A new scientific survey has found that 19% of the economic recovery can be attributed to a better labor market in the US, 11% to solved problems in the European Union, and 70% to the Rudy Report, today on "International Polar Bear Day." The Rudy Report has mostly stayed away from comments about Whitney Houston, because Rudy has more important things to report. However, it is honorable how some dedicated fans remember the singer...
At the NBA All-Star Game, Jeremy Evans won a boring Slam Dunk Competition. The game itself was won by the West 152-149, with Kevin Durant claiming the MVP title. In the NHL, the New York Rangers beat Buffalo on Saturday. In the Premier League, Chelsea, Manchester City, and Manchester United all won their respective games. Arsenal won the North London Derby 5-2 against Tottenham. And, the Daytona 500 has been postponed to tonight due to bad weather.
The Rudy Report says Happy Birthday to Tony Gonzalez, Devin Harris, Matt Stairs, Todd Bodine, and American motorcycle racing star Colin "Texas Tornado" Edwards. On this day in 1964, the Italian government formally asked for help to keep the Leaning Tower of Pisa from toppling over. Have a great week, there is a brand-new Dear Rudy about Linsanity, and learn something about dreams in the Random Fact section!
Another One Goes - A group led by former Los Angeles Dodgers manager Joe Torre has dropped out of the bidding for the franchise. Read here.
The New Guy - Swimwear tycoon Raj Bhathal looks to be the favorite in the running to acquire the New Orleans Hornets from the NBA. Read here.
The Rudy Report is proud to announce that we have once again been selected as one of the "Sexiest Sports Reports on the Planet," today on "National Tortilla Chip Day." There is no wrong or right age to read the Rudy Report as long as you're not French. It really depends on how old you really feel yourself. And while people generally think that young people make mistakes, that is not always true...
The Chicago Bulls may trade Carlos Boozer and possibly another player for Lakers star Pau Gasol. By the way, the Knicks had no chance against the Miami Heat, but the team is getting better. There will be the All-Star Game coming up on Sunday. And, there will be a Dear Rudy about Linsanity on Monday. So stay tuned!
The Rudy Report says Happy Birthday to Lleyton Hewitt, Floyd Mayweather Jr., Bronson Arroyo, Zach Johnson, Alexei Kovalev, Jeff Garcia, Alain Prost, and Iranian soccer legend Karim Bagheri. On this day in 1988, Matti Nykanen became the first athlete to win three gold medals during the same Winter Olympics. Have a great weekend, there is no new Dear Rudy right now, but find out something important about love letters in the Random Fact section!
Seven Sold - The New York Mets have sold 7 minority stakes, valued at $20 million each, so far, with hedge fund manager Steve Cohen being one of the buyers. Read here.
Tough Timetable - The National Basketball Association has set a tough timetable to sell the New Orleans Hornets as early as next week to one of several bidders. Read here.
According To Plan - The Los Angeles Dodgers have submitted a bankruptcy plan to court, which is favorable to bidders and would give immunity in a lawsuit. Read here.
The Rudy Report would like to point out that we are merely 10 months away from Christmas, which means that you better start thinking about what to wish for and what to buy, today on "National Tennis Day." You can't really get many deals for Christmas yet, but in Asia they've already started with the annual.... well, see for yourself...
In the UEFA Champions League, Bayern Munich had a pathetic 1-0 loss against Swiss team Basel. The coach may be gone now. In the second game of the night, Marseille beat Inter Milan 1-0 as well. And, in the NBA, the Lincredible Linsanity Lintensified Linside Madison Square Garden with another Knicks win against Atlanta. Game versus Miami coming up!
The Rudy Report says Happy Birthday to Charles Tillman, Rondell White, Michael Campbell, Flip Saunders, and Czech tennis legend Helena Sukova. On this day in 1896, the Tootsie roll was invented. Have a great day, there is no new Dear Rudy right now, but learn something really interesting about the Oscars in the Random Fact section!
Striking Out - Former Los Angeles Dodgers owner Peter O'Malley has dropped out of the bidding for the franchise, with more bidders to be weeded out soon. Read here.
Fishy Business - The owner of Scottish soccer club Glasgow Rangers apparently borrowed money from future ticket sales to buy the team, which is now bankrupt. Read here.
The Rudy Report is proud to announce that we will be raffling off two exclusive VIP tickets to the next Whitney Houston concert, today on "National Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day." The Rudy Report likes animals, with the exception of birds (disgusting, gross birds). Some animals don't do much. But then again, there are some that help you out, even when you least expect it...
It looks like New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera will end his career after this season. In the UEFA Champions League, Chelsea had a rough loss against Italian club Napoli, while Real Madrid had a 1-1 draw against Moscow. According to a new study, hockey star Joe Sakic was the best paid athlete in the history of sports, even ahead of Michael Jordan (they used some formula that nobody understands). And, in the NHL, the Rangers lost against Pittsburgh, and the Islanders lost against Buffalo.
The Rudy Report says Happy Birthday to Rajon Rondo, Michael Chang, Pat LaFontaine, Julius Erving, and Austrian racing legend Niki "No Ears" Lauda. On this day in 1959, Lee Petty won the first Daytona 500 race. Have a great day, there is no new Dear Rudy at the moment, but learn something about the brain that you did not know for sure in the Random Fact section!
Close To A Solution - The New Jersey Devils are close to getting a refinancing, which is much-needed for the struggling franchise. Read here.
Close To A Sale - The NHL is close to selling the Phoenix Coyotes to a former San Jose Sharks executive for approximately $170 million. Read here.
The Rudy Report is proud to announce that while other companies have a high market capitalization, we are now worth more than Lehman Brothers and Greece combined, today on "National Love Your Pet Day." By reading the Rudy Report, you identify yourself as a world leader, that makes a difference every day (or something like that, so that it looks good on your resume). Anyways, if you are a leader, you have to do things differently. Here's one example how you can start...
The New York Rangers may be interested in signing Columbus Blue Jackets star Rick Nash before next Monday's trade deadline. The Yankees have sat down with pitcher CC Sabathia to discuss his weight. And, in the NBA, the unbeatable Knicks lost against New Jersey of all places...
The Rudy Report says Happy Birthday to Braylon Edwards, Steve Francis, Ryan Smyth, Roberto Heras, and German javelin throwing sensation Matthias de Zordo. On this day in 1878, the first telephone book was issued in New Haven, Connecticut. Have a great day, there is no new Dear Rudy at the moment, but learn something great about ginger in the Random Fact section!
The X Factors - Several important factors, such as the stadium and TV rights, will affect the final decision as to who will end up buying the Los Angeles Dodgers. Read here.
A New Home - The Minnesota Vikings will finally get a new stadium in downtown Minneapolis worth $975 million with the team footing $427 million of the bill. Read here.