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Sports Fans Cry Foul on Math QuestionSomeone feels mighty stupid right about now.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- The state's test writers tried to come up with a math question about football and ended up with a fumble.
On an end-of-grade test this month, seventh-graders had to calculate the average gain for a team on the game's first six plays. But the team did not gain 10 yards on the first four plays and would have lost possession before a fifth and sixth play.
The team opened with a 6-yard loss, a 3-yard gain and a 2-yard loss, which would have made it fourth down with 15 yards to go for a first down. The team's fourth play was just a 7-yard gain, yet it maintained possession for a 12-yard gain and a 4-yard gain on two additional plays.
"Whoever wrote it didn't think it through," said Gene Daniels, athletics director of Salem Middle School in Apex. (link)