This is the last Rudy Report of January, but don't get concerned, Rudy will be back in February (Note: First week in February will feature a reduced RR version, afterwards normal reports will resume) with great stuff, like today on "National Inspire Your Heart with Art Day." As Conan O'Brien said on his last show for NBC: "Don't be cynical." But how can you not be cynical if nature does it, too? Have a look...
Amid many rumors, Johnny Damon has now been linked with the Tampa Bay Rays. Andy Murray could become a British hero if he wins the Australian Open. In the NBA, the Knicks almost beat Toronto, but in the end, they lost. And, in the NHL, the Islanders lost against Carolina.
The Rudy Report says Happy Birthday to Rob Bironas, ski jumper Martin Schmitt, Romario, Doug Risebrough, and South African racing legend Jody Scheckter. On this day in 1963, the first inductees into the Pro Football Hall of Fame were announced. Have a great weekend, check out one of many recent Dear Rudy contributions, and learn something about US beer commercials to prepare yourselves for Super Bowl in the Random Fact section!
Uncertain Deal - The holding company owning the Washington Wizards and Verizon Center claims they do not have to sell the entities to Ted Leonsis. Read here.
Ready To Buy - Oracle chief Larry Ellison is ready to buy the Golden State Warriors, but current owner Chris Cohan seems unwilling to sell. Read here.
And They're Off - Dubai has opened its mega horse-racing complex, which is one of the best in the world and cost more than $1 billion to develop. Read here.
Delay Of Game - Mikhail Prokhorov's acquisition of the New Jersey Nets is facing a delay and still requires approval by the NBA Board of Governors. Read here.
Not Happening - A department of the British government has announced that Premier League club Tottenham Hotspurs will not be allowed to build a new stadium. Read here.
The good news is that the Rudy Report is back, the bad news is that the Jets think they can still win the Super Bowl, today on "National Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day" (pop some bubble wrap if you have any). There is a new Dear Rudy in today's report, which features Jets coach Rex Ryan. Not everyone is a fan of him, like Leonard Ball, who made his point by donating money to this...
Ricky Rubio has announced that he will not join the New York Knicks. The New York Yankees said that it is unlikely Johnny Damon will return to the line-up. Chinese women have taken over the semi-final of the Australian Open, while Roger Federer is still the men's favorite. In the Premier League, Chelsea and ManU won, while Arsenal and Liverpool had ties. Chelsea remains the top team. And, in the NHL, the Rangers lost again, this time against Carolina. The Devils lost against Buffalo.
The Rudy Report says Happy Birthday to Daunte Culpepper, Stephen Gostkowski, Magglio Ordonez, and Gregg "Coach Pop" Popovich. On this day in 1754, Horace Walpole, in a letter to Horace Mann, coined the word serendipity. Have a great day, there is another brand-new Hank the Tank Dear Rudy about the New York Jets, and check out a great exchange in the Funny Sports Quote section!
Top Of The List - Tiger Woods is number 1 on BusinessWeek's list of powerful athletes, but chances are he won't be near the top next year. Read here.
Glass Half Empty - The UEFA is reporting that more than half of all soccer clubs in Europe are losing money, highlighting widespread financial issues. Read here.
Short-Term Solution - The San Diego Chargers will stay in their current stadium for one more year, but the team is already looking for alternative sites. Read here.
Money Due - British soccer club Notts County has been struggling financially for a while and now a GBP 2 million tax payment is becoming due. Read here.
Not Interested - Prominent Detroit sports families have rejected rumors that they might be interested in acquiring the Detroit Pistons. Read here.
Out Of Luck - Soccer club Crystal Palace has filed for bankruptcy after failing to pay its players as well as many other financial troubles in the past. Read here.
League Management - Texas Rangers president Nolan Ryan said the franchise was controlled by MLB for months, which will change once new ownership takes over. Read here.
Ladies and gentlemen, the State of the Rudy Report is strong with tons of great news and features, coming to you today on "International Hot & Spicy Food Day." One of the main goals in our lifetime will be to try and balance the budget. People think it's hard, but there are more difficult tasks than that. Like balancing this...
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre has announced that it is highly unlikely he will come back for another year, which doesn't mean anything. The Oakland A's want to sign Ben Sheets or Johnny Damon. John Smoltz could join the Mets. In the NBA, the Knicks won again, but only against Minnesota. And, in the NHL, the Islanders got crushed by Washington 7-2, while the Devils lost against Ottawa.
The Rudy Report says Happy Birthday to Fred Taylor, Patrice Brisebois, Cris Collinsworth, and Norwegian national hero biathlete Ole Einar Bjorndalen. On this day in 1785, the University of Georgia was founded, becoming the first public university in the United States. At the same time, it also became the first safety school. Have a great day, there is still the fantastic Dear Rudy about women's historic achievements, and check out something you didn't know about one of your childhood toys in the Random Fact section!
Takeover Rumors - The owners of Portsmouth FC are rejecting takeover rumors, but the club's financial situation might lead to a sale eventually. Read here.
Losing Support - Manchester United's bond deal is losing the support of investors as some fear that the club is too highly leveraged. Read here.
Europeans Only - FIFA president Sepp Blatter has stated that only European nations should apply to host the 2018 World Cup, leaving no chance for Australia or the United States. Read here.
Deal Time - A sale of British soccer club Cardiff City might be imminent with at least two separate investor groups interested in a takeover. Read here.
Another Warning - UK's prime minister Gordon Brown joins the list of officials warning soccer clubs of high debt levels and financial mismanagement. Read here.
The Rudy Report would like to acknowledge that it has the best readers in the world, who generally have an IQ which is on average 37.2% higher than the IQs of Perez Hilton readers, today on "National Compliment Day." Making a compliment is, of course, a nice gesture, but only if you get it right. Compliments can definitely go wrong. For example, if your title relates to the country Wales, you don't want to be called a whale. Got it?!
The NFL is not going to have a second game in London this year, because of uncertainty regarding its collective bargaining agreement negotiations. Roger Federer is still in the Australian Open, which is normal, because he is the Rudy Report favorite. And, in the NHL, the New York Rangers had a 4-2 loss against Pittsburgh.
The Rudy Report says Happy Birthday to Justin Gimelstob, Jose Mourinho, and hockey legend Wayne Gretzky. On this day in 2009, Nadya Suleman became "Octomom." Have a great day, check out another brand-new Dear Rudy about a historic bowling event by Hank the Tank, and find out something about life on the toilet in the Random Fact section!
Finally Finalized - Tom Hicks has agreed to sell the MLB Texas Rangers to Chuck Greenberg and his group of investors for approximately $570 million. Read here.
Cost Cutting - European soccer governing organization UEFA has again warned clubs that it will create a regulatory framework to better control club spending. Read here.
Not Going Anywhere - Recent rumors that the Milwaukee Brewers could move to Florida have been dismissed by the franchise, emphasizing that they are in a great location. Read here.
Coming To A Close - There is no definite timetable, but it looks like the NHL is close to finalizing their sale of the Phoenix Coyotes to Ice Edge Holdings. Read here.
Costly Issue - Sources suggest that Premier League club Manchester United had to pay as much as GBP 54 million to set up the bond offering. Read here.
Poised Ivy - The Ivy League has ambitions to seek national television contracts to show football, basketball, and even lacrosse games nationwide. Read here.
The Rudy Report is here to help you get through the last week of January, which historically is a prelude to the first week of February, today on "National Handwriting Day." Thanks to modern technology, the Rudy Report can be accessed and viewed almost anywhere in the world: on the phone, on your laptop, on a netbook, iPod, etc. However, for maximum results, it's best to get the biggest screen you can find, just like this reader in the picture below...
Sorry Jets, but the Indianapolis Colts will be going to the Super Bowl. They were simply the better team on Sunday. Joining them in the big game on February 7th will be Rudy favorite New Orleans who beat the Vikings in a great overtime thriller. In the Premier League, Manchester United beat Hull 4-0. All other games will take place during the week. Real Madrid star Ruud van Nistelrooy will join Hamburg. In Italy, the Milan Derby ended with Inter winning the game 2-0. In the NBA, the Dallas Mavericks beat the Knicks by a crushing 50 points. And, in the NHL, the Rangers had a 6-0 loss against Montreal on Saturday. New Jersey beat the Islanders.
The Rudy Report says Happy Birthday to Brent Celek, Robinho, Tim Montgomery, Chris Chelios, and Portuguese soccer legend Eusebio (scored 317 goals in 301 games for Benfica Lisbon). On this day in 1924, the very first Olympic Winter Games were opened in Chamonix, France. Have a great week, there is a new Dear Rudy about the famous daily Rudy Holidays, and find out something shocking about vending machines in the Random Fact section!
Tough Situation - Selling the Detroit Pistons might be a tough thing to do for owner Karen Davidson, but it does not stop her from trying. Read here.
Well Done - Premier League club Manchester United has successfully convinced enough investors to raise money for their bond offering. Read here.
Professional Opinion - Sacramento has hired Goldman Sachs to assist the city in evaluating plans for a new Sacramento Kings arena and development. Read here.
A Little Help From Their Friends - The Tampa Bay Lightning have apparently received financial help from the NHL to meet their payroll obligations. Read here.
Money For Nothing - The British Olympic team needs money urgently in order to fly the country's athletes to the Games in Vancouver. Read here.
Mission Accomplished - Italy has finalized its anti-trust investigation regarding TV rights fees for the Serie A soccer league and everything seems to be fine. Read here.