Happy TENTH Birthday To JoeBucsFan.com

August 7th, 2018

Exactly one freakin’ decade ago, Joe fired up this website and never turned back — obsessing 24/7 about all things Buccaneers on these pages.

It all started with a laptop, a dream and Joe’s beloved Bucs — and about $500.

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 extraordinarily stale traditional media stuck — and paralyzed — by a 1980s mentality and inflated egos.

A defunct NBA 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 — which continue today — the result of rattling the cages of Bucs fans, the Bucs front office, and Joe’s media brethren who were blind to the future of sports media.

Man, major media outlets could have buried Joe years ago if they had the foresight; they certainly had the resources. Heck, they certainly could have bought Joe out. But these stubborn mules decided to stick to their failing models.

Joe pressed on, confident more fans would keep buying into Joe’s unique brand of journalism that continues to be like no other in the NFL world. Thankfully, Bucs fans kept coming in droves.

Yesterday, JoeBucsFan.com enjoyed a rather typical day, about 20,000 actual visits to the website. Joe’s traffic keeps growing and it’s reached the point where Joe now is the only destination for legions of Bucs fans. In 2018 alone, more than 1 million unique visitors will bust more than 7 million actual visits to JoeBucsFan.com. The engagement rate (industry term) of Joe’s audience is one of the best in the entire sports world.

Every major tracker of Internet traffic puts Joe on the top of the heap when it comes to Bucs sites. Believe Joe, if the other guys could call themselves top dogs, they would.

The ride has been wild (Joe could write a book about all kinds of bizarre sh** he’s experienced), and Joe appreciates all readers. This site is for every Bucs fan, always has been.

Birthday Wish

Joe has a special birthday wish this year, one that Joe can share with everyone here. All Joe wants is a winning Bucs team.

Enough already with the losing. No playoffs since 2007 is a flat out embarrassment and it’s wearing on Bucs fans, especially Joe.

And as much as Joe wants Ws, Joe also wants to be able to finish watching at least four out of five Bucs games this season and confidently proclaim Tampa Bay was the hungrier and more physical team — win or lose.

It’s not too much to ask. Again, win or lose.

Joe wants a team to be proud of. No more soft, mentally-weak inconsistency. Dirk Koetter had it right when he said he wanted a badass football team.

Now it’s time to deliver.

83 Responses to “Happy TENTH Birthday To JoeBucsFan.com”

  1. Tylermez Says:

    Happy birthday!

  2. Dapostman Says:

    Congrats on your 1st decade and hopefully many more! Go Bucs!

    #Get After It!

  3. Easy Says:

    Congrats Joes. Why is that one Joe still doing the Sonic commercials?

  4. Iamabuc Says:

    Been coming here everyday, since. Thank you, Joe! You’re greatly appreciated! Always Go Bucs!

  5. The Buc Realist Says:

    I remember when there where 4 people in the comments!!! And one of them was Joe!!!!!!!!!!

    GO Joebucsfan!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. Trench War Says:

    almost as long as our losing streak 🙁

    wtg JBF

    Happy B-Day!!

  7. Jaycee Says:

    10 years? Time goes fast

  8. The Buc Realist Says:

    how different was it back then???? I remember Joe had some buffoon called “The Pessimist” writing articles !!!!!!! No need for the pessimist now Huh Joe????????

  9. David Lee Roth Says:

    get a life losers

  10. mikadeemas Says:

    Don’t post much, but been with y’all from the beginning. Just like the the Bucs since 1975( when we found out we got a franchise). Congrats Joe’s!! And way to go grabbing EYE-ra when he became a free agent! GO JOE BUCS FAN AND OF COURSE, GO BUCS!!!

  11. Dave Pear Says:

    Congratulations Joe’s.
    This is my GO TO site for all things Bucs.
    Thanks for all of your hard work and dedication.

  12. Godeep66 Says:

    Congrats Joe

  13. Dooshlarue Says:

    I often visit this site before I go to Xhamster…….that’s saying a lot.

  14. D-Rome Says:

    Congratulations Joe! I’ve been a loyal reader since 2009!

  15. bucfever40 Says:

    Congratulation Joe!

    Go Bucs!!

  16. Bucfan87 Says:

    I usually visit this site when I have important sh** to do and it keeps me from doing it! Thank you for ruining my life joe!!! I’m gonna be a hobo with a library card for the soul purpose of getting on the internet to look up joebucsfan.com

  17. Dave Pear Says:


    I know Ira said on his podcast today that you guys don’t have any “juice” but, I don’t believe him.
    Could one of you guys talk to the people at Buccaneers.com about their press conference videos? You can hear the responses to the questions being asked but not the questions.
    It is very frustrating.
    It sounds like this….
    Question: Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah.
    Answer: That is a very good question. I would say yes.

  18. bojim Says:

    Wow! Thanks for keeping us real and getting us through the boring times. Good thoughts to you all. 🙂

  19. Chuckstutz Says:

    JOe, you are the BEST!!

    Thank you.

  20. Pickgrin Says:

    Congratulations on 10 years Joe! You guys Rock!

  21. Defense Rules Says:

    @Joe … “And as much as Joe wants Ws, Joe also wants to be able to finish watching at least four out of five Bucs games this season and confidently proclaim Tampa Bay was the hungrier and more physical team — win or lose.” Totally with ya on that one Joe. Hope your birthday wish comes true (then we’ll both be happy). And congrats on sticking with the dream and turning it into reality.

  22. Sumo Says:

    I read here everyday Joe and we do not agree many times but Thank You for the work you do. It is appreciated. We all love the Bucs here.

  23. gp Says:

    I used to go to the Bucs home page first and grab a link over to here
    Now I just come here with a rare jaunt over there
    Well done on achieving your dream
    now to make the wish a reality too!

  24. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Ten…almost old enough for Roman Polanski

  25. Orlampa Turd Says:

    Congrats Joes & Ira! This turd is predicting Joebucsfan.com’s playoff premier this season. It’s Fitzmagic baby!

  26. SB Says:

    I say this from the bottom of my heart no matter how many times I have been banned.
    CONGRATULATIONS JOES on being the best Bucs site on the Web!!!!!!
    Can’t believe I didn’t find you the first four years!!!

  27. Anonymous Says:

    Congrats and Happy Birthday! I do miss the hot babe pics though.

  28. Rob Says:

    Congrats, boys. Long live the Joes (and Irv)!

  29. DB55 Says:

    Happy birthday Josephs, I don’t know what I’d do without you. 🍻

  30. AlteredEgo Says:

    Is there a correlation between this and the Bucs record over the same period… lol … too easy … congrats! RM

  31. Walter Seidel Says:


  32. DaytonaBuc Says:

    Congrats Joe! This is probably only my 5th post, but I visit the site about a dozen times daily. It is my go to site for this tired Buccaneer fan! Keep up the great work!

  33. stpetebucsfan Says:

    Happy Birthday JBF!!!

    And Joes…congrats to you. They say you can’t make a silk’s purse out of a sow’s ear…but the period you grew this amazing product coincided with a Buc playoff drought and general malaise and failure.

    Yet you guys have kept this site interesting! It’s amazing when you think about it. You haven’t homered us without a clear disclaimer you were doing just that…and you’ve stayed true to your vision. It’s why you’re succeeding. It’s all people look for these days…authenticity.

  34. Lamarcus Says:

    I still remember the day I went searching for a liable Buc news source in 08 or 09 and someway and somehow found this out. One of Joe’s emailed me directly and introduced himself to me. That right there took my Bucs life into a whole new level and Im a nuetral guy so it’s hard for to really love something. Joebucsfan I really love. I account for at least 10-15 hits a day and I love reading the commenters

  35. Pete Mitchell Says:

    I started visiting this site when rumors about Monte Kiffin began swirling about, so I cant say I’ve been here from the beginning but it’s been a while for sure.

    Man I’ve spent a lot of time on this site. A few things have changed along the way, i miss the weekly radio spot with The Bog Dog and the morning cup of Joe was nice, but you guys got a good thing going here.

    Congratulations to all involved! Here’s to another 10 years and hopefully a playoff game or two!

  36. ColoradoBucs Says:

    Happy Birthday, Joe!

    Fire them birthday cannons & thanks for the entertainment.

  37. Bucs3 Says:

    Glad to hear my son was born on the tenth birthday of JoeBucsFan.com

  38. Pete Mitchell Says:

    If you guys could somehow do an hour a week radio style live podcast with Ronde and Derrick Brooks that would be awesome!

  39. P sK Buc Fan Says:

    Happy Birthday Joe! And 2 years for Ira! Keep up the great work……..

  40. gilhealy Says:

    Good job. Happy Birthday, Joe’s.

  41. '74 Says:

    Congratulations Joes! My favorite site of all – more visits here by far than any other no work related site. Great job, and thanks!!

  42. Pierre-Luc Martel Says:

    Congrats Joe and great job!
    From a longtime ”frenchie” (Quebec city) Bucs fan. Yeah, there are Bucs fan north of the border! 😉
    Some news about how our local guy Auclair is doing?

  43. TampaTown Says:

    Happy Birthday Joe’s and thanks for all you do! Would love it if you guys and Ira had an hour on the radio once or twice a week taking calls from Bucs fans. I think everyone would enjoy talking to you directly.

  44. Buccfan37 Says:

    I don’t remember how I found this site but I’m glad to have found it. Happy 10th anniversary JoeBucsFan. Like Tony the Tigers frosted flakes you’re great for Buc fans.

  45. Alexander Nascimento Says:

    Happy anniversary, Joe!!!
    May your wish DO come true!!!!

  46. Joe Says:


    Haven’t seen much of Auclair because pay more attention to first and second teams. Do know Koetter likes him. Thanks for the kind words.

  47. Alaskan Abdominal Snowman Says:

    Man Joes,

    Just thank you for being passionate fans and dedlocated journalists. I have been coming to this site for a really long time,probably 8 or 9 years. I remember the trolls long before tmax, like the Thomases of the world.

    I used to have to use various sites for Bucs info but now with all the podcasts and increased coverage, I barely if ever feel the need to go to other websites. I am so happy for you and your success. Unbelieveable given these have been some dark days here in Cleveland South, but your site continues to grow.

    Great job! Keep on growing and keep the good stuff coming.
    Go BUCS!!

  48. Joe Says:


    HAHA. Really miss Thomas 2.2. (Pppssstttt, so does one of the G’s.)

    Thanks! 🙂

  49. Jeffbuc Says:

    Congrats joe. Thank you for this go to site for all bucs fans. So happy I found this website. So much insight updated all the time. Couldn’t believe all I k ew about was buccaneers.com. And would have to wait 3 days for a new story.

  50. Lucious Selmon Says:

    gp Says:
    I used to go to the Bucs home page first and grab a link over to here
    Now I just come here with a rare jaunt over there

    This is me. Conratulations.

  51. Alanbucsfan Says:

    Congratulations and thank you, Joes! This site truly is a gift for Bucs fans. Look forward to visiting every day. Best wishes for future success!

  52. Lucious Selmon Says:

    Tampabaybucfan Says:
    Ten…almost old enough for Roman Polanski

    Bucs3 Says:
    Glad to hear my son was born on the tenth birthday of JoeBucsFan.com
    Congratulations, Buc3–Happy day!!!

    Pierre-Luc Martel Says:
    Some news about how our local guy Auclair is doing?
    If you didn’t already see it, Auclair was among the top 4 tight ends listed on the new depth chart. I know it’s early, but that is promising so far.

  53. Steven007 Says:

    Congratulations Collective third-person Joe! I’m occasionally hard on you as most of us are at times as passionate fans but I show up almost everyday like most of us here. Keep up the good work! And go Bucs!

  54. Mike in LOL Says:


    Thanks so much to all that you and your staff do to provide us with great daily content! I’ve been reading here for nearly 2 years now and you guys have kept me coming back every day to read and watch and listen!!!

    I tip my hat to you Joe’s! And special shout out to Ira and Rock Riley as well, as well as all the other curators of the wonderful content here!

  55. __TGH__ Says:

    Thank you Joe

  56. Bucs in Denver Says:

    Congratulations Joe!

  57. Bucsfan951 Says:

    Congrats, fellas! Entrepreneurship is a very demanding but very rewarding things. You boys needs to go out and have a drink to yourselves 🍻

  58. German Buc Says:

    Congratulations from the other side of the ocean, Joes!

    And I like your birthday wish, fingers crossed you have enough breath for the candles on your birthday cake! 😉

  59. stvcl Says:

    Congrats on 10 yrs. Joe. I found your site a few years back by a reference acknowledgment to JBF Florio made in PFT. Used to be a avid reader of PR but rarely visit now that I’ve found the best. Don’t always agree with Joes takes but always agree this is the best site for finding out DAILY and most entertaining Bucs info.

  60. Evolvingbucsfan Says:

    Thank you Joe, I found this site a few years ago when I needed my Buccaneer fix when it was dead news on all outlets and I was searching for any beloved Bucs news i could find, then i found this site (picture me running in slow motion in a wheat field, and on the other site was Joebucsfan bringing me all kinds of Bucs news they found) lol. It was wonderful, till i started reading some of the hate posted by some supposed Bucs fans. I realized people route for this team in different ways, I pray for some of these fans, lol they need it. Thanks Joe for not only the news but for having an outlet where we get to post our views and sometimes make good points and see different takes on things.

    Congratulations Joe on 10 years.

  61. ATLBucsfan Says:

    Congratulations Joes! Always enjoy the sites material.

  62. Deminion Says:

    @ Joe I’ve been a loyal reader since the site started lol I was there when Thomas 2.0 got banned lol this site is so good makes you forget that the Bucs have been one of the worst teams in football… love my team Go bucs !!

  63. 1GR8BUCFAN Says:

    Congratulations on 10 years, and more importantly thanks for an awesome site!! I feel like my day is not complete until I check this site multiple times a day. Keep up the great work.

  64. Dewey Selmon Says:

    America’s Journalist…

  65. BuccYa Says:

    Congrats Joe! Visit this here corner of the interweb daily. Thanks for everything guys!…… Ahem more Ira podcasts ahem!

  66. Ga. Buc fan 42years Says:

    Thanks Joe! Was born in ST. Pete and raised in Pinellas Park. Moved to Ga. years ago [88] was missing my Bucs always lacking info on them. an old friend told me to check out WDAE. Got hooked on ron & Ian show. And visiting their site I found a link to yours and decided to see what it was about. I found it the Bucs News I was looking for!! Visit daily and Love your site! Keep up the great work and don’t stop now! Hope your birthday wish comes true! GO BUCS!!!

  67. Buc1987 Says:

    Happy Birthday to You
    You live in a zoo
    You look like a monkey
    And you smell like one too.

  68. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    Congrats Joe’s,

    It’s been a long and bumpy ride – but thank you for all of your hard work & dedication.


  69. Americas Qb Says:

    Happy birthday! Without question best place to go to read abput the bucs. I am a frequent visitor. Wpuld say at least twice a day throughout the entire year! Keep up the great work!

  70. Harry in Costa Rica Says:

    Joe(s), I have been on JBF every day for a long, long time. Thank you for all your hard work and great articles, and a very Happy Birthday!!

  71. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    Glad to see so many of our ” JBF Double-O’s” on this post.

    I hope you are doing well men.

  72. feelthepewterpower Says:

    Congrats on the ten year mark! I’ve been around for all ten years…and remember the infancy of this site. Thanks for the articles and keeping us engaged, Joe(s)!

  73. feelthepewterpower Says:

    Repost the first every story from day one, too, if you have it archived?! That would be neat…

  74. SoFloBuc Says:


    Keep Up the good work!

  75. Joe Says:


    Thank you so much for the kind words. Without fans and readers like all of you, this site simply wouldn’t exist.

    Appreciate all of the kind words.

  76. Eric Says:

    Way to go Joe!

    Lots of laughs and valuable bucs info. Keep it up my friend.

  77. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    I have to say, I miss Thomas 2.2 as well. I remember the Joe Bucs Fan Bus ride down to Lee Roy Selmons in Ft Meyers years ago, to watch a blacked out Bucs game. There was a rumor that Thomas 2.2 was on that Bus, and that generated a lot of excitement.
    Yes, I know what Thomas 2.2 did, leaving the 2 Joe’s no choice but to ban him, but I still miss him.
    TMaxcon did not even come close to Thomas 2.2 IMHO.

    Keep up the good work Steve and Lee !

  78. Lord Cornelius Says:

    Happy birthday Joes!

    You guys have become a daily go-to for me for years now. Thanks for all the hard work putting out so much content and keeping it real. Especially for doing it these last 10 years with a team as dreadful as the Bucs have been lol. You’ve kept it entertaining throughout the misery.

    I hope you get your birthday wishes gentlemen!! We could all use some of that!!

    Go Bucs!!

  79. Frank Pillow Says:

    A heartfelt congratulations on your longevity and success. Having lived overseas, now still outside Fla., this website has been a huge part of my fandom over the past decade.

    In fact, I visited Tampa recently and was struck by the dismal state of local sports radio and coverage of this team- even at the start of training camp! Sure, some of that can be attributed to the persistent losing and Jaboo debacle, but that not all it is. The paper’s beat coverage is pure vanilla. The radio is paint-by-numbers, at best.

    What’s so great about this site is the combination of news aggregation, opinion, interaction with reader comments and now podcasts. You continue to evolve, mature and break stories too. Ira has brought you guys to a whole new level- that’s a legitimate compliment that you had the wherewithal to add marquee talent and take the next step. Keep pushing the envelope to deliver the inside scoop and take us into the heart of OBP.

    Oh, and bring back Joe Bolts Fan too 🙂

    Happy 10th Birthday JBF!!!

  80. Bob Higginbotham Says:

    Great work Joes! Happy Birday! Know that your work is important in my life!k

  81. Bigtruck Says:

    Congrats! I enjoy and appreciate all of your coverage and dedication. I don’t always agree with the Joes but I do feel you and Ira are some of the most humble and honest reporters for Bucs content. I do enjoy 2 or 3 other guys covering the team with other outlets but I feel your site has figured out how much content to produce and does a great job of mixing up your platforms. Bucs Uncensored isn’t my type of program but I understand how others appreciate it and I’m glad you offer other types of programs that I can appreciate and don’t have to worry about listening to in front of my 11 year old son who is a huge Bucs fan. Thank you!

  82. DBS Says:

    Happy Birthday Joes and congraulations. Thank you for keeping us here in Tallahasse up to date with the Best coverage of our Bucs .

  83. Joe Says:

    Thanks again guys for the thoughts and compliments. Much appreciated!