The Rudy Report is coming to you on Black Friday, because that's the day when masses of people from Harlem come downtown at 2AM to buy 80 inch LCD TVs with food stamps, today on "National You're Welcoming Day." It's a great time to find good deals. And don't kid yourself, there's something for every budget...
The Kansas City Chiefs have picked up quarterback Kyle Orton. Premier League club Chelsea may sign Real Madrid midfielder Kaka for GBP 30 million. And, in the NFL, there were some great Thanksgiving games: Green Bay beat Detroit to stay undefeated, Dallas beat Miami in a close game, and Baltimore beat San Francisco.
The Rudy Report says Happy Birthday to Nick Swisher, Xabi Alonso, Imran Khan, Cris Carter, Bucky Dent, and competitive eating legend Joey "Jaws" Chestnut. On this day in 1951, the Cleveland Browns were penalized a record 209 yards against Chicago Bears. Have a great weekend, there is no new Dear Rudy right now, but educate yourself about something that everyone is familiar with in the Random Fact section!
A Big Deal - Well-known hedge fund billionaire Steven Cohen seems to prepare a bid to acquire the struggling Los Angeles Dodgers. Read here.
Holiday Aftermath - Owners and players are set to meet again after Thanksgiving to rescue the NBA season and avoid the cancellation of Christmas games. Read here.
The Rudy Report would like to wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving, which is now the only non-Jewish holiday in the US, as you read this amongst your family, today on "National Turtle Adoption Day." Tomorrow, a lot of you will go shopping, because it's African-American (sometimes ignorantly referred to as "Black") Friday. There are many great deals out there, but don't get fooled by some ads...
A former photographer has quit his job to invest 10,000 hours of training to become one of the world's best golfers. Up to that day, he had never played golf before. Good luck! (Side Note: It takes about 1,000,000 hours of training to write the first paragraph of the Rudy Report.) Yankees closer Mariano Rivera may retire at the end of the 2012 season. There is nothing crazy to report from the Champions League. And, in the NHL, the Rangers lost against Florida, the Islanders lost against Philadelphia, but the New Jersey Devils beat Columbus.
The Rudy Report says Happy Birthday to Keith Primeau, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Norbert Haug, Dave Bing, and German rugby sensation Lars Eckert. On this day in 1982, the Orioles' Cal Ripken was named AL Rookie of the Year. Have a great holiday, there is no new Dear Rudy at the moment, but learn something about FedEx that you did not know for sure in the Random Fact section!
Dare Devil - The owner of Wendy's fast food restaurants is considering a $250 million takeover of NHL franchise New Jersey Devils. Read here.
Recruiting Efforts - Several investors have asked manager Joe Torre to become part of a group to purchase the Los Angeles Dodgers. Read here.
Tempting Plan - A plan to build a new 20,000-seat arena near Toronto could lure another NHL franchise to a region that is crazy about hockey. Read here.
The Rudy Report will also post tomorrow on Thanksgiving, while everyone will be at home watching football or massacring turkeys, but not yet today on "National Cashew Day." We live in a world where really every kind of relationship is acceptable. People are straight, gay, or anything in between. There's also a growing number of these (see option #4)...
Chelsea star Frank Lampard has denied rumors that he may make a move to Major League Soccer franchise LA Galaxy. Meanwhile, his teammate Nicolas Anelka may play in Shanghai next season. In the UEFA Champions League, Bayern Munich beat Villareal 3-1 to win the group, while Manchester City is facing elimination after losing against Napoli.
The Rudy Report says Happy Birthday to Nicklas Backstrom, Asafa Powell, Jonathan Papelbon, Malik Rose, Saku Koivu, Ross Brawn, and Saudi soccer legend Khalid Al-Muwallid. On this day in 534 BC, Thespis of Icaria became the first recorded actor to portray a character onstage. To this day, the Greeks remain great actors... Have a great day, Happy Thanksgiving, there is no new Dear Rudy right now, but learn something about pregnancy that you absolutely did not know for sure in the Random Fact section!
Time To Sue - Several high profile players have joined an antitrust lawsuit against the National Basketball Association, while no end to the lockout is in sight. Read here.
Case Study - LeBron James is the topic of a marketing class at Harvard Business School, proving that athletes are as much businesspeople as sportspeople. Read here.
We live in a world of uncertainty, where the economy is weak and we don't even know whether Christmas will come, but one constant remains, which is the Rudy Report being there for you always, like today on "National Start Your Own Country Day." Sometimes the validity of words is debatable. Is "tweet" really a word? We have discussed it before. Let's just make clear rules and stop this annoying debate. OK?!?!
Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler is out for the rest of the season with a broken thumb. English club Tottenham Hotspur may sign German striker Lukas Podolski. In the NHL, Sidney Crosby returned to the Pittsburgh Penguins lineup. He scored two goals and had two assists in his team's 5-0 victory against the New York Islanders. Pitcher Justin Verlander won the American League MVP award. And, on Monday Night Football, the Patriots beat the Kansas City Chiefs.
The Rudy Report says Happy Birthday to Sandy Alderson, Regina Halmich, Billie Jean King, Torsten Frings, and Russian high jumping sensation Yaroslav Rybakov. On this day in 1986, Mike Tyson defeated Trevor Berbick to become youngest Heavyweight champion in boxing history. Have a great day, there is no new Dear Rudy right now, but you can learn something interesting about rape in the Random Fact section!
Singing The Blues - The owner of NBA franchise Utah Jazz may be forced to sell the team due to the financial burden imposed by the lockout. Read here.
Steady Results - German soccer club Bayern Munich has announced that it will comply with UEFA financial fair play rules, posting a profit for the 19th consecutive year. Read here.
Not Interested - Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban says that he is not interested in buying the Atlanta Braves, but he is still looking for a baseball team. Read here.
True Keeper - Randy Lerner says that he has no plans to sell Premier League club Aston Villa despite rumors that the team may be on the block. Read here.
The Rudy Report says hello as it is marching towards Thanksgiving, but don't worry, we will provide you with reports throughout that time, and it will look something like today on "World Hello Day." These days, people learn about others by following them on Twitter or Facebook. The "status" has become the ultimate tool to share what you are doing, whether you're neutering your dog or eating pizza for the third time in a day. You want examples? here is one...
In the NFL, the New York Giants took on rival Philadelphia Eagles, who played without former Rudy Report Athlete of the Year Michael Vick. It was a close game, but in the end, let's say the Eagles won... In the Premier League, Liverpool beat Chelsea 2-1 in the top match, while ManU and ManCity won their respective games. On Saturday, in the NHL, the Rangers had a rare loss against Montreal, while the Islanders lost against Boston by only 6 goals. And, a huge yee-haw goes out to Tony Stewart who won the NASCAR championship in an emotional, incredible, and simply amazing (for redneck standards) finale. Stewart and Carl Edwards finished first and second with an equal number of points, but Stewart had more wins. Congratulations!
The Rudy Report says Happy Birthday to Michael Strahan, Ken Griffey Jr., David Tua, Troy Aikman, Earl "The Pearl" Monroe (sometimes confused with the "Black Pearl" from the Pirates movies), and Haitian basketball legend Olden Polynice. On this day in 1877, Thomas Edison announced his invention of the phonograph, a machine that can record and play sound. Have a great week, there is no new Dear Rudy at the moment, but learn something about another inventor in the Random Fact section!
NJ Shaq - Shaquille O'Neal has expressed interest in owning an NBA franchise in his hometown of Newark, New Jersey, stating that talks have already started. Read here.
Selling The Pieces - Instead of having one $200 million minority investor, the New York Mets are now close to getting 10 new investors with $20 million each. Read here.
Flagship Owner - Hockey legend Wayne Gretzky has been asked to be part of several groups that are trying to purchase the Toronto Maple Leafs. Read here.
Losing To Win - Premier League club Manchester City has announced a record loss, but funds remain available thanks to its wealthy owners. Read here.
Going Through - A court has approved Tom Gaglardi's acquisition of the Dallas Stars for $150 million, ending a long sales process. Read here.