What 99 Percent Of Fans Don’t Care About

January 8th, 2019

Bucs fans

Yes, it’s very nice and fun that Joe was able to break news on Friday at 3 p.m. that the plan at One Buc Palace was to announce the team’s 12th head coach no later than today — and that Bruce Arians was expected to be the guy.

But Joe is not strutting around JoeBucsFan.com world headquarters because Joe is keenly aware that 99 percent of fans don’t give a flying crap about which media outlet broke the exciting news.

The 1 percent who do care are extremely loud, passionate fans, deep lovers of the team. But ultimately in the modern era of media, who got the news and where it was broken is about as worthless as the newspaper page it will appear on the next morning.

Loyalty to media outlets is nearly extinct. Fans want information, insight, honesty and entertainment. That’s what Joe seeks as a fan, and that’s why Joe launched this website in 2008.

Fans care little to nothing about the ego-maniacal nonsense that goes on among media types, though it can make for great Twittertainment.

Joe, however, has always been fascinated by the ego that dominates mainstream media. Most outlets care more about their own image than they care about serving the fans.

That played out again in various media responses to Joe’s Friday report. The pervasive attitude was “there’s no way JoeBucsFan’s source is better than mine, and there’s no way mine would ever lie to me.” It felt like naive teen girls (mean girls?) gossiping at their high school cafeteria table.

Joe had to laugh at the local sports radio chatter that wouldn’t reference Joe’s report but was happy to refer to it as a rumor and then do segments talking about it without saying where it was from. Meanwhile, the hosts know JoeBucsFan.com has been covering the Bucs for 11 years and has no track record of making things up.

Even more fun was the guys in the local media game reaching out to JoeBucsFan.com columnist Ira Kaufman directly cautioning him not to affiliate himself with such a nonsense report. Of course, Kaufman was appalled and told them they were way off base on all fronts.

If you’ve made it to the end of this post, then you’re probably among the 1 percent who care about behind-the-scenes media BS that was on display since Friday afternoon. Joe’s happy for you. It’s never going to go away.

103 Responses to “What 99 Percent Of Fans Don’t Care About”

  1. TKiv18 Says:

    You can pat yourself on the back, Joe, it’s cool.

  2. Dooshlarue Says:

    You won Joe.
    Good job!

  3. Univeristy of Seffner Says:

    Y’all are the best! JoeBucsFan is the best website covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

  4. ClwJB Says:

    Dude, F THEM!!!! You nailed it FIRST!!!! Glad to have you in my life Joe’s, much appreciated!!!!!

  5. chris l Says:

    Joe you guys do a great job! everything with all the podcasts and all the avenues for justin and bobby fenton. Actual true buc fans who cheer and criticize but look beyond the box score. massive bucs fan and you guys are a true credit and actual knowledgeable fans about football which i appreciate when i listen. It would be cool if you guys had an app and a way to actually communicate with you, lee, steve, and ira. would make for some entertaining things and fans like myself would have good questions and comments. also i usually read the website from my phone, if there was ever an app or someway to make articles to read easier that would be great. anyways you guys mentioned you want feedback so there it is but keep doing what you are doing! you have buc fans from all over the world, not just tampa!

    representing Toronto, Canada!

  6. Warrenfb12 Says:

    I care Joe.

  7. Kansas95Buc Says:

    Let’s keep it 100, you did call this so I guess there wasn’t a need to blast it all over JBF. Thank God for this site for real, all Bucs all year

  8. Doc Says:

    Way to go Joe,right on the money.

  9. Rjbucanole Says:

    Joe’s yall make my day a better day! KEEP UP THE HARD WORK!

  10. Sunny Says:

    WE WANT MORE BEHIND THE SCENES STUFF !!! Way to go joe !!!! Stick it to them !!

  11. Half_Sac Says:

    Been here since middle school Its been like 8 years for me. Loyal as hell since I came along.

  12. Jonathan Lipnicki Says:

    Well done, JBF. You’re hard work and relationships paid off. Bravo!

  13. Kansas95Buc Says:

    Yo am I in moderation? I been posting and haven’t seen any of my comments today

  14. Sunny Says:

    WE WANT MORE BEHIND THE SCENES STUFF !!! Way to go joe !!! Stick it to them , rode with ya the whole time .

  15. G Says:

    I actually read the official hiring news first on Bucs Nation prior to anything posted here. Sorry.

  16. Dewey Selmon Says:

    I’ll say it. Joe(s) have the best and most current pulse on the team. 10 years now. Thank you for the hard work Joe.

  17. DI Says:

    Sounds like high school all over again

  18. Andrew Says:

    I’ve never seen such childish bs from grown men (I dont say women because Jenna didnt really beat the drum the way others did). I will never respect them again. CODY PARKEY WAS FAR AND AWAY MORE OF A MAN THIS WEEKEND THAN THEY WERE.

    Thanks for the excellent work. For you to put your credibility on such a report, we knew you had substantial, if not unequivocal, evidence.

    Pumped for the special podcast I know you three are working up.

  19. thunderchunkyPA Says:

    Keep doing what is right Joe’s!

  20. Sunny Says:

    Give us More behind the scenes stuff , Way to joe , stick it to them , we riding with ya

  21. VFL98 Says:

    Good job Joe! I give you a hard time but this is the only Buc’s site I go to.

  22. AfrikaThaRapper Says:

    Joe, you’re the muthaf**kan man. Go Bucs !!!!!!!

  23. BrianBucs Says:

    You Go Joe!!!

  24. WutdaBucisthis Says:

    F em Joe… It’s always hater season

  25. Jerry Jones Says:

    Buuuuuuuuuuuuuuutt hurrrrrrrrrrrt

  26. Zwak Says:

    Not sure I agree with all that. I liked when Joes were on 620 and I think the reason they pulled you was BS but what do I know..

    Keep up the good work

  27. Eric in Denver Says:

    Great Job Joes & Ira! We care! Keep it coming!

  28. Kansas95Buc Says:


    nice reference lol

  29. Darin Says:

    No idea what youre talking about and dont care. Bunch of sissies i guess. Its the new way i hear. Anyway love the bucs info. Eff the nonsense.

  30. Buc believer Says:

    Who’s the MAN???? JOE!!!! Thanks for all the upfront news Joe!

  31. Dave Pear Says:

    Congratulations Joes.
    You scooped all of them and now they’re jealous.
    Like a bunch of teenage girls.

  32. bucs4ya Says:

    Joe thanks for all you do. Being a Bucs fan is hard at times and being a Bucs fan living in California is down right brutal at times. Love your site Go Bucs!

  33. Jim Says:

    They don’t care because it doesn’t matter. Wins matter.

  34. stpetebucsfan Says:

    Go ahead and strut Joe you’ve earned it.

    I’m just one fan but here is what determines my viewership.

    I read the paper in the morning just for the opinions of the columnists. But of course the paper is always late with actual breaking news. It’s one of the reasons they are disappearing.

    And then I spend the rest of the day on and off coming to JBF precisely because you do break stories and I trust your journalism and judgement.

    So it’s JBF for current up to date Bucs coverage and the paper to get some reaction to that news.

  35. Chris Says:

    Great job lee and Steve! I’m always reading your website and twitter for updates first and foremost.

    Keep breaking news and keep the podcasts coming.

  36. Buc407 Says:

    Good for you joe I only come here for Bucs news

  37. JesusHChrist Says:

    Joe just leveled up. Love me some BA though!

  38. Alvin Scissors Harper Says:

    Nice job Josephs!

  39. LynchMob Says:

    Great work Joe’s!

  40. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Well done, Joe!

  41. calbucsfan Says:

    There’s been at least a weeks’ worth of speculation and dozens of articles about Bucs hiring BA. Though I received a “breaking news” e-blast of the hiring from a competitor’s website earlier, it’s far from breaking news, it’s only confirmation os what most everyone expected to happen.

    Time after time, until Joe says it, it’s speculation only. That’s why JBF’s website is ALWAYS the first place I go to read about anything to do with the Bucs.

    Thanks Joe(s).

  42. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Now please fix it so my posts start showing up when I hit submit 😉

  43. JJV Says:

    Thanks JBF. As long as you are here for all us fans we are all winners. Keep up the outstanding job!

  44. StoutGospel Says:

    Weird article. Actually alot of us care about which specific source “breaks” Bucs news. Much if not almost all local Bucs news has been first reported a/k/a “broken” by you guessed it, the national guys. Yup.

  45. Walter Brown Says:

    Joe U Keep being U! Great coverage, and No BS🙌🏻

  46. BucsLife Says:

    Pretty sure I heard a mic drop while perusing this article!

  47. cmurda Says:

    All I can say is that I strictly remember Joe being first to report that there was an expected announcement of Head Coach early this week, specifically Tuesday. Obviously with Arians being the announcement. It was rather impressive. I thought to myself what a bold prediction. I was excited because I wanted Arians and I also trusted it without hesitation. You guys earned the right to toot your horn a bit. Well done!

  48. El_Buc941 Says:


  49. Drunkinybor Says:

    Joe has come along way. You have all our permission to strut those big stones around. Keep up the hard work!!

  50. Nprbuc Says:

    The “esteemed” sports reporters in this town have every reason to cry. They have once again proven to their bosses that pay the freight, that they are second rate. When it was obvious that you had the scoop and they didn’t the professional thing to do was give you kudos, not try to bury you. Excellent job on keeping real fans informed Joes. Keep it up and screw the big names, sitting behind their keyboards blubbering tonight because they got scooped in their own backyard. Go JoeBucsFan! Go Bucs!

  51. Iron Wombat Says:

    The “journalists” that make up corporate media are among the most self absorbed people on the planet. The sweet part is they’re in a dying industry and most of them know it. joe and other sites like this are eating their lunch.

  52. Frank Pillow Says:

    You guys continue to evolve from the perception of merely being a fan site to inside men with a variety of sources, angles and perspectives- this is a nice feather in your cap! This is going to be one fun ride covering Bruce- keep up the good work gents!

  53. TouchDownTampaBay Says:

    Seriously good work. As fans we crave exciting information, especially in regards to a thing as big as a new head coach. The fact that a website devoted to hardcore fans got the first scoop on this is a big deal. Congrats!

  54. Tampa Bay Demon Says:


    We are very proud of you, and there is a REASON that we are all here.

    Cheers for following your passion and actually doing something every day that you love.

    I am more envious than you could know.

    Lets do this!!!

  55. richbucsfan Says:

    I applaud you for having the courage to put the story out there first. What I have observed through this process is that there are some media that have skin so thin you can see right through it. Egos so fragile that they crumble.

    Good job JoeBucsFan.

  56. Alndbck Says:

    “You miss 100% of the scoops you don’t take.” – Rick Stroud, probably

  57. WeAreLost Says:

    Congratulations guys!!!

  58. Chuckstutz Says:


  59. canadianbucsfan Says:

    You are the number 1 source for all things bucs! There is a reason why so many people come here multiple times a day for all things Buccaneers. Great job!

  60. 37Champs Says:

    Appreciate all the hard work you guys put in. As a fan so fortunate. Great work as always

  61. Clodhopper Says:

    Joe, you guys stuck your asses out there on this. I was starting to sweat for you. You derserve your kudos. Your source must be Licht. That beer named after him went a long way!! 😂😂

  62. theodore Says:

    I want credit for saying “the Bucs suck” five years ago. I know I was the first.

  63. NonyaDamnBucsiness Says:

    I’ve read nearly every article you’ve written since the Raheem years. I visit multiple times a day. I definitely consider myself in that 1% group. Congrats on the scoop Joes. F the local media for not giving credit where it’s due. Keep up the great work.

  64. PLEX Says:

    Everyone knows the media is crooked. With all the wealth poured into the big networks and BSPN, they are appalled something other than money can buy good stories. It’s called hard ******* work!. I’m afraid that you, Joe are an underdog. But that’s fine with me, as a die hard bucs fan, I have grown accustomed to rooting for the underdog. Go bucs!

  65. Jwil8027 Says:

    Quality content always Joe’s!! Will always be a loyal reader.

  66. Irishbullies Says:

    Joe you are now my number one source for Bucs news…brilliantly done and very excited for the future. As for that rick guy listened to him anhis windbag sidekick on sports radio a few years back…both now irrelevant!

    Keep it up Joe!

  67. rrsrq Says:


  68. Tampa Bay Demon Says:

    Cheers NonyaDamnBucsiness!! I am a relative newcomer but very happy to call you all brethren.

    We may argue and fight, but we all wear the same colors.

    Go BUCS! !!!

  69. TampaTown Says:

    Here’s to the 1%! Great job Joe’s getting it first AND getting it right! The mean girls are out in force for that exact reason. The cream always rises to the top! Thanks to JBF for all you do for us die hard Bucs fans ❤️

  70. Irishbullies Says:

    Joe you are now my number one source for Bucs news. Brilliantly done! As for the other guy I used to listen to him and his windbag partner on sports radio a few years back. Sucked then and sucks now! You are the man Joe and go Bucs!

  71. DBS Says:

    Great job Joe. They all tried to say there was no time line after you said Tuesday. Now they look like the fools.

  72. EsteroBuc Says:

    Good job, Joe!

  73. OneBucPerson Says:

    Great job Joe!

  74. Curse of Gruden Says:

    Well played Joe!

  75. richardtyson Says:

    Go Joe!!!!!

  76. Eric Says:

    Awesome job! Simply awesome!!

  77. Howard Cosell Says:

    Good job Joe


  78. CHIbucfan Says:

    PFT credits you guys all the time on Bucs related stuff

  79. David (Montreal) Says:

    Never a doubt! Kudos to Steve, Lee and the Sage! JBF is THE leader in Bucs coverage!

  80. Buc4life24 Says:

    Way to go! Another reason your the first site I click on when I wake up! Been that way since 09 when I was told about this site! Helped get me through a deployment entertainment wise!

  81. Orlampa Turd Says:

    I care Joe.

    We all spend too much time on our phones as it is, so it’s nice that I only need to come here to get the most timely, thorough, relevant, entertaining, and accurate Bucs coverage. I’ve been a daily reader since before I ever got my first smart (dumb) phone and I thank you guys for the great work that you do.

  82. D-Rome Says:

    I didn’t know there was behind-the-scenes BS until I read this article.

  83. ninety9buc Says:

    I was thinking the same thing the whole time!!!

    The only report I consider
    ed truthful was JBF!!!

  84. Steven007 Says:

    That was the least passive-aggressive, least self-congratulatory post I’ve ever read. Haha. As my father used to say, your scoop plus $0.50 will buy you a cup of coffee. These days it’s about 3:50. Good work nonetheless.

  85. Matt in Bradenton Says:

    Been riding with this site for 9 years, every single day. Love the podcasts as well. Keep doing what you do, it’s working!

  86. Usedtocould Says:

    Great job as always. I’ve said it before, I don’t think I would follow the Bucs anymore if it wasn’t for joe and the sage

  87. Trench War Says:

    *golf clap*

  88. Lordcornelius Says:

    Was waiting till it was official to give much due props

    #1 site that covers this team – thank you guys!

  89. Pete Mitchell Says:

    Yeah… but you’ll still get guys who b!tch about the timing of the podcasts… oh… wait… that was me. Darn it.

  90. Nashville Buc Says:


  91. Deminion Says:

    Props to Joe for bein the insider for bucs news Joe had this before the big boys !!

  92. Bradentonbuc Says:

    Feel that fire Joes! In all honesty thank you!

  93. Bucs Fan Since ‘76 Says:

    Proud to be a one percenter!

  94. Rod Munch Says:

    I love seeing the old guard fake news idiots being made out to be fake news idiots – not that they’ll have a moment of reflection or honesty, nor will they change their opinion on you Joe. Anyways keep poking your finger in their eye, and you really should take a victory lap to really shove it in their face, they deserve it.

  95. Sam Ingram Says:

    Great work as always Joe! You are my first choice for all Bucs news.

  96. Pickgrin Says:


    You nailed it Joe. Damn fine work!

  97. Pruritus Ani Says:

    Awesome… Been reading the blog for years and this is my only source.

  98. Joe Says:

    Pruritus Ani:

    Thank you for the support. Appreciate the kind words.

  99. __TGH__ Says:

    I love this site, read it every day. Since you decided to write this, I do have a couple of quick questions:

    With the connections you have made and the insight it has granted you, what percentage of what you know/hear are you not reporting to keep your insider position? It really doesn’t work like that. This isn’t politics. That said, JoeBucsFan is not an unsourced rumor website. Never has been since Day 1. If we went the rumor route, we could run quite a weekly column. If things are learned in confidence, they stay that way and simply enhance Joe’s knowledge base. –Joe You have referenced many stories you cannot share, isn’t that the best kind of news? How do you decide to write something that you know your contacts are going to frown upon but keep other things a secret for their (and ultimately, your benefit)? What a tightrope you walk. What you must have withheld from us to end up breaking this story. Again, it really doesn’t work that way. You’ve seen too many TV shows. –Joe

    Thanks Joe, keep up the great work!

  100. Pierre-Luc Martel Says:

    Way to go my friend(s)! You do awesome stuff!

  101. Fire Light Says:

    Joe got the scoop and someone else took credit. Sound like people don’t respect you.

  102. Phil Says:

    I was getting ready to leave work for the weekend when I check your web site before leaving. Needless to say your report made my weekend much, much better. I can’t wait for the 2019 season to start.

  103. Robert Hellmich Says:

    Joes and Ira, you guys not only nailed this one on the head, Im not shocked as you guys produce the best insight into this franchise than any other outlet!