The Rudy Report would like to welcome you back from the weekend, where you spent two grueling days without a report, but we're here to fix that, today on "National Workplace Napping Day." It has been a good year so far, except for Whitney Houston and the people of Homs (look it up on the map), and that's mainly because we are in the positive Year of the Dragon. You like dragons, right?!?!
March Madness is ready to begin with Kentucky, North Carolina, Michigan State, and Syracuse being the top-seated teams in the NCAA men's basketball tournament. The New York Giants have released running back Brandon Jacobs, because they failed to agree on a new contract. Get ready for some trades this week in the National Basketball Association. In the Premier League, Chelsea and ManU won their games, while both Liverpool and ManCity lost. Everton beat Tottenham 1-0, and Arsenal will play against Newcastle tonight. In the NBA, the Knicks had their fifth straight loss, this time against Philadelphia. Not so Linsane anymore... And, in the NHL, the New York Rangers beat the New York Islanders 4-3, thanks to an overtime goal by Marian Gaborik in the final seconds.
The Rudy Report says Happy Birthday to Darryl Stawberry, Vernon Law, Casey Mears, Tobias Schweinsteiger (that's Bastian's older brother), and Australian running sensation Ben Offereins. On this day in 2009, Bernie Madoff plead guilty in New York to scamming $18 billion, which is the largest scam in Wall Street's history. Have a great week, there is no new Dear Rudy right now, but learn something about Obama's first date with Michelle in the Random Fact section!
Dukes Of Real Estate - An article in the Wall Street Journal details former Duke players Christian Laettner and Brian Davis' troubled real estate projects and legal issues. Read here.
No Trump Card - New York investor Jared Kushner has reportedly dropped out of the competitive bidding process for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Read here.
New York Quest - Major League Soccer is still trying to place its 20th franchise in the New York City market, but finding a stadium proves to be difficult. Read here.
White Knights - Scottish Premier League club Glasgow Rangers will be rescued from bankruptcy by a London-based consortium. Read here.
The Rudy Report is coming to you every day with full steam ahead using all its capacities, unlike some lesser known start-up businesses, like Apple or Exxon Mobil, but they will learn eventually, today on "National Nametag Day." When you have a family, you sometimes need to coordinate things and communicate well to make it work. Friendly notes can be a fun and helpful way to solve issues. Here is a very smart example...
There are currently 12 teams in the NFL that are interested in Peyton Manning. In the Europa League, Manchester United lost at home against Spanish team Bilbao 3-2. All other results haven't been as significant. And, in the NHL, New Jersey beat the Islanders, while the New York Rangers lost against Ottawa.
The Rudy Report says Happy Birthday to Clint Dempsey, Aaron Boone, Roy Maakay, Youri Djorkaeff, and Indian cricket sensation Parthiv Patel. On this day in 1946, Ted Williams was offered $500,000 to play baseball in the Mexican league, but he refused. Rudy would have refused, too. Have a great weekend, there is no new Dear Rudy at the moment, but learn something great about old school Olympic archery in the Random Fact section!
Quick Sale - The bankruptcy trustees of Scottish club Glasgow Rangers will sell the club quickly after failing to reach a cost-cutting deal with the players, creating a race against time. Read here.
Few people know that the Rudy Report is the only entity in the world that has received an Oscar for its acceptance speech at the Nobel Prize ceremony, while receiving a Pulitzer Prize for the same speech script, which is quite cool, today on "National Plant a Flower Day." One of the most important leadership qualities is expressing yourself clearly. You have to be able to tell people what they should do. Good instructions are key...
The New York Jets reportedly will try to sign star quarterback Peyton Manning. It would be two Mannings in the same city! In the Champions League, Barcelona eliminated Leverkusen, while Nikosia from Cyprus upset French club Lyon. Well, it's actually not much of an upset, because the French always lose. A day earlier, AC Milan kicked Arsenal London out of the competition. And, in the NBA, the Knicks had another loss, this time against San Antonio.
The Rudy Report says Happy Birthday to Sasha Vujacic, Hines Ward, Jason Elam, Jim Rice, and German racing legend Michael Bartels. On this day in 1979, Philips demonstrated the Compact Disc (CD) for the first time. Have a great day, there is no new Dear Rudy right now, but find out who owns the most trucks in the United States in the Random Fact section!
Approved - The city of Sacramento has finally approved funding for a $400 million arena for NBA franchise Kings who threatened to leave town if no new arena was built. Read here.
The Rudy Report is proud to announce that there are now more people reading our reports than there are bankrupt countries in Europe, which is a solid number, today on "National Learn What Your Name Means Day." As you know, graffiti can be both annoying and nice to look at some. Some works are clever and inspiring. Some even make things better...
The Indianapolis Colts have cut quarterback Peyton Manning. Star receiver Randy Moss may come back from retirement to play for the New Orleans Saints. Meanwhile, Patriots receiver Wes Welker got the franchise tag from the New England Patriots. He caught the tag first, then fumbled around, and eventually dropped it... In the NHL, the Rangers lost against New Jersey. And, in the NBA, the Knicks had a tough loss against the Dallas Mavericks.
The Rudy Report says Happy Birthday to Jeff Kent, Jesper Parnevik, Ivan Lendl, and German rally legend Walter Rohrl. On this day in 1857, baseball decided that 9 innings, not 9 runs, constitutes an official game. Have a great day, there is no new Dear Rudy at the moment, but find out how a woman made a car better in the Random Fact section!
Making A Comeback - Two former competitors have made a joint bid to re-enter the auction for the Los Angeles Dodgers with combined firepower. Read here.
Less Than Expected - The owners of the New York Mets were ordered to repay $83 million in the Bernie Madoff case, but may only have to return $30 million due to limits. Read here.
A new study has found that there are significantly more Rudy Report readers in the world than there are Popes, which speaks to our solid numbers, today on "National Read Out Loud Day." Are you reading out loud? Are you reading this out loud? Can people hear that you read this out loud? Anyways, if you are really doing it, then spell out "Legacy"...
Lamar Odom wants to return to the Los Angeles Lakers after struggling in Dallas. Other than that, it was a pretty uneventful day in sports with the Knicks and Rangers sitting out, while the Giants are still celebrating their Super Bowl victory. Oh, and former Mets star Lenny Dykstra got sentenced to three years in prison, rounding out a busy day for the Mets community.
The Rudy Report says Happy Birthday to Kevin-Prince Boateng (you can tell by the name that he is German, of course), Tim Howard, Marcus Thames, Shaquille O'Neal, and Cuban baseball legend Octavio Victor "Cookie" Rojas Rivas (that guy has enough name for two). On this day in 1899, Bayer registered aspirin as a trademark. Have a great day, there is no new Dear Rudy right now, but learn another thing about the Oscars in the Random Fact section!
First Loss Of The Season - A judge has ruled that the trustees in the Bernie Madoff case can go after $83 million in profits that the New York Mets owners made from the scam. Read here.