Josh Ruffin

Josh Ruffin


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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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: […]

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 […]

The value, and power, of obsession

The value, and power, of obsession

Okay, time to wrap it up. For this next and last installment of “Josh Geeks Out Over Horror Films Just Because It’s Halloween,” I’m tackling the awkward, gothic, endearingly kitschy “The Ninth Gate,” a film that answers the question: What happens when a temperamental man-child actor has an off-screen tiff with a pedophilic genius? Johnny […]