Josh Ruffin

Josh Ruffin


Requiem

Requiem

Because I’m lazy and kind of an idiot, I thought about churning out another tired post-Academy Awards column this week. And, seeing as how I’m certainly not above sentencing low-hanging fruit to death by katana — to the best of my recollection, one year’s Oscar fallout column dealt exclusively with how much of a f***ing […]

Prince and I Feel the Same Way About the Grammys

Prince and I Feel the Same Way About the Grammys

Watching the Grammy Awards is always an interesting experience for me. I say “interesting” because the truth is that it falls somewhere between “enlightening” and “confounding,” and I’m not certain there’s a single adjective in any language besides Everyday Dog that aptly captures that feeling. See, I don’t listen to a lot of mainstream pop; […]

About That Beer Commercial

About That Beer Commercial

Hey, did you guys watch the Super Bowl? Yeah, me neither. It’s not that I’m anti-sports or anti-violent-sports — I mean, jeez, my go-to topic when I’m hard up for a column idea is a haphazard philosophical dissection of face-punching — but I just find it so damn difficult to care about the game, for […]

The Plot Twist No One Saw Coming

The Plot Twist No One Saw Coming

It was around the 15-second mark of the UFC on Fox main event between Anthony Johnson and Alexander Gustaffson that the narrative began to change — if that’s too ominous or definitive, then let’s say that a glint of alternate reality began to slip through into our universe. At about that time, Johnson landed a […]

#Hashtag

#Hashtag

We are told — in elementary school science classes, in college philosophy seminars, by “Big Bang Theory” writers just after their mid-morning tweak — that, for every reaction, there is an equal yet opposite reaction. The natural world, at least at the atomic level and above, seems to back this up: our universe is a […]

2016 Electric Boogaloo

2016 Electric Boogaloo

I don’t talk about politics much anymore, either in this space or in my day to day life. I eschew this for the same reason I don’t drink milk before going for a 12-mile run: it makes me cramped and gassy, and there’s a fairly good chance that white liquid will start spewing from my […]

Black Bond

Black Bond

Don’t know if you guys had heard, but the next James Bond is going to be a black dude. Now, if you’ve all finished instinctively clutching your purses a little bit tighter, we can explore why this is a really cool thing. Shall we? Let’s shall. Actually, first, let me just mention that Rush Limbaugh […]

Suffering

Suffering

On this no-so-cold winter’s morn, please enjoy this classic column. It snowed again today in Wisconsin. In a way, it was actually rather encouraging, as snowfall indicates that it’s getting warm enough to go outside without your eyeballs freezing up and dropping out of your head like errant marbles. Up until just this past weekend, […]

In Defense of “Jingle All the Way”

In Defense of “Jingle All the Way”

I always have been, and always will be, a total mark for Christmas-themed media of all types. For me, the Christmas season begins right after the first night it’s cold enough to wear a jacket. What that means is that, here in Wisconsin, the only time of the year I’m not humming the theme from […]

Ow! Ow! Ow! Ow! Ow! My Kneecap! Ow!

Ow! Ow! Ow! Ow! Ow! My Kneecap! Ow!

Hey y’all. Is it Christmas? Do I get to compile my Top 10 Best Christmas Movies to Watch While You Drizzle Bitters on Your Eyeballs yet? Spoiler alert: entries 1-10 are “The Santa Clause 2.” No? Fine. Let’s talk about leglocks. Hard as it is to believe, there are other mixed martial arts organizations besides […]