This past January, two Ohio colleges began competing for bragging rights to a worthy cause, showing support for local restaurant workers financially hamstrung by the pandemic. First, an Xavier College alum left a $1,000 tip on a $54 bill at Zip's Cafe. His note read, "Please share this tip with all your employees as they work so hard and are dealing with COVID. Go Xavier!"
The next week, two anonymous University of Cincinnati fans left a $1,001 tip at the nearby Keystone Bar & Grill, along with a challenge. "Let's see how long we can keep this going. Bearcats up by 1!!" The game is not quite over yet, and so far this year's "Tipoff Bowl" has scored close to $34,000 for Cincinnati's resturant employees.