Yesterday, the USA celebrated the biggest achievement by Martin Luther King Jr., which, of course, was a day off for everyone once a year on a day that is sometimes mistakenly referred to as "Black Monday" by unknowing stock market pundits, but as you know, the Rudy Report does not make any mistakes ever, and that will continue today on "National Penguin Awareness Day." Our life seems to be dominated by statistics, but the Rudy Report would like to share with you some truly meaningful data, which could surprise some people. Have a look at this graph and come to your own conclusions...
Maria Sharapova has been eliminated in Round 1 of the Australian Open. Barcelona coach Josep Guardiola has been linked with a move to Manchester United. In the NBA, the Knicks returned to greatness by defeating Detroit. And, in the NHL, the Islanders destroyed New Jersey 4-0.
The Rudy Report says Happy Birthday to Shawn Johnson, Jeff van Gundy, Mike Komisarek, Jenson Button, Luc Longley, and Swedish tennis legend Stefan Edberg. On this day in 1977, snow fell in Miami, which was the only time on record when snow had fallen in the city. Have a great day, there is still no new Dear Rudy, but find out which city actually gets the most snow in America in the Random Fact section!
Big Sale Looming - There are rumors in Detroit that the Pistons along with their arena are up for sale, which could trigger a bidding war. Read here.
New Development - The new owner of the Chicago Cubs has announced that there are plans for new real estate developments and restructurings in and around Wrigley Field. Read here.
On The Clock - Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis is nearing a deadline to purchase the Washington Wizards and Verizon Center. Read here.
Harsh Reality - The government in Portugal might decide to destroy stadiums built for the Euro 2004 in order to help improve the country's budget deficit. Read here.
The Cost To Be A Fan - The Wall Street Journal has estimated the cost of being a Minnesota Vikings fan in an interesting, yet unusual study. Read here.
Still Talking - People from Tom Hicks and Chuck Greenberg are still negotiating about a Texas Rangers deal even though the deadline has passed. Read here.
People from over 70 countries have visited the Rudy Report, but Haiti has ignored Rudy ever since and therefore the Rudy Report will ignore Haiti (karma always gets you, huh?), today on "National Get To Know Your Customers Day." As you are probably aware, car companies have come up with new technologies to make their vehicles more efficient. BMW is now doing something completely different. Here is the first picture of their new electricity-powered rail car...
All eyes were on the NFL playoffs this weekend. In the end, Indianapolis, Rudy favorite New Orleans, Minnesota and, of course, the New York Jets advanced in games that brought little excitement. In the Premier League, Chelsea, ManU, and Arsenal won. Liverpool had a disappointing 1-1 against Stoke City. In the NBA, the Knicks lost against Detroit. And, in the NHL, the Islanders beat Buffalo, the Devils lost against Colorado, and the Rangers beat Montreal.
The Rudy Report says Happy Birthday to Julius Peppers, Josep Guardiola, Mark Messier, and Brian Gionta. On this day in 1886, modern field hockey was born with the formation of The Hockey Association in England. Have a great week, there is no new Dear Rudy, but you can learn something about shipping in the Random Fact section!
The Italian Job - There are rumors that an additional party from Italy will join the bidding war for Premier League club West Ham United. Read here.
Decision Time - The 30-day exclusive negotiating period granted to potential buyer Chuck Greenberg is ending, possibly resulting in a deal for the Texas Rangers soon. Read here.
Fresh Capital - Liverpool FC is looking at raising GBP 100 million in the near future, which could lead to the eventual sale of the club. Read here.
Land Swap - The Sacramento Kings, fans, and the city seem to be intrigued by the idea to swap land in order to make room for a new arena downtown. Read here.
Rethinking The Strategy - For years, TV broadcasters have paid increasing fees for the rights to the Olympics, but the economy might change the trend. Read here.
Tottenham Trouble - Tottenham Hotspurs coach Harry Redknapp is being investigated regarding several tax issues, which could be a burden for the club. Read here.
The Rudy Report is on the list of permitted PETs (performance-enhancing things), which is something that many baseball players should consider, today on "National Z Day" (the day where you let everyone whose name starts with a Z go first). Many people think it is important to save the environment, because nature is beautiful. There are so many magnificent occurrences in nature. However, natural miracles can also happen in cities and the picture below is just on example...
The NFL playoffs will continue this weekend with all top teams entering the competition. The Rudy Report still thinks that New Orleans will be the team to beat. In addition, the Australian Open will start on Monday. Let's see if Roger Federer can do it again. And, in the NHL, the Rangers lost against Ottawa 2-0.
The Rudy Report says Happy Birthday to Drew Brees, Martin Petrov, Bernard Hopkins, and Indian sports legend Chuni Goswami. On this day in 2001, Wikipedia went online. And if you don't believe it, you can look it up... Have a great weekend, there is still no new Dear Rudy as all questions in the world seem to have been answered, but check out which city is real good at "getting low" in the Random Fact section!
Home Sale - As Manchester United gets ready for a road show pitching their GBP 500 million bond offer, there are rumors that the Glazer family might sell the stadium. Read here.
Doing Both - Barcelona is preparing a bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics in an effort to become the first city to host winter and summer Olympics. Read here.
Big Investment - The Brazilian government has announced that it is ready to invest as much as GBP 7 billion to improve infrastructure and transportation for the World Cup. Read here.
No Free Lunch - A recent survey shows that the people of Minnesota are unwilling to pay for a new stadium for the Minnesota Vikings. Read here.
Ticket Test - The Wall Street Journal has tested several vendors who are selling Super Bowl tickets in the secondary market, leading to mixed results. Read here.
Going Out With A Bang - The city of Irving is getting ready for the implosion of former Dallas Cowboys home Texas Stadium, which is sponsored by Kraft Foods. Read here.
This Rudy Report is dedicated to all real estate agents in Haiti: The Rudy Report is back with one month to go until Valentine's Day - the day where you can buy $15 roses for $50 - but that shouldn't concern anyone who is celebrating today's "National Dress Up Your Pet Day." So have you ever had a conversation with someone for a while and then you figure out that both of you are talking about completely different things? Well, it happens. And here's one of the best examples ever...
The New York Mets are interested in a deal to acquire Bengie Molina. Lane Kiffin will be the new coach at USC. Charles Woodson has been named the NFL Defensive Player of the Year. And, in the NBA, the Knicks beat Philadelphia in a close game 93-92.
The Rudy Report says Happy Birthday to Hakeem Nicks, Mike Pelfrey, Jim Duggan, Giancarlo Fisichella, and Norwegian skiing legend Lasse Kjus. On this day in 1970, Diana Ross & The Supremes had their final performance at the Frontier Hotel in Las Vegas. Have a great day, there is still no new Dear Rudy, but learn something about grammar of the 15th century in the Random Fact section!
Lending Standards - New reports reveal that members of the Glazer family borrowed millions from Manchester United, possibly making the bond sale more difficult. Read here.
Mega Marketing - The Wall Street Journal examines how the upcoming soccer World Cup will use new channels to communicate with fans all over the world. Read here.
Not Cheap - Houston Astros owner Drayton McLane is apparently asking for $650 million for the franchise, which could make a deal difficult. Read here.
Playing Defense - The brother of the current Portsmouth FC owner is defending Al-Faraj's actions, arguing that his brother has invested millions to save the club. Read here.
Great Idea - The ATP is planning to host a tennis tournament similar to the soccer World Cup, which could include nations and substitutions. Read here.
Ready For The Bid - The US Soccer bidding committee has announced that New York and Los Angeles are among the cities included in the 2018/22 World Cup bid. Read here.
Another Candidate - Besides the two existing bids for British soccer club Cardiff City, Ben Steele has emerged as yet another businessman interested in the team. Read here.
Rating agencies all over the world have rated the Rudy Report "AAA" and classified it as "Top Quality", today on "National Blame Somebody Else Day." After the monumental collapse of the US auto industry, American car companies are focusing on more efficient vehicles and a better image. Dodge is a prime example of how you can literally "turn around" a business and make it look nicer. Here's how you do it...
Jack Del Rio is rumored to become the next coach at USC. Tiger Woods has announced that he will make his return to golf at the Masters in Augusta. Just kidding. That's obviously not true, Rudy just used this as a filler because there aren't that many sports news today. And, in the NHL, the Islanders crushed Detroit 6-0, while the Rangers had a close 1-0 shoot-out loss against rival New Jersey.
The Rudy Report says Happy Birthday to Marc Staal, Nikolai, Khabibulin, Mark O'Meara, and Canadian figure skating starlet Joannie Rochette. On this day in 1607, the Bank of Genoa failed after the announcement of national bankruptcy in Spain. So clearly, there was precedent for what happened in the last two years... Have a great day, read up on some vintage Dear Rudy questions, and find out what the first TV commercial looked like in the Random Fact section!
No Takeover - The board of Arsenal London has stated that it does not expect sports investor Stan Kroenke to try and take over the club. Read here.
International Partner - The owners of Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) have sold a 10% stake in the organization to an Abu Dhabi company. Read here.
Houston For Sale - New York-based investment firm Great Court Capital seems to be the leading group to acquire the Houston Astros, but a sale is not imminent. Read here.
New Frontiers - The Wall Street Journal discusses KKR's role in the Manchester United bond offering, showing that the private equity firm is ready to branch out. Read here.
Reverse Split - The British Darts Organization has resumed takeover talks with rival Professional Darts Cooperation, but price remains an issue. Read here.
American Interest - A new report says that a group of American investors could take over British soccer club Cardiff City within the next two months. Read here.