This is the Rudy Report with its Annual February 29th Edition (yes, unlike others, we have an edition for February 29th every year), today on "National Public Sleeping Day." Anyways, Rudy Report readers like to party. And boy do they party right! When it comes to organizing a fun time, you need to be creative and you need to set priorities...
We are getting close to the beginning of baseball season, which means that the Yankees will play against the Red Sox 90 times until the playoffs start in October. Also, March Madness college basketball is right around the corner. German national team striker Lukas Podolski is being transferred to Premier League club Arsenal London. And, in the NHL, the New York Islanders lost against Washington in overtime.
The Rudy Report says Happy Birthday to Cam Ward, Simon Gagne, Benedikt Hoewedes, and Cuban athletics legend Ivan Garcia. On this day in 1972, Hank Aron became the first player in Major League Baseball history to sign a $200,000 contract. Have a great day, there is still the new Dear Rudy about the Knicks and Linsanity, and learn something about elections in the Random Fact section!
Seven Left - There are seven groups of bidders left in the auction for the Los Angeles Dodgers with bids allegedly reaching as much as $1.5 billion. Read here.
Fit For The Kings - NBA franchise Sacramento Kings has reached an agreement with the city to build a new arena for $400 million. Read here.
Not Selling - The Wilpon family has made it clear that they have no intention to sell the New York Mets, because it's fun to hang on to a crappy franchise. Read here.
A new survey has found that 74.2% of readers prefer reading the Rudy Report over getting free season tickets to the New York Mets, which is great, today on "National Get Fit for Summer Day." St. Patrick's Day is coming up soon. So proud and ugly Irish people with red hair will once again celebrate... well, nothing, except for their uneventful history. However, there will be lots to drink, which is what some Irish consider the ultimate prize...
The Daytona 500 were interrupted by a bizarre crash when Juan Pablo Montoya's car lost control during a caution flag phase and crashed into a clean-up car, leading to an explosion and igniting the tank of the truck filled with hundreds of gallons of jet fuel. Aside from crashes and explosions, Matt Kenseth won the race late after midnight. Congratulations! The New York Mets may trade David Wright, but fans may get upset. There are still rumors that Dwight Howard may be traded to the Lakers. Super Bowl hero Mario Manningham will most likely leave the Giants. And, in the NHL, the Rangers beat the New Jersey Devils.
The Rudy Report says Happy Birthday to Eric Lindros, Brian Billick, Sepp Maier, Mario Andretti, and Slovenian ski jumping legend Primoz Peterka. On this day in 1940, basketball was televised for the first time, showing a game between Fordham University and the University of Pittsburgh at Madison Square Garden. Have a great day, there is the great new Dear Rudy about Jeremy Lin and Linsanity, and learn something interesting about cats' eating habits in the Random Fact section!
Move Problems - The Oakland A's still have the desire to move to San Jose, but the San Francisco Giants may object to such a move. Read here.
Good Step - The city of Santa Clara has taken another important step towards a stadium for the San Francisco 49ers, with construction to start within 120 days. Read here.
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.