The Rudy Report would like to point out that all the people you have to tip with "Holiday Money" will end up getting a bigger bonus than you this year, so think about that, today on "National No Interruptions Day." Also keep in mind that being snowed in won't save you from getting a parking ticket...
The match-ups for the next round of the Champions League and the Europa League will be determined today. Tim Tebow will most likely leave the New York Jets now that he does not get a shot at starting quarterback. And, in the NBA, the Knicks crushed Brooklyn at Madison Square Garden. As a punishment, the Nets have to go back to Brooklyn...
The Rudy Report says Happy Birthday to David Wright, James Shields, Roy Williams, Cory Stillman, Rich Gannon, and Zimbabwean cricket legend Grant Flower (Part of "Flower Power" along with his brother Andy, of course). On this day in 1955, Cardiff was proclaimed the capital of Wales. Have a great day, there is no new Dear Rudy at the moment, but learn something about football helmets in the Random Fact section!
Lost Interest - Golfer Phil Mickelson has decided not to be a part of the new ownership group of MLB franchise San Diego Padres. Read here.
Under Control - It looks like the clubs of the English Premier League are ready to sign an agreement that would implement financial cost controls. Read here.
The time has come and history will be made as Rudy reveals the winner of the uber-prestigious "Rudy Report Athlete of the Year 2012" award, today on "National Oatmeal Muffin Day." We have had many prominent and non-prominent nominations this year, such as Lance Armstrong, Alex "A-Rod" Rodriguez, or Joey Barton. However, the award had to go to a true Olympic hero that had an exemplary year, both in and out of the water. But before we make the announcement, let's have a look at the past "Rudy Report Athletes of the Year" that have become immortal:
- Roger Clemens (2007)
- Michael Vick (2008)
- Phil "The Power" Taylor (2009)
- Paul the Octopus (2010)
- Mario Balotelli (2011)
And now, without further ado, the "2012 Rudy Report Athlete of the Year": Ryan "Reezy/Lochtenator" Lochte
Congratulations! Ryan Lochte is the 6th athlete in history to win this exclusive award. And, boy, did he deserve it. A summary of his accomplishments this year will convince everyone: 1.) He won 2 gold, 2 silver, and 1 bronze medal at the 2012 Olympics, winning more medals than Portugal, Saudi Arabia, Botswana, and the Bahamas combined, 2.) he was wearing a $25,000 red, white, and blue mouth "grill" during the medal presentations, 3.) Lochte earned the title of "America's Douchebag", 4.) he trademarked the word "Jeah", which became his signature expression, 5.) he has expressed interest in partaking in "Dancing with the Stars", and 6.) he is one of the most philosophical athletes of our time with thoughtful quotes, such as "I just love standing out there doing something different, just being like where someone sees me they're like there goes Ryan" or "If you choose one path where you wanna be in life, doesn't mean you have to abandon all the other paths" or "You can't always walk a straight line, especially when the line is crooked." Do we need to say more? No! Ryan Lochte's career should get another significant boost thanks to this very special award.
In other sports news, fans of Russian soccer club Zenit St. Petersburg have urged club leaders not to sign any black players. Amar'e Stoudemire may return to the Knicks line-up on Friday. Meanwhile, the Brooklyn Nets lost at home against Utah. And, the Texas Rangers are interested in former Yankee Raul Ibanez.
The Rudy Report says Happy Birthday to Karim Benzema, Jake Plummer, Warren Sapp, Tom Gugliotta, Alberto Tomba, and Icelandic horse riding sensation Valdimar Bergstad. On this day in 1843, Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" went on sale. Have a great day, there is no new Dear Rudy right now, but learn something about the Fraggles that you did not know for sure in the Random Fact section!
Talking Billions - The Los Angeles Dodgers and Major League Baseball have started discussions about splitting revenue from a potential $6+ billion television deal. Read here.
The Rudy Report is reporting strong growth and a positive outlook for 2013 as we look ahead to the Chinese calendar "Year of the Rudy", but not yet today on "National Wear a Plunger on Your Head Day." It is pretty hard to find the right Christmas presents for your loved ones. However, it can be even harder to wrap them and make them look nice under the tree. Here is how you do it right...
The New York Mets have traded their best pitcher, R.A. Dickey, to the Toronto Blue Jays. In the NBA, the Knicks lost against Houston, with former Knicks guard Jeremy Lin scoring 22 points. And, on Monday Night Football, the New York Jets lost against Tennessee and will once again not win a Super Bowl.
The Rudy Report says Happy Birthday to Arantxa Sanchez Vicario, Mario Basler, Trish Stratus, Charles Oakley, and baseball legend Bill "Moose" Skowron. On this day in 1777, the United States celebrated its first Thanksgiving. Have a great day, there is no new Dear Rudy at the moment, but learn something about the French that you did not know for sure in the Random Fact section!
Wanting More - One of the investors in the Los Angeles Dodgers is hinting on the possible acquisition of AEG to create a sports empire in Southern California. Read here.
Just Kidding - Manchester City officials have denied that the club has acquired an MLS expansion franchise in Queens to be named New York City. Read here.
We enter the last week before the Rudy Report goes on its Annual Winter Break, however, it will be quite a week with the announcement of "Rudy Report Athlete of the Year 2012" coming on Wednesday, but not today on "National Chocolate Covered Anything Day." The downside of an improving economy is that more people are going to work again. That means your commute may take longer. Therefore, it is key to gather friends so you can take the carpool lane...
In the NFL, the New York Giants got crushed by the Atlanta Falcons. Meanwhile, the Jets will take on the Tennessee Titans on Monday Night Football tonight. In the NBA, the Knicks beat Cleveland, while Brooklyn lost against Chicago. In the FIFA Club World Cup Finals, Brazilian club Corinthians beat Chelsea FC to win the title. And, in the Premier League, ManU and ManCity won, while Liverpool lost, and Arsenal has yet to play against Reading.
The Rudy Report says Happy Birthday to Chase Utley, Takeo Spikes, Paula Radcliffe, Chuck Liddell, Paul Tracy, Rocco Mediate, and Russian gymnastics legend Valeri Liukin. On this day in 1777, France formally recognized the United States of America. Nobody in the US cared... Have a great week, there is no new Dear Rudy right now, but learn something interesting about a patented invention in the Random Fact section!
City In The City - Premier League club Manchester City is close to getting a Major League Soccer franchise in Queens, that could be called New York City Football Club. Read here.
Super Progress - Russian soccer teams continue with their plans to create a "Super League" that would include clubs from neighboring countries and could launch as early as next season. Read here.
We have one more week to go before the Rudy Report goes on its Annual Winter Break, but we still have many things to talk about, like today on "National Buy a Christmas Tree Day." Every Christmas Season, people are trying to outdo each other with the best decorations around the house. This guy right here did quite well...
Tom Watson was named captain of the 2014 US Ryder Cup team. Chelsea FC made it to the final of the FIFA Club World Cup, which will take place on Sunday. The LA Angels have signed Josh Hamilton to a 5-year, $125 million contract. In the NBA, the New York Knicks easily beat the Los Angeles Lakers. And, on Thursday Night Football, Cincinnati defeated Philadelphia.
The Rudy Report says Happy Birthday to Craig Biggio, Bill Buckner, Chris Waddle, Bill Ranford, and Indian tennis legend Vijay Amritraj. On this day in 1903, the Wright brothers made their first attempt to fly at Kitty Hawk. Have a great weekend, there is no new Dear Rudy right now, but learn something about a sports background of a former US President in the Random Fact section!
Solid Ground - The tennis tournament at Wimbledon has made profits of more than $60 million, which shows the strength of the sport. Read here.