The bowl season for big-time college football is almost upon us — it begins Dec. 16 — but I'm already fatigued just thinking about it. The numbers tell the tale — 39 bowl games in little more than two weeks. What mortal could pay attention to so many games? A better question. Who'd want to? The problem? Too little curb appeal for many of these games. In fact, there are so many bowls for major-college football that's it's hard for many a team not to make one. Do the math.
In the last legislative session, when State Sen. Brad Zaun (R-Urbandale) was thundering on about Iowa wasting its money for art at an interstate rest stop, I thought: "Here we go. We're going to be turning back the clock to a time when an Iowa interstate rest stop was little more than a toilet, a drinking fountain and a vending machine." Zaun had been set off by the rest stop on the north side of I-80 between Casey and Adair, the one with the huge wind turbine blade sticking out of the ground.
It seems like it's been forever that I've been a fan of driving down America's two-lane highways, to get from Iowa to any place, to Florida, to Colorado, to New York City, to Canada, to Minnesota, and to dozens of stops in-between. When my mother was alive and living in Nebraska, I'd take most any two-lane highway from Iowa over to see her, crossing the Missouri at Onawa; or Blair, Neb. ; or Bellevue, Neb. ; or Plattsmouth, Neb. ; or Nebraska City, Neb.
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".