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Eric M. Ruiz

Ten Songs For Throwback Thursday

I love Throwback Thursday. Mostly because I love to reminisce and share pictures of when I used to be fat. Which was basically like 5 years ago. Hooray at no longer being chubby Eric. But perhaps the biggest reason why I enjoy Throwback Thursday, or #tbt as the kids call it, is because it gives // More

FC Barcelona and How Not To Panic

On Sunday, FC Barcelona won their 5th La Liga Championship in 7 years. Next week, they will play Athletic Bilbao for the Spanish Cup title. And on June 6th, they will face Juventus for the Champions League title. They can end their season with a historic treble. Three titles. Rare and historic. What a difference // More

The Beginner’s Guide to Happiness

My colleague Jordan (hello sir!) says that most of my coworkers hate me because I’m always happy. That’s the best backhanded compliment I’ve ever received! I never really considered myself a happy person, I just assumed everyone was the same. Now that I’m more mature and not just an overgrown 12-year-old at heart, I can // More

Full Interview With Grantland’s Shea Serrano

Shea Serrano is a staff writer for sports and pop culture site Grantland. He’s the author of Bun B’s Rap Coloring and Activity Book and The Rap Year Book: The Most Important Rap Song From Every Year Since 1979, Discussed, Debated and Deconstructed, which will be in bookstores this fall is now available for preorder (order // More

Letter To My 22-Year-Old Self

Hey Eric, This is going to sound like an episode of Futurama, but I’m writing to you from 2015. Surprise! I’m the 2015 version of you. Don’t freak out, I’m sure you have a lot of questions. And no, the Raiders still haven’t made it into the playoffs. But the Warriors are looking great!

Fernando Torres, Atletico Madrid and The Perfect Homecoming

In July of 2007, Atletico Madrid’s Fernando Torres bid adios to the only club he ever knew. After seven years on the first squad and after becoming the team’s youngest captain at the tender age of nineteen, Fernando Torres left the Spanish capital for English Premier League club Liverpool FC. In his departing letter to // More

Thinking Negatively Can Make You Happier

My friends, family and co-workers would describe me as a happy person. While it’s definitely an accurate portrayal, it sometimes gets misconstrued. It’s not that I’m happy because I live in a bubble and ignore the challenges, problems and obstacles that I encounter. I consider myself happy because I’ve decided to make the best of whatever // More

Adventures in Sitting Still

“My eyes blood shot, but my jet don’t lag.” Jay-Z Unfortunately, I don’t have the privilege of flying in a private jet. So sometimes Hov, I DO get jet-lagged.