Josh Ruffin

Josh Ruffin


Let Me Tell You About Andrei Arlovski

Let Me Tell You About Andrei Arlovski

Have you heard of Andrei Arlovski? Arguably the baddest-ass of all mixed martial artists with the nickname “Pitbull,” Arlovski won the UFC heavyweight title right around the time I was getting into sport. A former World Youth Combat Sambo champion and World Cup silver medalist — combat sambo, for the uninitiated or apathetic, is kind […]

Support taste. Drink craft. Save the Earth.

Support taste. Drink craft. Save the Earth.

From the outset, I want to make clear that I wish we didn’t have to live in a world with Super PACs. Though their existence has given us, peripherally and unintentionally, a gem here and there — Stephen Colbert’s PAC, for example, which was created, funded and dissected on his television show solely to illustrate […]

The looming tragedy of AQR

The looming tragedy of AQR

About an hour before I sat down tonight, I had a whole Ferguson-related column planned out that was going to be, hopefully, better than the last one I did. The catalyst: protesters in Ferguson, Missouri, are now using the chant “Hands up! Don’t shoot!” as their rallying cry. Depressingly, infuriatingly and predictably, there are now […]

I’m at a Loss

I’m at a Loss

I generally make no effort to choose background music based on my mood; rather, it stems from what I wish my mood to be in the ensuing moments. It might seem a roundabout way of saying that, truly, I do make such decisions based on my state of mind at any given moment, but that […]

Triathlon, beer… they’re not that different

Triathlon, beer… they’re not that different

Over the weekend, three major festivals/events occurred here in Wisconsin that drew various sorts of lunatics to the state from around the world: Great Taste of the Midwest, Triathlon National Championships and the Wisconsin State Fair. The first is the second-largest beer festival in the country, just behind the Great American Beer Festival. The second […]

U-S-A! U-S-A!

U-S-A! U-S-A!

Someone — Thomas Jefferson, I think, or Fela Kuti or Chthulu or somebody — once said that America needed a good war every 20 years or so to keep the economy going. Of course, that was based on a consensus rationale during a period in our country’s history when it was totally on the up-and-up […]

Female Rappers

Female Rappers

Every now and again, we as a culture stop throwing awards at the Foo Fighters long enough to develop an obsessive, almost childlike fascination with a new female rapper. The rather infrequent timing with which we tend to do this owes, I think, to two different, nearly at-odds aspects of this society: 1) we’re actually […]

World Cup Massacre

World Cup Massacre

I was sitting in Gate E at Logan Airport, waiting for my plane and reading through the Apache massacre section of “Blood Meridian” when the Germany vs. Brazil World Cup semifinal game started. My wife and I had just finished eating lunch at the airport bar that boasted the terminal’s only six televisions and, though […]