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A football team recently finished its fall season of 12 games. The team scored an average of 10 more points per game in the 6 games it played in its home stadium than it did in those games played in opponents' stadiums. Clearly, the support of the team's fans provided the team with a psychological lift, leading to better score performance.
36. Which of the following, if true, casts the most doubt upon the argument above? A. The team's fans were unhappy at times with the team's performance and occasionally booed the team.
B. The team's running back, its top scorer, scored more points in the opponents' stadiums than he did in the team's own stadium.
C. The field at the team's home stadium is unique in that the middle of the field is raised and the edges lowered, suiting the team's offensive system.
D. The team's head coach implored fans to support the team, stating that fan support helped the team perform well.
E. The team scored an average of only 24 points per game in its own stadium, ranking in the bottom quartile of scores for all teams.

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Re: football stadium [#permalink] New post 28 Aug 2011, 09:18
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A football team recently finished its fall season of 12 games. The team scored an average of 10 more points per game in the 6 games it played in its home stadium than it did in those games played in opponents' stadiums. Clearly, the support of the team's fans provided the team with a psychological lift, leading to better score performance.
36. Which of the following, if true, casts the most doubt upon the argument above?
A. The team's fans were unhappy at times with the team's performance and occasionally booed the team. this statement talk of something which was not often but occasionally, therefore doesn't weaken then argument
B. The team's running back, its top scorer, scored more points in the opponents' stadiums than he did in the team's own stadium.
C. The field at the team's home stadium is unique in that the middle of the field is raised and the edges lowered, suiting the team's offensive system. since we are comparing team's performance at home stadium and offensive's stadium...so actually we are looking for the reason that did the team scored more at its home stadium than at offensive's stadium....only C is the option with states the reason. Although this option can confuse that the shape of the team favors both the teams but we are not comparing two teams...we are looking for a reason that why the team score more at home stadium.....so C is correct
D. The team's head coach implored fans to support the team, stating that fan support helped the team perform well.
E. The team scored an average of only 24 points per game in its own stadium, ranking in the bottom quartile of scores for all teams.

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Re: football stadium [#permalink] New post 10 Jul 2011, 22:05
A. The team's fans were unhappy at times with the team's performance and occasionally booed the team. At times, may be- but that doesnt mean they were not overall happy -or mor often happy than unhappy - and that could have still led to better performance because of audience motivation
B. The team's running back, its top scorer, scored more points in the opponents' stadiums than he did in the team's own stadium. : There is no point talking of an individual amongst the group - since teh argument is about the team as a whole. even is the running back behaves differently, that is no reason why tha argument itself is wrong
C. The field at the team's home stadium is unique in that the middle of the field is raised and the edges lowered, suiting the team's offensive system. Correct option -provides an alternate explanation why the team could have performed better in homeground- the field itself supports it and it is not to do with audience motivation
D. The team's head coach implored fans to support the team, stating that fan support helped the team perform well. That doesnt weaken - in fact it sort of admits that the support of audience is what made the team perform better
E. The team scored an average of only 24 points per game in its own stadium, ranking in the bottom quartile of scores for all teams.That might be true, but that still may mean that the team still performed better than itself (as in comapred to its performance in outside fields
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Re: football stadium [#permalink] New post 11 Jul 2011, 00:33
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A football team recently finished its fall season of 12 games. The team scored an average of 10 more points per game in the 6 games it played in its home stadium than it did in those games played in opponents' stadiums. Clearly, the support of the team's fans provided the team with a psychological lift, leading to better score performance. 36. Which of the following, if true, casts the most doubt upon the argument above? A. The team's fans were unhappy at times with the team's performance and occasionally booed the team.
B. The team's running back, its top scorer, scored more points in the opponents' stadiums than he did in the team's own stadium.
C. The field at the team's home stadium is unique in that the middle of the field is raised and the edges lowered, suiting the team's offensive system.
D. The team's head coach implored fans to support the team, stating that fan support helped the team perform well.
E. The team scored an average of only 24 points per game in its own stadium, ranking in the bottom quartile of scores for all teams.

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Option A , hits the conclusion and hence significantly weakens it. All other options are not hitting the conculsion.

I will go with A. what is the OA?
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Re: football stadium [#permalink] New post 11 Jul 2011, 18:33
C for me. C gives an alternate cause of higher average.

A is wrong because it uses : "at times".

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Re: football stadium [#permalink] New post 11 Jul 2011, 18:37
C weakens the conclusion.
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Re: football stadium [#permalink] New post 11 Jul 2011, 18:46
Its only 'C' which gives the alternate cause of the result (The team scored an average of 10 more points per game in the 6 games it played in its home stadium)

Explanation Given in the Stem :
the support of the team's fans provided the team with a psychological lift

Best answer choice should have given an alternate explanation & thats what C does by saying
"Teams performance was better because the ground was curated as per teams strengths"
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Re: football stadium [#permalink] New post 11 Jul 2011, 18:47
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Re: football stadium [#permalink] New post 13 Jul 2011, 06:04
I go with C. C shows that the team won because of field conditions, not because of fans' support.
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Re: football stadium [#permalink] New post 13 Jul 2011, 07:01
C for me as well.
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Re: football stadium [#permalink] New post 31 Jul 2011, 10:51
Its definately C as it provides another reason for team to score more points.
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Re: football stadium [#permalink] New post 07 Aug 2011, 02:22
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Re: football stadium [#permalink] New post 26 Aug 2011, 06:29
IMO with C
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Re: football stadium [#permalink] New post 26 Aug 2011, 08:03
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Re: football stadium [#permalink] New post 28 Aug 2011, 09:34
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how could the team score high on a stadium which may support both the teams as well.....consider a game of cricket and prior to the match if it is said that the pitch may support the fast bowlers, then it wont happen that the pitch is going to support the fast bowlers of the home team only..it will support the fast bowlers of both the teams...
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Re: football stadium [#permalink] New post 28 Aug 2011, 09:51
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how could the team score high on a stadium which may support both the teams as well.....consider a game of cricket and prior to the match if it is said that the pitch may support the fast bowlers, then it wont happen that the pitch is going to support the fast bowlers of the home team only..it will support the fast bowlers of both the teams...
i will go with b..


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The score comparision is not between two different team...its same team playing at two diff location...
for eg...
avg score at offensive's stadium = 6
avg score at home ground because of slopy ground = 12
avg score of offensive team at stadium 1 = 14
avg score of offensive team at stadium 2 = 16


Although at both the stadium the avg score of offensive team is higher but that irrelevant to us.....what we have look for is the reason that why our team's score is higher at home ground...is it crowd support or ground slope.....

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Re: football stadium [#permalink] New post 28 Aug 2011, 09:58
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how could the team score high on a stadium which may support both the teams as well.....consider a game of cricket and prior to the match if it is said that the pitch may support the fast bowlers, then it wont happen that the pitch is going to support the fast bowlers of the home team only..it will support the fast bowlers of both the teams...
i will go with b..


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C makes more sense because it is mentioned that home team has a good offensive side and the stadium was supporting offensive side. The other teams may just be good in their defenses and may have relatively weaker offensive side. C is just giving us a reason to doubt the conclusion that says the extra scoring might NOT be due to the fans' support, but rather due to the concordance of the shape of the field with the team's offensive side.

B, on other hand, gives us a fact that has no effect on the conclusion. B says that the team's top-scorer scored most runs in opponents ground. How does it weaken the conclusion that fans' support added to a better scoring in the home ground.

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Re: football stadium [#permalink] New post 28 Aug 2011, 10:24
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how could the team score high on a stadium which may support both the teams as well.....consider a game of cricket and prior to the match if it is said that the pitch may support the fast bowlers, then it wont happen that the pitch is going to support the fast bowlers of the home team only..it will support the fast bowlers of both the teams...
i will go with b..


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C makes more sense because it is mentioned that home team has a good offensive side and the stadium was supporting offensive side. The other teams may just be good in their defenses and may have relatively weaker offensive side. C is just giving us a reason to doubt the conclusion that says the extra scoring might NOT be due to the fans' support, but rather due to the concordance of the shape of the field with the team's offensive side.

B, on other hand, gives us a fact that has no effect on the conclusion. B says that the team's top-scorer scored most runs in opponents ground. How does it weaken the conclusion that fans' support added to a better scoring in the home ground.

Ans: "C"


yeah its given that home team has a good offensive side, but does that mean that the home team has is the better offensive side against all teams at their home ground...no it doesn't...
regarding option B; i am in favour of this option because this option mentions that the top scorer scores better at the home ground, which is an alternate proponent, and thus weakens the conclusion.

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Re: football stadium [#permalink] New post 28 Aug 2011, 10:27
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got my mistake, option argues about opponent's stadium rather than home stadium, which is meaningless, considering the arguement..
but yet not convinced about C..
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Re: football stadium [#permalink] New post 29 Aug 2011, 01:35
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