Ryan Van Bibber writes about the NFL for SB Nation. In 2006, he founded Turf Show Times, a site dedicated to chronicling the St. Louis Rams regular rebuilding efforts. A Missouri native, he lives there again these days, after spending his formative years in the glorious dry air of the American West.
After 15 seasons as the head coach of the Cincinnati Bengals, Marvin Lewis will call it quits after this season, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. He’s leaving to pursue other opportunities, either another head coaching job or work in the front office somewhere else. 15 seasons is nearly an eternity in NFL coaching circles. He’s the longest tenure head coach in Bengals history.
I’ll skip the preamble this week. But in the interest of honesty, I’m keeping this brief because I have tickets for the new Star Wars movie. Priorities, right? Usual rules apply. Home team is in all caps. The odds are courtesy of OddsShark. Bears (+4.5) over LIONS — It feels like the Bears are better than their 4-9 record. Maybe they are, only three of their nine losses have been by more than a touchdown. And now they’s starting to heat up a little bit with last week’s 33-7 win over the Bengals.
What was it about last week’s picks? Everyone struggled. The best of our panelists barely topped .500 for the picks in Week 14. But that was last week. The question we should be focusing on now is whether or not that cold streak will carry over to Week 15. We make these picks straight up, not against the spread, and, while I can’t speak for everyone on the panel, these are calls you make with instinct. That comes with a certain level of bias.
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".