We are less than three weeks away from spring training. At this point in the calendar, baseball teams are usually wrapping up their offseason work and preparing for pitchers and catchers to report. This year is different, however. This year’s Hot Stove League has been one of the most inactive in decades. In fact, you must go back 30 years, when collusion was blamed and ultimately proven, to find an offseason with this little amount of activity. From 1985 through 1987, free agency in baseball died.
When the Falcons squandered a 25-point lead last February and lost the Super Bowl, that was just cruel. It was like Falcons fans had been teased and then burned all over again, as they have been since the late-1960s. Last Saturday night, when the Falcons lost a second-round playoff game to Philadelphia, well, that was just stupid. There was absolutely no reason the Falcons should have lost that game. But they Falconed it, as only they can do. Atlanta was facing a backup quarterback in Nick Foles.
College football is over. And truthfully, once Alabama beat Georgia Monday night I immediately got my calendar out to see how many days it was until the day all baseball fans countdown to – when pitchers and catchers report for spring training. That day for the Braves is Feb. 13, so we have just a little over four weeks until baseball season will begin. And like all baseball fanatics, I can’t wait. Hold on, the Braves were 72-90 last season. They finished 25 games out of first place.
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Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
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A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".