The Rudy Report is back with its prestigious Weekend Edition, even prompting Kanye West to agree that the Rudy Report is the best in the world, today on "National Deaf Awareness Day." The great thing about being deaf, by the way, is that you can still enjoy the Rudy Report without getting distracted by any background noises! The same, unfortunately, cannot be said about blind Rudy Report fans. And if you have no plans for the weekend yet, you can always check out a concert of a new group called "Run DC". Tickets are on sale now for only $99 (plus Medicaid and various other tax surcharges)...
This year, the US Open in New York were the highest-attended sports event in the world with a total of 721,059 visitors. In the UEFA Cup, which is now called "Europa League", Hamburg got upset by Vienna 3-0. Everton beat Athens 4-0. In college football, Miami beat favorite Georgia Tech. And in baseball, the Mets lost against Atlanta, while the Yankees did not play.
The Rudy Report says Happy Birthday to Lance Armstrong, Toni Kukoc, and Rick Pitino. On this day in 1837, Tiffany and Co. (first named Tiffany & Young) was founded by Charles Lewis Tiffany and Teddy Young in New York City. The first store was called a "stationary and fancy goods emporium." Have a great weekend, look through the Dear Rudy archive for some extra fun, and check out how art sometimes goes too far in the Random Fact section!
Cheap Deal - A new report says that the Ricketts family's purchase of the Chicago Cubs for $845 million could be a steal due to tax breaks and a stable fan base. Read here.
Taking Action - After months of working on new regulations, the Premier League is set to introduce changes for the start of next season. Read here.
Success Story - Despite the rough economic climate and declining revenues for teams in the NBA, the Cleveland Cavaliers continue making money. Read here.
Looking For A Friend - Rumors suggest that Liverpool co-owners George Gillett and Tom Hicks have hired Merrill Lynch to look for minority investors. Read here.
Bid Submitted - Hong Kong businessman Carson Yeung has now officially submitted his bid for Birmingham City with a high likelihood of successfully completing the transaction. Read here.
Trying To Make Sense - Malaysia is arguing that its investment in the new Formula One Lotus team is commercially viable, promising several benefits. Read here.
Taking Next Steps - The San Jose city council has approved a financial impact analysis for a potential Oakland Athletics stadium, which could see the team move to San Jose. Read here.
Shorts Selling - Spanish La Liga club Valencia has announced a sponsorship with Herbalife, which aims at promoting the brand on the team's shorts. Read here.
As part of the health-care overhaul, the Rudy Report returns with its second part of the new, weekly "Rudy's Yoga Lessons", today on the "International Day of Peace." After practicing the "Savasana" position last Thursday, it is time to get a little more advanced. Let's take a deep breath and focus on the "Setu Bandha Sarvangasana" position (again shown by an expert on the left and its real life application by a student like you and me on the right). By the way, this is one of David Hasselhoff's favorite exercises.
Formula One team Renault has fired managing director Flavio Briatore as part of a scandal alleging the team of intentionally crashing one of its cars to help the other car win the race. Peter Kenyon will be stepping down as CEO of Chelsea FC in October. In the Champions League, Inter Milan hosted FC Barcelona and the game ended in a boring 0-0 tie. Arsenal and Liverpool won their games. The Yankees beat Toronto 5-4, thanks to a walk-off single by Cervelli in the 9th. The Mets played against Atlanta, but nobody cares about that score anyways.
The Rudy Report says Happy Birthday to Alexander Ovechkin, Phil Jackson, and NASCAR royalty Jimmie Johnson. On this day in 1630, the city of Boston was founded. Its intended purpose was to create an inferior and boring rival for New York. Have a great day, check out some older Dear Rudys, and find out why baseball umpires are worse off today than decades ago in the Random Fact section!
Focus On Asia - Many clubs from the English Premier League are shifting their focus to marketing opportunities in Asia in order to grow brands and popularity. Read here.
Swiss Takeover - A day after Lotus' return to Formula One has been announced, the BMW team has been sold to Swiss Qadbak Investments, which means it will also stay in the division next year. Read here.
Turned Down - The city of Glendale has turned down Coyotes owner Jerry Moyes who tried to argue in favor of Jim Balsillie's offer for the Phoenix hockey team. Read here.
Avoiding Lockout - The National Basketball Association is meeting with representatives to discuss a new labor contract in order to avoid a possible lockout. Read here.
Stadium Here We Come - After years of planning and financial struggles, Liverpool FC might be able to proceed with the construction of a new stadium, thanks to the new shirt sponsorship deal. Read here.
Looking For A New Challenge - If Birmingham City's sale to Carson Yeung gets completed, David Sullivan and Karren Brady said they would look for new soccer investments. Read here.
This is the 182nd online edition of the now world-famous Rudy Report, still being the elite's preferred source of everything, coming to you live today on "National Collect A Stamp Day." Today, in response to Patrick Swayze's death, Kanye West came out and acknowledged the tragic event, but also stated that Michael Jackson's death was the best of the year. Since the end of the recession, which was officially announced by the Rudy Report on July 17th, the economy has recovered and even construction has picked up. However, there are some suspicious projects in progress, which should raise red flags, like this one right here...
The San Francisco 49ers have still not yet signed their first draft pick, Michael Crabtree, due to ongoing contract disagreements. Now, the team has reduced its offer. It was the first game day of the UEFA Champions League. Bayern Munich beat Haifa 3-0, Real Madrid, AC Milan, and Chelsea also won their games. Today, Inter Milan will take on champion FC Barcelona. And in baseball, the Yankees lost against Toronto, while the Mets had a loss against Atlanta.
The Rudy Report says Happy Birthday to Alexander Vinokourov, Orel Hershiser, and former South African wicket-keeper (Note: A wicket-keeper is not a character from Harry Potter) Dave Richardson. On this day in 1908, General Motors was founded! Later, in 2009, it was restructured an emerged as Government Motors. Have a great day, there's still the Dear Rudy about travel guides, and check out who became an unlikely charts leader in England in the Random Fact section!
Michel's Big Day - UEFA president Michel Platini's plan to better regulate soccer club finances, which is called "Financial Fair Play", has been approved by the Executive Committee. Read here.
Crunch Time - After months of negotiations and arguments, the National Hockey League and Jim Balsillie might find out who will get the Phoenix Coyotes as early as this week. Read here.
Unhappy Neighbors - San Diego mayor Jerry Sanders has expressed concern about the fast-track process regarding a LA NFL stadium, vowing he wants to keep the Chargers in town. Read here.
Replacement Found - Lotus has announced its return to Formula One racing, replacing BMW which will leave the series at the end of the season. Read here.
No Transfers For The Poor - The English Premier League might impose a player transfer ban on all clubs that are dealing with financial pressures. Read here.
The Rudy Report returns from a sports-packed weekend, which also brought us some lifestyle thanks to Fashion Week, today on "National Chocolate Milkshake Day." As your beacon of etiquette and good manners, the Rudy Report is always at the forefront of, well, everything. The economy is improving and, as a result, you might see the one or the other client in your office again. In case you forgot, a hand shake is when you extend your arm and grab the client's hand and shake it, which is harder than it sounds. One prominent example of hand shake failure is Russian President Dmitry Medvedev...
Get ready for all these sports news: Michael Jordan got inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame. Congratulations! No congratulations on his terrible speech though... On Friday, Derek Jeter became the All-Time Yankees Hits Leader. Congratulations again! On Sunday, the Yankees beat Baltimore after a rough weekend. The Mets lost against Philadelphia. USC beat Ohio State in the last stage of the game, showing an impressive performance by their young quarterback. Tiger Woods raced through the BMW Open like a Ferrari, winning his 5th BMW championship and regaining the FedEx Cup lead. In the NFL, the Jets had a solid win against Houston. The Giants also looked good, easily beating consistently-underperforming Washington. In the Premier League, Liverpool, Chelsea, and ManU all won their games. Manchester City remained undefeated after beating Arsenal 4-2. And, at the US Open, Roger Federer will take on Juan del Potro in the final today. Congratulations, Roger! Kim Clijsters became the less attractive and first unseeded, wild card player to win the US Open, beating Caroline Wozniacki in the final (Note: The Rudy Report does not recognize women's tennis as a sport).
The Rudy Report says Happy Birthday to Larry Brown, Terrell Fletcher, and NFL defensive end with a really weird name: Frostee Rucker. On this day in 2008, Bank of America announced its intention to acquire Merrill Lynch. We all know the end of that success story... Have a great week, there's no new Dear Rudy, but still the one about travel guides, and find out what Shakespeare invented in the Random Fact section!
Fair Play Requested - The judge ruling over the Phoenix Coyotes auction has stated that the NHL's bid might be unfair, because it favors some creditors over others. Read here.
New Home Builder - Premier League club Everton FC is making significant progress towards the construction of a new stadium, which could cost GBP 130 million. Read here.
Motor Merger - NASCAR teams Richard Petty Motorsports and Yates Racing have announced a merger of their teams for next season, starting with four Ford race cars. Read here.
Strong Support - Ed Roski has passed another hurdle for his plan to build a NFL stadium in Los Angeles by getting support from the State Assembly in Sacramento. Read here.
Bailout No. 2 - The US Olympic Committee (USOC) is considering the possibility of asking the federal government for financial support for the Chicago bid. Read here.
It's 9/11 and the Rudy Report is trying its hardest to make this rather sad day in history informative and entertaining for you, today on "National No News Is Good News Day." In any case, summer seems to be over and it looks like we're in for some rainy times, which begs the popular question (see picture below): Why does Snoop Dogg take his umbrella? Answer: Fo' drizzle!
Dwayne Wade says he wants to become a free agent next summer instead of extending his contract with Miami earlier. Germany won the Women's European Championship, defeating England in the final 6-2. Officials have discovered that South African athlete Caster Semenya has no ovaries and is no real woman. Oh man! He/she might get disqualified from future events. There was a little rain at the US Open, but no real surprises. The Mets got crushed by Florida 13-4. Today, Derek Jeter could break Lou Gehrig's hit record. And the NFL kicked off its season with Pittsburgh winning against Tennessee thanks to an overtime field goal, 13-10.
The Rudy Report says Happy Birthday to "Kaiser" Franz Beckenbauer, Jacoby Ellsbury, and Mike Comrie. On this day in 1987, Dan Rather walked off the set of the CBS Evening News over disapproval of the handling of a major event being interrupted and postponed by a sports program, leaving six minutes of dead air. Have a great weekend, check out a brand-new Dear Rudy heating up speculation about a Rudy Report Travel Guide, and find out what Danish researchers discovered about beer and sound in the Random Fact section!
Final Fight Before Auction - The National Hockey League and Jim Balsillie keep submitting documents to court before the auction, raising the number of case filings to over 1,000. Read here.
Surprising Sale - Mercedes will acquire a 75% stake in Formula One leader Brawn GP within the next three years, giving control of a team to the car maker for the first time in decades. Read here.
Transfer Trouble - Premier League clubs, such as Chelsea and Manchester United, have to deal with transfer violation allegations, which could change the transfer landscape. Read here.
Key Investor - Oren Koules has lined up real estate investor Jeff Greene as a candidate to join his ownership group, which could result in Len Barrie's buyout. Read here.
No More Parity - Due to Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) negotiations, the National Football League might lose its parity-promoting financial system. Read here.
Roadblock Ahead - The sale of the Florida Panthers to Sports Properties Acquisition Corp. is facing problems, because of NHL ownership regulations. Read here.
Complete Control - The Molson family is set to acquire the remaining 19.9% stake in the Montreal Canadiens from Molson Coors Brewing Corp., giving them full control over the franchise. Read here.