He’s been officially retired for nearly six months now, but we still can’t stop talking about Rob Gronkowski.
Despite the fact that Gronk has straight-up told us that he’s not planning a return to the NFL, the rumor mill continues to churn with increasing intensity as the season gets underway. There’s been an element of “will he or won’t he?” lingering around Gronk’s professional future all summer, fueled in part by his occasional presence alongside Brady and company.
Gronkowski also appeared on The Rich Eisen show back in July, when he stated that though he was enjoying retirement, he “can’t really say how I’m going to feel about it when the games start rolling around and everything.”
More fuel was added to the fire this week. On Monday, Gronk joked with Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy about a potential return, even teasing fans with a date:
It’s fun to think about how powerful the Patriots offense would be in the wake of a Gronk return, but also important to remember that the 30-year old Gronkowski isn’t exactly known for taking himself too seriously. Plus, he recently announced his partnership with a CBD company, and the NFL is none too fond of the hemp-derived supplement.
Still, it’s hard not to get a little excited when Gronk tweets something like this immediately after the Patriots trade Demaryius Thomas to free up a receiver spot:
— Rob Gronkowski (@RobGronkowski) September 10, 2019
Eyeball emoji, indeed.
There are two fewer stupid trademark requests out in the world, thanks to the resolution of a couple ridiculous attempts that recently took place.
On Wednesday, the United States Patent and Trademark Office put the kibosh on trademark requests by Lebron James and Ohio State University. James tried to trademark the increasingly irritating “Taco Tuesday” as a signature phrase after using it repeatedly (like…a lot) on social media during the offseason. The USPTO ruled that Taco Tuesday is a “commonplace message” that can’t be trademarked.
The USPTO has refused the TACO TUESDAY trademark application filed by Lebron James’ company LBJ Trademarks, LLC.— Josh Gerben (@JoshGerben) September 12, 2019
The refusal, issued at 6:26 PM today, finds that TACO TUESDAY is a “commonplace message” and therefore fails to function as a trademark.#TacoTuesday
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In other words, Taco Tuesday belongs to all of us.
Meanwhile, Ohio State’s attempt to trademark the word “the” (as in “The” Ohio State University) has, predictably, been shut down. The college was hoping to have the ability to market Buckeyes gear with the single word “The” under copyright protection. Needless to say, the USPTO shut that right down.
What a time to be alive.
We Don’t Deserve Andrew Luck
It’s Andrew Luck’s 30th birthday!
To commemorate the former Colts QB, ESPN shared this video (originally from The Checkdown) highlighting what a good sport Luck is, even when he’s just been plowed to the ground. Enjoy.
Photo source: NBC Sports