Josh Ruffin

Josh Ruffin


Gun, guns everywhere

Gun, guns everywhere

By now, you all probably know that Governor Nathan “Y’all Try Hard not to Make a ‘Let’s Make a Deal’ Reference, Y’Hear?” Deal recently signed into legislation the smoke-and-mirrors-named Safe Carry Protection Act, also referred to as the “guns everywhere law” because it allows guns, well, pretty much everywhere: churches, bars, schools, etc. College campuses […]

Simplify

Simplify

When I was younger, in the days during which sentences beginning with “When I grow up, I want to be…” were still excusable — I continue to say that now, then remember that I’m not a child anymore, but merely a lankier-than-thou man-child — I wanted to be a marine biologist. Specifically, I was utterly […]

Back-Pew Hero Worship: The Maidana Constan

It seems — I can’t be bothered, apparently, to check the save dates on my Word documents — that every other column I write with the “Back Pew Hero Worship” tag involves Floyd Mayweather in some form or fashion. In an intensely microcosmic way — by which I mean that I’m so far on the […]

Grumpy old white men

Grumpy old white men

I mentioned in last week’s column — or maybe the week before; time, these days, seems to blend together into one coterminous, I don’t know, Jell-O mold or something — that sometimes a ready made article comes along in the form of a topic or person whose sheer scale of grandiose, comedic absurdity and stupidity […]

Hurricane’s smallest victory

Hurricane’s smallest victory

I didn’t wake up this morning intending to write about the death of Rubin “Hurricane” Carter. Truth be told, I didn’t wake up this morning “intending” to write about anything; more often than not, if you haven’t noticed, this column tends to be made up of whatever hovers into my field of consciousness at a […]

The Three Most Insane Moments at the Midwest Horse Fair Rodeo

The Three Most Insane Moments at the Midwest Horse Fair Rodeo

As much as I play at cosmopolitanism and encourage people to step outside their comfort zones, I admit I tend to play it pretty safe. At this point, after all, my weekly routine is fairly set, and is generally comprised of some combination of work, gym, beer, writing and sushi. We’re all, of course, guilty […]

The Piano

The Piano

Earlier today, I said goodbye to a family heirloom that’s been in the Ruffin family and household for more than half a century: an upright piano, a Westbrook, with two wobbly wheeled legs that somehow have managed to not snap off at the base despite treks spanning half the Eastern seaboard and a drive through […]

My Inner Hoarder

My Inner Hoarder

My wife and I are in the middle of moving into a new apartment, about 10 miles and one city limit away. It’s in a small shopping center down the road a ways from Target, my favorite bottle shop and nearly equidistant from our respective workplaces. That same shopping center houses a pizza parlor, a […]

Where Power Gets You, Part II

Where Power Gets You, Part II

Truly, these combat sport-related columns can get to the point where they resemble a Russian nesting doll. By the time I’m done writing this — never mind by the time it gets posted and printed — there will have been two more fights with serious intellectual- and industry-related implications. In boxing, 42-year-old Tony Thompson (whose […]

Where Power Gets You

Where Power Gets You

A lot happened over this past weekend in the world of combat sports: uber-prospect Deontay Wilder — though it gets to feel a little more disingenuous calling him a “prospect” after his roughly 156th straight first-round KO victory — knocked out Malik Scott in the very first frame, setting himself up for a shot at […]