The Rudy Report is ringing in the last month of the year, but that's okay, because Rudy is already prepared for 2013 and 2014 as there will be no feared "Rudy Cliff", not then and not today on "National Perpetual Youth Day." As you know, the Rudy Report is probably the most recognizable brand in the world. There is no competition for us. The same cannot be said about other industries...
Yankees catcher Russell Martin is leaving the team to join the Pittsburgh Pirates. Good luck with that... In the NBA's top game, Miami beat San Antonio. And, in the NFL, Atlanta had a solid win against the New Orleans Saints.
The Rudy Report says Happy Birthday to Jordan Farmar, Jason Pominville, Shane Victorino, Rich Harden, Bo Jackson, and Kazakh swimming sensation Vladislav Polyakov. On this day in 1872, the first-ever international soccer game took place between England and Scotland in Glasgow. Have a great weekend, there is no new Dear Rudy at the moment, but learn something interesting about a book title in the Random Fact section!
High Value - The new Forbes valuations for hockey teams have been released, showing that the Toronto Maple Leafs are the first NHL franchise ever to break the $1 billion barrier. Read here.
Game Changer - European soccer governing organization UEFA is considering eliminating the Europa League, while doubling the number of Champions League clubs. Read here.
Having A Plan - Major League Soccer officials are going to present a plan for a new stadium in Queens to New York politicians in the hope to get another franchise to the New York area. Read here.
The Rudy Report would like to welcome you on the 333rd day of the year, which means absolutely nothing whatsoever, today on "National Electronic Greetings Day." Life is a curious thing. It comes and it goes. However, if you want to be philosophical about it, please make sure you know what you're doing...
The New York Yankees are close to extending the contracts of Mariano Rivera and Andy Pettitte. It's always good to keep the young guys... It looks like these weird anchored putters will be banned from golf in a few years. In the NFL, Atlanta will take on New Orleans tonight. And, in the NBA, the Knicks beat Milwaukee, while Brooklyn beat Boston in a game that erupted in a brawl, leading to the ejection of three players.
The Rudy Report says Happy Birthday to Ryan Giggs, Jamal Mashburn (named after the phenomenon of burnt mashed potatoes), Mariano Rivera, John Layfield, Jerry Lawler, Vin Scully, and Pakistani cricket sensation Younus Khan. On this day in 1929, US Admiral Richard Byrd became the first person to fly over the South Pole. Have a great day, there is no new Dear Rudy at the moment, but learn something interesting about deserts in the Random Fact section!
Looking Up - The involvement of mediators seems to be a positive influence that could finally help NHL owners and players reach a deal. Read here.
Green Light - The city of Glendale has approved a new arena lease deal for the Phoenix Coyotes, which should pave the way for Greg Jamison to buy the franchise. Read here.
The Rudy Report would like to point out that you have only two weeks left to nominate the "Rudy Report Athlete of the Year 2012", so do it today on "National America Recycles Day." Things are back to normal here in New York after the hurricane. There was a lot of disaster and destruction. However, events like these also spur creativity...
Real Madrid seems to be interested in Borussia Dortmund midfielder Mario Goetze, who could replace his national team colleague Mesut Oezil. Other than that, it was a quiet sports day, because nobody cares about college basketball until March.
The Rudy Report says Happy Birthday to Robb Nen, Walt Weiss, Dave Righetti, and Hungarian soccer sensation Andras Toelcseres. On this day in 1814, "The Times" newspaper was for the first time printed by automatic, steam-powered presses invented by Germans. Have a great day, there is no new Dear Rudy right now, but learn something interesting about a common first name in the Random Fact section!
National Help - An official mediation agency is getting involved in the collective bargaining agreement negotiations between owners and players to save this NHL season. Read here.
There is absolutely no need to rush into reading this, because there are enough Rudy Reports for everyone, today on "National Pie in the Face Day." Now that Thanksgiving is over, we can finally turn our full attention to Christmas. Or whatever you may call the holiday you are celebrating...
Fox Sports is planning a new sports channel that is going to compete directly with ESPN. On Monday Night Football, Carolina beat Philadelphia in the most uninteresting Monday game in a while. And, in the NBA, the New York Knicks, the only New York team in the league, had an overtime loss against the Brooklyn Nets.
The Rudy Report says Happy Birthday to Radek Stepanek, Martin Gramatica, Nick van Exel, Roberto Mancini, and Northern Irish racing legend Kenny Acheson. On this day in 1924, the first Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade was held in New York City. Have a great day, there is no new Dear Rudy right now, but find out something about Captain Morgan that you did not know for sure in the Random Fact section!
Big Deal - Fox Sports will sign a record $6 to $7 billion, 25-year broadcasting deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers, which could justify the franchise value. Read here.
No Fees - News Corp. and the New York Yankees saved about $50 to $100 million in fees by not using investment bankers to work on the deal to sell a stake in YES Network. Read here.
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.