I'm the Senior Sports Editor at FanSided, a Time Inc. company. My specialties include writing about the NFL, college football, pop culture, and more, spanning quick news hits to in-depth profiles and features.
While the NFC's No. 1 and No. 2 seeds' advancement to the NFC Championship Game might seem like an expected turn of events, few people in NFL circles would have pegged the Philadelphia Eagles and the Minnesota Vikings as the two teams that would be representing the conference back in the preseason. But on the dawn of championship weekend, here we are. The Eagles, finishing the regular season with a 13-3 record, advance to the NFC Championship Game for the first time since 2008.
Today's Green and Bold column gives me no pleasure to write, because it's the last one I'll be publishing—for now, anyway. Some of you may have seen my announcement on Twitter last week that, beginning on January 29, I'll be starting a new full-time job as the senior sports editor at FanSided:It's bittersweet news to share, to be sure. While I'm so excited for my next challenge and have worked really hard to get here, I can't help but thinking about how I got here.
Follow live coverage as the Atlanta Falcons travel to Philadelphia to take on the Eagles in the divisional round of the NFC Playoffs. No. 6 Atlanta is favored over No. 1 Philadelphia, the first time a No. 1 seed has gone into a matchup it is hosting in this round of the playoffs as an underdog. But bettors realize that without Carson Wentz under center, this is a game Atlanta can win easily behind Matt Ryan, Julio Jones, Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman.
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".