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Word on the Street: Super Bowl most-watched on TV ever

Word on the Street: Super Bowl most-watched on TV ever

Monday, Feb. 7, 2011
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Super Bowl is most-watched TV show in the US

The Nielsen Co. said that an estimated 11 million people watched the Green Bay Packers outlast the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Super Bowl. That surpassing the 106.5 million who watched the 2010 game between New Orleans and Indianapolis, making it the most-watched television ship in the United States.

The most-watched single play of the game was Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger's final incomplete pass to Mike Wallace with about a minute to go. (Chicago Breaking Sports)

Aaron Rodgers celebrates Super Bowl at Disney

The Super Bowl MVP rode on the back of a convertible pacing down a confetti-filled parade route through Disney World's Magic Kingdom on only a few hours' sleep. After Green Bay's 31-25 win over Pittsburgh, even a Florida afternoon storm couldn't cloud the QB's spirit.

"It's a special day, it really is," Rodgers said. "I didn't get a lot of sleep, but it's great to be able to celebrate. This is a team that came together and accomplished something special." (Chicago Breaking Sports)

Mr. President has kind words for Coach McCarthy

Despite his support of the Chicago Bears, President Barack Obama congratulated Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy on their Super Bowl win over the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The White House says that Obama told McCarthy that "even a Bears fan" can appreciate what the win means to Wisconsin. (Chicago Breaking Sports)

MSU's Izzo receives 'hang in there' text from Cavs owner

Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert has sent Michigan State coach Tom Izzo an encouraging text message.

According to Izzo, the note said "hang in there."

After losing two straight and five of the past six, the Spartans fell out of The Associated Press poll. Gilbert tried to hire Izzo last summer for the Cavs coaching position, but the Cavaliers are having a tougher time than the Spartans. They head into Monday night's game at Dallas with a record 24-game losing streak. (Chicago Breaking Sports)

Ex-Hawk Burish to undergo surgery

Adam Burish will have to wait for swelling to go down around his eye before he can have surgery on his orbital bone. There is no timetable on the ex-Blackhawk's return.

Burish was placed on Injured Reserve with a facial injury on Feb. 4 when he suffered the injury at Boston. (The Dallas Morning News)

The low-key move that may pay dividends for Cubs in 2018 and beyond

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The low-key move that may pay dividends for Cubs in 2018 and beyond

The Cubs-Cardinals rivalry is alive and well and this offseason has been further proof of that.

The St. Louis Cardinals haven't made a rivalry-altering move like inking Jake Arrieta to a megadeal, but they have proven that they are absolutely coming after the Cubs and the top of the division.

However, a move the St. Louis brass made Friday afternoon may actually be one that makes Cubs fans cheer.

The Cardinals traded outfielder Randal Grichuk to the Toronto Blue Jays Friday in exhange for a pair of right-handed pitchers: Dominic Leone and Conner Greene. Leone is the main draw here as a 26-year-old reliever who posted a 2.56 ERA, 1.05 WHIP and 10.4 K/9 in 70.1 innings last year in Toronto.

But this is the second young position player the Cardinals have traded to Toronto this offseason and Grichuk is a notorious Cub Killer.

Grichuk struggled overall in 2017, posting a second straight year of empty power and not much else. But he once again hammered the Cubs to the tune of a .356 batting average and 1.240 OPS. 

He hit six homers and drove in 12 runs in just 14 games (11 starts) against Joe Maddon's squad. That's 27 percent of his 2017 homers and 20 percent of his season RBI numbers coming against just one team.

And it wasn't just one year that was an aberration. In his career, Grichuk has a .296/.335/.638 slash line against the Cubs, good for a .974 OPS. He's hit 11 homers and driven in 33 runs in 37 games, the highest ouput in either category against any opponent.

Even if Leone builds off his solid 2017 and pitches some big innings against the Cubs over the next couple seasons, it will be a sigh of relief for the Chicago pitching staff knowing they won't have to face the threat of Grichuk 18+ times a year.

Plus, getting a reliever and a low-level starting pitching prospect back for a guy (Grichuk) who was borderline untouchable a couple winters ago isn't exactly great value. The same can be said for the Cardinals' trade of Aledmys Diaz to Toronto on Dec. 1 for essentially nothing.

A year ago, St. Louis was heading into the season feeling confident about Diaz, who finished fifth in the NL Rookie of the Year race in 2016 after hitting .300 with an .879 OPS as a 25-year-old rookie. He wound up finishing 2017 in the minors after struggling badly to start the season and the Cardinals clearly didn't want to wait out his growing pains.

The two trades with Toronto limits the Cardinals' depth (as of right now) and leaves very few proven options behind shortstop Paul DeJong and outfielder Tommy Pham, who both enjoyed breakout seasons in 2017.

Meet the Prospects: Blake Rutherford

Meet the Prospects: Blake Rutherford

The White Sox rebuild is in full swing. While it might still be a year or two before the big league team is expected to start competing for championships, the minor leagues are stocked with highly touted talent fans will be eagerly following in 2018. With that in mind, it's time to Meet the Prospects and get to know the future of the South Side.

Blake Rutherford

Rutherford, the 20-year-old outfielder, was the highest-rated piece of the return package that came back to the White Sox in the seven-player deal that sent Todd Frazier, David Robertson and Tommy Kahnle to the New York Yankees last summer.

A California native, Rutherford was the 18th overall pick in the 2016 draft. After only playing rookie ball post-draft in 2016, he played 71 games with Class A Charleston last year before the trade, slashing .281/.342/.391 with 20 doubles and 30 RBIs to go along with a pair of home runs. After the trade, Rutherford played in 30 games with Class A Kannapolis, slashing .213/.289/.254 with 26 hits and 13 walks.

As of their most recent rankings, MLB Pipeline had Rutherford rated as the No. 4 prospect in the White Sox organization.

Get to know Rutherford in the video above.