If you are a fan of this column, then you have been introduced to my three knuckleheads, Maddie (the big sister, age 14), John and Jordan (boy and girl twins, age 13). They each play two sports. They all play basketball, and for second sports, Maddie swims, Jordan runs track, and John plays baseball. This boy bleeds baseball; he can identify players, their teams and insert a few stats. Lately I have attempted to introduce him to the Negro League (NL) players.
Colin Kaepernick must have his head buzzing right about now. He started life with a mixed bag of luck. He was born to a 19-year-old White woman and an unknown Black father. Fortune stepped in when he was adopted by the Kaepernicks, a White family. Early on, his fortunes began to rise as an outstanding athlete. He played football, basketball and excelled in baseball, so much so that he was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in 2009. He took a pass and stayed in school, graduating with a 4.0 average.
In my last effort, I was all geared up to mount my soapbox and expound on the reasons I felt the sanctions against MLB star Pete Rose were unjustified when compared to other players made to pay for their hijinks. In the middle of my research I came across a report of Pete entertaining underage ladies. In my experience, this is a sin not very easily forgiven by MLB and society at large. My case for Pete and his entry in Baseball’s Hall of Fame joined the Tidy Bowl Man and was flushed.
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".