America loves an underdog story, the saying tells us. The cousin of that quip: We love being bamboozled even more. The 2018 NFL Playoffs prove it. A quick survey of betting odds and “expert” predictions show that we’re utterly clueless. On Monday before Wild Card weekend, three of the four home teams were favored by at least six points — the Rams were relatively small favorites at -4.5.
The Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers meet today in a woulda-coulda-shoulda Christmas Classic that is neither an NBA Finals rematch nor an NBA Finals preview. The Cavs’ offseason reload and a rash of injuries on both sides make this game and its outcome irrelevant in terms of reminiscence or projection. Nobody wants guys to be hurt, but this game — and the injured state of the Warriors and Cavs overall — actually is a gift. A cornucopia of gifts, even.
Opportunity cost: “The loss of potential gain from other alternatives when one alternative is chosen.”The National Football League is a case-study in ignored opportunity cost. Historically it has played out in short-sighted decision making — for example, it was a stupid thing to lie about the effects of head trauma.
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".