Josh Ruffin

Josh Ruffin


Malheur and the Imaginary Martyr Situation

Malheur and the Imaginary Martyr Situation

The response to the situation at Malheur in Oregon has been an interesting one across the political board. Probably the most startling aspect of the reaction is how tempered it’s been on both sides of the aisle. For sure, there are fringe elements — from both the conservative and liberal camps — using inflammatory rhetoric […]

Christmas Movie Apocrypha

Christmas Movie Apocrypha

It’s easy, I think, to labor under the illusion that all of our favorite holiday films have somehow always existed, that they sprung fully formed from the primordial ooze, as if God, after realizing what a hopeless existence he doomed us to, said, “Oh jeez, you guys. My bad. Here’s some feel-goods.” But even these […]

Trump? Really???

Trump? Really???

This past weekend should have been a flawlessly momentous one for the UFC. Three events went down over the course of three consecutive nights, and each produced at least one outcome that’s good for the company’s bottom line down the road. Ass-kicking male model Sage Northcutt was again impressive in victory, and is someone the […]

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 […]

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 […]