It's the AFL's version of Groundhog Day. Twelve months ago a depleted Essendon team were preparing for the NAB Challenge with a smattering of hastily organised top-up players. A year later, the coach has changed but the same stars remain on the sidelines, after Wada banned 12 current players (and five former Bombers now at other clubs) for 2016.
Geelong recruiter Stephen Wells has a formidable reputation for pulling diamonds from the rough, but Mark Blicavs collecting his maiden best-and-fairest in October was perhaps Wells's crowning glory. The former steeplechaser raised eyebrows by signing with the Cats as a category B rookie in 2011, having missed selection to the London Olympics.
As it panned out, Friday night's preliminary final was entirely predictable. The Dockers earned a green tick for pressure, effort and intensity but their lack of scoring power - their Achilles heel for as long as Ross Lyon has been in charge - meant they didn't have enough firepower to topple the reigning premiers.
Just wow. The only thing that has reached ‘ridiculous heights’ is Bernardi’s attempt to hijack the #ChangeTheDate campaign, which a growing number of Australians support.
Change is coming, Cory, whether you like it or not 👈 https://t.co/rkHJ5RwV5h
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".