The Rudy Report is proud to announce that we have more Twitter followers than the New Jersey Devils, the Minnesota Wild, the Memphis Grizzlies, and basically most other sports teams on the planet, which is obvious, today on "National Cheese Ball Day." As you know, there are always sites that try to imitate what the Rudy Report does. However, they don't even come close and they really have no chance. To illustrate this, look at the picture and think of the fire as the Rudy Report and the guy with the water as the competition...
Bayern Munich is set to take on Real Madrid today in the first semifinal of the Champions League. World Series champions St. Louis Cardinals have immortalized the famous "Rally Squirrel" from last season on their championship rings. By the way, the Yankees lost against Minnesota, while the Mets beat Atlanta. And, in the NHL, the New York Rangers beat Ottawa 1-0, thanks to a clutch shut-out by goalie Henrik Lundqvist. The Rangers now lead the series 2-1.
The Rudy Report says Happy Birthday to Ryan Raburn, Jed Lowrie, Marquis Grissom, Ken Daneyko, Boomer Esiason, and Chinese soccer sensation Zhang Yaokun. On this day in 1964, Jerrie Mock became the first woman to circumnavigate the world by air. She was not the first woman to create a lot of air though... Have a great day, there is no new Dear Rudy right now, but find out what you need to know to be a safe pedestrian in the Random Fact section!
Tense Approval - A judge has approved the sale of the Los Angeles Dodgers, despite Major League Baseball's important objection. Read here.
Time To List - Premier League club Manchester United wants to reactive plans to file for an IPO on the stock exchange in Singapore. Read here.
We sincerely hope that this Rudy Report will get you as excited as a Mexican gets when crossing the border to the United States, today on "National Eggs Benedict Day." So, do you remember the "Cute Couple Edition" from a few weeks ago? Of course, you do! Anyways, some folks thought they could do better. Some thought they were cuter. And boy, were they right! That's why we present to you the new "Cute Couple" champs today...
In the NHL playoffs, the New York Rangers had an unfortunate overtime loss against Ottawa, which means that the series is now tied at 1-1. In baseball, the New York Yankees crushed the Anaheim Angels Sunday night, while the Mets lost against Philadelphia. In the Premier League, ManU and ManCity both won their respective games. All other teams will play in the next few days. And, in the NBA, the Knicks suffered a setback with a loss against Miami.
The Rudy Report says Happy Birthday to Luol Deng, Jonathan Vilma, Conchita Martinez, Bill Belichick, George "The Animal" Steele, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Swedish skiing legend Patrik Jaerbyn. On this day in 1941, Bob Feller of the Cleveland Indians threw the only no-hitter on opening day in the history of Major League Baseball. Have a great week, there is no new Dear Rudy at the moment, but learn something about a curios replica near Chicago in the Random Fact section!
The Old New Guy - New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson is expanding his sports empire with the acquisition of the Hornets for $338 million. Read here.
Good To Go - The Los Angeles Dodgers and Fox Sports have ended their dispute over the sale of the franchise, which should clear the way for the new owners. Read here.
You're lucky to be reading this Rudy Report, because it was so popular that we almost ran out of issues, but you got one of the last ones, today on "National Blame Someone Else Day." Sometimes life writes stories that are so incredible, you can't possibly make them up. It happens more often than you think! Do you remember Mario Cart?!?
Chelsea FC owner Roman Abramovich has made a list of players that he would like to acquire for next season, totaling almost $400 million in transfer fees. And, in the NHL, the New York Rangers had a great start into the playoffs with an easy win against Ottawa. Canadians just don't know how to play hockey...
The Rudy Report says Happy Birthday to Baron Davis, Carles Puyol, Patrik Elias, Bo Outlaw, Garry Kasparov, Davis Love III, and Australian tongue-twisting soccer sensation David Zdrilic. On this day in 1997, Tiger Woods became the youngest ever player to win the Masters Tournament. Have a great weekend, there is no new Dear Rudy right now, but learn something fascinating about the second man that stepped on the moon in the Random Fact section!
Potentially Close - The former CEO of the San Jose Sharks may become the new owner of the Phoenix Coyotes after years of failed deals for the franchise. Read here.
Sloppy Seconds - One of the groups interested in acquiring the San Diego Padres tried to buy the Los Angeles Dodgers a few months ago. Read here.
New Kings - Several business executives in Sacramento are urging the National Basketball Association to find new owners for the Kings. Read here.
Getting It Done - The organizers of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil have promised to have all stadiums ready at least six months before the tournament starts. Read here.
The Rudy Report is seeing artists dying of drug overdoses and Kim Kardashian dating black guys again, which clearly means that the economy is normalizing (something we haven't seen last year), today on "National Look Up at the Sky Day." The Knicks may or may not make the playoffs, but regardless, there are some real favorites out there right now to win this year's championship: Chicago, Miami, and Oklahoma. However, there are also some young stars that will be huge in the future, such as Memphis star Rudy Gay (not a real Rudy!) and Minnesota's Kevin Love...
Italian clubs AC and Inter Milan are doing the right thing, battling to acquire "Rudy Report Athlete of the Year 2011" Mario Balotelli for $38 million. In the top game of the German Bundesliga, Dortmund beat Bayern Munich in a close game 1-0, basically securing the championship. In baseball, the Yankees beat Baltimore, while the Mets lost against Washington. The New York Rangers will take on Ottawa in the first round of the NHL playoffs tonight. And, in the NBA, the Knicks had a fierce fight with Milwaukee for a playoff spot and won the crucial game in the end!
The Rudy Report says Happy Birthday to Ted Ginn Jr., Brad Miller, Paul Lo Duca, and Japanese wrestling legend Nobuhiko Takada. On this day in 1934, the strongest surface wind gust in the world was measured at Mount Washington, New Hampshire, at 231 mph. Have a great day, there is no new Dear Rudy at the moment, but learn something about your brain in the Random Fact section!
TV Rights Disaster - Spanish soccer clubs are facing a financial crisis after TV stations say they cannot afford to pay more than half of what they used to pay for broadcasting rights. Read here.
Against The Plan - Fox is objecting to the Los Angeles Dodgers sale, asking for more details to see whether Time Warner has any involvement in the deal. Read here.
New Attempt - The San Diego Padres have hired two investment banks to try to sell the franchise again, expecting to have a deal within 12 months. Read here.
This Rudy Report is special, because if you read it backwards, letter by letter from end to beginning, you will notice that it is written in Russian (or Arabic), today on "National Get Your Taxes Ready Day." As you know, Rudy Report readers are refined individuals. They know a lot about everything, including the arts. Rudy is urging everyone to visit a museum every once in a while...
Formula One teams have asked the organization to cancel the race in Bahrain due to continued security concerns in the region. "Rudy Report Athlete of the Year 2011" Mario Balotelli may get a 9-game suspension for a rough foul. In baseball, the Mets' slide into oblivion started with a loss against Washington last night. The Yankees-Baltimore game went into extra innings. Let's just assume the Yankees won... And, in the NBA, the Knicks versus Bulls game started late, which means some other, less flexible sports writer will have to write about this.
The Rudy Report says Happy Birthday to Mark Teixeira, Trevor Linden, Jason Varitek, Dustin Rhodes, Chris Ferguson, and Armenian weightlifting legend Ashot Danielyan. On this day in 1921, the first sports broadcast on the radio took place. Have a great day, there is no new Dear Rudy right now, but learn something about a Disney character that you did not know for sure in the Random Fact section!
Motor Money - The owners of the Formula One racing organization are expecting to raise $2 billion from an initial public offering (IPO). Read here.
Important Meetings - The NBA has met with two potential owners for the New Orleans Hornets in New York, setting the stage for a $340 million sale. Read here.
Keep It A Secret - The Los Angeles Dodgers have asked the court not to reveal details surrounding the use of land around the stadium. Read here.
Half Owner - John Moores has decided to keep 51% of the San Diego Padres for now, saying that a sale is still possible, but conditions have changed. Read here.