The Rudy Report will be taking another one-week creative break, returning on Monday, May 18th, but we still have this Weekend Edition, today on "National No Socks Day." Anyways, there are droughts in many parts of the country. Fortunately, there are still some awesome lakes left in California. But some may not be for beginners....
The highest paid soccer player in the world is Cristiano Ronaldo, making $79 million a year, which includes sponsorships. Lionel Messi is in second place with $70.5 million. In the Europa League semi-finals, Naples and Dnipropetrovsk had a 1-1 draw, while Sevilla beat Florence 3-0. And, in baseball, the New York Yankees beat Baltimore with A-Rod hitting his 661st home run.
The Rudy Report says Happy Birthday to Felix Jones, Bobby Labonte, Ronnie Lott, Lovie Smith, Bill Cowher, Mike D'Antoni, and British rowing legend Jonny Searle. On this day in 1898, the first professional Italian soccer league games were played. Have a great weekend, there is no new Dear Rudy right now, but you can learn something interesting about the difference between men and women in the Random Fact section!
Coming To A Halt - The Spanish soccer league and all related national competitions may stop playing next week due to a dispute with the government over television rights. Read here.
Value Add - The new Forbes list of the most valuable soccer teams in the world has Real Madrid on top of the list with a value of $3.26 billion. Read here.
The Rudy Report would like to point out that Genesis is the one rock group that has been around long enough to have a chapter about them in the Bible, today on "National Hug a Stranger Day." Anyways, there are certain people that are perfect for certain jobs. In fact, some people already have a name that could be their destiny....
A new official report has found that Tom Brady and the New England Patriots deflated their balls on purpose, which means that they did not deserve to win the Super Bowl. In the Champions League, Bayern Munich lost against Barcelona 3-0. In the NHL Playoffs, the New York Rangers lost against Washington, now trailing the series 3-1. And, in baseball, the New York Yankees lost against Toronto, while the Mets got defeated by Baltimore.
The Rudy Report says Happy Birthday to Shawn Marion, Drew Stanton, Randall "Tex" Cobb, Pat McInally, and German hurdling legend Florian Schwarthoff. On this day in 2000, Vladimir Putin was inaugurated as the President of Russia. Have a great day, there is no new Dear Rudy right now, but you can find out how your iPhone compares to the Super Nintendo in the Random Fact section!
Raise The Roof - The center court of the US Open in Queens will get a $150 million roof in 2016 that was funded with private money. Read here.
The Rudy Report is skeptical about people saying that every snow flake is unique, because nobody ever really checks that claim, like today on "National No Diet Day." Anyways, if you are hurting, you need to go get help. Make sure to find a doctor that can really make you feel better....
Lindsey Vonn and Tiger Woods have broken up, apparently, because she does not like golf. In the Champions League, Juventus beat Real Madrid 2-1. Bayern Munich will take on Barcelona in the other semi-final today. In baseball, the New York Yankees beat Toronto, while the Mets defeated Baltimore. And, in the NHL Playoffs, Chicago beat Minnesota to take a commanding 3-0 series lead.
The Rudy Report says Happy Birthday to Chris Paul, Jason Witten, Martin Brodeur, Willie Mays, and Tajikistani hammer throwing legend Dilshod Nazarov. On this day in 1844, the Glaciarium, the world's first mechanically frozen ice rink, opened in London. Have a great day, there is no new Dear Rudy at the moment, but you can learn something very interesting about sharks in the Random Fact section!
Not In Use - A new report details how taxpayers still owe $179 million on arenas that are no longer being used by pro sports teams in Oakland. Read here.
The Rudy Report wants to give a shout-out to all Mexicans and their extremely large families, who are celebrating their version of St. Patrick's Day, today on "National Oyster Day." Anyways, when you go on a first date, you want to make a good impression. You need to choose the right place. Clearly, this restaurant sets the right tone from the get-go....
The Champions League semi-final between Juventus Turin and Real Madrid will kickoff later today. In baseball, the New York Yankees lost against Toronto. And, in the NHL Playoffs, the New York Rangers lost against Washington, which means they are now trailing the series 2-1.
The Rudy Report says Happy Birthday to Meb Keflezighi, Heike Henkel, Randall Gay, and Burundian running sensation Francine Niyonsaba. On this day in 1973, Secretariat won the Kentucky Derby in record time. Have a great day, there is no new Dear Rudy right now, but you can find out how many virgins there are in this world in the Random Fact section!
Partial Sale - Silvio Berlusconi has reportedly sold a partial stake in Serie A club AC Milan to a group led by Thai investor Bee Taechaubol. Read here.
Value Creation - A Chinese streaming sports website has been valued at $450 million after completing a round of financing. Read here.
The Rudy Report thinks that a good indicator you will be paying more than $5 dollars for your coffee is if the guy making it wears suspenders, like today on "National New Home Owners Day." In any case, you are about to see the beginning of wedding season. It is this time of the year when couples tie the knot. You probably got invited to one or two classy events....
Floyd Mayweather Jr. easily beat Manny Pacquiao by a wide margin in 12 rounds. Given the payout, however, there was no real loser. Favorite American Pharoah won the Kentucky Derby. Manchester United could offer 135 million Euros to Real Madrid for star player Gareth Bale. Meanwhile, in the Premier League, Chelsea beat Crystal Palace to clinch the title early. In baseball, the New York Yankees beat Boston, while the Mets lost against Washington. And, in the NHL Playoffs, the New York Rangers beat Washington on Saturday to tie the series at 1-1.
The Rudy Report says Happy Birthday to Derek Roy, James van Riemsdyk, Andrew Raycroft, Erin Andrews, John Watson, and Northern Irish horse racing jockey legend Tony McCoy. On this day in 1959, the first Grammy Awards were held. Have a great week, there is no new Dear Rudy at the moment, but you can learn something sad about people whose first name starts with a "D" in the Random Fact section!
Money Talks - A new article finds that a salary cap does not prevent wealthy teams from dominating in the National Hockey League. Read here.