Make no mistake about it, the NFL is the king. It is the reason a lot of young men put on pads in the first place. It has cornered the market on being a year-round sport. It is the ultimate testing ground for coaches and the dominant sport in a country where sports are revered. But as we approach the start of another college football season (don’t look now but we’re inside a week until the first games), we also know this — college football is more fun.
Pat Dooley @Pat_Dooley
When the phone rang, she knew it was something odd, something different, something ominous. Who calls at 2 a.m. with good news?But she answered it anyway. The voice on the other end of the phone from another continent told her to get her mother.Rhamat Alhassan was 13 years old and about to grow up in a hurry the way no kid ever wants to mature.It would be three days later before her mother gave her the news.
My first Associated Press ballot of the season was submitted a couple of weeks ago. It has been awhile since I have been a voter so it was different doing it online rather than phoning it in at 2 a.m. (never a good idea). When you see it, there are enough surprising picks some of you may think the summer of Rainsville has gotten to me. But I take voting seriously, whether it's for President or Heisman or Florida-Georgia Hall of Fame. All of those other doodlings were just for fun. This is serious.
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Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
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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)
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Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
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Exact case matching or punctuation
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