The Rudy Report is back after a week-long break, leaving global lifestyle markets in turmoil, but returning as stable as always, today on "National Bad Poetry Day." As part of the Rudy Report's quest for the most exclusive news and best restaurants, Rudy went to London. Despite New York and Las Vegas still being a notch higher on the nightlife scale, it has to be said that Brits know how to party. See for yourselves...
Brett Favre has indeed joined the Minnesota Vikings and Plaxico Burress signed a 2-year contract with the OJ Simpson All-Stars. In the Premier League, Tottenham and Chelsea have taken the lead after 2 games. The Yankees won the series against Boston, extending their division lead to 7.5 games. And the Mets can book their vacation tickets for October after losing against Philly yesterday and on Saturday.
The Rudy Report says Happy Birthday to Reggie Miller, Cal Ripken Jr., and Vince McMahon. On this day in 1891, Thomas Edison patented the motion picture camera. Have a great week, there's no new Dear Rudy at the moment, but many vintage ones, and find out what job you have to choose if you want to be taller in the Random Fact section!
Closed - The sale of the Chicago Cubs to the Ricketts family for $845 million has been completed, ending months of negotiations and financing struggles. Read here.
A Whole New Storrie - Middle Eastern investor Sulaiman Al-Fahim remains confident that he will take over Portsmouth FC, but Peter Storrie emerges as another candidate. Read here.
The Beat Goes On - Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk says that Jim Balsillie is desperate and will not succeed at getting the Phoenix Coyotes. Read here.
Purchase For Retirement - The Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan is buying another 7.7% of the Toronto Maple Leafs holding company, now owning 66% and valuing the organization at C$1.3 billion. Read here.
YouRace - One of YouTube's co-founders, Chad Hurley, is joining Formula One's new team USF1 as a part-owner, seeing potential for media expansion of the sport. Read here.
Money On The Table - Carson Yeung and his company have made an official bid to acquire Birmingham City for GBP 81.5 million, which has majority support from shareholders. Read here.
This is the only Rudy Report for the week (returning next Monday), because Rudy will be traveling for the rest of the week to find the best sports news and best restaurants in Europe, after today on "International Tell A Joke Day." So here's the joke: Why do scuba divers fall off their boats backwards? If they fell forward, they'd still be on the f***in boat! By the way, the picture below is describing a chemical element for some and stating the obvious for others...
Bonus joke for the conclusion of the PGA Championship: Why does Tiger wear two pairs of pants to golf? In case he gets a hole in one! And here's the second PGA Championship bonus joke: Y.E. Yang won the tournament, Tiger finished second. Real Madrid player Rafael van der Vaart is probably going to Arsenal London. At the Athletics World Championships in Berlin, Usain Bolt won the gold medal in the men's 100 meters in less time than it took Rudy to write this sentence: 9.58 seconds (world record)! And in baseball, the Yankees continue to win (if you don't count yesterday's loss against Seattle). The Mets beat San Francisco 3-2.
The Rudy Report says Happy Birthday to basketball player Rudy Gay (no Rudy jokes allowed at this point), Dustin Pedroia (Red Sox jokes allowed), Thierry Henry (French jokes highly recommended), and Jorge Posada. On this day in 1982, the first Compact Discs (CDs) were released to the public in Germany. Nearly all of them had David Hasselhoff songs on them... Have a great week, there's, of course, a Dear Rudy about Michael Vick today, and check out some numbers about Microsoft in the Random Fact section!
Summer Sale - The sale of players has enabled Premier League club Portsmouth FC to cut down its debt as the ownership situation still remains unclear. Read here.
No Question - The owners of the Toronto Maple Leafs will not be questioned in court, which is a setback for Jim Balsillie's quest to get the Phoenix Coyotes. Read here.
Hot Ticket - Despite the global financial crisis, the English Premier League is seeing a solid increase in ticket sales, which will improve the bottom line for many clubs. Read here.
Unclear Situation - Nashville Predators ownership has assured the city of Nashville, that they can privately cover the city's losses in case the team was to go bankrupt. Read here.
Almost Complete - The renovation of Kansas City Chiefs Arrowhead Stadium is almost complete with club ownership confident that fans will be amazed. Read here.
In this weekend edition, Rudy would like to point out that the Rudy Report's market cap exceeds the combined market caps of Lehman Brothers, Bear Stearns, and Enron, today on "National Financial Awareness Day." Speaking of financial awareness, the recession seems to be ending, but many people are still struggling to make a living, taking jobs that you wouldn't expect. Every "Die Hard" fan will be surprised about this right here...
At the PGA Championship in Nowhere, MN, Tiger Woods took an early lead, one stroke ahead of Padraig "Triple Bogey" Harrington. Another job market surprise: Michael Vick is shifting his focus from dogs to eagles. He joined the Philadelphia Eagles to compete against Donovan McNabb for the quarterback position. Boston University will be playing a hockey game against Boston College at Fenway Park. And the New York Yankees crushed Seattle like an earthquake last night, 11-1.
The Rudy Report says Happy Birthday to Roy Williams, Jay-Jay Okocha, and Magic Johnson. On this day in 1893, France introduced motor vehicle registration. Unfortunately, the French have yet to figure out how to drive cars or build real cars. Have a great weekend, the Dear Rudy section remains on summer break, but something interesting can be learned in the Random Fact section!
Part Of Something New - The Tampa Bay Rays have acquired an ownership stake in the Florida franchise of the newly created United Football League. Read here.
Olympic Hole-In-One - The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has recommended golf and rugby to be included as sports in the 2016 Olympic Games. Read here.
Tough Demand - Jim Balsillie wants to question Toronto Maple Leafs president Richard Peddie to prove that the NHL wants to block a move of the Coyotes to Hamilton in Canada. Read here.
Washington Garden - Madison Square Garden LP is evaluating the possibility of opening an entertainment venue in Washington, DC, as a step to move into other markets. Read here.
Closing The Gap - The city of Indianapolis is facing a big funding gap for its sports facilities, but the NBA Pacers need a better financial agreement to remain viable in the city. Read here.
The Rudy Report would like to point out that August 13th tends to be the day with the least sports information of the summer, but that's not Rudy's fault today on "National Blame Someone Else Day." A few days ago, the Rudy Report featured the healthy living edition. Now it's time for Rudy to focus on readers that sometimes enjoy a hearty meal. There are many steak houses in the Rudy Report Restaurant Guide and all of them will love this picture right here...
The PGA Championship will start today with Tiger Woods being the favorite once again after his win last week. Billy Wagner is getting ready to return to the mound for the Mets. The New York Rangers are losing Nikolai Zherdev who will go to the KHL. And the Yankees are forgetting how to lose, winning again vs. Toronto, while the Mets played against Arizona and also won.
The Rudy Report says Happy Birthday to Marty Turco, world darts legend Phil "The Power" Taylor, and Mudcat Grant (yes, Mudcat). On this day in 2008, Michael Phelps set the record for most gold medals won by an individual in Olympic history with his win in the 200 meters butterfly. Have a great day, there's another Dear Rudy drought, but a great comment in the Funny Sports Quote section!
Cardiff Rescue - Cardiff City boss Peter Ridsdale has indicated that an investor from the Far East might be interested in helping the struggling Welsh club. Read here.
Important Step - Jerry Reinsdorf who is leading a group that wants to purchase the Phoenix Coyotes has made a major step towards closing the deal by reaching an agreement with top creditors. Read here.
Renewed Interest - After giving up on buying English club Birmingham City last year, Carson Yeung seems to be ready to try again by increasing his investment. Read here.
Watching Closely - The ownership dispute at the Tampa Bay Lightning between Len Barrie and Oren Koules might lead to local investors making a bid for the team. Read here.
Dress Code Issue - Olympique Lyonnais is threatening to sue the French league if they uphold their ruling, not allowing a gambling company to be the team's shirt sponsor. Read here.
The Rudy Report comes to you at full-speed today, loaded with tons of great stuff, just in time for an appropriately themed "National Truck Driver Day" (if you pass a truck today, honk to acknowledge their big day). By the way, how ironic is it that Plaxico Burress shares the same birthday with "Pistol Pete" Sampras? In other unrelated news, Iran's government has announced the return of the popular Iranian Bowling League (IBL). The Rudy Report is the only regime-approved media outlet to be allowed to show the first picture...
Pedro Martinez is set to make his first start for the Philadelphia Phillies. What an uncreative team name, by the way. The PGA Championship will begin tomorrow at Hazeltine National Golf Club somewhere in Minnesota. The Yankees beat Toronto, and the Mets lost again. It almost makes you feel bad...
The Rudy Report says Happy Birthday to former New York Giants sharp-shooter Plaxico Burress, Antoine Walker, and Pete Sampras. On this day in 1994, Major League Baseball players went on strike, forcing the cancellation of the 1994 World Series. Have a great day, check out a brand-new Dear Rudy about fan favorite Michael Vick, and find out what baseball statistics have to do with bikinis in the Funny Sports Quote section!
Looking For Options - Barry Moat might be looking for American investors or a nightclub owner to finance his planned acquisition of Newcastle United. Read here.
High Price To Pay - With more people losing their jobs and increasing ticket prices, fans are struggling to buy seats for their favorite teams in the Premier League. Read here.
The Train Is In The Station - The United Football League introduces a new franchise called Las Vegas Locomotives with more teams to follow soon. Read here.
Neverending Story - More details emerge surrounding Jim Balsillie's attempt to probe the NHL's rejection of his bid for the Phoenix Coyotes. Read here.
Betting On The Court - The 4 major US sports leagues are hoping that a judge will consider an appeal to stop sports betting in Delaware before it launches on September 1st. Read here.