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VOTE AGAIN! Toast Toss Advances in Traditions Tournament
Courtesy: Eric Dolan, associate director of athletic communications  
Release:  07/08/2013

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PHILADELPHIA - With more than 71 percent of the vote, the University of Pennsylvania's beloved toast toss tradition toppled top-seeded Florida State in the first round of the College Football Traditions Tournament. Penn advanced to take on Mississippi State's Cow Bells in the second round. You can vote for the Quakers in Round 2 here.

One of the most unique traditions in sports, the toast toss received more first round votes (2,833) than any of the other 32 schools selected for the tournament. Penn is the only FCS school in the tournament and is a No. 8 seed.

In the first round, the toast toss beat No. 1 seeded Florida State's Chief Osceola and the flaming spear. Mississippi State is a No. 4 seed and beat No. 5 Auburn's War Eagle. Second round voting takes place through July 12. #VoteToast here.

The toast toss takes place after the third quarter of home football games where Quaker fans unite in the singing of "Drink a Highball." As the last line is sung - "Here's a toast to dear old Penn" - the fans toss toast onto the sidelines.

Toast covers the track surrounding the field and the beloved “Toast Zamboni” sweeps up the bread. A group of engineering students modified Penn’s motorized turf cleaner so it would be able to pick up larger pieces of trash, and the "Toast Zamboni" is now a permanent fixture at Penn football games.

Originally, fans literally drank a highball, but the act of throwing toast was adopted after alcohol was banned from the stadium in the late 1970s. Students turned towards bread, and even bagels, so that they could continue to raise a "toast" to Penn.

The first toast toss at historic Franklin Field this season will be Sept. 21 when Quakers begin their defense of the Ivy title against Lafayette. It will mark the 119th season at Franklin Field - the nation's oldest collegiate football stadium.

 



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