Happy Birthday, Ira Kaufman!

August 11th, 2020

Congratulations to iconic JoeBucsFan.com columnist and radio/podcast legend Ira Kaufman. Happy birthday, Ira!

The man turns 81 today and doesn’t look a day over 66 years old. How does he do it?

Ira’s secret is lots of tennis and Big Storm beer, as well as professional footwork around the Bay area’s finest buffets (and the not so fine) and a plethora of moves in crowded Publix aisles.

The Sage of Tampa Bay Sports also has been invigorated by driving around in a luxurious 2020 Ford Escape from Bill Currie Ford.

It’s hard to believe that Ira is in his fifth year at JoeBucsFan.com. Nearly 10 percent of his illustrious career has been spent at JoeBucsFan world headquarters. Joe sure hopes Ira can make it to 100, and at least keep working until he notches 50 years covering the Bucs and/or Team Glazer makes the bold and correct move to put Ira in the Buccaneers Ring of Honor.

C’mon, Team Glazer. Will there ever be another Ira?

Joe is pleased to report that The Sage had a wonderful morning at the beach and is feeling great.

You can send Ira birthday love in the comments below, or hit him up on Twitter @ikaufman76.

Joe still can’t believe the Tampa Bay Times bought The Tampa Tribune four years ago and made the bonehead of move of kicking Ira to the curb in a matter of minutes. That’s on par with drafting a kicker in the second round or cutting Darrelle Revis in his prime.

Don’t worry. Ira isn’t taking any time off. There still will be two podcasts this week and he won’t miss a beat on his columns.

Joe asked Ira if he wanted a day off.

Ira’s reply? “Not happening.”

32 Responses to “Happy Birthday, Ira Kaufman!”

  1. Onebucdaddy Says:

    Happy birthday to the great Sage

  2. D-Rome Says:

    Happy Birthday Ira! I hope you have a great one with many more to come.

  3. SteveK Says:

    Happy Birthday, Sage!

    Make Cosmo keep your carpets clean on your special day!

    Don’t put the calzones in the trunk.

    Ps. Are you really 66 or 81? I feel like he is 66, but Joe is cracking a funny? (Want to know if it is ok to laugh, or be wowed?)

  4. SteveK Says:

    I hope you get some beet salad and Riesling to wash it down. Cheers, Sage!

  5. Chuckstutz Says:

    Salute to the best of the best! Happy birthday ira !πŸŽ‚πŸŽ‚

  6. Rayjay1122 Says:

    πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽŠπŸŽŠ Hope you have a great B Day Ira!

  7. ModHairKen Says:

    Outstanding!!!! Congratulations!

  8. VABucsfan Says:

    Happy Birthday Ira!Thanks for all you do!

  9. TampaTown Says:

    Happy Birthday Ira/Irv! The Tampa Bay Area is proud to have you and lucky to call you our own. Hat tip to you my friend πŸŽ©πŸ»πŸŽ‚πŸ₯³

  10. Buc1987 Says:

    Happy Birthday young man.

  11. James Maune Says:

    Have a wonderful Birthday Sage! Thanks for the wonderful podcast.

  12. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Happy Birthday, Grandpa!

  13. Nick2 Says:

    Happy Birthday Ira!!! Have a couple extra Bro Mosas and a reuben for me!!!
    Excellent podcast keep up the great work man!

  14. james west Says:

    happy birthday Ira;i really enjoy your podcast, and have to say you have a wealth of knowledge on football, i envy your position, must be a blast, to have a job you really love to do. probably as much as the players do

  15. adam from new york Says:

    wow…hbd ira!

  16. unbelievable Says:

    Happy bday Ira

  17. Clean House Says:

    Happy Birthday Ira!! I enjoy your shtick!! Love hearing about Reuben Sandwhiches and the Bucs!

  18. Steven007 Says:

    Happy birthday ira, and many more.

  19. Alanbucsfan Says:

    I don’t know what’s better- Ira’s birthday or the Vencano ad models!

  20. JimbobBucsFan Says:

    At the tender age of 81 you’re looking good, Sage! You just might make it as a sports beat writer! 😍


  21. Joe in Michigan Says:

    Happy Birthday, Sage! My favorite comment from you on the podcast β€œThe south end zone at Ray Jay, are you kicking on Lake Michigan, over here?”, or something to that effect. Classic, like you, Mr. Kaufman!!

  22. Buczilla Says:

    Happy Birthday! You are awesome and one of my favorite writers ever. Love ya man.

  23. Jonathan Limpchimpi Says:

    Happy Birthday to a Tampa treasure. Lotsa pear shaped fossils referring to Ira as old/Grandpa etc. Just jealousy…pure jealousy.

  24. All lives matter Says:

    At least at this age Sage, when you flatulate it’s more like dust. πŸ™‚

  25. All lives matter Says:

    Oops forgot ..Happy Birthday!!!

  26. ParrishBucsfan Says:

    Happy birthday to the great SAGE of Tompa Bay!!!!

  27. Barbosa Says:

    Happy birthday Ira!

  28. Chris l Says:

    Happy birthday ira! Huge buc fan living in your old backyard New York and from Toronto!

  29. Sprbuc Says:

    Happy Birthday to the custodian of Canton! Many more celebrations to follow, hope to cheers to you at a Bucs watch party this fall!

  30. SeΓ±or Harry in Costa Rica Says:

    A very Happy Birthday Ira! I have been reading your work for a lot of years and want to thank you for providing me with great stories and info in that time. I hope you had an awesome birthday!

  31. bucsfan951 Says:

    happy belated b day!

  32. Rick Fischer Says:

    Happy Birthday Ira!