Turns 13

August 7th, 2021

Yes, Joe is now a teenager.

Thirteen years ago today, Joe fired up this website and never turned back. More than 44,000 posts have been typed, the results of obsessing 24/7 about all things Buccaneers.

It all started with a laptop and a dream.

As the Chucky era marched on, Joe became so incredibly bored by the stale, traditional media in the Tampa Bay area. It was years into the new century but coverage felt completely stuck in the 1980s. But in some corners of the Internet, coverage of sports teams was fun, you know, like sports are supposed to be.

So Joe hatched a plan to cover the Buccaneers in a way that would entertain and interest Joe, something very different from the rather boring traditional media presentation. A defunct NBA site called 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 — and no money. 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. Joe had lots of “haters” before anyone used the term “haters.”

But Joe pressed on because this site was rooted in a love for the Bucs (and always will be).

Plus, Joe was having fun and was confident fans were buying into Joe’s unique brand of journalism that continues to be like no other.

Thankfully, Bucs fans kept coming. traffic grows consistently, and it’s reached the point where Joe is now the only destination for legions of Bucs fans. In 2021 alone, more than 24 million pages will be viewed on And then there are all the beloved podcast listeners on top of that.

The ride has been wild (Joe could write a book about the bizarre sh*t he’s experienced), and Joe appreciates all readers.

While Joe has wacky daily commenters and devoted and engaged followers, the typical readers never comment but they are always in Joe’s heart.

Joe also appreciates the great year-round sponsors, local business owners who support Unlike the Buccaneers organization and other local media outlets, Joe does not price gouge and views advertisers as true partners and friends.

As always, Joe’s lone birthday wish is for top quality football to continue in Tampa.

Joe loves playing cheerleader instead of dissecting the turds served up by the Bucs during The Lost Decade. What a relief last year was. Winning is good for mental health and the bank account.

A hearty thank you from world headquarters to all the Bucs fans out there who have allowed Joe to realize this dream over the years — even the legions of fan haters, bitter media types and sour Bucs employees.

As a birthday treat, Joe will get back to work serving Bucs fans 24/7. It’s a privilege.

70 Responses to “ Turns 13”

  1. Lamarcus Says:

    Yea man Congratulations. I remember when the site first started. I think my visit was 2009 or 2010. Long time!!

  2. Chuckstutz Says:

    Glad to be a reader for years. The enjoyment you provide 365 days a year is great!
    Thank you!

  3. RustyRhinos Says:

    Congratulations! JoeBucsFan! Been here a long time meet and engaged with many other passion-filled Buccaneer fans. Thanks, Joe’s along with Ira! (a HOF ownership/management signing right there!) for aiding us in our unquenchable passion for Buccaneer news and views.
    Go! JoeBucsFan!
    Go! Bucs!!

  4. Rayjay1122 Says:

    Congrats Joe. Thanks for all the great reads over the years. One thing though. Can the schedule get updated to reflect the 2021 season? Just wondering.

  5. Doctor Stroud Says:

    Congratulations, JoeBucsFan! You guys do not suffer from proprioception!

  6. Elita Vita Says:

    Happy Bar-Mitzvah Joes!!! Today you are becoming men!!! Have a wonderful reception and don’t forget to invite Ira!!!
    Wishing you have many more years to come!!!

  7. Sumosam Says:

    Congrats Joe
    I am a daily reader and sometime contributor and I love reading this sight. Thank you and best of luck to you.

  8. Tkras red Bozo lips Says:

    10 times better than my radio show

  9. PassingThru Says:

    PassingThru has decided that the only way to celebrate Joe’s Anniversary is to refer to ourselves in third person. So today PassingThru acknowledges the importance of Working Class Hero, Pom Pom Cheerleading, Beer Guzzling, Saber-Waving, Shameless Self-Promoting, Nom De Plume Writing, Sponsor Name Plugging, Incapable of Understanding a Receiving RB Editorializing Joe in all his glory.

  10. Rixk Says:

    Congratulations! Thanks for all you do. Been a fan since 1976. Living in CA I used to have a weekly “magazine” mailed to get news. It was supposed to be a recap and preview of the next game. It would arrive on Monday the day after the game it was previewing. You are my first stop every day. Let’s repeat like the Lightning!

  11. kyle Says:

    Congrats Joes! I really appreciate the hard work and content every day. I log in every day to get the latest news.

  12. Usedtocould Says:

    My favorite website, a good break from reality. Congrats Joe

  13. gp Says:

    Happy Birthday Joe(s)!
    Here’s to many many more years of reporting on ‘winning’ football!
    Your format and forum are unique, informative, and fun. Good combination!
    Congrats on making your dream relevant and profitable, also a good combination.
    In your own way, you have eased us lifelong fans through the abyss of the lost decade. Now on to greater things!
    You have made this world a better place.
    Thank You.

  14. Casual Observer Says:

    Congrats, Joe. Always a fun column.

  15. Steven007 Says:

    JBF is never stale. Keep up the good work and happy birthday @ JBF headquarters.

  16. Alanbucsfan Says:

    And many thanks to JoeBucsfan for providing the online bar where Bucs fans can rant!

  17. BuccYa Says:

    Congrats guys! Love the site! Love the Ira podcast even more. The dedication 365 days a year has not gone unnoticed. Thank you!

  18. PSK Bucs Fan Says:

    Congratulations Joe’s! I stumbled upon your site around 2009 and
    I am multiple times a day visitor ever since. Bringing Ira on when the Trib went under was brilliant and an awesome addition. Wishing you continued success for my own selfish enjoyment! Cheers!

  19. ocala Says:

    Congrats! The company I am part of just turned 11 so I know the ups and downs all to well of a new business. I’m glad you guys are doing so well.

  20. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Congrats Joes!!!

    i encourage support for JBF advertisers…..that’s how this free media works….you buy from them….mention JBF…..they buy ads from Joe….Joe has a healthy growing business…..

  21. ClodHopper Says:

    Happy Birthday, Joe! Been here for most of that since around 2011 or so.

    I came for the Joe persona but stayed for the top notch quality of your blogging/journalism.

    The only time you upset me was when I was in the Mike Glennon Mob. lol

    Here’s to even greener pastures. You guys deserve all your success.

  22. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Has it really been that long? Wow. Time flies when we’re having fun!

    Congrats, Joes!

    JBF is my daily source for Bucs news, and even if I don’t have as much time to comment these days, I’m always checking in!

    PS: To celebrate, we should come up with a nickname for Joe

  23. BloodyPewter Says:

    I have check this site like 20x a day for the last 10 years. My only regret is that I missed the first 3 years. Y’all have gotten me through so much in my life, thank you joes and thank you to all the long time commenters.

  24. jb Says:

    Just another right wing propaganda site disguised as a football site. The internet is crawling with ‘em! LOL
    BUT, when it comes to covering the Bucs, Joe does an admirable job. Now if he can just keep his politics out of it, this would be one of the better football sites out here!

  25. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    I am happy that I was here to witness all the well deserved success of this site.
    You guys deserve all your success.
    So glad to see Morning Cup of Joe still hanging in there!

  26. DRFEELGOOD Says:

    Congrats Joes! You deserve it for becoming the BEST source of Bucs info through the Lost Decade and the now blissful times. I wish you nothing but continued success!

  27. BloodyPewter Says:

    Who here misses the hooters girls every morning!?

  28. Buc1987 Says:

    I’ve been reading JBF since 2013.

    Thank you Joes for all that you do.

  29. Go Bucs Says: is my first read in the morning and my last read at night! I really appreciate you Joe’s, you really bring a personal touch to all of us for our beloved Tampa Bay Buccaneers!!! Keep up the great work…. GO BUCS

  30. Bird Says:

    Great work joes!

    None of the other buc sites even compare in the amount of bucs coverage

  31. Alexander Nascimento Says:

    Congrats Joes!!!
    Thanks for everything

  32. gp Says:

    Now if he can just keep his politics out of it,
    Can’t say as I’ve ever seen either of the Joe’s “pick a side”.

    They can, however, delete anything they deem deleterious to their site.
    A power that they do not abuse but will wield when necessary.

    Yet another reason I love their site.
    Thanks again Joe!

  33. Bellingham Bucs Fan Says:

    Congrats Joe! Bellingham Bucs Fan has been a loyal reader for most of that time. We we lucky to have such a site. Thank you for your devotion to the Bucs and to the APA writing style.

  34. RioDeJaneiroBucsFan Says:

    Congratulations for both Joes, amazing website!

  35. Bucs&Bolts Says:

    Thank YOU Joe for all your work it’s greatly appreciated and you have been apart of my daily routine for over a Decade now ! 🍻🍻Have a Great Weekend Go Bucs!

  36. firethecannons Says:

    all of this is nice and special otherwise we would not visit your site (I never go to Bucsnation etc) Question for you Joe:
    Why the hell am I still on moderation? every post every time for at least 6 months? Why does this happen and when does it stop?
    Not sure. Consider it an honor. Most people are in moderation of some form. –Joe

  37. WillieG Says:

    Congratulations! I think I’ve been reading for about 12.75 years.

    I have a question:

    But Joe pressed on because this site was rooted in a love for the Bucs (and always will be).

    Journalists are supposed to be neutral (and boring) when it comes to sports. And yet, you say your site was rooted in a love for the Bucs. Cool. I prefer that. But if you’ve always been a fan, how did you hide it from the other “neutral” types? You did cover Bucs games for other outfits, right?
    Interesting question. JoeBucsFan delivers a lot of news but opinion drives the bus here and that’s rather obvious. Opinion writers are still “journalists.” It’s a distinction that is often forgotten. The Joes worked at The Tampa Tribune for years but did not cover the Bucs. One Joe did join in the newspaper’s Buccaneers coverage at times, but it’s easy to write straight news stories without bias. Before starting, one Joe was a Bucs season ticket holder and the other was just a hardcore fan like so many others.–Joe

  38. gp Says:

    Not sure how or when I stumbled out of the dark to find this site. Don’t really care.
    Damn sure glad that I did though!

  39. UnderMeBucinHat Says:

    Thank you so much for a free and interesting place to come every day (especially in the off-season) and get a Bucs’ fix to ease my day. I love your style of writing and the selection of photos accompanying each piece is always great too. Keep up the good work and here’s to another 13! May they all be winning seasons!

  40. gp Says:

    Can’t speak for the Joe’s but…
    Did you notice the name of the site?
    I think their Bucanneers bias is on display for all to see!
    This is NOT the “National News”.

  41. Bucsfaninchina Says:

    Thank you much for the content over the years, Joe’s. I came to the site when names like Kellen Winslow, Mike Williams, Josh Freeman, Gerald McCoy, Adrian Clayborn, Brian Price, Mason Foster, and Lagarrette Blount were the dudes. Thank god we have moved forward

  42. Buccfan37 Says:

    I had to jump in here to thank the Joes for all the Bucs commentary and from fans alike.

  43. yucboy Says:

    Happy birthday Joe

  44. Bojim Says:

    I’ve been a football fan since I was a kid. But you really showed me football. Thank you and Congrats!!

  45. BA4President Says:

    Congrats Sirs!

  46. DoooshLaRue Says:

    So Joe finally has some hair down there!

  47. superbuc Says:

    An absolute joy to read this website, not just sports but the Morning Cup o Joe gives me news I rarely would find on my own, cheers to another 13 years!

  48. Buczilla Says:

    WTG! You two Joe’s and Ira are the best and this is by far my favorite website to read regardless of genre. I appreciate all of your hard work and it’s truly a joy to come here every day and gobble up info. 😜

  49. 𝗶𝗮𝗺𝗮𝗯𝘂𝗰 Says:

    Been here since the beginning, Joe. Thank you for your site. You are my “morning paper ” everyday. Will always Go Bucs!!

  50. SB Says:

    Happy Birthday Joes!

  51. firethecannons Says:

    Thanks Joe for the in moderation explanation thinking it may have to do with my permanent twitter ban that is definitely a badge of honor

  52. firethecannons Says:

    Joe, we all appreciate your occasional responses to us, no other website does that. truthfully thanks to JBF I have gotten to know the Bucs unlike I could for any other team, we are all in this team together–glad for you!

  53. Joe Says:

    Thank you guys for all the kind words. Joe sincerely appreciates your support. Without readers like you, this here site wouldn’t exist.

  54. PSL Bob Says:

    I’m late to the party, but a CONGRATULATIONS and THANK YOU are in order. I’m a relative newcomer, but visit the site almost daily now. I enjoyed reading about how you began and the impetus for your style. Keep it up! I”m sure you’re very proud and well you should be!

  55. D-Rome Says:

    Congratulations Joe! I say it every year you make this post that I’ve seen reading since the tail end of the 2008 season. I can’t believe it’s been 13 years. Yesterday was the first time I went to the official Buccaneers web site to read anything since the Super Bowl. There is only one place I consistently go to follow the Bucs and it’s here. Thank you for everything.

  56. Christopher Schiefen Says:

    Congratulations 💪

  57. OH Buc Fan Says:

    My favorite football site. Thanks for all your work Joes.

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  59. Mike C Says:

    Thanks Joe

  60. Jim W Says:

    Thanks for all the hours that you guys have put in over the years. I have been visiting the site multiple times a day for years. It is definitely my go to Bucs site.
    Appreciate you guys……

  61. NCFlorIdiot Says:

    JoeBucsFan shirts anytime soon? That would be huge and fun, maybe with the option to put out user names on them? Anyway, keep up the good work Joes… Go Bucs!

  62. William Walls Says:

    *In my best Kirstie Alley sob*
    “Has it been that long?”

    Seriously, though, thank you so very much, both of you. And thanks also for picking up Ira when he got stranded in the Tribune parking lot. The Times’ loss is Joe’s gain–and ours. May you all continue to be blessed.

  63. Señor Harry in Costa Rica Says:

    Congrats Joe, it has been a wonderful ride for 13 years and I concur, we hope the quality of the Bucs continues each and every year for the foreseeable future.

  64. Cobraboy Says:

    Daily go-to for coverage and opinions.

    13 years deserves a hat tip.

    Thank you Joes.

    You guys’ opinions may not always be correct, but you’re never in doubt.

  65. Joe in Michigan Says:

    Happy B-Day, JoeBucsFan website!

  66. Rob In Land O Lakes Says:

    Steve and Lee, Congrats. You guys do awesome work!

  67. SoFloBuc Says:

    Happy Birthday Joe!!

  68. Bush's Coke Spoon Says:

    Every time someone writes “Steve and Lee,” I see “Stan and Lee.” It gives me a flashback to the Marvel Comics days of my childhood.

    Happy Birthday!

  69. German Buc Says:

    Happy birthday, Joe(s). Keep up the great work for Bucs fans all over the globe!

  70. unbelievable Says:

    Mazel Tov! Happy Bar Mitzvah!

    I’ve been a daily reader since the Raheem the Dream days. Started commenting sometime under Schiano, when some of the comments I was reading were so absurd and ridiculous, that I created my username – “unbelievable”.

    Thanks for always delivering Bucs content for us to binge! And congrats again on all the success!!!