Josh Ruffin

Josh Ruffin


Science!

Science!

You’ll forgive me if this column seems a little scattered — yeah, even more so than usual, which is, okay, kind of inexcusable. I ran 18 miles yesterday, which lots of people do every day, for some reason, but it was my first time, and so now each individual part of my body is telling […]

It’s Complicated

It’s Complicated

We have a very complicated relationship with sports. There are whole books, dissertations and conference talks dedicated to this, but it remains difficult to pinpoint exactly what about the viewing of sports is so titillating to the average American. Is it a simple case of projection, of vicarious experience? A medium that teems with fodder […]

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 […]