I often wonder about Tom “Thumb” Brady, the San Diego Charger. And what might have been. And where we would be now. And if he would have — could have — been the Real Tom Brady here. All I know is, things would have been different. Probably better. And perhaps — perhaps — we still would have an NFL franchise, although given this city of hash-slingers, one never knows.
When it comes to these NFL playoffs, the Left Coast — as Dan Jenkins referred to our territory in his magical “Semi-Tough” — is not being treated right. We have become Left Out. The weekend’s divisional matchups on the caravan to Super Bowl LII featured Atlanta at Philadelphia, Tennessee at New England, Jacksonville at Pittsburgh and New Orleans at Minnesota (the one game that came in out of the cold thanks to a roof). Of that group, the only teams west of the Mississippi are on the Mississippi.
The wind was not taken from my sails, but a cruise to the Mexican Riviera swept me away from my annual scholarly duty to provide a final former-Chargers-now-Judases Report Card. It’s never too late to post the grades, so here they are, straight from the high C’s:Quarterbacks: B. Foot soldier that he is, Philip Rivers still couldn’t kick field goals and his troops missed the playoffs because of it. Commuting from his San Diego home, this was not his best season. There were some bad moments.
I applaud the women marching today. The sad thing is, nearly 100 years after winning the right to vote, they have to march. I owe my life to two women _ my mother and my wife _ and my career to a female editor.
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
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Use parentheses to separate multiple
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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".