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Overtime in a football box score

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by apeman33, Sep 29, 2008.

  1. apeman33

    apeman33 Well-Known Member

    I've never had a multiple-overtime game before, but since there's been about two or three OT games in the area already this season, I thought I ought to seek a clarification. Ya know, just in case.

    How is a multiple-overtime game indicated in a box score? Let's say there's three overtimes, should I write it like this....

    Podunk...... 0 0 0 0 6 0 8 — 14
    Bigcity....... 0 0 0 0 6 0 6 — 12

    First overtime
    P — Smith 1 run (kick failed)
    B — Johnson 2 run (kick failed)
    Third overtime
    P — Smith 5 run (Smith run)
    B — Johnson 12 run (run failed)

    Or like this?

    Podunk...... 0 0 0 0 14 — 14
    Bigcity....... 0 0 0 0 12 — 12

    P — Smith 1 run (kick failed)
    B — Johnson 2 run (kick failed)
    P — Smith 5 run (Smith run)
    B — Johnson 12 run (run failed)

    I haven't seen any examples before, either. So I thought I'd come here for a consensus.
  2. Dickens Cider

    Dickens Cider New Member

    The latter.
  3. HandsomeHarley

    HandsomeHarley Well-Known Member

    It depends.

    If you list the score as Podunk 14, Bigcity 12, OT, then the latter. If you say Podunk 14, Bigcity 12, 3OT, then the former.

    Seems kind of obvious to me.
  4. jps

    jps Active Member

    go with the first
  5. spnited

    spnited Active Member

    Shouldn't this depend on your paper's style (or should I not assume that papers actually have style guides for this sort of thing)?

    Our style is each possession is an OT "period." Thus, the former, 3 OTs.
  6. apeman33

    apeman33 Well-Known Member

    Since there is only me in my sports department, I guess the "style" would depend on what I think. The main high school in my area hasn't had an OT game in the time I've covered them and the junior college and the other high schools have never played more than one OT from what I can recall. And your answer seems the most logical, so I'm going to go with it.
  7. deskslave

    deskslave Active Member

    If the second overtime period doesn't happen without the first overtime period ending tied, then they're separate periods. You would no sooner combine the first and second overtimes than you would combine the fourth quarter and overtime.

    In your example, there's no way to know how many overtime periods there were. There could have been as few as 2, or there could have been 11.
  8. Dickens Cider

    Dickens Cider New Member

    For anyone saying the former, good luck getting that to fit in agate and look presentable. K.I.S.S.
  9. You have to go with the former because each one is a separate period.
    If it was a linescore in baseball, you would have to do each and every inning played and not combine them.
  10. WazzuGrad00

    WazzuGrad00 Guest

    We do a combination of those styles for high schools.

    In the score-by-quarters, we would do each overtime as a separate period.

    However, we don't break the scoring plays down by quarter, they're presented in the order they occurred whether they happen in the first quarter of fourth overtime.
  11. apeman33

    apeman33 Well-Known Member

    Some school names barely fit even in regulation.

    Southern Coffey County ends up being So. Coffey Co. and even that's a stretch.
  12. JackReacher

    JackReacher Well-Known Member

    That is correct.
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