for Bucs news. I do go to PFT to check on news for other teams, just to see what else is happening out there. Never know when a good player becomes available.

    I’ve lost count of how long I have been here. Came soon after the Buccaneers.com forum shut down (I used a different name back when I first came here, but this is the one I used on the forum too).

    We’ve had our differences, and they have mostly been fun. I wish you the best, and I hope you have to report on a bunch of Bucs Superbowls over the next decade!

  42. RJBucnut Says:

    Congrats Joe u deserve all the accolades for your website is a must go to for all things Bucs. May not agree with your views all the time but you do a great job giving your objective opinion. I will never let you live down your clamoring for Johnny Football but hey no one is perfect. I am also curious as to why Joe Bucs fan wears #28? Is he a Warrick Dunn fan or is he a Vernon Hargreaves fan?

  43. Bucsfanman Says:

    Looks like I’m late to the party….AGAIN!
    Happy belated Joe!

  44. Pickgrin Says:

    Happy belated Joe. You guys do a great job. When there’s Bucs news – you guys are all over it. And when there’s not – you are still providing multiple posts about the Buccaneers every single day which is impressive.

    The sad part is that our team has not played in a playoff game since the inception of this site. Hopefully that changes this year.

  45. BigMacAttack Says:

    Congrats Joe! It’s been a fun ride.
    Now lets get to the Playoffs!
    Go Bucs!