The Rudy Report is wondering if you also enjoyed the anti-Tiger Woods banners flown over Augusta National during the weekend, with people speculating that Rudy might have been the sponsor, but that's unconfirmed today on "National Look Up At The Sky Day." Obviously, you need to be mindful as to where you celebrate "Look Up at the Sky Day", because you might regret it, if you do it too extensively. Like our friend here in Alaska...
If you followed Rudy on Twitter, you know that the new pick for the Masters win (after Steve Sticker dropped out) was Phil Mickelson. And, Phil Mickelson won in an impressive fashion. No word on what Tiger Woods did after his round... Barcelona beat Real Madrid 2-0 in the Spanish derby. In the Premier League, ManU and Liverpool both had draws. Chelsea and Arsenal will play later this week. In the NHL, the Rangers missed the playoffs in the very last moment, losing against the Flyers in a shoot-out. In the NBA, the Knicks, of course, lost against Miami. And, in baseball, the Mets lost against the Nationals, while the Yankees beat Tampa Bay once again.
The Rudy Report says Happy Birthday to Ted Ginn Jr., Adam Graves, Paul Lo Duca, and Woody Johnson. On this day in 1606, the "Union Jack" was adopted as the flag of Great Britain. Have a great week, there is currently no new Dear Rudy, but check out something interesting about Leonardo DiCaprio in the Random Fact section!
Pay Day - American sports investor Stan Kroenke has finally paid for his shares of Arsenal London, which he acquired from another board member over a year ago. Read here.
No Sale - A new report denies rumors that the Pittsburgh Pirates are preparing for a sale, saying that there are no signs of Bob Nutting's exit. Read here.
Delay Of Game - Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov has still not been approved by the league as an owner, and the decision has been delayed once again. Read here.
Adding Land - The city of San Jose is spending money to acquire land, which is expected to serve as space for a new MLB Athletic's ballpark. Read here.
Expensive Tab - The elimination of Premier League club Manchester United in the Champions League quarterfinals has cost the team approximately GBP 15 million. Read here.
A new survey has shown that 70.3% of readers in Thailand prefer the Rudy Report over political unrest, while the rest is out on the streets protesting, today on "National Name Yourself Day." As you know, Rudy provides you with great and helpful statistics almost every day. You can impress your boss with the knowledge acquired in the Rudy Report. Some numbers are more accurate than others, but this shocking chart speaks for itself... and it speaks French!
Let me ask you something. Why is everyone sucking up to Tiger Woods? What's the applause for? None of the people cheering for him have a spine. And these remarks should end the serious section of today's report... Fred Couples is in the lead at the Masters. Tom Watson is just one stroke behind and so is Phil Mickelson (Reminder: This is NOT a Senior PGA Tour event). Jason Taylor might join the New England Patriots next season. In the Europa League, Fulham, Hamburg, Liverpool, and Atletico Madrid have reached the semifinals. In the NHL, the Islanders got crushed by the Penguins. Florida beat the New Jersey Devils. And, in baseball, the Mets lost against Florida. Overall a pretty good performance for the state of Florida.
The Rudy Report says Happy Birthday to Rick Tocchet, Jacques Villeneuve, Seve Ballesteros, and Gaelic football legend Peter Canavan. On this day in 1965, the first indoor baseball game ever was played in the Astrodome in Houston, which opened that day. Have a great weekend, there is no new Dear Rudy right now, but check out something about diamonds in the Random Fact section!
Quick Deal - Charlotte Hornets owner George Shinn seems to be close to selling the franchise to billionaire Gary Chouest, which is expected to be a smooth transaction. Read here.
Value Investing - Forbes has released the new values for MLB franchises, showing the Yankees in first place with almost twice the value of the second place team. Read here.
On The Way Out - Ice Edge Holdings, which has been favored to take over the Phoenix Coyotes, are now on the brink of dropping their bid for the franchise. Read here.
Election Delay - An important decision with regards to a recent ruling about sports channel pricing will be postponed because of the upcoming British elections. Read here.
If You Build It, They Will Pay - Local government appears to be willing to provide funds for a new stadium for the Minnesota Vikings, who have worked on such a deal for years. Read here.
Tourist Attraction - A study reveals that the Ryder Cup in Wales, which will take place in October, will add roughly GBP 35 million to the local tourism industry. Read here.
The Rudy Report returns on a day that is iconic and highly anticipated by some readers, because today is "National Draw a Picture of a Bird Day." The Masters are starting today and a lot of people are excited to see Tiger Woods play again. Rudy is not... and we have the text messages to prove it! In any case, looking at the picture below, you probably can't believe it's butter...
By the way, avid Rudy Report contributor Barney M. Stanley-Smith, who wrote the most recent Dear Rudy, was the first to submit a drawing of a bird on this special day. Well done, Barney! What a masterpiece...
After acquiring Donovan McNabb, the Washington Redskins now seem to be ready to trade one of their stars: Albert Haynesworth. In the UEFA Champions League, Bayern Munich was down 3-0 at first against Manchester United, but managed to lose only 3-2, which was enough to advance to the semi-finals. There, they will meet Lyon who beat Bordeaux. Pardon my French... In the NBA, the Knicks lost against Indiana. In the NHL, the Rangers crushed Toronto 5-1, keeping their playoff hopes alive. And, in baseball, the third Yankees - Red Sox games went into extra innings, where the Bronx Bombers prevailed to win the game.
The Rudy Report says Happy Birthday to Terry Porter, Timo Perez, and Norwegian orienteering (which is a Rudy-approved "Lesser Known Sport") legend Holger Hott Johansen. On this day in 1908, Harvard University voted to establish the Harvard Business School. It became the world's first networking event... Have a great day, there is no new Dear Rudy right now, but lots of great older ones, and check out the most precise description of soccer ever in the Funny Sports Quote section!
Weak Offer - The new UFL is offering the National Football League a 30% stake in the football start-up, but the NFL does not seem to be very interested. Read here.
Losing Its Sting - New Orleans Hornets owner George Shinn is reportedly interested in selling his share of the franchise after controlling it for over 20 years. Read here.
No New Money - Tom Hicks and George Gillett have rejected a GBP 110 million offer by an investor group to buy 40% of Premier League club Liverpool FC. Read here.
Fun Zone - The city of Las Vegas is considering a plan which could lead to a construction of a sports arena as part of the entertainment district. Read here.
Undoing A Deal - The city of Cleveland has borrowed funds to cancel a swap deal with UBS, which was originally intended to protect the city when it built its NFL stadium. Read here.
The Rudy Report has exclusive information that Tiger Woods has been paired with Jesse James in the annual pre-Masters Pro/Am Tournament for whatever the reason might be, today on "National Fun at Work Day." Summer is approaching quickly and temperatures are rising. A lot of people feel the need to spend more time outside. However - and this is where the Rudy Report looks out for you as always - choose your spots wisely, not like this guy...
In the UEFA Champions League, Inter Milan became the first team to qualify for the semi-finals, kicking out Moscow. Barcelona, and by Barcelona I mean Lionel Messi (who scored all 4 goals), followed Inter and eliminated Arsenal London with a 4-1 victory. In the NHL, the Rangers lost against Buffalo. In the NBA, the Knicks beat the Boston Celtics (Note: This apparently really happened!). And, in baseball, the Yankees played their second game against the Red Sox and finally won, keeping their playoff hopes alive.
The Rudy Report says Happy Birthday to Franck Ribery, Patrick Crayton, Tiki and Ronde Barber, Adrian Beltre, and James "Buster" Douglas. On this day in 1999, the World Trade Organization ruled in favor of the United States in its long-running trade dispute with the European Union over bananas. The EU's comment was: "That's bananas!" Have a great day, there is still the Dear Rudy about the future of sports, and check out the difference between a Toyota and a Rolls Royce in the Random Fact section!
Legendary Move - Hockey legends Wayne Gretzky and Brett Hull seem to be interested in making a bid for the Dallas Stars, but all parties involved are denying the rumors. Read here.
Strike Threat - There might be a strike in the Spanish soccer leagues if a wage dispute between clubs and the government is not resolved. Read here.
Significant Cut - A new report finds that salaries in Major League Baseball have decreased by as much as 17% as compared to 2009. Read here.
Looked Good At First - Former Portsmouth FC owner Balram Chainrai says he thought the club would present a business opportunity, which is why he made the investment. Read here.
Summer Sale - The Golden State Warriors and the NBA are hoping that the franchise can be sold quickly to a new owner during the summer. Read here.
To The Rescue - After a harsh ruling by a British regulatory agency, sports leagues are counting on politicians to change the course of action. Read here.
As the weather is getting better, the Rudy Report is also starting to heat some things up with even hotter news and features, like today on "National Jump Over Things Day." Racing is sports, so Rudy is excited about the New York Auto Show, which currently takes place in, well, New York. You can go, look at the newest cars, and take pictures. Be careful, however, and don't get too close to the action...
In the NCAA men's basketball final, Rudy favorite Duke took on home town heroes Butler. In the end, the Rudy Report was correct once again. It was close, but Duke won by two points in an exciting game. Everybody must have heard that Donovan McNabb has been traded to the Washington Redskins. I said it again, in case you were too focused on the whole "Tiger playing golf again" thing. The Masters tournament will begin on Thursday. Rudy thinks that Tiger Woods will not have a chance, instead favoring Steve Stricker. The Mets had a better start to the season than the Yankees, beating Florida at home. But hey, it's not September yet!
The Rudy Report says Happy Birthday to Tim Hasselbeck, Olaf Koelzig, Bret Boone, and Finnish bowling master Mika Koivuniemi. On this day in 1973, the American League of Major League Baseball began using a Designated Hitter (DH). Have a great day, there is still the new Dear Rudy about the next big sport, and check out something you didn't know about television in the Random Fact section!
Formula New York - Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone has said that he plans to bring races to New York and Russia within the next three years. Read here.
Still Believing - Ice Edge Holdings, which is interested in acquiring the Phoenix Coyotes, has said that the group's bid remains strong, despite reports that it may not be enough. Read here.
Overvalued - JPMorgan is arguing that Manchester United's season ticket base is overvalued and could pose potential risks to the Premier League club. Read here.
Doing Well - The NBA Oklahoma Thunder have demonstrated remarkable success since moving the franchise from Seattle. Read here.