The Rudy Report would like to announce that it will (Note: statement may or may not be true) match every dollar that the Federal Reserve will pump into the economy as a gesture of solidarity to help us out of this crisis, today on "National Give Someone A Dollar Day." It's good to have dreams in your life, and to follow your dreams. Rudy says "aim high!" Little Ashanta does exactly that...
By the way, this is a very slow sports business news day, just so you know... Texas ace Cliff Lee says that he would like to return to the Rangers next season. However, the Yankees still seem to be interested. In the UEFA Champions League, Tottenham beat defending champion Inter Milan. ManU also won, while favorite Barcelona had a disappointing 1-1 against Copenhagen. And, in the NBA, the Knicks-Magic game got postponed because of asbestos in Madison Square Garden. Maybe they can come up with more excuses until they trade for better players?!?
The Rudy Report says Happy Birthday to Tyler Hansbrough, Dwight Yorke, Larry Holmes, Roy Emerson, and Japanese softball legend Hiroko Sakai. On this day in 1913, the United States introduced the income tax. Certainly a day we all would have loved to skip... Have a great day, there is still no new Dear Rudy, but learn some more about taxes in the Random Fact section!
Going On Less - The Women's Professional Soccer League has several struggling teams, but could go on with operations even if one or two teams failed. Read here.
A new study conducted by virtually unknown scientists has found that reading the Rudy Report may increase your chances of winning the lottery slightly, while at the same time lowering your cholesterol, like today on "National Fig Day." Most of you, except for some Democrats, know that the mid-term elections are taking place today. Nobody is sure about the outcome. Even leaders in Europe cannot seem to agree as to what shape or form the political landscape will take in the US after this day....
Several sources suggest that MLB executives are considering adding two more wild card playoff spots for the post-season. In the World Series, the San Francisco Giants deservedly beat the Texas Rangers to capture the league championship in Game 5. Congratulations to the best city on the West Coast! On Monday Night Football, the Colts beat Houston to complete the Texas sweep for the day. And, in the NHL, the New York Rangers beat reigning Stanley Cup champions Chicago.
The Rudy Report says Happy Birthday to Roddy White, Avy Scott, Sidney Ponson, Orlando Cabrera, and British rugby sensation Danny Cipriani. On this day in 1898, cheerleading was started at the University of Minnesota with Johnny Campbell leading the crowd in cheering on the football team. Good thing somebody had the idea to replace Johnny eventually... Have a great day, there is no new Dear Rudy right now, but you can learn something about voting in Texas that you did not know for sure in the Random Fact section!
Going To Europe - NBA Commissioner David Stern has said that he wants to expand the league to Europe, wishing for a 5-team European division in the future. Read here.
The American Method - The new American owners of Premier League club Liverpool FC want to use US best practices to help improve the team in England. Read here.
Almost Certain - Pizza entrepreneur Mike Ilitch is said to be very close to buying the Detroit Pistons for $450 million, becoming the city's undisputed sports king. Read here.
The Rudy Report is back from the weekend which means that we are just 14 months away from next year's Christmas, today on "National No Driving With Cellphones Day." The New York Marathon will be taking place at the end of this week. People are getting excited. Rudy took part in the event and finished a few years ago. To get you in the mood, here is a picture from the Paris Marathon...
This was a busy sports weekend with all US leagues (MLB, NHL, NFL, and NBA) active. In the NFL, the Giants had a bye week, while the Jets lost against Green Bay. In the Premier League, Arsenal, Liverpool, ManU, and Chelsea all won their games. The only loser was Manchester City, losing against Wolverhampton. In the NBA, the Knicks lost against Portland. New Jersey lost in Miami. In the NHL, the Rangers beat Toronto, and the Islanders got crushed by Philadelphia. And, in NASCAR, Jimmie Johnson has been able to maintain a thin lead against all the other rednecks in the Chase.
The Rudy Report says Happy Birthday to Covelli Loyce "Coco" Crisp, Tie Domi, Bobby Heenan, and Indian cricket legend Vangipurappu Venkata Sai (V.V.S.) Laxman. On this day in 1959, Montreal Canadiens goalie Jacques Plante wore a protective mask for the first time in an NHL game. At the same time, he outed himself as a wussy... Have a great week, there is no new Dear Rudy right now, but find out about Sir Isaac Newton's substantial stock market nightmare in the Random Fact section!
Football's Return - AEG has laid out the most specific plan yet to build a stadium and bring a National Football League franchise back to Los Angeles. Read here.
Great Payoff - Nolan Ryan and Chuck Greenberg's purchase of the Texas Rangers already seems to be paying off for the investor group. Read here.
Waiting Game - Some minor details are delaying the finalization of the deal to sell the Golden State Warriors to Joe Lacob and his team. Read here.
Synergies - Boston Red Sox owner John Henry sees several synergies after buying Liverpool FC as he creates a global sports empire. Read here.
This is the final Rudy Report for the month of October and it coincides with the famous Weekend Edition, which is a formation that can only be seen once every 2,500 years, like today on "International Internet Day." If you are one of the fools thinking that China will overtake the United States' and claim the number one position, think again! These stats below show that China still has ways to go to even come close to America...
The NBA Draft will not be taking place in New York anymore next year. Instead, it will be moved to Newark in New Jersey, which will make it easier for the bridge and tunnel crowd to get there. Fernando Torres and Pepe Reina are set to leave Liverpool next season. And, in the World Series, the New York, uh I mean, the San Francisco Giants beat the Texas Rangers to take a commanding 2-0 series lead.
The Rudy Report says Happy Birthday to Eric Staal, Denis Potvin, Paul Orndorff, and Dutch goalkeeping legend Edwin van der Sar. On this day in 1929, the New York Stock Exchange crashed in what would be called "Crash of '29" ("Black Tuesday"), ending the Great Bull Market of the 1920s and beginning the Great Depression. Have a great weekend, there is still no new Dear Rudy, but find out about spelling errors in the US Constitution in the Random Fact section!
Super Shirts - The English Premier League has passed the German Bundesliga regarding shirt sponsorships, bringing in more than 128 million Euros. Read here.
Still On Track - The sale of the New Orleans Hornets is apparently still on track to be completed, despite rumors that the deal might have fallen through. Read here.
High Demand - Fox reports that it has sold all of its commercials for the Super Bowl, which comes months in advance of the event and is great news for the NFL. Read here.
The Rudy Report is proud to announce that it is leading the polls in every single state, even where there's no election coming up next week, and it's so good to have your vote, today on "National Cookie Day." October is almost over, but we cannot move into November until we have selected the "Rudy Report Shirt of the Month", which is a highly-acclaimed award presented once every blue moon. Here's our undisputed winner for October 2010... Congratulations!
Yankees manager Joe Girardi is close to signing a contract extension with the Bronx Bombers. The New York Mets have hired Sandy Alderson as the GM. In Game 1 of the World Series, Rudy favorite San Francisco beat the Texas Rangers and mighty pitcher Cliff Lee at home to take the series lead. In the NBA, the Knicks beat Toronto, going 1 and 0 for the season, which represents a historic 100% winning record. And, in the NHL, the New York Ranger lost against Atlanta, while the Islanders lost against Montreal.
The Rudy Report says Happy Birthday to Scotty Nguyen, Lenny Wilkens, Jeremy Bonderman, and Belgian cycling legend Ludo Delcroix. And, by the way, not that they get a birthday shout-out, but Bill Gates and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad share the same birthday as well (Windows = Iran = evil ?). On this day in 1886, in New York Harbor, President Grover Cleveland dedicated the Statue of Liberty. Have a great day, there is still no new Dear Rudy, but you can learn something about chocolate that you didn't know for sure in the Random Fact section!
Spending Cuts 1 - The new Indian owners of Premier League club Blackburn Rovers have shocked fans by only providing GBP 5 million for new player acquisitions. Read here.
Spending Cuts 2 - Liverpool FC owner John Henry wants to bring the club onto more stable financial footing, which means that they will spend less on players. Read here.
Great Turnaround - Thanks to their success and World Series participation, the San Francisco Giants have been able to turn the season from a small loss to a small profit. Read here.