Josh Ruffin

Josh Ruffin


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 read more

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 read more

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, read more

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 read more

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 read more

Back Pew Hero Worship

Back Pew Hero Worship

Going into UFC 181 this past Saturday night, there were storylines and high drama galore embedded in the matchmaking. The main event saw a welterweight title rematch between champion Johny Hendricks and Robbie Lawler, a hard-hitting former journeyman on his second, implausible stint with the UFC. The co-main featured newly healthy lightweight champion Anthony Pettis, read more

Ferguson: Winter is Coming

Ferguson: Winter is Coming

Last week we had the first true snowfall of winter (equinoxes be damned, it’s 20 degrees in the sunlight, that’s winter) here in Madison. Depending on the conditions of your particular workplace, it also may have happened completely sight unseen. When I got to work yesterday morning, it was overcast, a little drizzly, cold: just read more

Reflections on a Marathon

Reflections on a Marathon

The first cramp hit my calf around mile 22. I was running, still at a fairly good clip and on pace to finish this damn thing in three and a half hours, i.e. my best case scenario goal time. I read somewhere that it was a good idea for endurance athletes — a term I read more

Back-Pew Hero Worship: House of Worship

Back-Pew Hero Worship: House of Worship

The past week has been an embarrassment of riches for fight fans like me. Not only did we get to witness a truly legitimate, truly history-making fight in Bernard Hopkins vs. Sergey Kovalev — Kovalev won by a wide unanimous decision — but were also treated to a rare weekend triple-header of mixed martial arts: read more

This Addiction

This Addiction

Recently, I unearthed a good-sized pile of old CDs from during my album-reviewing days for the Metro Spirit and before. They were in a cardboard box that, I assume, we lugged up to our apartment when we moved in here this past May, assumed that something redeemable or useful would eventually make itself known, and read more