As you know, the Rudy Report is the Super Bowl of all reports, which makes us unsurpassed in popularity and quality, like today on "National Inspire Your Heart with Art Day." Anyways, the Super Bowl is taking place this Sunday in New Orleans. How do you make it to the Super Bowl? Well, you have to train to become the best! No mistakes allowed...
Kobe Bryant was the highest paid athlete in the NBA last year with $59.8 million, ahead of LeBron James who made $57.6 million. In the first semifinal game of the Spanish Cup, Real Madrid had a 1-1 tie against Barcelona. And, in the NBA, the Knicks beat Orlando.
The Rudy Report says Happy Birthday to Vernon Davis, Nolan Ryan, Ernie Banks, Mario Williams, and Canadian diving legend Sylvie Bernier. On this day in 2010, "Avatar" became the first film to gross over $2 billion worldwide. Have a great day, there is no new Dear Rudy right now, but learn something about Charles Lindbergh that you did not know for sure in the Random Fact section!
Believe It - After years of back and forth, a group led by investor Greg Jamison is finally ready to close on the deal to buy the Phoenix Coyotes and keep them in town. Read here.
With two weeks to go until Valentine's Day, know that nothing says "I love you" more than signing your loved ones up for the Rudy Report mailing list, today on "National Yodel for Your Neighbors Day." When you go out and buy toys for kids, you mostly find stuff for a mainstream audience. But what about the rising number of dyslexic children in the world? Well, they have been heard...
The New York Yankees are trying to void Alex Rodriguez' contract in light of new allegations that he took illegal substances. Surfer Garrett McNamara set a world record by surfing a 100-foot wave off the coast of Portugal. And, in the NHL, the New York Rangers beat Philadelphia, while the Islanders beat Pittsburgh.
The Rudy Report says Happy Birthday to Dimitar Berbatov, Dan Hinote, Jalen Rose, Curtis Strange, Tom Izzo, and Swiss curling legend Carmen Kueng. On this day in 1994, Peter Leko became the youngest ever chess grand master at age 14. Have a great day, there is no new Dear Rudy at the moment, but learn something very interesting about black pepper in the Random Fact section!
Flying To LA - There are rumors that the Atlanta Falcons may consider moving to Los Angeles to fill a vacant spot for an NFL franchise in the city. Read here.
$3 Billion Team - Premier League club Manchester United was valued to be worth more than $3 billion, becoming the first sports team to break this barrier. Read here.
Next Please - Businessman Mark Mastrov has met with Sacramento officials about buying the Kings and keeping them in town after Ron Burkle met with the NBA about similar plans. Read here.
A new survey has found that 59.3% of readers prefer reading the Rudy Report over watching a Lindsay Lohan movie, which clearly shows our entertainment value, today on "National Plant a Tree Day." If you are reading this and you are single, don't worry, as a Rudy Report reader, you are wildly popular with the opposite sex. Plus, you could meet the perfect partner anywhere tomorrow...
New York course Winged Foot will once again host the US Open in 2020. Rudy Report Athlete of the Year 2011 Mario Balotelli will transfer from Manchester City to AC Milan for $27 million. The Rudy Report thinks that the San Francisco 49ers-Baltimore Ravens game will go into overtime, resulting in a Ravens victory. And, in the NBA, the Brooklyn Nets beat Orlando.
The Rudy Report says Happy Birthday to Rob Bironas, Martin Schmitt, Dominik Hasek, Jody Scheckter, and Icelandic handball sensation Ingimundur Ingimundarson. On this day in 1845, "The Raven" was published in the New York Evening Mirror, which was the first publication of author Edgar Allen Poe. Have a great day, there is no new Dear Rudy right now, but learn something interesting about famous composers in the Random Fact section!
Networking - Time Warner Cable and the Los Angeles Dodgers have announced the huge 25-year, $7 billion deal to create SportsNet LA in 2014. Read here.
For Sale - There are rumors that NHL franchise Florida Panthers is for sale as the team appears to be in dire need of additional financing. Read here.
Final Push - A new report claims that former star player Thierry Henry is pushing minority owner Alisher Usmanov to buy out Premier League club Arsenal London. Read here.
Getting Serious - Billionaire Ron Burkle is talking to NBA executives about buying the Sacramento Kings and helping to build a new arena in the city. Read here.
The Rudy Report returns in 2013, and we plan not do anything differently, because, as you know, you cannot improve things that are perfect already, like this report today on "National Measure Your Feet Day." And, yes, Rudy missed you, too. Don't worry, we will have great reports this year, now that we're back. Look who else is back...
You probably heard of some interesting sports stories, while the Rudy Report was on break, such as Lance Armstrong admitting to Oprah that he had a fake girlfriend for years. Anyways, the New York Jets may trade star defender Darrelle Revis. At the Australian Open, Novak Djokovic beat Andy Murray to win the first grand slam of the year. Spain crushed Denmark to become handball world champions. In the NHL, the New York Rangers beat Toronto on Saturday. And, in the NBA, the Knicks beat Atlanta.
The Rudy Report says Happy Birthday to Stephen Gostkowski, Jamie Carragher, Junior Spivey, Jermaine Dye, Nick Price, and Dutch figure skating legend Sjoukje Dijkstra. On this day in 1934, the first ski tow in the United States began operation in Vermont. Have a great year, there is no new Dear Rudy at the moment, but learn something interesting about blondes in the Random Fact section!
Big Deal - A group led by billionaire Ron Burkle had made a deal to buy the Sacramento Kings and keep them in town, after the Maloof family struck a deal with a Seattle-based group. Read here.
Bigger Deal - Time Warner Cable has apparently struck a 20-year, $7 billion broadcast deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers, which would have a huge impact on the franchise and its owners. Read here.
If it feels like the world is ending, it's not because of the Mayans, but because this is the last Rudy Report before the Winter Break, but don't worry, we will return on January 28th, 2013, a few weeks after today on "National Look at the Bright Side Day." The Rudy Report has had a great year. And it is wonderful to end it with Christmas. Merry Christmas to all our elite readers! We wish you a peaceful and silent night with your families...
The games for the Europa League and the Champions League were determined yesterday. There are some good games in the Europa League, but let's not get into that. In the Champions League, some of the great games in the next round include Real Madrid versus Manchester United, AC Milan versus Barcelona, and Bayern Munich versus Arsenal London. Over half of the NHL season has now been canceled and the chances of an agreement are slim. And, in the NBA, Miami beat Dallas.
The Rudy Report says Happy Birthday to Mark Ingram Jr., Mike Alstott, Chris Evert, Bill Atkinson, and Latvian/Irish rowing sensation Sanita Puspure. On this day in 1913, Arthur Wynne's "word-cross", the world's first crossword puzzle, was published in the "New York World." Have a great Christmas, a Happy New Year, and see you next year, there is no new Dear Rudy right now, but learn something interesting about Mount Everest in the Random Fact section!
Americanized - Italian Serie A soccer club AS Rome has undergone a change in management after an American investor group acquired the team. Read here.