Josh Ruffin

Josh Ruffin


How Tyson Fury Might Save Heavyweight Boxing

How Tyson Fury Might Save Heavyweight Boxing

One of the most momentous events in the last decade of sports history occurred this past weekend: Tyson Fury upset Wladimir Klitschko in Germany to become the first new lineal (read: he now holds every belt except the one that probably matters least) heavyweight boxing champion. That’s the good news. The bad news? No one […]

Really, Trump?

Really, Trump?

I wish I could say that this was going to be short and sweet. Unfortunately — because humanity is becoming more and more adept at proving itself a sentient, real-world Mos Eisley, “a wretched hive of scum and villainy” — all I can say is that this is going to be short. Not “deadline looms […]

Standing Firm

Standing Firm

In the wake of last weekend’s ISIS attacks in Paris, the focus has quickly shifted from the horror of the carnage itself to the fallout around the rest of the world, and more specifically right here in the states. President Obama recently announced a plan to accept 10,000 Syrian refugees into the country; it’s a […]

On Fedor, Legacy and Disillusionment

On Fedor, Legacy and Disillusionment

Last week I waxed whatever about Cuban boxer and fight-sport political martyr Guillermo Rigondeaux, the tragedy of whose career is that he’ll likely go down as a mere footnote when, in reality, he’s due some measure of superstardom. This week, I’d like to do the opposite, and throw a little shade at an all-time great: […]

The Greatest Footnote in the History of Sports?

The Greatest Footnote in the History of Sports?

Have you heard of Guillermo Rigondeaux? Probably not. Let me tell you about Guillermo Rigondeaux. Probably the greatest amateur boxer of all time, the Cuban defector holds a pre-professional record of, I am absolutely not kidding here, 463-12. Of those losses, his last was in 2003, six years before his defection to the United States. […]

The Kirk Conundrum

The Kirk Conundrum

The longer that this nightmare circus of a GOP primary goes on, the more it looks like either Ben Carson — I’m not putting “Dr.” in front of his name; whatever alien worm is controlling that man’s brain didn’t put in the work — or Donald Trump is going to be the Republican nominee, which […]

Parallel Horror

Parallel Horror

Hey, remember a few weeks ago when I said I was kicking off a series of pieces focusing on time-travel related movies? Yep, me too; like, last night. Since today is the designated “Future Day” that takes place in “Back to the Future, Part II” and Halloween also just happens to be about a week […]

The Cubs Are to This Season What the Braves Were in ‘91

The Cubs Are to This Season What the Braves Were in ‘91

It’s no secret that I don’t pay a whole lot of attention to any sport that doesn’t involve two people trying to beat, squeeze or crank one another into submission; my latent obsession with fight sports accounts for roughly 65 percent of my internet activity — the other 35 percent being a combination of Wikipedia […]

Oh, the Horror!

Oh, the Horror!

As we draw nearer and nearer to Halloween, it occurs to me — only now, for the first time in 31 years — that I’m not exactly sure what it is that draws me to horror. And I don’t mean Halloween; I mean horror. I know what draws me to Halloween; I can categorize it […]

Tarantino Throwaways

Tarantino Throwaways

You guys, I’ve been watching the trailer for Quentin Tarantino’s “The Hateful Eight” at least once a day since it premiered last month. Initially, it was born out of morbid curiosity, as the BS — mostly involving Tarantino’s predilection for acting like a junior high Mountain Dew addict rage-quitting “World of Warcraft” — surrounding this […]