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Buckeyes' Ezekiel Elliott applies for trademark to 'Zeke's Crop Top Bar and Grill'


Buckeyes' Ezekiel Elliott applies for trademark to 'Zeke's Crop Top Bar and Grill'

Ezekiel Elliott is pretty darn good at football, and if keeps up the pace he set during last season's run to the national championship, he could soon be playing professionally.

But the Ohio State running back apparently has some other business plans in the works.

Elliott applied for five trademarks this month, according to an AP report, and a couple of them are downright hilarious.

Elliott applied for trademarks to use of his nicknames "Zeke" and "Eze" on apparel. But he also applied for two additional phrases to be used on apparel: "hero in a half shirt" and "in crop top we trust." Both are references to his personal style displayed last season, when he would roll the bottom of his jersey up under his shoulder pads, exposing his admittedly impressive abdominal muscles. The NCAA banned him and everyone else from doing that this season.

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But the best of the five trademarks was a restaurant name: Zeke's Crop Top Bar and Grill.

Zeke's Crop Top Bar and Grill!

That is amazing, a restaurant where every football fan should want to eat.

Hopefully Elliott has a long and successful football career. And hopefully Zeke's Crop Top Bar and Grill opens as soon as possible. It would become the No. 1 culinary destination in Columbus.

Former Illini champion Kevin Anderson upsets Roger Federer in Wimbledon quarterfinal


Former Illini champion Kevin Anderson upsets Roger Federer in Wimbledon quarterfinal

Former University of Illinois tennis star Kevin Anderson completed a marathon upset against an all-time great on the highest stage of professional tennis.

Anderson came back from two sets down to beat Roger Federer in Wimbledon’s quarterfinals 2-6, 6-7, 7-6, 6-4, 13-11 on Wednesday morning. He will play in the semifinals of the tournament for the first time in his career.

As a native of South Africa, Anderson played three seasons with the Fighting Illini and won the NCAA doubles championship during the 2005-06 season as a sophomore. The 32-year-old was a three-time All-American in singles at Illinois.

Now, as the eighth ranked singles player on the ATP World Tour, Anderson is a force to be reckoned with at the professional level. He made it all the way to the US Open final in 2017.

The former Illini star will look to keep his recent success going when he represents Illinois in the semifinals of Wimbledon this Friday.

Northwestern set to play Wisconsin at Wrigley Field in 2020

Northwestern set to play Wisconsin at Wrigley Field in 2020

Weeks will separate a perfect 10-year anniversary where Northwestern will play at Wrigley Field for one of its regular season games in the upcoming years.

Back on Nov. 20, 2010, the Wildcats battled it out with Illinois, known as the “Wrigleyville Classic,” which saw the Illini take a 48-27 win.

Even though it’s still two years out, Northwestern still planned ahead and announced its opponent for its game at Wrigley Field on Nov. 7, 2020, against Big Ten rival Wisconsin.

“Obviously an exciting opportunity for our football program to come back to Wrigley Field, one of the Cathedrals of sporting venues in the world,” Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald said. “When I announced it to our team, they were absolutely ecstatic.”

“The opportunity to play at Wrigley field is unique to us, being Chicago’s Big Ten team, and to have the chance to come down and play in an atmosphere like we did a few years back was a bowl game type atmosphere, and I look forward to this special opportunity.”

This game though will be a little different than it was back in 2010. Both the Wildcats and Illini played toward the west end zone due to a tight squeeze near the right field wall due to box seats that were added down the third base line.

Now, Northwestern and Wisconsin do not have to worry about that problem because the bullpens have since moved to the outfield.

Cubs president of business operations Crane Kenney spoke at a news conference earlier on Tuesday at Wrigley.

“So excited to welcome back Northwestern to Wrigley Field to talk about football again,” Kenney said. “We had an incredible experience with them back in 2010."

Kenney also mentioned new seating is on a temporary platform that can all be removed and the dugout tops can be removed as well, and the field will expand west, to allow for a longer field.

With a sellout crowd in the last go around for the Wildcats, don’t be surprised for another sellout at the Friendly Confines.