The Rudy Report would like to congratulate you for surviving a weekend with extended family members as we get ready to announce the "2012 Rudy Report Athlete of the Year" in about three weeks, but not today on "National Cake Day." As you know, the Rudy Report Random Fact section is the leading fact source in the world. Nobody is more accurate than us. And, not everyone can say that about themselves...
Notre Dame beat USC to make it to the NCAA college football BCS final (if you don't know what that means, you probably don't care) as the number one team in the nation. Sebastian Vettel won the Formula One world championship for a third year in a row. In the NFL, the New York Giants crushed the Green Bay Packers. In the Premier League, ManU beat Queens Park Rangers, while Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea, and ManCity all had scoreless ties. And, in the NBA, the Knicks beat Detroit, while Brooklyn defeated Portland.
The Rudy Report says Happy Birthday to Ivan Basso, Chris Osgood, Shawn Kemp, Dale Jarrett, and Dutch cycling sensation Bauke Mollema. On this day in 1917, the National Hockey League was formed with just five teams. Have a great week, there is no new Dear Rudy at the moment, but learn a somewhat interesting basketball statistic in the Random Fact section!
Three Suitors - There are two groups from Hong Kong and one group from the United Kingdom that are interested in buying English soccer club Birmingham City. Read here.
It is once again African-American Friday, which is sometimes referred to in the non-politically correct way as Black Friday, so the Rudy Report hopes you do some shopping, today on "National Eat a Cranberry Day." It has been a few weeks since Hurricane Sandy struck the East Coast. People have been hit bad. Some even ended up in a worst-case scenario...
In the Europa League, there were still too many games with too many unimportant teams to keep track of, so we will revisit the competition later. And, on Thanksgiving Night Football, the New England Patriots crushed the New York Jets.
The Rudy Report says Happy Birthday to Nicklas Backstrom, Jonathan Papelbon, Saku Koivu, and Bahamian triple jump legend Frank Rutherford. On this day in 1943, Philadelphia Phillies owner William Cox was permanently banned from baseball for having bet on his own team. Have a great Thanksgiving weekend, there is no new Dear Rudy at the moment, but learn something about banking in the Vatican in the Random Fact section!
New York State of Mind - A new report details how James Dolan and his sports business is enjoying success and a higher stock price this year. Read here.
The Rudy Report would like to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving, celebrating a day where Americans are grateful for what they have, followed by a day all about insane shopping, but not before midnight today on "National Start Your Own Country Day." Anyways, the Rudy Report is not the only institution that is open for business during this holiday. These guys are (almost) always open...
Yankees player Nick Swisher is being linked with a move to the Boston Red Sox. In the Champions League, Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid survived the toughest group, while Manchester City and Ajax Amsterdam got eliminated from the competition. And, in the NBA, the Knicks lost against Dallas.
The Rudy Report says Happy Birthday to Regina Halmich, Torsten Frings, Joe Nathan, Boris Becker, and Dutch-born Belgian speed-skating legend Bart Veldkamp. On this day in 1986, Mike Tyson defeated Trevor Berbick to become the youngest heavyweight champion in boxing history. Have a great day, there is no new Dear Rudy at the moment, but find out why giraffes are weird in the Random Fact section!
Historic Takeover - An investment company from Bahrain will take over struggling English soccer club Leeds United in December. Read here.
Play Hard, Own Hard - After ending his time as a player with MLS franchise Los Angeles Galaxy, David Beckham may return as a part owner. Read here.
The Rudy Report would like to remind you that there are people in the world that are not as lucky, that may be starving, may have no shelter, or may be French, but let's forget these negative things for a moment and read this, today on "World Hello Day." Ever feel like people get too close to you and you want to react aggressively? There is a more sophisticated way to put intruders in their place...
David Beckham is leaving MLS team Los Angeles Galaxy at the end of the season to look for a final challenge before retiring from soccer. Plaxico "I Shot Myself in the Foot" Burress is rumored to be joining the Pittssburgh Steelers. In the Champions League, Bayern Munich qualified for the next round, while Chelsea is on the brink of elimination. And, in the NBA, the Knicks won again, defeating New Orleans on the road.
The Rudy Report says Happy Birthday to Hank Blalock, Alex Tanguay, Chris Moneymaker, Ken Griffey Jr., Troy Aikman, and American rodeo legend Larry Mahan. On this day in 1905, the first match ever was played at the Australian Tennis Open. Have a great day, there is no new Dear Rudy right now, but learn something interesting about Sammy Sosa in the Random Fact section!
Slow Process - National Hockey League owners and players remain divided as no deal for a new collective bargaining agreement is in sight. Read here.
You will be happy to know that the Rudy Report will continue to publish throughout the Thanksgiving holiday, because we want to provide you with some entertainment while you have to hang out with extended family, like today on "National Name Your PC Day." It has been over one week since the Rudy Report celebrated its birthday, but people all over the world are still partying hard...
Lakers star Andrew Bynum has sustained an injury from going bowling, which will keep him from playing basketball for weeks. And, on Monday Night Football, the San Francisco 49ers crushed the Chicago Bears 32-7.
The Rudy Report says Happy Birthday to Tashard Choice, Carlos Boozer, Joey Galloway, Mark Gastineau, Rick Monday, Don January (Monday? January?), and Finnish cross-country skiing legend Eero "Mister Seefeld" Maentyranta. On this day in 1985, Microsoft Windows 1.0 was released. Have a great day, there is no new Dear Rudy at the moment, but learn something interesting about a European ruler in the Random Fact section!
Powerful Partner - The world's richest man has taken a controlling stake in struggling Spanish third-tier soccer club Real Oviedo. Read here.
Sold - An investment company from Abu Dhabi has sold its remaining stake in the Mercedes-Benz Formula One team back to Daimler AG. Read here.