It’s easy to get caught up in what I’d call an “August High” when you visit an NFL training camp. Storylines abound. Rookies look young and spry. The familiar allure of the NFL — speed, power, grace, all capped by those helmets we adored on bedsheets as kids — is intoxicating. All of those were in play when Paulie Mac and I made our first visit to Kyle Shanahan’s 49ers practice this week. Reuben Foster was named a starter by Shanahan. Kendrick Bourne snagged passes in drills.
There was a time in my close-minded life I’d have blasted Major League Baseball for this upcoming “Players Weekend” nonsense. Nicknames on the back of the jersey? My old self would have spat out my $14 ballpark beer and told tales of how Babe Ruth, Willie Mays and Ted Williams never wore their nicknames on the back of their jersey. They wore their darn jersey! Like a good ballplayer should! But with age comes perspective.
In the midst of another drudgery-filled Giants loss on Monday night (Loss No. 70!) came a bolt of adrenaline-fueled entertainment, so rare in a season lacking adrenaline, fuel and entertainment. The burst of energy came twofold: the thrilling (if for the wrong team) chase of an inside-the-park home run, and the unleashing of a bazooka-like outfield arm. The legs in the chase belonged to Chicago’s Javier Baez; the arm in the hunt belonged to the Giants’ Carlos Moncrief.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
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 Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
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, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
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
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
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".