5-Minute Football : The Difference Between Vs. and At

Here’s a lesson that is going to be one of those, “Oh…duh” moments as soon as you finish reading this post. But it’s something that I didn’t always know, and I figured a few other normal girls might be interested in knowing it, too.

How can you tell whether a team is playing at home or away, just from the listing? And what’s the right way to use vs. and at as it relates to home or away?

Ok, ready? This is so easy it’s stupid. Really.

Vs.  = the first team listed is playing at home. 

At = the first team listed is playing away.

So let’s look at tonight’s game. The Panthers are playing the Buccaneers in Tampa Bay. So the Panthers are away and the Buccaneers are at home. As a game listing this looks like:

Buccaneers vs. Panthers

or

Panthers at Buccaneers

If I’m right, I believe the “correct” way to write it out is the first way – home team vs. away team. But one way or another, it’s helpful to know that the vs. and at designations aren’t arbitrary. They sensibly denote which team is playing at home and which team is playing away.

And now, collectively:

“Oh…duh.”

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