We've reached that glorious time in the NFL season when byes are over, and flex scheduling is in play. Not to mention Thanksgiving and the Thursday football that's always been welcome. It's also that time of year when there's an honest-to-goodness showdown for playoff supremacy, in the late-afternoon window, in California sunshine as the weather worsens back east, and featuring a future Hall of Fame quarterback and two high-octane offenses.
Before Pete Carroll gets burned at the stake for the way the Seahawks lost to the Falcons on Monday night, remember all the teams whose seasons have fallen apart as they’ve lost crucial players to injury. They’re not the Packers, Cowboys, Texans, Colts, Giants … it’s a long list, and the 6-4 Seahawks, still one game out of the NFC West lead and holding the tiebreaker on the Rams, aren’t on it. On the other hand, before Carroll gets any Coach of the Year votes … a fake field goal? Really?
No one has to look far or long to find a list of ways the AFC East has cowered in the shadow of the Patriots during the Bill Belichick-Tom Brady era. No one has to wait long for fresh evidence that their dominance won’t end any time soon. The Bills provided some Sunday, in fact, when they trotted out rookie Nathan Peterman to start at quarterback against the Chargers, and trotted him right back to the bench at halftime after five interceptions.
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 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
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".