The Rudy Report will be back on July 19,
Rudy is on vacation! The Rudy Report will return on July 19, 2010. Until then, Rudy hopes that you will enjoy the summer. After the break, the Rudy Report will continue to supply you with everything you need to survive in this world. If you have any questions, please let Rudy know! We are looking for new Dear Rudy questions. Please submit your Dear Rudy either on the site or e-mail Rudy directly using his private and super-secret e-mail address Rudy@TheRudyReport.com.
And, of course, you can still follow Rudy on Twitter, which will continue all summer long! Simply click here and enjoy! Rudy will be be somewhere warm, probably on a beach...
This is the last edition of the Rudy Report before the big Summer Break, which is kindly being instituted by Rudy not to steal any global focus away from the World Cup, which is a nice and honorable move, today on "National Accordion Awareness Day." Don't be too sad. The Rudy Report will celebrate its glorious return once the Summer Break has ended on July 19th! That's only a short 5-week break. Don't expect to get a "new and improved" Rudy Report when it returns though, because it is impossible to get any newer and/or better. To make it through the summer easier, Rudy has decided to post not one, but 3 pictures for you today! Also, be sure to follow Rudy on Twitter, which will continue throughout the break.
Anyways, before the World Cup starts. They need to get the ball back from this guy...
And while Rudy is on break, you could take care of some unfinished business...
Oh, and make sure to put in a little more effort if you want to make a difference in the world...
The series of injuries continues. Portuguese star Nani will miss the World Cup with a shoulder injury. Meanwhile, Chelsea FC is interested in signing Munich midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger. In baseball, the Yankees beat Baltimore easily, while the Mets were able to win against San Diego. Rookie pitching sensation Stephen Strasburg made his debut for the Washington Nationals and won his first MLB game ever against Pittsburgh. And, in the NBA Finals, the Lakers showed an impressive performance on the road, defeating Boston to regain a 2-1 series lead.
The Rudy Report says Happy Birthday Miroslav Klose, Wesley Sneijder, Udonis Haslem, Jeff Saturday, Peja Stojakovic, Otto Addo, Tedy Bruschi, Eric Wynalda, and Dick "Baby" Vitale. On this day in 1973, Secretariat became the first Triple Crown winner in 25 years by winning the Belmont Stakes horse race. Have a great summer, check out all the Dear Rudys and write some new ones, and learn something about paying bills in the Random Fact section!
Official Wizard - Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis has officially been confirmed as the new owner of the Washington Wizards NBA franchise. Read here.
Red Flags Everywhere - Consulting company Deloitte has warned that rising salaries in the Premier League could lead to the financial destruction of the sport. Read here.
Family Business - Stan Kroenke has outlined his plan to buy the St. Louis Rams, while keeping his other sports franchises in the name of the family. Read here.
Moving On - An investor group led by Chicago sports franchise owner Jerry Reinsdorf is withdrawing its bid for the Phoenix Coyotes for good. Read here.
California Crisis - Sports teams in Southern California have to deal with decreasing revenues as a result of the sharp recession in the state. Read here.
Positive Impact - A new study has found that the World Cup in South Africa will have a positive impact on retail spending in the United Kingdom. Read here.
Looking To Buy - Entertainment industry executive David Geffen is said to be interested in acquiring a control stake in the Los Angeles Clippers. Read here.
The Rudy Report would like to point out that this is the second-to-last edition before the Annual Summer Break, so now is the time to slowly start getting depressed, on "National Take Your Dog To Work Day" (except for Michael Vick). Today, Rudy wants to take the time and honor our men and women that make sure our streets are safe and that nobody blocks an active driveway. Leading the pack is this ambitious office who has been virtually unstoppable in May. Congratulations, you are the "Public Servant of the Month."
Lionel Messi's roommate during the World Cup, Juan Sebastian Veron, is complaining about the superstar's snoring at night. A potential problem for the Argentina squad? Michigan State coach Tom Izzo might become the next coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers. Barcelona will have to pay Arsenal $87 million if they want to sign Cesc Fabregas. Neither the Yankees, nor the Mets played today. There were no NBA Finals and also no Stanley Cup Finals. Quite an uneventful day in sports, folks...
The Rudy Report says Happy Birthday to Lindsay Davenport, Kim Clijsters (great day to be born if you want to be an ugly female tennis player), Butch Reynolds, and Austrian soccer legend Christian Mayrleb. On this day in 1783, the Icelandic volcano Laki began an eight-month eruption, starting a 7-year famine. Sounds familiar? Have a great day, there is still the new and classic Dear Rudy about Rudy's lifestyle, and check out something you have to know about mosquitoes in the Random Fact section!
Power Players - Oracle chief Larry Ellison is apparently putting together a powerful investor group to make a strong bid for the Golden State Warriors. Read here.
They Can't Stop - After years of negotiating, Ice Edge Holdings is still in talks with the city of Glendale regarding a lease agreement for the Phoenix Coyotes. Read here.
More Than You Thought - Manchester United has revealed that it has much more debt than previously thought, which could lead to significant problems. Read here.
The Rudy Report has now officially prepared you well for the World Cup in South Africa, which is set to kick off on Friday, but there is one more soccer edition for you, today on "National Career Nurse Assistant Day." No World Cup preview would be complete without a nod to the host nation: South Africa. The team's nickname is "Bafana Bafana", which means "The Boys." A picture of the traditional team doctor can be seen below...
The slew of star injuries before the World Cup continues. Didier Drogba is unlikely to play, because of a broken arm. A horse won the Belmont race! The horse's name is Drosselmeyer. At the French Open, annoying Spaniard Rafael Nadal won the men's tournament. Francesca Schiavone won the women's tournament. In baseball, the Yankees beat Toronto, while the Mets also had a victory against Florida. In a surprising twist of events, the Lakers lost at home against Boston. However, Ray Allen will not always hit eight 3-pointers. And, in the NHL Stanley Cup finals, Chicago crushed Philly 7-4 to lead the series again at 3-2.
The Rudy Report says Happy Birthday to Anna Kournikova, Allen Iverson, Mike Modano, and Mick "Cactus Jack/Dude Love/Mankind" Foley. On this day in 1892, Benjamin Harrison became the first US President to attend a baseball game. Have a great week, check out the newest Dear Rudy which became an instant classic, and learn something about goal-setting in the Funny Sports Quote section!
Stadium For Bankers - Taxpayer-owned British bank Royal Bank of Scotland will create a small World Cup stadium in its atrium for bankers and taxpayers. Read here.
Time To Buy - National Basketball Association Commissioner David Stern says that now is a great time to become an owner of a franchise. Read here.
Lightning Rod - Alex Rodriguez is joining a US-appointed committee of creditors for the pending bankruptcy court case of the Texas Rangers. Read here.
Good Progress - After months of uncertainty, the UEFA is now saying preparations for the Euro 2012 in Ukraine are going well. Read here.
The Rudy Report is sensing that all of you are slowly getting sick of the World Cup Preparations theme, but you have to endure two more reports until it's over, including today on "National Salespeople Day." One of the key elements for a successful World Cup is actually finding the location of the World Cup. Some controversy was caused by this report in the picture below. Can you figure out what's wrong?
Real Madrid is going to make an official offer for Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard, expected to be around GBP 30 million. If Gerrard does not come, Real will make a bid for Michael Ballack. The Yankees beat Baltimore again, and the Mets had a perfect game, because they did not play. At the French Open, two women are in the final, that nobody has ever heard of. There's an Austrian guy in the men's semifinals. Weird. Anyways, in Game 1 of the NBA Finals, the Lakers dominated the Celtics and had an easy win.
The Rudy Report says Happy Birthday to Lukas Podolski, Darin Erstad, Derian Hatcher, and motorcycling legend Mick Doohan. On this day in 1974, the NFL granted franchise to the Seattle Seahawks. Have a great day, enjoy the already classic Dear Rudy about Rudy, models, and bottles, and learn something very interesting about Wal-Mart in the Random Fact section!
Big Investigation - British tax authorities are looking to reevaluate several rules in the Premier League, which could lead to changes in team's bankruptcies. Read here.
Getting Serious - Several sources report that the Detroit Pistons have hired leading sports bankers of the Citi Sports Advisory group to help sell their assets. Read here.
On Sale Now - Due to the low demand for World Cup tickets, the event organizers have decided to flood the market with discounted packages. Read here.
Positive Outlook - The owner of the Carolina Hurricanes says that he is confident that new, local investors will be found to help the franchise. Read here.
Straight To The Bank - Newcastle United will have to give all proceeds from transfer fees directly to their bank, which is a creditor of the club. Read here.