This week's game preview is with Evan Lazar (@EZLazar). He writes for the Boston Herald and Pats Pulpit, and you can find his Naked Bootleg Podcast with Adam Kurkjian here. Evan does a nice job of writing things that you might not already know, and if he thinks something, he gives reasons for it. That is always appreciated. Stephanie Stradley: Explain key ways the 2017 Patriots are different/same as previous years?
Texans fans care a lot about offensive tackle Duane Brown holding out of training camp for all the obvious reasons. Some of the discussions of this get a bit muddled, so I reached out to Joel Corry to do a Q&A on the situation. Corry is a former sports agent who writes about NFL contracts and the salary cap for CBS sports. He's an interesting follow on Twitter (@corryjoel) if you are interested in practical considerations involving NFL contracts, labor.
In the early days of the Houston Texans, the Football Outsiders website and the Football Outsiders Almanac were some of the only resources that covered the team in depth and in the context of all 32 teams. Though more resources exist now, the Football Outsiders Almanac (on sale now along with fantasy football resources) remains as a great resource to check what you see on the field against what some of the data is showing. Rivers McCown (@RiversMcCown) wrote this year's Houston Texans chapter.
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 Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
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, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
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".