Our monthly readers’ poll was heavy on Philadelphia sports and sports in general, but we did toss in one political question—who will be the GOP presidential nominee next year.
  Somewhat to our surprise, eight Republicans were mentioned more than once, but none often enough to be called a frontrunner. Making the list of mentions were (alphabetically) Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, Ted Cruz, Carly Fiorina, Mike Huckabee, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, and Scott Walker.
  Thirty-seven percent of those responding said the Phillies will manage to lose 100 (or more) games this season and exactly the same percentage said they won’t, while 26% didn’t care one way or the other. (Are you listening, Rubén?)
  Faith in Chip is still running high with 64% of the readers who responded saying the Eagles will win more game this year than they did in each of Kelly’s first two seasons (10).
  Faith in Ron Hextall is running even higher with 88% of those responding believing that the Flyers will make the playoffs next season. But the hometown optimism ebbs significantly when it comes to next season’s playoff prospects for the Sixers. Only 13% of you think that will happen.
  More of you believe that Tim Tebow or March Sanchez will start at QB when the Eagles open their season (by a margin of 3 to 1) than believe it will be Sam Bradford under center.
  Going from “thinking” to “playing,” our poll respondents averaged playing 2.4 organized team sports prior to the age of 12, but that dropped by a third to an average of 1.6 after 12.
  Basketball (24%) edged out soccer (22%) as your favorite sport to play as a child. Coming in as a surprising number three was volleyball (16%). Lacrosse out-polled baseball, softball, and football. In fact, even field hockey out-polled baseball.