Can’t Handle Heat? Get Out Of Kitchen

August 17th, 2017

“Act like you want to be here!”

It is over a day later and Joe is still geeked by what he saw on “Hard Knocks” this week.

As you will hear today on the “Ira Kaufman Podcast,” eye-RAH! is no fan of “Hard Knocks” and Joe wonders how many “Hard Knocks” series eye-RAH! has watched.

eye-RAH! wants to see “juice.” But that is not what “Hard Knocks” is about. eye-RAH! wants to see Kwon Alexander highlighted, but as Joe has been saying for weeks, Kwon’s off-field personality is not what reality TV producers want. He’s mild-mannered if not a bit reserved. That simply doesn’t make for compelling television.

It seems eye-RAH! wants an Xs and Os show, and “Hard Knocks” is more a show about people, not so much a football series.

But what Joe has seen, based on watching many “Hard Knocks” series, is compelling if not riveting season featuring the Bucs.

One big element this week was how America’s Quarterback, Pro Bowler Jameis Winston, scolded camp meat offensive linemen for yucking it up on the sidelines as the quarterback they couldn’t protect, Ryan Griffin, was pulled due to an injury and is lost for the foreseeable future.

Some folks took umbrage at Jameis’ scolding of teammates; Joe thought it was awesome.

Look, the Bucs are Jameis’ employer and jobs if not careers are on the line. This is not the time nor the place to be Sophomore Sam. Nobody is on scholarship. This is a profession, a job, not a hobby or an extracurricular activity.

Joe thought it was straight that Jameis unloaded on the camp meat. If they were joking and playing slapd!ck on the bench, how could they be trusted if their numbers were called to protect Jameis? This is the NFL, not some two-bit high school where dudes not on the field can map out a plan in order to drill the homecoming queen.

Joe gives Jameis props for setting those two characters straight. And who knows, maybe now they will take their craft seriously, and hook up with an NFL team.

If that happens because Jameis was mean to these guys, what exactly is the harm?

If someone’s feelings were hurt because Jameis was sassy with them, let them go play soccer.

35 Responses to “Can’t Handle Heat? Get Out Of Kitchen”

  1. Johnnie Says:

    Loved it

  2. Defense Rules Says:

    @Joe … “Some folks took umbrage at Jameis’ scolding of teammates. Joe thought it was awesome.” I thought it was awesome too Joe. It’s no so much about them making a mistake, we all do. It was more about the impression they gave from their goofing around after that it was no big deal … they’d moved on. I’m convinced that to Jameis it was a big deal, and they needed to be learning from it, and learning a big lesson. And no doubt they will now. My only question is why wasn’t our OLine coach the one getting in their face.

  3. Ocala Says:

    I agree joe.
    Awesome stuff!

  4. Bucs Fan Since '76 Says:

    Jameis used shame to get his message through, a tried and true tool, and did so in a very mature, effective way. This young man is special. Not just as a football player either. As a person. I’ve followed this team on the field since it’s very first preseason game – a loss to the Rams in LA – and he reminds me of Leroy and #55. We all know how those two turned out. Here’s to his success!

  5. Dicko14 Says:

    ‘This is the NFL, not some two-bit high school where dudes not on the field can map out a plan in order to drill the homecoming queen.’

    Haha, that’s brilliant Joe, quote of the day!

  6. adam from ny Says:

    jameis punked them suckas on tv bruhhh – as it should be

  7. Bradentonbuc Says:

    How can anyone watch that exchange and think that Jameis was in the wrong. Never played the position but you can listen to radio interviews last year between Ali Marpet and D. Smith talking about how much pride they take in keeping their QB’s jersey fresh and clean. Means he’s not being hit. I can’t fathom anyone coming up with a legitimate reason why reminding your offensive linemen about A. The human element to Grif getting hurt and B. Subtle implications of the severity of their mess up considering they are back up linemen and will stay that way if he their QB’s keep getting up with bum shoulders

  8. Bradentonbuc Says:

    I can’t fathom… being a bad thing*

  9. Bird Says:

    Agree that was pretty amazing by Jameis!

    Tell Ira to watch PBS while hard knocks is on since it is so boring. I am digging it. Jameis is the star! Get to see another side of him that I only heard about !

    Also, I like mike Evans and desean jackson’s relationship. Already Boyz in just a few weeks (a lot of respect for each other)

    And I do hope bullough ( joe dirt / Fabiano ) makes team.

  10. Kalind Says:

    Couldn’t agree more Joe! Even my wife who is kinda ‘meh’ about football loves the show and loved what Jameis did with those lineman. It wasn’t overly harsh. Was mean spirited. Just a stern reminder that they didn’t do their jobs and now a guy is hurt.

    Loved it. That’s leadership.

  11. The Buc Realist Says:

    But we already knew this!!!!! After the last game of the 2015 season, during the 4 game losing streak, after the last game, JW3 saw the D-lineman dancing, joking, and having a celebration!!!!! That was what his whole rant at the press conference was about!!!!!!!!!!

    OMG………Its a “Winston reWind”!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    skip to 1:14 to see the same thing a year and a half ago!!!!!!

    still don’t know why joe is “geeked” for edited TV and not plays on the field of preseason!!!!!!!!!!!

    Go Bucs!!!!!!!!!!

  12. ClodHopper Says:

    That scene made Colin Cowherd (*Joe spits on floor) say: Screw Brady. Jameis Winston is my favorite quarterback from this point forward.

    It really was the best scene of the night IMO tho. That’s grown man stuff. Jameis is grown ass man. An alpha’s alpha.

  13. carry that mofostick Says:

    there’s a new sheriff in town and his name is jameis winston mofo’s

  14. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    I’m kind of disappointed that Jameis didn’t present them with participation trophies…

  15. D-Rome Says:

    eye-RAH! wants to see “juice.” But that is not what “Hard Knocks” is about.

    Was Ira expecting a show like ESPN’s Playmakers?

  16. Dreambig Says:

    “Participation trophies”! Ha! Thats a pretty good one!

    Jameis did what good leaders do. There was nothing bullyish about that. Griffin was only in for a series or two and he was constantly hammered. Those guys deserved to be chewed out.

  17. Dreambig Says:

    I love Hard Knocks. How else would we know about Riley Bullough. That man is a beast and plays with beautiful passion. I hope this guy makes the team and has an opportunity to get to play with the 2nd teamers or the starters to see what he can do against more talented players.

  18. Joe Says:

    Was Ira expecting a show like ESPN’s Playmakers?

    LOL. Joe’s pretty sure Ira
    wants to see a no-name linebacker rip up a McDonald’s because the fries are cold. 🙂

  19. AceofAerospace Says:

    That was the most “team-first” act I’ve ever seen. I could not have been more proud of Winston than I was during that segment.

  20. Joe Says:


    Cowherd actually said that?

  21. Joe Says:

    Tell Ira to watch PBS


  22. ClodHopper Says:

    Yeah he did. It was facetious, but he was actually floored by it and extremely impressed

  23. SB Says:

    I pointed this out in a comment section of an article yesterday. My wife was like “That was kinda mean” I said no it was Straight up mean and Awesome!!!

  24. Joe Says:

    Good stuff Clod, thanks.

  25. tmaxcon Says:

    its about time the team has a leader that does the right thing. Being held accountable used to be normal in America now it’s like 8 track tapes extinct. the complete and total leadership void the previous 6 years has been embarrassing at best. Great Job young Jameis

  26. tmaxcon Says:


    i heard it too. i usually can’t handle that cowterd guy but man I almost spit up especially considering Brady has more super bowl appearances than bucs franchise has playoff wins. Pretty big step for America’s QB

  27. wes Says:

    I’ve really enjoyed Hard Knocks thus far. Maybe they don’t have the personalities for it, but I would like to see more Kwon and David. They are among our main guys defensively, and I don’t think I’ve seen David once yet.

  28. BuccaneEric75 Says:

    Clod, what show did Cowherd say that on?

  29. stpetebucsfan Says:

    I thought that scene along with the scene in the locker room where #3 goes around touching players on the back saying…”I got your back”. I was just blown away.

    And then to see him actually have Griffen’s back! He’s clearly the best leader in the NFL right now.

    And here is just ONE of the things I loved about it. #3 didn’t go all Brady and stand there screaming at these guys…he didn’t do it for coverage…he QUIETLY went over there and delivered one sarcastic sentence that said it all and then quickly and again quietly walked away. He did not humiliate these guys or lecture them…one concise sentence that said it all..”nuff said”!

    At my age I’m VERY aware of living in the moment. This moment for Bucs fans should be embraced and savored. We have something really special going on here. We won’t be seeing many #3’s around here or in the league for that matter.

  30. shouldhavedraftedeifert Says:

    I remember Barber talking about Brady and shocked at the things he would say to his offensive linemen. NSFW and straight up… I will get you cut if you mess up again stuff. Look where that got them? Jameis has that same leadership. Just needs to close the deal in the red zone more often.

  31. unbelievable Says:

    Did anyone really have a problem with that part?

    I didn’t see any mention of it by anyone here, or on twitter.

    As I said the night it aired, that was my favorite moment of the episode.

    As for Ira, I would actually agree. About 40% of the show is pretty boring. But I’ve watched other seasons so this is something I already expected. Not a big deal.

  32. Rod Munch Says:

    I normally agree with Ira on most things – like how Dungy is and was a better coach than Gruden ever was and it’s a disgrace to put in Gruden over Dungy into the team’s Ring of Honor – but on this I disagree. If Hard Knocks was an X’s and O’s show then the audience would be very limited and it would be quite boring. Hard Knocks is on HBO in primetime and has a large female audience because it’s about the players, making teams, getting cut – the personal drama of playing. Yeah, that on paper sounds pretty lame and awful which is why I never watched it before, but I must say it’s very compelling. Also this format is going to really really help the Bucs leave the cellar of being one of the most boring and irrelevant teams in the NFL.

  33. Dave Says:

    IRA needs to branch out. This series is about people. They take a handful of players with engaging personalities and focus on them. They also have to be flexible to go with the storyline that comes their way, i.e. high draft pick kicker getting cut.
    It will never be an X n O show because no team is going to open up their playbook like that. That’s just ridiculous.

  34. ClodHopper Says:


    He said it on his regular radio show. It was just a tiny little comment. Kristine Lehey shared it on her news segment and he hasn’t been watching HK. Probably cuz he’s an elitist snob but I digress. But he was blown away by it

  35. Jimmy T Says:

    Makes u wonder what the heck Tom Jones was watching, he obviously has an agenda against our QB. I tweeted Tom and said scrub lineman laughing it up is the issue not Jameis scolding them