Some fun facts, trends and picks for this week’s NFL games. Quick hit: This is the largest point spread since the Giants laid 6 1/2 in 2012. The G-Men won 42-7 in what turned out to be Andy Reid’s final season as head coach. Vegas Vic’s take: After hours of intensive, exhausting research, we have found a trend that hits at 100%. You sitting down? In the Doug Pederson era, the Birds are spotless, undefeated, a phenomenal money-maker in their home opener.
Going outside the power conferences for Saturday’s best bet, and it’s a steam-play from the wise guys. Western opened early Monday morning at -9, was bet down to -7.5. On Friday night, the sharps steamed ’em all the way up to -12. One smart guy out here in Vegas told me to follow the money.
There was some terrific television programming on Monday night. Frank Sinatra played the title role in the World War II film Von Ryan’s Express on one channel. Forrest Gump was running through the SEC and Napalm strikes on another. All the while, Aaron Altherr was hitting that majestic grand slam off Clayton Kershaw on CSN. Oh, and ESPN was showing a Giants game, which is basically a looping horror flick for fantasy players.
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".