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The third almost-annual Readership Survey

It's time once again to tell me who you root for.

The third almost-annual Readership Survey

Since there aren't any really big college football games this weekend, I figured now would be a good time to bring back the Readership Survey.

I last did this a year ago, also on the eve of a new college basketball season. Villanova won that poll with 777 votes out of a total of 2,357 ballots cast. The first poll was in March of last year, when Penn won with 55 out of 138 votes.

This blog has grown a lot since then, and I'm hoping for another record turnout this season.

The premise of the poll is simple: I want to know which City Six team you root for.

Unlike the presidential election, stuffing the ballot box in this vote is openly encouraged. So vote early and often, and tell your friends.

Also, you might have noticed today that I have some new neighbors here in the blogosphere. The Daily News has launched a new college basketball blog, Philly Hoops Insider, that is written in part by the newspaper's reporters and in part by five of the six Division I men's basketball coaches in the area (Villanova is the absentee).

I think we'll get along well. You'll probably see much more reporting on the Daily News' blog than you will here, though I know that a number of readers come here for news about the Ivy League and I intend to keep that going.

But I'll probably move more towards stats and analysis during this season, mixed in with a healthy dose of live-blogging. I'm fairly sure that's something the coaches can't do during games.

Speaking of which, the first live blog of the basketball season will be tomorrow night, as St. Joe's takes on Rider at the Wachovia Center. Join me a few minutes before the 7 p.m. tipoff for commentary and play-by-play, and feel free to bring along your questions and predictions for the new season.

We can also talk some football, including Villanova's Senior Day game against Towson and the Harvard-Penn showdown at Franklin Field. The winner of that game will be only one win away from a share of the Ivy League championship and the loser will be eliminated from title contention.

It's been five years since Penn last won the Ancient Eight, and Saturday's game will be a day shy of exactly six years since ESPN's College GameDay came to Philadelphia for its first ever broadcast from a I-AA school.

Coincidentally, the show will be broadcasting from another I-AA game this weekend, the all-HBCU matchup between Hampton and Florida A&M. It was an interesting move by the Worldwide Leader, with Boston College-Florida State one of the ABC prime-time games.

You know, this makes for a good trivia question. And since we haven't had a trivia contest on here in a while either, I'll give a free soft pretzel to the person who answers it first in the comments.

College GameDay has done two other shows in its history from I-AA schools. What games were they, and in what year?

Which team do you root for?
Drexel
La Salle
Penn
Temple
Saint Joseph's
Villanova
Somebody else
Jonathan Tannenwald Philly.com
About this blog
Soft Pretzel Logic is Philly.com's college sports blog, with a primary focus on the University of Pennsylvania. You'll also see coverage of the Big 5, other major college sports events in the region, and the annual Penn Relays track and field meet.

Reach Jonathan at jtannenwald@phillynews.com or 215-854-2330.

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