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The NFL just cooked up a wild weekend of divisional playoff action, setting the stage for two conference championship games nobody could have predicted before the start of the season. The only team anyone would have logically placed in the final four is the New England Patriots, and Tom Brady and the gang made sure they got there with few reasons to be nervous. But their opponent will be a team coming off a second win in the city of Pittsburgh this season.
The Philadelphia Eagles and Minnesota Vikings were not supposed to be in the NFC Championship Game this season. And nobody in their right mind would have predicted the quarterbacks playing in this upcoming weekend’s NFC Championship Game would have been Nick Foles and Case Keenum before the season started. But as fate would have it, these two former teammates will now square off for the right to play in the Super Bowl in the most unlikeliest of NFC championship showdowns seen in quite some time.
The beginning of each new year brings an annual look at which cool gadgets we may or may not be getting a chance to buy or drool over in the months to come. The Consumer Electronics Show, or CES, is an annual convention in Las Vegas where tech companies from various industries show off their new toys that can be practical and help make your life more convenient or wildly expensive gadges which only the elite of the elite will buy out of the SkyMall catalog on their next overseas flight.
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".