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AP Style question

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Craig Sagers Tailor, Dec 13, 2009.

  1. Craig Sagers Tailor

    Craig Sagers Tailor Active Member

    3rd-and-5 or third-and-five?
  2. Stitch

    Stitch Active Member

  3. GB-Hack

    GB-Hack Active Member

    I see "third-and-2" in today's Redskins-Raiders gamer.
  4. albert77

    albert77 Well-Known Member

    My paper's style is third-and-2.
  5. Stitch

    Stitch Active Member

    From the 2000 AP Stylebook available as a free PDF online.


    "Use figures for yardage: The 5-yard line, the 10- yard line, a 5-yard pass play, he plunged in from the 2, he ran 6 yards, a 7-yard gain. But: a fourth-and-two play."
  6. Craig Sagers Tailor

    Craig Sagers Tailor Active Member

    thanks, that was my initial feeling
  7. SoCalDude

    SoCalDude Active Member

    We use numerals for all yards and measurements. Thus, despite AP, third-and-2.
  8. MacDaddy

    MacDaddy Active Member

    Current AP style is to use digits: fourth-and-2.
  9. Stitch

    Stitch Active Member

    Noticed that today when I came into work and looked at my 2008 Stylebook. I think some of AP's editors haven't caught on yet since I've seen the numbers spelled out.
  10. Craig Sagers Tailor

    Craig Sagers Tailor Active Member

    fuck, my stylebook is from 2006 and said to spell it out a la third-and-five.

    oh well.
  11. SoCalDude

    SoCalDude Active Member

    My stylebook has a red cover. I'm not at work right now, so don't know the year.
    It is old. I hardly ever look at it anymore because I pretty much know how things should be done.
    Our computers slow down when we bring up a browser, so it isn't worth it to go to the AP online stylebook.
  12. Correct. That's how we do it.
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