The Rudy Report is proud to announce that Moody's reiterated our unique, yet justified AAAA-rating (read: quadruple A), making us the best deal in the world, today on "National Anonymous Giving Day." Some things in life come and go, like, for example, Brett Favre. Some things will always be there, such as the Rudy Report. And then there are things that, well, fall in between the two categories...
Construction for venues for the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, is on track for a timely completion, according to the International Olympic Committee. Lionel Messi is the world's best paid soccer player, making 31 million Euros a year, followed by Cristiano Ronaldo (27.5 million) and Wayne Rooney (20.7 million). And, in the NBA, the Knicks lost against Orlando. Maybe they can set a new losing streak record thanks to Carmelo Anthony?
The Rudy Report says Happy Birthday to Chris Bosh, Gary Paffett, Peyton Manning, and Australian rugby league football legend Darren "Locky" Lockyer. On this day in 1900, New York City mayor Robert Anderson Van Wyck broke ground for a new underground "Rapid Transit Railroad" that would like Manhattan and Brooklyn. Why?!?! Unnecessary... Have a great day, there is still no new Dear Rudy, but find out what you will do in your lifetime if you're an average American in the Random Fact section!
Value Investing - The New York Yankees remain the most valuable baseball team at $1.7 billion, which is twice as much as second-placed Boston, while the Mets' value dropped. Read here.
Ready To Move In - The mayor of Anaheim says that the city is close to getting the Sacramento Kings to move to town as negotiations seem positive. Read here.
Getting Out Of Debt - While remaining successful on the field, Spanish La Liga club Barcelona is working on reducing its debt load. Read here.
The Rudy Report would like to deny rumors that it has hired and subsequently fired Donald Trump as an apprentice, because he wouldn't be qualified in the first place, today on "National Turtle Day." Rudy knows more about eating than cooking, but that doesn't mean that there is a lack of creativity when coming up with award-winning meals. So what do you do when you don't have anything to mix your ingredients? Well, you do this...
The New York Knicks are back to their usual selves, having lost 6 out of the last 7 games. But they did not lose last night... because they didn't play. Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward is doing well on "Dancing with the Stars." And, in the NHL, the Rangers beat Florida, and the Islanders beat Tampa Bay.
The Rudy Report says Happy Birthday to Maurice Jones-Drew, Mark Buehrle, Ron Jaworski, Joel Peralta, and Japanese baseball legend Tetsuharu Kawakami. On this day in 1857, Elisha Otis' first elevator was installed at 488 Broadway in New York City. Have a great day, there is no new Dear Rudy right now, but find out about the first ever speeding ticket in the Random Fact section!
Not A Chance - The owners of the New York Mets are setting a price, but no percentage interest in the team, which means that they will not give up control. Read here.
Increasing Stake - Russian billionaire Alisher Usmanov has accumulated more than 27% in Premier League club Arsenal London, which he could use for a complete takeover. Read here.
No Distraction - The Minnesota Vikings state that difficult labor talks and the fear of a lockout in the NFL are no distraction in the franchise's quest for a new stadium. Read here.
The Rudy Report would like to deny rumors that Rudy will be running for President, because that position is underpaid anyways, so why bother, today on "International Goof Off Day." Everybody is looking forward to the upcoming baseball season. The Rudy Report will be supporting the New York Yankees, as always. Good news is also that the gay community is getting excited about hunks in pinstripes, hoping to land a good catch...
Ferrari driver Alonso is the best paid athlete in Formula One racing with an annual salary of 28 million Euros, followed by Michael Schumacher who makes 18 million. March Madness took a break.... unless you count women's "basketball", which doesn't count. And, in the NBA, the Knicks, lost against Boston.
The Rudy Report says Happy Birthday to Juan Uribe, Tom Poti, Joey Porter, Marcus Camby, and Italian cycling legend Mario "Cipo" Cipollini. On this day in 1894, the first ever playoff game for the Stanley Cup started. Have a great day, there is no new Dear Rudy right now, but you can learn something interesting about plastic surgery in the Random Fact section!
Change Of Terms - The prospective buyer of the Phoenix Coyotes, Matthew Hulsizer, is changing the terms of a deal to acquire the franchise. Read here.
Striking Back - The owners of the New York Mets are striking back in court, arguing that they did not know anything about the Madoff fraud scheme. Read here.
Still Interested - Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is still interested in partnering with anyone who wants to buy the Dallas Stars. Read here.
While there are people out there that try to make the world a better place one step at a time, the Rudy Report is making all steps at the same time every day, thereby saving some time and focusing on the big picture, like today on "National Chocolate Caramel Day." There are good leaders and there are bad leaders in this world. Rudy always comments, but never judges (okay, fine, maybe sometimes). In any case, teen heartthrob Justin Bieber may turn out to be a strong leader someday, but he has to work on his greeting...
Manchester United will take on Chelsea FC in the Champions League quarterfinals, while Tottenham will face Real Madrid. The other two games will be Inter Milan vs. Schalke, and Barcelona vs. Donezk. Meanwhile, Chelsea is interested in signing Madrid defender Ramos for $50 million. In the Premier League, Chelsea, Liverpool, and ManU won their games, while Arsenal had a tie against West Brom. In the NBA, the Knicks lost against Milwaukee. In the NHL, the Rangers beat Pittsburgh 5-2 on the road. And, in the NCAA men's basketball tournament, Marquette and Richmond are the surprises so far. Number 1 seed Pittsburgh got eliminated by Butler.
The Rudy Report says Happy Birthday to Adrian "Purple Jesus" Peterson, Ryan Callahan, Ronald Koeman, Lothar Matthaeus, and Iranian soccer legend Ali Daei. On this day in 1857, an earthquake in Tokyo killed over 100,000 people. Those are the times when you hope that history won't ever repeat itself. If you're looking for a joke here, you won't find it... Have a great week, there is no new Dear Rudy right now, but learn something about computers that you did not know for sure in the Random Fact section!
Looking Elsewhere - Rumors suggest that Dave Checketts might set his sights on the Los Angeles Dodgers after selling the St. Louis Blues. Read here.
Long List - A long list of suitors for the Toronto Maple Leafs has emerged with names, such as Tim Leiweke or the current owner of the Philadelphia Flyers. Read here.
Two In The Running - Major League Baseball has approved two different bidders that are allowed to negotiate for a stake in the New York Mets. Read here.
Two Plus One Is Three - There are three potential bidders that have entered the race to acquire the Atlanta Thrashers NHL franchise. Read here.
A new survey has found that 62.4% of readers would prefer reading the Rudy Report over moving to Fukushima in Japan, which is both wise and nice, today on "National Awkward Moments Day." Obviously, nobody is talking about Wikileaks anymore, and everyone is still talking about the Rudy Report. Why? Well, because we actually keep providing new information to you every day. For example, who knew that there would be a new power couple in the White House? I'm not suggesting anything, but it looks like Bill Clinton did it again...
There was March Madness all over the place, but no need to post results yet. Only winners will get coverage. But there were certainly some surprises! Randy Moss wants to play for the New England Patriots again. Liverpool FC shockingly got eliminated by Braga from the Europa League. ManCity is also out. And, in the NBA, the Knicks beat Memphis.
The Rudy Report says Happy Birthday to Fabian Cancellara, Timo Glock, Willy Sagnol, Scott Podsednik, Brian Griese, and Croatian tennis hero Lovro Zovko. On this day in 1990, in the largest art theft in US history, 12 paintings, collectively worth around $300 million, were stolen in Boston. Have a great weekend, there is no new Dear Rudy right now, but find out which letter was the first one ever to appear on Wheel of Fortune in the Random Fact section!
Selling The Blues - Sports investor Dave Checketts has decided to sell the St. Louis Blues franchise and the arena lease in its entirety to make a transaction easier. Read here.
Name Changer - The owner of the Sacramento Kings will move the team to Anaheim, but the franchise would like to change the name to Anaheim Royals. Read here.