Josh Ruffin

Josh Ruffin


Fighting and Politics

Fighting and Politics

This past weekend, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez knocked out Amir Khan in the fifth round of their pseudo-middleweight championship fight. I say “pseudo” for two reasons: 1) Alvarez has rarely defended his middleweight title at the actual limit of 160 pounds, opting instead to use his considerable drawing power and subsequent negotiating muscle to mandate catch […]

Beer Etiquette

Beer Etiquette

It’s Craft Beer Week here in Madison, Wisconsin, and I help run a very popular craft beer bar close to the downtown area. Ironically, I probably drink way less during this week than any other week out of the year, because when you’re surrounded 24/7 by something that you love, you tend to resent anything […]

Celebrity Influence

Celebrity Influence

By now I’m sure you’ve heard of the Public Securities and Private Facility Act that North Carolina recently signed into law. Colloquially referred to as the “bathroom law,” it essentially mandates that a person must use the public restroom corresponding to the designated gender on their birth certificate. For most of us, that’s just reinforcing […]

Reckoning

Reckoning

It’s not like the vast majority of these columns aren’t self-indulgent. My creative process for this thing typically goes something like: Wake up on Tuesday. Drink stupid amount of coffee. Finger-vomit onto computer. Collect monthly entertainment bill. This one, however, is going to be particularly so, as I’m facing an existential mini-crisis and, like all […]

Not Feeling the Bern

Not Feeling the Bern

There are a lot of things people assume about me, based on my status as a white, liberal, Anglo-Saxon male in his early 30s living in the bastion of left-wing hippiedom that is Madison, WI. And, to be fair, most of it is true. I listen to NPR (but only when Spotify isn’t working, and […]

Greatest Walkoff KOs

Greatest Walkoff KOs

This past Saturday night at a UFC event in Brisbane, Australia, viewers were treated — appropriately enough, in the main and co-main events of the evening — to the extreme ends of compassion and sadism inherent in the sport of mixed martial arts. In the co-main, rising welterweight Neil Magny survived a first-round beatdown at […]

Why I’m Not (Too) Worried. Yet.

Why I’m Not (Too) Worried. Yet.

Reading political news at this point in the election cycle is kind of like watching a maniac argue with his own shadow about which ice cream flavor is the sexiest. POLITICO is especially guilty of this. It seems like, depending on which day of the week it is, the majority of their homepage is lit […]

What It’s Like to Suffer

What It’s Like to Suffer

This past Saturday night, while UFC featherweight champion Connor McGregor was notching his first loss in 15 fights to Nate Diaz via second round rear naked choke, I was sitting in the Barrymore Theater in Madison, Wisconsin, watching a concert by the High Kings, “Ireland’s No. 1 folk group.” Though I’m not self-important enough to […]

The Week in Review

The Week in Review

Holy Mother-of-What-the-Hell, you guys? So much insane stuff happened this week, it would be futile of me to try and pick just one thing to condense into a single column. See, I have the kind of attention span that wavers between super-focused and “OH LOOK A BUTTERFLY” at the drop of a dime, which is […]

Explaining Trump

Explaining Trump

I’ve been thinking quite a bit — way too much, in fact — about what exactly Donald Trump is up to, and how he’s getting away with it. The conventional wisdom is that Trump is capitalizing on, or blindly, luckily stumbled into, a seething anti-establishment current that’s currently running through our country’s political zeitgeist, particularly […]