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Courtesy: University of Pennsylvania
Toast Toss Reaches Final Four of Traditions Tournament
Courtesy: Eric Dolan, associate director of athletic communications  
Release:  07/22/2013

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PHILADELPHIA - A true underdog story, the University of Pennsylvania's beloved toast toss tradition held the overwhelming majority in the voting for the third straight week and advanced to the Final Four of SIRIUS XM's College Football Traditions Tournament.

Penn was the only FCS program among the 32 school selected for the tournament and was slated as a No. 8 seed, but the toast toss has knocked off a No. 1, No. 5 and No. 3 seed in succession to reach the Final Four where the Quakers take on third-seeded Army-Navy's March On. You can vote for the Quakers here.

The toast toss topped No. 1 seeded Florida State's Chief Osceola and the Flaming Spear in the first round with 71 percent of the vote. Then in Round 2, the toss held 61 percent of the vote over No. 5 seed Mississippi State's Cow Bells and earned 63 percent of the vote against No. 3 seed West Virginia's Country Road tradition.

Final Four voting versus Army-Navy takes place through July 26. #Vote Toast 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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