The Rudy Report is entering the last full week of reporting before its Annual Summer Break (starting August 3rd), but don't let this dampen your mood, today on "National Summer Leisure Day." As you know, the Rudy Report has introduced you to many cities over the years. France has been a focus in particular. We got to know the town of "Condom" and the appropriately named city of Toulouse (English translation: To Lose). Well, here is another aptly named town...
Several basketball stars may play abroad if the NBA lockout persists. Kobe Bryant is in serious talks with a Turkish club, for example. Barcelona has signed Udinese striker Alexis Sanchez for $54 million. Cadel Evans became the first Australian to win the Tour de France. Brett Favre may un-retire from American Football for the 100th time. And, in baseball, the Yankees beat Oakland, while the Mets lost against Florida.
The Rudy Report says Happy Birthday to Billy Wagner, Tracy Murray, Kenzo Suzuki, Doug Drabek, and Norwegian soccer refereeing master Tommy Skjerven (Who could ever forget his officiating performance in the 2002 cup final between Odd Grenland and Vålerenga?!?!). On this day in 1917, Sir Thomas Whyte introduced the first income tax in Canada as a "temporary" measure. Canada is wondering: "When will that measure end???" Have a great week, there is no new Dear Rudy at the moment, but find out why dogs love Sao Paolo in the Random Fact section!
Taxing Issue - The court case regarding the Los Angeles Dodgers is revealing new facts about the franchise, such as an inquiry by the IRS. Read here.
Most readers actually fear the weekends, because it means that they have to go without a Rudy Report for two straight days, which is why we put an extra effort into the Weekend Edition, today on "National Pi Approximation Day." There is always a discussion whether graffiti is a kind of vandalism or art. Some people like, and some don't. Well, either way, sprayers seem to be winning the fight...
There are no sports news today due to Rudy's global travels, working hard to make this report better each and every time.
The Rudy Report says Happy Birthday to Steven Jackson, Dirk Kuyt, Keyshawn Johnson, Sergei Zubov, Shawn Michaels, Sparky Lyle, and Finnish long distance running hero Lasse Viren. On this day in 1990, the 90th US Golf Amateur Championship was won by Phil Mickelson. Have a great weekend, there is no new Dear Rudy right now, but you can learn something about flies in the Random Fact section!
The Rudy Report wants you to be strong again, because we are anticipating our annual "Summer Break" (to some it's even their favorite time of year) in about two weeks, so get ready, today on "National Junk Food Day." And since it's National Junk Food Day, let's all have a good time and go to one of the many fast food restaurants. Rudy likes Shake Shack. Dyslexic people like McDonald's...
The Rudy Report will feature a shortened version without sports news on Friday due to traveling, returning to the regular version on Monday. The Phillies and Red Sox are reportedly interested in signing Mets player Carlos Beltran. The Cincinnati Reds also seem to be ready to make some big trades. The move of Carlos Tevez from Manchester City to Corinthians has collapsed. And, Chinese basketball star Yao Ming has announced his retirement.
The Rudy Report says Happy Birthday to DeAndre Jordan (stupid name), Vakeaton Quamar "Von" Wafer (even stupider name), CC Sabathia, Kellen Winslow, Brandi Chastain, and (East) German ski jumping legend Jens Weissflog. On this day in 1983, the world's lowest temperature was recorded at Vostok Station, Antarctica at −89.2 °C (−128.6 °F). Have a great day, there is still the Dear Rudy about golf, and learn something about ocean depths in the Random Fact section!
Helpful Leverage - The trouble between Major League Baseball and the Los Angeles Dodgers will help David Einhorn acquire a stake in the New York Mets. Read here.
Tough Talks - The plan to build a National League Football stadium in downtown Los Angeles is facing a tough opposition, which may derail the deal. Read here.
Taking Too Long - Government officials have told the Minnesota Vikings that the team may have to wait until next year for a stadium decision, which may trigger a relocation. Read here.
If you're looking for a low-key, unbiased, serious, and francophile report to enjoy while walking in your Birkenstocks, then move along, nerds, because this is the Rudy Report, today on "National Ugly Truck Contest Day." The women's soccer World Cup ended on Sunday and, obviously, the US team did great. In fact, much better than the men's team. There are, however, many differences between men's and women's soccer. Fouls are different, dynamics are different, and.... celebrations are different (Note: Not a scene from "White Men Can't Jump")...
After several quiet years, Arsenal London has announced that it will spend a lot of money on player transfers this season. The NFL lockout has basically ended. All issues seem to be resolved. And, in baseball, the Yankees had a close loss against Tampa Bay, while the Mets beat St. Louis.
The Rudy Report says Happy Birthday to Ray Allen, Pavel Datsyuk, Bengie Molina, Claudio Reyna, Peter Forsberg, Giovanni Lombardi, and Congolese soccer legend Kiki Musampa. On this day in 1885, the Football Association legalized professionalism in football. Something you don't always see today... Have a great day, there is still the "Open" Dear Rudy, and find out something about pet owners in the Random Fact section!
Fierce Fighting - As the court battle is ongoing, the Los Angeles Dodgers are accusing Major League Baseball of restricting the franchise's access to much-needed funds. Read here.
Season Delay - The season of the United Football League is getting delayed as rumors are swirling about financial problems of the organization. Read here.
While Greece is financially bankrupt, Italy is morally bankrupt, and France is, well, culturally bankrupt, the Rudy Report is as strong as ever, bringing hope to the world, today on "International Juggling Day." While governments and international organizations are trying to decide who to rescue next, we sometimes forget about all the ordinary people on the street. It's not always the big wigs that need a bailout...
Manchester City is selling striker Carlos Tevez to Brazilian club Corinthians for $65 million. He may be replaced by Atletico Madrid's star Sergio Aguero. Dwight Howard may play basketball in China should the NBA lockout remain in place. And, in baseball, the Yankees beat Tampa Bay, while the Mets lost against Florida.
The Rudy Report says Happy Birthday to Adam Morrison, Rick Ankiel, David Segui, Scott Walker, and Sudanese soccer legend Haitham Mustafa. On this day in 1910, baseball pitcher Cy Young registered his 500th career victory. Have a great day, there is still the new Dear Rudy about "The Open Championship", and learn something important about mosquitoes in the Random Fact section!
Loss Calculation - Long Island officials have made calculations to find out how much it would cost local government if the Islanders were to be relocated. Read here.
New Blood - The owner of the Carolina Hurricanes wants to sell around 20% of the team to local investors in order to diversify ownership. Read here.
Waiting Game - A decision whether the Minnesota Vikings will get an NFL stadium is postponed once again as legislators refuse to put the issue on the agenda. Read here.