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Can You Believe It?

Written by Rudy on August 28, 2009 - 2:31 am -

The Rudy Report would like to point out that it is the world's oldest and most famous sports & lifestyle report that includes the words "Rudy" and "Report", today on "National Wear A Bow Tie To Work Day." In the ongoing debate regarding the death of Michael Jackson, the Rudy Report has officially demanded LaToya Jackson's entire song catalogue to be ruled a homicide. By the way, some things in life are hard to believe, like this right here...

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Inter Milan has signed central midfielder Wesley Sneijder from Real Madrid. Bayern Munich has acquired Real's Arjen Robben for 25 million Euros. The Champions League drawing took place yesterday. There are some tough groups, but Group C with AC Milan, Real Madrid, Olympique Marseille, and FC Zurich seems to be the hardest one. At the Barclay's in New Jersey, Sergio Garcia is one of three leaders at -6. There was a role reversal in baseball yesterday with the Yankees losing against Texas and the Mets beating Florida.

The Rudy Report says Happy Birthday to Scott Hamilton, Lou Piniella, and FC Barcelona striker with a lack of vowels in his name, Bojan Krkic. On this day in 1996, Prince Charles (not to be confused with ex-Citi CEO Charles Prince) and Diana were divorced. Have a great weekend, there's no new Dear Rudy today, but check out and join the Rudy Report Fantasy Football League (see details below), and see what Mexico and Iceland have in common in the Random Fact section!

Official "The Rudy Report" Fantasy Football League: Be part of history and join the Rudy Report's first and exclusive Fantasy Football League. Signing up is easy: Go to Yahoo! Sports Fantasy Football by clicking here and look for "The Rudy Report League" (League ID# 719444 and League Password "Rudy"). The Live Online Draft is set for 8:15PM Eastern Time (5:15PM Pacific Time) on Tuesday, September 8, 2009. Rudy himself will field his famous "Rudy's Rowdies" team. Can you beat Rudy? Space is limited to only 14 teams, so be quick and join as soon as you can! The glorious winner can call himself/herself first ever Rudy Report Champion and will get an annual Rudy Report birthday shout-out - an honor only reserved for accomplished sports superstars. In addition, the winner will also get coverage in the world-famous Rudy Report. Also, there may or may not be a prize and it may or may not include a Michael Vick autograph.

Renewing The Lease - The National Hockey League is apparently bidding $140 million for the Phoenix Coyotes while accepting the current lease with the city of Glendale. Read here.

Grand Slam Revenues - The organizers of the US Open tennis tournament, set to start next week, have projected record revenues of $200 million. Read here.

Cubs Reserve - New documents show that as part of the Chicago Cubs deal, the Ricketts family agreed to a $35 million reserve fund designed to provide a cushion of liquidity. Read here.

Definitely Done - Several reports confirm that Sulaiman Al Fahim has indeed taken over Portsmouth FC, ending confusing rumors about other bidders for the club. Read here.

Thunder Paradise - New NBA franchise Oklahoma Thunder will build a state-of-the-art center with training and medical facilities, set to open in one year. Read here.

Charitable Effort

Written by Rudy on August 27, 2009 - 5:20 am -

The Rudy Report is back with its world-famous Thursday edition and tons of life-changing news, today on "National Be Kind To Humankind Day." To honor this day, the Rudy Report is thinking about starting a charity for disadvantaged people who are often overlooked by society: the inhabitants of slums just outside of New York, commonly known as New Jersey and Brooklyn. Rudy wants to provide free binoculars to these folks so that they can zoom in on the Manhattan skyline and thus feel like a part of it. To give you an idea how bad it is, here's the most recent picture from the Jersey Shore...

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Mark Sanchez will be the starting quarterback for the New York Jets at the beginning of the season. Mets reliever Billy Wagner has been traded to the Red Sox. Last night, the Yankees beat Texas, and the Mets lost against Florida. Today, the Barclay's will kick off the FedEx Cup playoffs with Tiger Woods remaining the favorite. And tomorrow, the drawing for the UEFA Champions League will take place.

The Rudy Report says Happy Birthday to Darren McFadden, Adam Oates, and German golf legend Bernhard Langer. On this day in 1859, petroleum was discovered in Titusville, PA, leading to the world's first commercially successful oil well. Have a great day, there's no new Dear Rudy today, but you can still participate in the first ever Rudy Report Fantasy Football League (see details below), and learn something you didn't know about European males in the Random Fact section!

Official "The Rudy Report" Fantasy Football League: Be part of history and join the Rudy Report's first and exclusive Fantasy Football League. Signing up is easy: Go to Yahoo! Sports Fantasy Football by clicking here and look for "The Rudy Report League" (League ID# 719444 and League Password "Rudy"). The Live Online Draft is set for 8:15PM Eastern Time (5:15PM Pacific Time) on Tuesday, September 8, 2009. Rudy himself will field his famous "Rudy's Rowdies" team. Can you beat Rudy? Space is limited to only 14 teams, so be quick and join as soon as you can! The glorious winner can call himself/herself first ever Rudy Report Champion and will get an annual Rudy Report birthday shout-out - an honor only reserved for accomplished sports superstars. In addition, the winner will also get coverage in the world-famous Rudy Report. Also, there may or may not be a prize and it may or may not include a Michael Vick autograph.

Gold Standard - Birmingham City executives David Gold and David Sullivan have expressed interest in buying West Ham United for GBP 100 million plus GBP 50 million of bank debt. Read here.

Yet Another Big Twist - Jerry Reinsdorf has dropped out as a potential takeover candidate for the Phoenix Coyotes, possibly forcing the NHL to buy the team itself. Read here.

Bad Deal - A report shows how Sam Zell and the Tribune got a low-ball deal by selling the Chicago Cubs to the Ricketts family, could have made $150 million more by selling Wrigley Field to state. Read here.

Time Is Money - Barry Moat has been granted an extended deadline to purchase Newcastle United so that he can prove he can shoulder the takeover, but a US group bids as well. Read here and here.

Not A Sport - The Indian government has ruled that Formula One racing is not a sport, but entertainment instead, not seeing any benefits in hosting races in India. Read here.

Confusing Situation - Middle Eastern investor Sulaiman Al Fahim has claimed ownership of Portsmouth FC despite reports that the club was acquired by Peter Storrie's group. Read here.

Split Decision - Italian top leagues Serie A and Serie B have decided to split operations in an effort to revive commercial success for both leagues. Read here.

Ready For Some Football Part II

Written by Rudy on August 26, 2009 - 4:04 am -

The Rudy Report would like to remind everyone of the brand-new Rudy Report Fantasy Football League (see details below), and you have to be quick to get in, because demand is higher than for swine flu vaccine, today on "National Make Your Own Luck Day." After introducing the Rudy Report League cheerleading squad's team captain to honor the league's inaugural season yesterday, please have a look at the rest of the squad in this second and final cheerleading feature. Meet Shanice, who combines the enthusiasm, dedication, and weight of a whole group...

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There are rumors that the Olympic marathon competition in London in 2012 will feature a mass participation elements, like in other famous city marathons. Last night, the Yankees had a close 10-9 loss against Texas, while the Mets clearly lost 2-1 against Florida. And the US Open of tennis are set to begin next week. Can Roger Federer do it again?

The Rudy Report says Happy Birthday to Jamal Lewis, Stan van Gundy, and Filipino pool playing legend Efren "The Magician" Reyes. On this day in 1999, Michael Johnson broke the 400 meters world record with a time of 43.18 seconds. A record soon to be broken by Usain Bolt... Have a great day, check out a new and time-relevant Dear Rudy about Michael Jackson, and find an interesting baseball observation in today's Funny Sports Quote section!

Official "The Rudy Report" Fantasy Football League: Be part of history and join the Rudy Report's first and exclusive Fantasy Football League. Signing up is easy: Go to Yahoo! Sports Fantasy Football by clicking here and look for "The Rudy Report League" (League ID# 719444 and League Password "Rudy"). The Live Online Draft is set for 8:15PM Eastern Time (5:15PM Pacific Time) on Tuesday, September 8, 2009. Rudy himself will field his famous "Rudy's Rowdies" team. Can you beat Rudy? Space is limited to only 14 teams, so be quick and join as soon as you can! The glorious winner can call himself/herself first ever Rudy Report Champion and will get an annual Rudy Report birthday shout-out - an honor only reserved for accomplished sports superstars. In addition, the winner will also get coverage in the world-famous Rudy Report. Also, there may or may not be a prize and it may or may not include a Michael Vick autograph.

Less Can Be More - Barclays Bank has agreed to fund the takeover of Newcastle United by Barry Moat if the club is able to sell three more players. Read here.

Still Fighting - Tampa Bay Lightning co-owner Len Barrie has dismissed rumors that he is about to give up his stake in the NHL franchise, saying that he wants control. Read here.

Judge On Board - Tribune Co. bankruptcy judge Kevin Carey has agreed to expedite the sale of the Chicago Cubs to the Ricketts family, passing the last hurdle of the deal. Read here.

Battling Windmills - Jim Balsillie has submitted yet another amended offer for the Phoenix Coyotes to bankruptcy court, reaffirming that he wants to move the team immediately. Read here.

For Sale - Nike has put the United Soccer Leagues up for sale, focusing on selling soccer equipment, but Major League Soccer and others don't seem to be interested. Read here.

Are You Ready For Some Football?

Written by Rudy on August 25, 2009 - 1:03 am -

The Rudy Report is proud to announce its first ever annual Rudy Report Fantasy Football League (please see details below), which allows everyone, including you (yes, you), to challenge Rudy, taking the game of football to a whole new level, today on "National Ragweed Prevention Day." To honor the historic inauguration of the Rudy Report Fantasy Football League, Rudy has hired an experienced cheerleading squad that we will introduce today and tomorrow. Meet the captain of the squad, Paris...

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It looks like Allen Iverson will be playing for the Charlotte Bobcats next season. Eagles fans will be able to see Michael Vick in action on Thursday (and that's not dogfighting). The New York Jets lost a pre-season game against Baltimore. And in baseball, the Mets lost against Philly, and the Yankees did not play.

The Rudy Report says Happy Birthday to Marvin Harrison, Robert Horry, Albert Belle, and baseball's legend reliever Rollie Fingers (and that's the truth or else you have a dirty mind). On this day in 1768, James Cook began his first voyage. Have a great day, there's no new Dear Rudy as the summer continues to be slow, but there's something to be learned about Cleopatra in the Random Fact section!

Official "The Rudy Report" Fantasy Football League: Be part of history and join the Rudy Report's first and exclusive Fantasy Football League. Signing up is easy: Go to Yahoo! Sports Fantasy Football by clicking here and look for "The Rudy Report League" (League ID# 719444 and League Password "Rudy"). The Live Online Draft is set for 8:15PM Eastern Time (5:15PM Pacific Time) on Tuesday, September 8, 2009. Rudy himself will field his famous "Rudy's Rowdies" team. Can you beat Rudy? Space is limited to only 14 teams, so be quick and join as soon as you can! The glorious winner can call himself/herself first ever Rudy Report Champion and will get an annual Rudy Report birthday shout-out - an honor only reserved for accomplished sports superstars. In addition, the winner will also get coverage in the world-famous Rudy Report. Also, there may or may not be a prize and it may or may not include a Michael Vick autograph.

Looking Beyond The Coyotes - The long and difficult court proceedings surrounding the Phoenix Coyotes ownership battle will have an impact on all major sports leagues. Read here.

Fans To The Rescue - Struggling Spanish soccer club Valencia has been saved by its own fans after they bought $26.5 million worth of shares in a public offering. Read here.

Lightning Intrigue - Real estate businessman Anthony Sansone Jr. is reportedly interested in joining Len Barrie as a co-owner of the Tampa Bay Lightning. Read here.

Showing The Money - The Birmingham City takeover could proceed quickly after the club received a deposit worth GBP 3 million from investor Carson Yeung. Read here.

Search For New Spirit - Atlanta Spirit, the company owning the Atlanta Thrashers and Hawks, has hired Goldman Sachs to look for additional outside investors. Read here.

No Cash Back - The city of Glendale is asking court to dismiss former Phoenix Coyotes owner Jerry Moyes as a creditor, alleging him of misconduct leading to subordination of his loans. Read here.

UK National Dance Team

Written by Rudy on August 24, 2009 - 6:39 am -

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...

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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.