A GRIP ON SPORTS • We have to acknowledge it. No way to avoid it, except maybe stay indoors. There is a near-total eclipse of the sun this morning. How rare is it? So rare, the last one visible in the United States occurred while I was still single. Maybe this one will signal something even more rare. Maybe the M’s will go on to win the World Series. Read on.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • My sister watches just one show on Sunday morning and, not surprisingly, that’s its name. Me? I like to spin the dial, to use an outdated term, switching from station to station in the vain hope of not missing anything. Read on. • We start on ROOT, where the Mariners will be playing Tampa Bay again today.
One of my favorite summer pastimes as a boy was perusing the scoreboard page of our local newspapers. My specialty was memorizing the leaders in every baseball statistical category. You know, WHIP, OPS, WAR, all the typical stuff. Actually, in the dark ages, when the Internet was still just a figment of Al Gore’s imagination, the statistics found in the paper consisted of basic information: Batting average, runs batted in, home runs, wins, strikeouts, those type of things.
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".