Happy Birthday, Ira Kaufman!

August 11th, 2022

A standing ovation is in order for JoeBucsFan.com columnist and radio/podcast legend Ira Kaufman. Happy birthday, Ira!

The Sage of Tampa Bay Sports today turns 83 today and doesn’t look a day over 68 years old. How does he do it?

Ira’s secret is weekly hours on the tennis court, Big Storm beer, nimble aerobic workouts around the Bay area’s finest buffets (and the not so fine) plus a plethora of moves in crowded Publix aisles. He’s also been known to walk his beloved dog Cosmo and slice a dozen bagels at a time with his iron grip.

You may see Ira driving to and from One Buc Palace today in his luxurious 2020 Ford Escape from Bill Currie Ford — cherry red.

It’s hard to believe that Ira is in his seventh year at JoeBucsFan.com. That’s more than 10 percent of his illustrious career (barely) at JoeBucsFan world headquarters. Joe sure hopes Ira can make it to 100, and at least keep working until 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?

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 six years ago and made the bonehead 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.

Joe asked Ira if he wanted today off.

Ira’s reply? “Not happening.”

Ira in the grill of safeties coach Nick Rapone at Bucs training camp 2022.

37 Responses to “Happy Birthday, Ira Kaufman!”

  1. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Happy Birthday, Ira…..you deserve the best!!!

  2. #8 Says:

    I’d have chosen pewter vs red. Less speeding tickets.

    The march to 100 goes on. Happy birthday.

  3. KingLDavid54 Says:

    Happy Birthday, Ira, and looking great!

  4. D-Rome Says:

    One year away from 69 years old. I’m envious.

  5. Jeezy Says:

    Happy Birthday Ira!!!!!!!! Thank you for all you do for us.

  6. Lord Cornelius Says:

    Happy Birthday!! Can’t believe it’s been 7 years. That’s awesome you’re still playing tennis and pounding beers

  7. Goatfarmer Says:

    Happy Birthday, Ira!

    50 more!

  8. Anonymous Says:

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY IRA! You’re not he he’s!

  9. SB~LV Says:

    Tom McEwen ( sp) status

  10. Socal Bucs fan Says:

    Happy Birthday Ira. Enjoy a bagel with cream cheese and slice to celebrate.

  11. Smashsquatch Says:

    Happy Bday Ira! Now go find me a scoop, and I’m not talking about ice cream!

  12. Drebucsfan Says:

    Happy birthday Ira!!!

  13. Goatfarmer Says:

    Wait, what? Ira is 83?

    No way!!!!!!!

  14. KnoxvilleBuc Says:

    Happy Birthday!

  15. Crack3rK Says:

    Wishing the Sage many happy returns! Thank you Ira and Joe Bucs Fan – also celebrating a birthday – for all your great Bucs coverage!

  16. JWBUCS Says:

    Happy Birthday Ira… Grateful for your communication and reporting skills!

  17. Buczilla Says:

    Happy Birthday dude! You are the best.

  18. Casual Observer Says:

    That’s not the only bonehead move the Tampa Bay Times has made over the years. It has become their modus operandi. Congrats to Ira.

  19. Chris Cotten Says:

    Happy Birthday Ira, you are the MAN

  20. OrlandoBucFan Says:

    Happy Birthday Ira!!! I enjoyed reading your columns with the Tribune, so it is great that you can still do your thing with Joe Bucs Fan.

  21. Red86 Says:

    Happy Birthday Sage! May you have a great day with your family and friends!

  22. Winny Testaverde Says:

    Ira is The Tom Moore of JBF…priceless/ageless consultant. Incorporating The Body By Joe’s diet & fitness regimen has paid off in spades as well. Happy Birthday, Big Fella!

  23. mark2001 Says:

    Eighty-Three. Wow. Didn’t know he was that long in the tooth. He does look well preserved… it must be the Alcohol in the Big Storm beer that preserves him and keeps him looking over a decade younger than he is.

  24. MadMax Says:

    83? WTF, you kidding me? Man that guy has good genes in his dna, or good dna in his genes, whatever lol. I just hope I live that long and can still look 65 with that much energy.

    Happy your day Ira…..enjoy it.

  25. FortMyersDave Says:

    Loved Ira’s articles at the Trib, the Times definitely made a mistake by not bringing him on board when they acquired the Trib but their loss is JBF’s and its readers’ gain as the fish wrap circles the drain! Happy Birthday Ira and many happy returns!

  26. Christos Says:

    Happy Bday Ira, from Greece

  27. Rick Says:

    Happy Birthday Ira!!

  28. D-Rok Says:

    Happy Birthday, Ira!!

  29. SteveK Says:

    Happy birthday, Sage, aka Irv, the main man of New Port Ritchey, Ira!

    Don’t leave the calzones in the trunk.

  30. chris l Says:

    Happy birthday to JBF (couple days ago) and happy birthday to the sage! Massive bucs fan all the way in toronto!

  31. BucsfanFred Says:

    Happy Birthday, Ira!

  32. Leopold Stotch Says:

    Happy Birthday, Sage! Keep up the good work!

  33. Bob Higginbotham Says:

    All the best to you on your day Ira! You da man!

  34. sprbuc Says:

    Happy Birthday Ira! Looking forward to many more columns and the best podcast in the land!

  35. mark2001 Says:

    Days almost Ira…hope you had a good one. Almost time to kiss the dog, pat the wife, and go to bed.

  36. Captain Solyard Says:

    Happy Birthday Ira…Keep it up!

  37. Hunter's Crack Pipe Says:

    Happy Birthday late!